The Congress: Darkened Victory

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The crowd in the House galleries filled every seat, overflowed into the aisles. Over both the galleries and the floor of the House brooded a hush of expectancy, as if some history-making drama were about to unfold.

Promptly at high noon, as he has done many hundreds of times before. House Speaker Sam Rayburn swept through the door of the Speaker's lobby and onto the floor of the House. This time something new happened, a violation of custom for which old Capitol Hill newsmen could recall no precedent: in a grand...

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