The Congress: New & Nice

The 87th Congress died bitterly, but the 88th convened in a climate of sweetness and light. The Senate postponed its customary opening filibuster until after the President's State of the Union message this week. The House whisked past its Rules Committee disagreement so fast that nobody really had time to get mad. Of course, all the friendship would not last long—but while it did it was nice.

Families jammed the galleries to watch the swearing in of the new House (258 Democrats, 176 Republicans and one vacancy) and of 40 new and re-elected members of the Senate. Half a dozen...

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