Nation: The Great Wheat Deal

President Kennedy, worried about possible political consequences of the sale of wheat to Russia, spent a couple of weeks consulting with leaders of both parties, trying to get their support for the trade. When he failed to win anything resembling unanimous backing, he was forced to weigh the economic merits of the deal against its potential political pitfalls. Balancing the two out, the President decided to go ahead.

Early last week he summoned congressional leaders to the White House to give them the word. Next day, he led off his press conference with the announcement that the Soviet Union, Hungary, Bulgaria...

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