THE CONGRESS: Trouble Brewing

In a most unfamiliar posture—hat in hand—the Administration last week went to Congress with a request. That attitude was adopted because Congress showed marked signs of being angry. Four weeks ago, when the Administration offered the famed "draft property" bill—which would permit the President to requisition any property in the interests of defense—Congress, tired of not being consulted about the defense program, let out a "No!" that the neighbors could hear.

The Government's original spokesman was stiff, judicial Under Secretary of War Robert Patterson. Judge Patterson wanted authority for the Administration...

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