THE CONGRESS: A New Mr. Atom

In their soundproof hearing room, members of Congress' Joint Committee on Atomic Energy broke a three-month deadlock (TIME, March 23). By unanimous vote last week, they elected New York's Representative W. Sterling Cole as their chairman and Iowa's Senator Bourke B. Hickenlooper as vice chairman.

The deadlock had lasted through six meetings of the committee. Six times the members had divided right down the middle: eight Senators for Hickenlooper, eight Representatives for Cole. Then House Speaker Joe Martin and Senate Majority Leader Bob Taft stepped in. Martin convinced Taft that the Represenatives were right in their contention that the...

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