THE NATION: Test of Nerves

Looking up from a week of made-in-Moscow headlines, the U.S., across lunch counters, through stern editorials and in Washington debate, stirred with a sober realization that the nation faces a possibility of war over Berlin. "The countdown has begun," said Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson, as he called for national unity. Connecticut Democrat Thomas J. Dodd, touching off a notable Senate debate (see The Congress), warned that the U.S. may be facing "the supreme and ultimate test," and called for a 90-day "program of the utmost urgency." In Topeka, Kans. sometime G.O.P....

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