Barkley's Bombshell

March 1944
New Republic;3/6/44, Vol. 110 Issue 10, p316
Focuses on the resignation of Alben Barkley, Senator and the Senate majority leader in the U.S., and other political developments in the country. Reaction of the Senate during speech of Barkley; Emotions expressed by Barkley during his speech; Efforts to pacify him in vain; Issue behind the resignation alleged to be the usurpation of powers by U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt; Differences between Roosevelt and the U.S. Congress on the issue of taxes; Views supporting the stand of Roosevelt that the country should pay more revenue to meet the World War II expenses; Rejection of Roosevelt's tax bill veto as a result of Barkley's speech; Failure of Roosevelt in gauging the emotions of Barkley; Questions whether the public opinion will favor Roosevelt in his call for a tough war; Comments for War Mobilizer James Byrnes on Bernard Baruch, economic adviser in the U.S.; Campaign of the periodical "The Chicago Tribune" against presidential counsel; Possibility for incorporation of the Baltic and other states for the Soviet Union; Efforts for extension of the price-control act.


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