The Senate: Nothing But the Facts

On the Senate floor, a clutch of colleagues surrounded Edward Vaughan Long, pounding his back, shaking his hand, offering effusive congratulations. Had the Missouri Democrat cast a courageous vote, delivered a coruscating speech, proposed a pioneering law?

Not exactly. Ed Long's rare, felicific moment on center stage resulted from a decision of the Senate Select Committee on Standards and Conduct that it could see nothing wrong with his acceptance of $160,000 in legal fees since 1961. While many Senators moonlight,* there were dark hints that Long had profited from his chairmanship of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Practice and Procedure...

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