Magazine article Insight on the News

Changing Times and Scandal on Capitol Hill. (News Alert)

Magazine article Insight on the News

Changing Times and Scandal on Capitol Hill. (News Alert)

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Even in times of national emergency, the appetite for scandal remains strong among newsmen and politicians. So when the tips came in about a "big story," news alert! hopped into action and started making phone calls -- lots of them -- to members of Congress, to aides on Capitol Hill and then to the source of the brewing tempest that we began to call "Calendargate": a dark November scandal involving the U.S. Capitol Historical Society (CHS).

Sadly, however, some pesky, nettlesome, irritating and just plain get-in-the-way-of-a-good-story facts emerged. Every year, the nonprofit CHS prints up calendars with beautiful pictures of the historic Capitol building and grounds. Members of Congress, among many others, buy them by the tens of thousands and mail them to constituents. But this year a glitch occurred: November was given 31 days. Nobody noticed until 225,000 or so of the calendars were printed. It was too late to recall them and impossible to print another batch due to time and money. …

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