AMERICAN NOTES: Washington Stirs

Something was happening last week in Washington. There was more open, glorious debate on more subjects than anyone could remember in recent years. The old mess of democracy had returned —and that looked all to the good.

The CIA was under scrutiny; so was Henry Kissinger. Ford launched himself into foreign policy with a speech on food and oil. The President directed that income tax returns were not to be scrutinized except on his order—in writing. He decreed no more politics in the civil service. There was an amnesty program of sorts. Ford even found time to greet the one...

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