Nation: Carter Wins on Panama

But it takes pleading and pressure—with more trouble ahead

Up rose the Senate's silver-haired Majority Leader Robert Byrd, ready to address the crowded chamber. After three months' tireless, tenacious work on behalf of the Panama Canal treaties, he was in a mood for Shakespearean rhetoric. "There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune," he declared. "The Rubicon of decision on the treaties is now to be crossed."

That crossing was successfully made last Thursday afternoon. With the Senate galleries packed with spectators and all 100...

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