The Congress: Ev's Extendalong

"The lines are intact," intoned Sen ate Minor ity Leader Everett Dirksen, "the boys are prepared. The captains are on duty at the appointed hour in the ap pointed place. The speakers are ready."

No one was more battle-ready than Generalissimo Dirksen, 69. After months of threatening what he calls "extended debate" to block repeal of the Taft-Hartley Act's celebrated section 14(b), Ev's hour had come. Dirksen, who on most days is about as soigné as Margaret Rutherford, even subjugated his mutinous curls, donned a neatly pressed blue suit, and had a...

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