THE CONGRESS: Steady as She Goes

The most remarkable and reassuring sound in Washington was the new, statesmanlike voice of the U.S. Congress.

Back in March, the Capitol rang with feverish cries for damn-the-deficits measures to end the recession. Texas' Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Baines Johnson, galloping into the leadership vacuum created by the White House's late-winter indecisions, loomed tall in the saddle at the head of the Democratic antirecession troops. The Capitol's leaderless Republicans milled about restively. Pundits predicted that a tax-cut epidemic would break out on Capitol Hill, and the Administration's foreign aid and reciprocal...

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