The Congress: Ethics for Everyone

Carping at the more egregious ethical lapses on Capitol Hill is a popular American sport. It is in season all the time, and offers bounties to political scientists and editorial writers whenever a plump target like Bobby Baker, Senator Thomas Dodd or Representative Adam Clayton Powell pops up. The sport is perfectly legitimate, especially because Congressmen are often hasty to impose tougher conflict-of-interest standards on others than on their own erring colleagues. But serious, searching analysis of the subject is uncommon. Last week the Association of the Bar of the City of New York produced exactly that—a study at...

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