National Affairs: Slow Burn

Any old hand could have told Mike DiSalle that a newcomer to Washington should never turn his back until his possessions are nailed down. Mike turned away for only one day last week, to make a speech in his home town of Toledo.

When he got back, somebody had made off with a big chunk of his powers as boss of the Office of Price Stabilization.

As originally set up, DiSalle's OPS was supposed to lay down price controls and presumably enforce them. But ever since DiSalle's big price freeze, Attorney General Howard McGrath had been licking his chops over all those potential...

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