THE CONGRESS: The Censure of Joe McCarthy

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When the constitutional foundation of the U.S. Senate was built in 1787, the builders believed they were constructing a citadel of deliberation and dignity. Said James Madison: "The use of the Senate is to consist in its proceeding with more coolness, with more system, and with more wisdom than the popular branch." One hundred and sixty-seven years later, when the floodlights blazed on the Army-McCarthy hearings, wisdom, system and coolness seemed to have vanished in the glare. But this week, out of a tidy office on the fourth floor of the...

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