Playing Hardball in February

Tempers flare in the Senate

& The congressional and baseball seasons usually run in rough parallel: light workouts in late winter; an irregularly quickening tempo culminating in serious legislative battles about the time of the major league playoffs and World Series. But this year the politicians are well ahead of the ballplayers. While pitchers and catchers were just starting to limber up last week under the Florida sun, Congress and the Reagan Administration had already worked themselves into a snarl of midseason intensity. A filibuster was tying up the Senate, an attempted compromise between the Administration and its Democratic opponents fell apart within hours, and partisan...

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