National Affairs: Message from the Cloakroom

On the floor of the Senate one afternoon last week, Nevada's Pat McCarran made a sign to Missouri's Tom Hennings, and the two headed for the Democratic cloakroom.

There McCarran asked Hennings to act as an emissary to Utah's Republican Arthur Watkins, who was managing the Administration bill to admit refugees from NATO and Iron Curtain countries outside the rigid quotas of the 1952 McCarran Act.* The President, the State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Psychological Strategy Board had advocated the measure as an effective tool of U.S. foreign policy. McCarran,...

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