This week the first political convention of 1940 opened in Washington. It was the 76th Congress, beginning its third session 306 days before the U. S. people elect a President. Its members did not forget that, on behalf of persons yet unknown, they one & all were campaigners whose votes were bound to win and lose many more votes in the great hustings to come. Conditioned by this democratic fact, they had the following work to do:

> Receive, accept, cut or up the budget forthcoming from Campaigner Franklin Roosevelt

> For National Defense, decide: 1) how much to up...

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