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The rumor that would not be downed in Washington was that Secretary of State Dean Acheson would be out by the first of the year. The election gave it new impetus. "I would assume with these election results," said Harold Stassen, "that Secretary Acheson would resign." G.O.P. National Chairman Guy Gabrielson felt the same way. Republican Senators, including Joe McCarthy and Bourke Hickenlooper, began warming up for new investigations of the State Department.

At his first post-election press conference, Dean Acheson was ready for the question. "I should say that happily the interpretation of election returns in the United States does not...

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