THE CONGRESS: The Filibuster

On the half-deserted floor of the Senate one night last week, a group of Senators huddled tightly around the lanky person of the human calculating machine known as Lyndon Baines Johnson. Some of them glanced up as North Carolina's jolly Sam Ervin went by. Chuckled old Judge Ervin: "That scene reminds me of something from Hamlet: 'Foul deeds will rise, though all the earth o'erwhelm them, to men's eyes.' " Foul or fair, the deeds done last week by the august U.S. Senate were indeed rising all over the place, and there...

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