Although he was confined to a Reno hospital bed last week, Nevada's blustering Senator Pat McCarran still managed —somewhat like the Queen Elizabeth whistling in drydock—to issue a blast at the State Department. At first glance, it seemed fairly routine: the Senator noted with alarm that 18 leftist U.S. labor leaders got visas for England, France and Italy last spring and then went blithely on to Moscow, took part in the Reds' May Day ceremonies and issued anti-American propaganda.

But Pat McCarran did not stop there. Passports, he made clear, should have been denied all 18. "While our boys fight...

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