National Affairs: Bolt

From the cerulean empyrean* — a bolt. Liberty quivered, stood shaken but still unconquered, undamaged, poised on the golden dome of the Capitol.

William Tyler Page, Clerk of the House of Representatives, within the building, felt the shock remarked : "It happens every now and then."

* Not to be taken literally. As everyone knows, the sky is not blue during a thunderstorm.


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!