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Monday, November 20, 2006

October 20, 1960: Labor Urging Liberal Program on Kennedy, Conservatives in House Could Block Legislation

In stories written today for the New York Times and scheduled for publication tomorrow:

"Labor will urge President-elect John F. Kennedy this week not to let the narrowness of his election victory deter him from moving ahead at full speed on a liberal program."

"The strengthened conservative coalition will be a force to be reckoned with in the New House of Representatives, according to the chief Republican strategist of the two-party alliance."

"Five representatives of the Louisiana State Government demanded of President-elect John F. Kennedy today a clear cut stand on future Federal policies toward judicially enforced racial integration of public schools."

"Many United States diplomats who planned to return home on leave or move to new posts early next year have been told to unpack their suitcases. In a major economy move, the State Department has ordered a drastic cutback in all but the most essential travel by its Foreign Service officers."

"A group of United States Embassy personnel narrowly escaped being lynched by an infuriated African crowd [in the Congo] this morning after their auto had knocked down and killed a Congolese man."

"Development work has begun on an infra-red homing device to navigate American space probes during the final stages of their flights toward Mars and Venus. The initial probes to the vicinity of these planets are planned for 1962."

And C.L. Sulzberger wrote from Paris for an opinion column: "The incoming Administration comes face to face with one of its gravest foreign policy problems tomorrow. In the United States, M. Spaak, NATO's Secretary General, will brief President-elect Kennedy on a new plan to turn the alliance itself into an independent nuclear power. Simultaneously General Norstad, author of the plan, will brief Vice President-elect Johnson on the same subject at a meeting of Allied parliamentarians.

"The purpose of these talks is to secure the support of our next Government for this revolutionary idea so that the outgoing Eisenhower Administration can endorse it in principle at NATO's December ministerial meeting in Paris."