The shadow of personal worry which had hung over the President for twelve days had lifted with old Martha Truman's dogged recuperation. But last week, as Harry Truman flew back from Kansas City, Kans. to Washington, the shadow of public responsibility deepened.

A Republican Congress was about to thump on to his desk the long-awaited tax and labor bills (see The Congress). The President's decision whether to sign or veto would have a profound effect on the nation's economic and social future—and on Harry Truman's own political fortunes.

For the time being the problems were still in the hands of his...

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