THE CONGRESS: Last of the 70th

The country's biennial anachronism, another "lame duck" Congress, prepared to sit in Washington. In the Senate, the anachronism was particularly visible. Instead of the clear Republican majority elected by the people in November, the Senate will function until March with Republicans and Democrats almost even in power, with the balance resting on insurgent Republicans and Minnesota's Farmer-Laborite dentist, Senator Shipstead.

The House has 77 lame-ducks this year, the Senate 11. Yet the absurdity of running the nation's business by a time-table drawn up before there were railroads and highways passable in winter,...

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