National Affairs: The Self-Inflated Target

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It was nearly midnight when a fast-moving, youthful figure muffled in a trench coat bounced up the steps and rang the doorbell at Joe McCarthy's brightly lighted house on Capitol Hill. The door opened to admit Roy Cohn, 27, the chief counsel of McCarthy's Permanent Senate Subcommittee on Investigations. A few moments later, Cohn emerged with McCarthy, and the two talked in low tones as they walked Joe's five-month-old Doberman pinscher up and down C Street.*

McCarthy had summoned Cohn because he had just learned that the newspapers were about to get...

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