Free at Last, Free at Last

Congress bows out, and so do some respected veterans

We're engaged in a game of chicken-and we all look like turkeys," protested Republican Senator Warren Rudman of New Hampshire. Even the Senate chaplain seemed to be seeking forgiveness for the dilatory and disorderly conduct. "Father in heaven, we are here under duress," intoned the Rev. Richard Halverson. "But we imposed this on ourselves." The flagellation was fully justified. Congress had shrugged off difficult decisions for months, failing even to finance basic governmental functions. With the pre-election adjournment approaching, it had swung into a...

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