THE ADMINISTRATION: Atomic Fixit?

Bone-tired after five years in Washington's atom-powered hot seat, Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Lewis Strauss, 62, hopes to retire when his current term expires at month's end. In pressing steadily for a strongly armed U.S., in fighting proposals for an agreement with Russia to end nuclear tests, thin-skinned Lewis Strauss has absorbed more needles than a tailor's pincushion. Moreover, his chief needler, New Mexico's Senator Clinton Anderson (TIME, May 19) is scheduled to resume the powerful chairmanship of the Joint Congressional Committee on Atomic Energy next year, and Strauss believes their feud would be detrimental to the AEC program....

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