Sex, Lies, And Polygraphs

As the Chandra Levy frenzy intensifies, GARY CONDIT fights back and submits to a lie-detector test. But does it come too late to save his career?

Congressmen don't usually hang around on the House floor any longer than they have to. But for Gary Condit, it may be the only sanctuary left. On Thursday afternoon, as the campaign-reform bill was crashing to earth, so did the rest of his life. At the back of the chamber, the California Congressman leaned on the rail, chatting and joking with the men and women who still treat him as a colleague. As the others wandered away one by one, Condit lingered for a while, all alone.

It is easy to understand why Condit would be reluctant to go outside. It...

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