THE CONGRESS: Knees High, Elbows Out

With plenty of good humor, but with knees high and elbows out, Senator Robert Taft waded into the labor-law fight. The unions had made repeal of his Taft-Hartley Act a personal and political fight. Harry Truman had promised to kill it. In a Senate committee hearing room (the arena where he is most effective) Taft fought back.

On the right side of the crowded hearing room last week sat representatives of U.S. industry; on the left, representatives of the nation's unions. Directly behind the 13-man labor committee, chairmanned by Utah's bald and scholarly Elbert Duncan Thomas, sat Mrs. Taft placidly...

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