Nation: Slicing the Bread

It was opening day in Washington, and the home-town Senators were well on their way to their first defeat of the baseball season. At the end of the third inning, an announcement blared forth from the public-address system: "Attention, please, there has been a quorum call in the United States Senate. All U.S. Senators are requested to return to the chamber immediately."

With that, half a dozen Senators—including Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, Minority Leader Everett Dirksen and Democratic Whip Hubert Humphrey—scrambled from their seats and bolted toward waiting limousines for the one-mile dash to Capitol Hill. About the only Senator left was...

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