Not often does the Senate ignore the recommendations of one of its own committees. But this week, after a warm flurry of argument, it overturned the majority decision of its atomic energy committee, and voted to approve blunt-spoken Sumner Pike, a Maine Republican, for another term on the Atomic Energy Commission.

Just what caused the committee's scunner against Pike was never made clear.

Iowa's Bourke B. Hickenlooper first granted Pike's honesty and patriotism, then questioned Pike's "serious and constructive attention to his job" and concluded that Pike did not "measure up." After hearing the evidence, the Senate decided...

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