Nation: New Mood on Capitol Hill

The fractious Congress may finally okay Carter's requests

Through nearly all of last year, Jimmy Carter seemed to Congress so lacking in clout with the voters that his legislative program could with impunity be delayed, hacked to bits or ignored. But when Congress reconvened last week, the President looked more like a political Charles Atlas, transformed by foreign crises from a 97-lb. weakling into a muscleman whose wishes had to be respected. Said House Democratic Floor Leader Jim Wright of Texas, using a different metaphor: "Members who 60 days ago considered Carter an albatross around their necks now consider him a life...

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