The Senate: A Demeaning Indulgence

With inborn bayou cunning and every parliamentary trick and threat learned in 18 years on Capitol Hill, Louisiana's Russell Long has managed to mire the U.S. Senate in a month-long procedural gumbo. While many more pressing issues clamor for attention, the assistant majority leader has made his ill-conceived, hastily passed 1966 Presidential Election Campaign Fund Act the upper chamber's overriding concern. The measure would give up to $30 million each to the Republican and Democratic parties from $1 contributions checked off federal income tax returns. Though the Senate has already voted...

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