THE CONGRESS: Log Jam Broken

Senate Majority Leader Bill Knowland fumed, but he could not stop the atomic-energy-bill filibuster, apparently was ready to sit back and let it run down under the friction of exhaustion. Across the aisle, Minority Leader Lyndon Johnson slumped quietly in his chair and let the hot air blow over his well-brushed head. Finally, under pressure from his Texas constituents and conservative Democrats, Johnson acted.

He huddled with Tennessee's Albert Gore, co-captain of the liberal filibustering bloc, and told him the debate must end. Gore was angry, but he agreed to compromise. Last week Johnson went to Knowland, who said that he...

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