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A "cool cat" from Texas seeks out the Democratic nomination
Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate left behind a trail of corpses—and an astonished nation—behind them as they roamed through Nebraska in the winter of 1958. They were an aberration, a pathological quirk in an otherwise rational world. Or were they?
That the sweet smell of détente can leave a bitter aftertaste should not come as news, writes reporter Smith from Moscow. The Russians have been trading shrewdly with the West since before the discovery of America.
Lawyers may not serve on American juries, and jurors may not ask lawyer-like questions. “Most lawyers would rather have juries grope in the dark than exercise an independent judgment,” says the author, after serving on the jury of “a typical New York murder” trial. So the “truth” must be discerned on the basis of selected and conflicting evidence.
Before Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley, the genre was dedicated to the good, the ideal; it now encompasses the bad and the beautiful.
The 1976 Democratic nomination for President is up for grabs. The field is getting crowded. This month The Atlantic profiles three early hopefuls—Senators Mondale and Bentsen and Congressman Udall. Examinations of other aspiring tenants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will follow in subsequent issues.