THE CONGRESS: Flipping for Joe's Place

Dallying in the Senate's ornate dining room over a late supper, Ohio's John Bricker drew a quarter from his pocket as he mulled over a problem with New York's Irving Ives and Utah's Arthur Watkins. Each was a ranking contender for the chair on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee left empty by Joe McCarthy's death, and it was Bricker's job, as chairman of the Republican Committee on Committees, to make the choice. Ordinarily, the nod would have gone to the Republican with the greater seniority. Bricker's dilemma: both Ives and Watkins were...

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