Nation: They're Not Bomb Throwers

Surprise! Congress's new members seem willing to be led

TIME Congressional Correspondent Neil MacNeil has been watching members of Congress come and go for 29 years and is a keen observer of their shifting moods. Last week, as the incoming Representatives of the 96th Congress assembled in party caucuses to prepare for their opening session in January, MacNeil reported on the contrasts in recent freshman classes of legislators.

Once upon a time, fully four years ago, a group of young men and some young women were elected to Congress. They were very good, and they were against the bad. They were against bad...

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