U.S. At War: Thunder on the Left

At President Roosevelt's ear the White House telephone twanged and squeaked while Florida's zealously New Dealing Claude Pepper spluttered at the wire's other end. Said Pepper in effect: the Roosevelt State Department choices were too conservative for an earnest New Dealer to endorse. The President replied: if the Senate does not endorse this list, it will be sent back unchanged to the next session.

He added, soothingly: Claude, you ought to have seen the first list submitted to me.

Temporarily mollified, Pepper called off his threatened filibuster. The Senate hastily confirmed Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius' team, and went home. But New...

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