REPUBLICANS: New Floor Leader?

Bob Taft's death raised the question: Who will be the Republicans' new Senate floor leader?

California's William Fife Knowland, hand-picked for acting majority leader by Taft, was the leading prospect to succeed him. Last week he convinced Senate Republican leaders that a successor to Taft should be elected quickly to quash talk about party disunity.

This week New Hampshire's Senator Styles Bridges, the senior Republican in the Senate, tried to slow Knowland's march, although most of Bridges' friends believe that he does not want the job for himself. In a letter to Eugene...

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