THE CONGRESS: The Big Wind

When he finally quit at 10:06 one morning last week, Oregon's Wayne Morse was the U.S. Senate's new alltime talk champion: he had filibustered for 22 hours and 26 minutes without leaving the Senate floor.* His intake: two cups of bouillon, two glasses of orange juice, a few sips of water, five cups of tea, two cups of coffee, a few crackers, part of a chocolate bar. His output: upwards of 100,000 words on subjects ranging from offshore oil (the matter under debate) to horseback riding, to baloney (the edible kind). When...

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