POLITICAL NOTES: 1940

¶ In whatever Valhalla exists for U. S. politicos, many a shade must have called for stronger mead one day last week. For in Washington the Civil Service Commission released 25 pages of new rules under the Hatch Act, rigidly barring 939,876 Federal employes from any real political activity except voting. Classified workers (620,000) may not even express their preferences publicly; may not march in parades (blow horns, beat drums); may not write articles on politics; may not distribute literature or buttons; may not bet on elections; may attend conventions but not...

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