THE ADMINISTRATION: Obnoxious & Objectionable

Short of the big ones—Cabinet jobs, ambassadorships, Supreme Court seats—the President of the U.S. has no finer guerdons to bestow than those $15,000-a-year salaries that go with federal judgeships and top federal jobs. Harry Truman has often bestowed this largess as such—to cheer a personal friend, to assuage the hurt of a defeated candidate, to grant a political boon. Last week the U.S. Senate, which is also politically minded, brusquely brought it to Harry Truman's attention that such appointments are made only "with the advice and consent of the Senate."

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