The fire insurance industry had made a well-heeled attempt to lobby Congress into legislating it out from under a Federal antitrust action now before the Supreme Court (TIME, Nov. 29). The attempt blew up in its face last week. The man who planted the mine was Wyoming's conscientious antimonopolist, Democratic Senator Joseph O'Mahoney.

Senator O'Mahoney asked the Senate Judiciary Committee a long list of pertinent questions about the Bailey-Van Nuys bill to exempt insurance from the Sherman and Clayton Acts. Instead of popping the bill through quickly and quietly, as had been expected—and as the House Committee had already done with...

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