THE CONGRESS: Birth of the 84th

The Democratic 84th Congress sat down in Washington, polished off its major organizational problems, vowed unflagging good will toward one and all,* and started elbowing for position in 1956.

Democrats and Republicans alike began the week with caucuses to select party leaders. Texas' Lyndon Johnson described the Democratic Senate meeting as all milk and honey, while Colorado's Eugene Millikin said of the G.O.P. session: "There was not a single unharmonious feature." But there was some dissonance outside the caucus rooms of both parties.

After Xerxes: Alex. There had been talk among President Eisenhower's...

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