Nation: Dirksen's Bombers

Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen heads a pathetically small congressional minority, but that doesn't stop Dirksen from rising to his favorite role —that of leaving his personal imprint on Democratic-sponsored legislation. Last week Ev was at it again.

A principal collaborator in drawing up President Johnson's civil rights bill last year, Dirksen now has his sharp-eyed legal staff (known as "Dirksen's Bombers" for their accuracy in pinpointing loopholes in proposed legislation) scrutinizing the Administration's new voting-rights bill line by line. Reason for the close look: a growing feeling that the proposed law, for...

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