THE CONGRESS: Opening of the Showdown Session

THE Democratic Congress will give the Republican President a standing ovation when he arrives to deliver his State of the Union address this week. Richard Nixon will wave, smile broadly, radiate friendliness, probably even compliment the lawmakers on their high dedication to the common good. Yet the ceremonial show of civility, demanded by custom, will scarcely conceal the fact that this is an election year, and that relations between the Hill and the White House are at a peak of partisanship unmatched since Harry Truman ran...

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