As the Senate of the 86th Congress came to order, Illinois' liberal Democratic Senator Paul Douglas crouched, as though ready to spring, behind a desk piled high with books and papers. New York's liberal Republican Senator Jacob Javits jittered at the edge of his chair. New Mexico's liberal Democratic Senator Clinton Anderson prepared to offer the first motion of the new session. This was to be the long-planned, highly touted liberal onslaught against Senate Rule XXII (TIME. Jan. 12) and the filibuster. But before Douglas. Javits, Anderson & Co. could utter a word, Texan Lyndon Johnson got the floor...

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