Nation: Shutting Powell's Mouth

New York's Democratic Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr. is a much criticized man, but he has a handy retort to any charge leveled against him: the critic, says Powell, is obviously prejudiced against Negroes.

Last February, for example, Delaware Senator John J. Williams publicly criticized Harlem Congressman Powell for wasting federal funds, junketing to Europe with two female staff members, and paying his wife a congressional staff salary of $13,000 a year, although she spends most of her time at the Powell villa in Puerto Rico. Powell replied that he was being attacked because he is a Negro.

When the House voted to...

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