Nation: Winning on Alien Ground

A veto is sustained and a fire is lit under gas

While Jimmy Carter was concentrating last week on the Middle East, his allies were winning a string of important victories for him in two usually unfriendly arenas: the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.

The Administration's initial score was in the House, where conservatives tried to override Carter's first veto of a major bill, the $37 billion defense authorization that contained $1.9 billion for a nuclear aircraft carrier. Carter maintained that the carrier was too expensive, and that the money would be...

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