THE CONGRESS: Presto Change

Last week the U.S. Senate showed rare skill at sleight of hand. In one and the same motion, it passed the Hawaiian-Alaskan statehood bill by an impressive 57-to-28 vote and killed the chances of both territories for this year. Reason: the bill, as many of the Senators were fully aware, cannot get through the House.

Already passed by the House was a measure for Hawaiian—and only Hawaiian—statehood. This was the bill that the Senate finally passed last week, a year behind schedule. But the Senate had made a change in the bill: it had amended it to include statehood for...

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