National Affairs: Smoked Out

Apple-cheeked Senator Byrd leaned far back in his office chair and beamed with satisfaction.

With a ringing blast on the Senate floor and the most comprehensive figures yet released by anyone on rearmament progress, he had smoked the President out on defense, spoiled his day at Hyde Park, made him submit figures of his own, drawn from him a stinging reply that somebody had sold the Senator down the river by giving him a set of false statistics.

"If I've been sold down the river I haven't been sold down very far," Byrd answered, expropriating a quip from the Baltimore Sun. His information,...

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