THE CONGRESS: Mirror, Mirror

For more than a year, North Dakota's nominally Republican Senator William Langer had been cranking up for a speech urging that German property seized by the U.S. during World War II be returned to its prewar owners. Last week Langer's moment arrived—just as the Senate, under the spur of Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson, was trying its hardest to get along with the debate on the natural-gas bill (TIME, Jan. 30). At mid-afternoon Langer arose, addressed the chair and mumbled: "I ask that my speech may be read by the clerk." Aware that Langer has eye trouble, Presiding Officer...

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