Nation: The Acceptance Factor

After its inglorious handling of the Bobby Baker scandal, the U.S. Senate is understandably loath to inquire into yet another case involving its mores and members. Last week, nonetheless, the world's most exclusive club was faced with two impending investigations. The subject of inquiry this time was no expendable retainer but one of the Senate's own: Connecticut Democrat Thomas Joseph Dodd.

One inquiry, by the Internal Revenue Service, may result in either a civil or criminal suit against the Senator if the IRS finds evidence that Dodd raised money ostensibly for campaign costs and then used the funds for personal expenses. The...

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