The Senate: A Duel of Chairmen

With the advent of TV, most Senators have found the cameraless Senate chamber a poor place to make headlines. Most days, as a consequence, the Senate floor is about as exciting as a daytime soap opera. All the more dramatic, then, was the scene last week when two of the upper chamber's most celebrated dignitaries — both chairmen of highly important committees —squared off for a direct and bruising battle.

The overt issue was the attempt by William Fulbright's Foreign Relations Committee to gain representation on the Senate's special CIA watchdog committee (TIME, May 27). The real question, however,...

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