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Inside Congress

Inside Congress

The Shocking Scandals, Corruption, and Abuse of Po

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  • Gallery Books | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476746616 | 
  • March 2013
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Chapter 1: Hideaways

The Capitol sits on land once known as Jenkins' Hill, which rises eighty-eight feet above the Potomac River in Washington. Bathed in light at night, the Capitol's white dome is a symbol of America -- strong, dignified, and pure. But the impression is misleading. First occupied on November 17, 1800, the nineteenth-century neoclassical building has over the years been burned, bombed, rebuilt, extended, and restored. "Part of it was sandstone, part of it was marble, the dome is cast-iron. It's all painted white to make it look like one unified building," said Donald A. Ritchie, associate historian of the Senate. "It's... see more

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