THE CONGRESS: Between Issue & Law

Seldom does Manhattan's sleek, sharp Representative Vito Marcantonio, a tireless party-liner, make much sense on the floor of the House. But last week, as a one-man minority, he had a chance to deliver a shrewd blow while he enjoyed the discomfiture of the two majority parties. "It is obvious to everybody," he said, in his shrill and rasping voice, "that everybody wants civil rights as an issue but not as a law. That goes for Harry Truman, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party."

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