THE CONGRESS: Replacing Hale Boggs

After Louisiana Congressman Hale Boggs' plane disappeared in Alaska last month, a quiet but intense battle began that could shake the entire Democratic leadership in the House. Who will replace Boggs as majority leader will not finally be decided until the House reconvenes in January. But just as important, House Speaker Carl Albert may face opposition that could make his second term as unsteady as the first.

Albert's first two years as Speaker were distressing for many of his Democratic colleagues, who found his leadership weak and entirely too accommodating to the...

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