THE CONGRESS: So Much That Baffles

As the midsummer heat seared Washington, the Congress of the U.S. was overworked, jumpy, restive, turbulent, eloquent, despondent, confused. "We humbly confess," the House chaplain, Rev. Bernard Braskamp, observed in one of his daily prayers, "that in thinking of our days with their mornings and evenings, their problems and tasks, we frequently find so much that baffles and perplexes us." Overhanging the nation's busy lawmakers were two calendar clouds: 1) six weeks hence begin the presidential nominating conventions, and 2) four months hence 35 Senate and all 435 House seats are at...

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