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Picking up his telephone in Milwaukee one August night in 1957, Wisconsin's Edward William Proxmire offered particular congratulations to Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson on Johnson's 49th birthday. Boomed the Democrat who had just won Joe McCarthy's seat in an upset election: "Senator Johnson, I've got the biggest birthday present of 'em all for you; me." Last week Bill Proxmire became an Indian giver. Incensed over what he considers Johnson's highhanded conservative control of the Senate, Liberal Proxmire went into rebellion.

In a TV question-and-answer show filmed in Washington and telecast in Madison, Proxmire attacked Johnson and much that is sacred to...

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