THE CONGRESS: The Nub: Politics

One by one, the 65 crystal chandeliers in the U.S. Capitol had been taken down, disassembled, washed prism by prism, reassembled and rehung. Twenty-two painters had brushed their way across Capitol Hill, cleaning and painting walls. By this week all was in readiness for the fall of the gavel opening the second session of the 84th Congress.

Every sign pointed to a long, noisy and hyperpolitical session, with nearly every word and deed aimed at next Nov. 6. Most of what is said and done will be affected profoundly by the heartbeats of two men. Political maneuvering in and between...

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