National Affairs: Shifts & Middle Ground

All week long, congressional lobbies were blue with smoke and acrimonious disputes about what General Douglas MacArthur had said, what he would say, and whether he should be heard in closed or open hearings. This week the Democrats prevailed, announced that MacArthur would be heard before the combined Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees (14 Democrats, 12 Republicans) in closed sessions. After each day's testimony, a security officer from the Defense Department and a representative of General MacArthur will edit the transcript before its release to the press.

Besides the outspoken, who had already taken up positions in the debate, there was...

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