While party politics popped behind them, a handful of Democratic members of Congress reluctantly left their Chicago meetings early this week, boarded an Air Force plane sent to fetch them and flew to Washington for a special briefing on U.S. attitudes on the world's gravest international problem. At the White House, they were ushered into the Cabinet Room for an 80-minute bipartisan discussion about the Suez Canal.

In summoning House Speaker Sam Rayburn and Minority Leader Joe Martin, Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson, Minority Leader William Knowland and foreign relations leaders in both houses, the President sought no commitments. He...

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