Nation: Something to Think About

The young minister faced his congregation in the Central Christian Church in Boone, Iowa, and said earnestly: "The conscientious Christian should be profoundly concerned with the affairs of human endeavor and with man's efforts to organize a just and honorable society through political action." That, back in 1956, was the Rev. Merwin Coad's way of announcing his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives. He won, and off he went to Washington—where, last week, Democrat Coad, 36, was up to his eyeglasses in trouble.

Coad's troubles had been building up for quite a while. They came into public view only after Clark...

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