National Affairs: The G.O.P. Hears a Voice

Last summer, Congress' Republican majority rammed a frog down the throat of the "Voice of America," and left it croaking. The Voice is the short-wave radio section of the State Department's Office of International Information and Cultural Affairs. Suspicious that OIC might be as much a spreader of Democratic propaganda as the democratic way of life, Congress lopped 40% from its requested appropriation, gave it only $12.4 million to operate on this year.

Since then a lot of Republican Congressmen have been to Europe. They realized, as one Democrat put it, that they had "left us wide open with no comeback for...

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