THE CONGRESS: Retreat & Defeat

In general, Dwight Eisenhower's spring offensive had rolled through Congress with remarkable success; foreign aid authorization, tax bills, even reciprocal trade and defense reorganization were in remarkably good shape. But last week, in a minor skirmish, Ike got sandbagged into an embarrassing retreat by three Algerian-general types who are supposed to be on his side: Minority Leader William Knowland. New Hampshire's Styles Bridges, Illinois' Everett McKinley ("Old Bear Grease") Dirksen.

At issue was a foreign aid bill amendment to relax the ironclad restrictions of the 1951 Battle Act, which ties the President's...

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