At a White House press conference last week a newshawk popped a question at President Roosevelt that seemed as irrelevant to the day's doings as the pictured ships which sail endlessly around the walls of the President's office. What, asked he, did the President think about important Democratic politicians who camp-followed the New Deal into Washington and set themselves up as lawyer-lobbyists to handle private matters for fat fees before Government departments?

President Hoover would have answered such a question by stolidly staring at his vest buttons. President Coolidge would have adroitly...

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