THE CONGRESS: Billions for Allies

For most of the Senate's week, senatorial voices echoed hollowly in a chamber that was three-quarters empty. One voice clearly heard was that of North Dakota's old-prairie twister, Senator William Langer, howling across 19 years of political history: the Democrats had not kept one of their 1932 platform promises, except the promise to put "the saloons back in business." At the height of his oration, word came that Harry Truman had just vetoed a private relief bill sponsored by Langer. The old man roared: "The bill called for $778.78 to be paid to a...

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