National Affairs: Hold That Monster

After a month of whirling the May-Johnson atomic-power bill like a lariat, the Congress shakily decided not to use a cattle rope on a rogue elephant. As the House Military Affairs Committee reported the bill out last week, it was a foregone conclusion that it would not pass in its present form. At the same time the Congress—which had been squinting at atomic power almost as confidently as at those Lilliputian mavericks, the budget and the tariff—suddenly admitted to itself that it did not know what to try next. The monster seemed to be getting bigger, more red-eyed and more terrifying...