For weeks Franklin Roosevelt had told newsmen he was brooding over some eggs which were not quite ready to hatch. Last week they burst their shells. What emerged, as everyone had expected, was the President's new, 1943 war cabinet, bred especially to end the chaos into which manpower and food administration had fallen.

The biggest egg of all—the plan to switch Interior Secretary Harold L. Ickes to the Labor Department and give him full charge of manpower (TIME, Dec. 7)—had failed to hatch. Thus Franklin Roosevelt's brooding produced an official family which looked like all its predecessors, but which he...

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