The Congress: Sleight of Hand

In a presto-chango piece of political legerdemain, President Kennedy last week sought to turn a humiliating legislative defeat into a campaign issue that could embarrass the Republican Party throughout election year 1962.

Up before the powerful House Rules Committee was the President's proposal to create a Cabinet-level Department of Urban Affairs and Housing. It simply was not in the cards for Rules to approve the bill and send it on to the House floor. The committee's five Republicans, backed by a resolution adopted by the House G.O.P. policy committee, were all...

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