National Affairs: Chessboard

One day last week President Roosevelt held a long and earnest conference with his leader in the Senate, hardworking, humorless Joseph Taylor Robinson from Arkansas. Long sessions of Congress always make trouble for an Administration, and the President wants Congress adjourned somewhere between May 1 and May 15. Together President and Senator surveyed the calendar of Congress as if it were a chessboard, saw it littered with pieces of legislation, some to be moved to victory, others to be left dead when the board is arbitrarily swept clean by adjournment. Like two...

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