With the delivery of Harry Truman's State of the Union message, election-year politics took on a new urgency. Republican presidential candidates not only got their second wind; they chose the week as a good time to appear in a new light before the voters.

Tom Dewey, addressing the New York legislature at almost the same time that the President was addressing Congress, dropped his policy of not discussing national issues. He charged that the full blame for inflation lies with the Administration. He also dropped the pretense that he is not an avowed candidate. To a group of G.O.P....

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