The Senate: A Thoroughbred Stumbles

Rarely—and rightly—have Americans been so critical of Congress, a circumstance that lends particular zest and importance to this year's contests. On these two pages, TIME this week begins regular coverage for the duration of the campaign of races for the Senate and House that are significant not only for their effect on the balance of power in the 97th Congress but also for their insight into local and state issues that color the rich mosaic of America.

Growing Old in New York

As the senior Senator walked down a Capitol corridor last week, Democrat John...

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