The Congress: For the Old Folks

House Republican Leader Charles Halleek stormed out of the Capitol, kicked the side of his official Cadillac in anger.

G.O.P. Whip Les Arends gasped, "I'm astonished." Halleck and Arends were roiled not by a new Democratic ploy, but by a political move from one of their own: New York's Representative William Miller, who doubles in brass as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Miller had just abandoned the party's cautious position on medical care for the aged. Snapped Wisconsin's John Byrnes, chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, when he heard the news:...

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