THE CONGRESS: The Four-Day Egg

Sweating out a steaming Washington summer and the last hours of the 85th Congress, the U.S. Senate began to feel the heat. Last week, while dozens of important bills awaited Capitol Hill attention, the Senate managed to waste a full day in noisy debate over the year's silliest issue. Cause of the feckless fight: a report that the Defense Department was subsidizing studies about what sort of surrender terms the U.S. should request when and if it gets conquered by Russia.

The "surrender" egg, originally hatched out of a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article, was set down in the slow incubator...

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