The lame-duck 81st Congress lingered on, dying slowly but not gracefully. Members were in a vagrant holiday mood; by midweek so many had left Washington that the leaders were barely able to call up a quorum. As matters stood before the Christmas recess, the 81st would not be able to adjourn until the day before the 82nd Congress convened on Jan. 3.

In the Senate, North Dakota's "Wild Bill" Langer got up on his aging legs to block the confirmation of Anna M. Rosenberg as Assistant Secretary of Defense (TIME, Dec. 25). He...

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