THE NATION: Postage Due

President-elect John Kennedy stood in the patio of his father's Palm Beach villa last week and announced the appointment of California Insuranceman J. Edward Day as his Postmaster General. "Having just mailed a letter from Washington to Boston and having it take eight days to get there, I am hopeful we can improve the postal service." said Kennedy. With this typically self-confident postscript, Jack Kennedy's selection of his Cabinet was complete.

Collectively, the Cabinet wound up squarely in the middle of the Democratic road—and miles from the left-side soft shoulder that sometimes seemed to be promised in Kennedy campaigning. Reading...

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