INVESTIGATIONS: Silly Numbers Game

For frenzied weeks, Wisconsin's Senator Joseph McCarthy had kept the Democrats in an agony of uncertainty. But last week they plucked up courage. Eleven weeks had gone by since he told a Salt Lake City audience: "I have here in my hand the names of 57 card-carrying Communists now in the State Department and known to Acheson," and McCarthy had not yet produced the name of a single card-carrying Communist. In a bitter, shouting uproar on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Scott Lucas declared: "The time has come to call a spade...

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