Nation: Ships That Pass in the Night

The House: Strong Challenges from Newcomers

Tall, white-haired and earnest, Clarence Long, 71, has won nine elections to Congress from suburban Baltimore by following a simple formula: ignore his opponent and pay close attention to his constituents, whom he tends every weekend from a mobile office parked outside libraries, post offices or schools.

Lately, however, the Democrat has also taken to embarrassing many of his constituents. For example, at a NAACP meeting in Baltimore this year, Long, who has a progressive record on civil rights, started rambling on about American blacks being "genetically superior...

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