Nation: Skunk at a Lawn Party

Perhaps Connecticut's unpredictable Democratic Senator Thomas J. Dodd just wanted to liven things up. He rose in the Senate chamber early one evening last week and demanded to know why his colleagues were preparing to recess, when it was only a little past 6 p.m. The Senate has been keeping Wall Street hours of late, he complained.

With that for a starter, Dodd proceeded to unleash a lengthy criticism of both the Democratic and Republican leadership. Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, he said, was a kind, gentle, understanding, noble fellow, and all that. But "I worry about his leadership ... I wish our...

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