THE CONGRESS: Democratic Debacle

So hushed with suspense was the Senate that the few muffled coughs in the crowded galleries echoed across the chamber. Veteran Capitol correspondents had never seen before, during a Senate roll call, so many individual Senators intently keeping their own running tallies of the votes. As the tension mounted. Vice President Richard Nixon got up from a seat in the back of the chamber and walked over to Pennsylvania's Republican Senator Hugh Scott to watch Scott's tally sheet. On the Democratic side of the aisle, John F. Kennedy sat somber-faced, his chin propped on one hand, his other...

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