Wholesale Politics

Need a crystal ice bucket for the office? The price isn't bad: just $83. How about a handsome garment bag? Only $197.50, compared with $395 at a typical luggage shop. A Polaroid Spectra camera will run you $99.57. Buy one at a Washington camera store, and you'll pay $174.99.

These items are not your run-of-the-mill office supplies. But then, you probably aren't a regular shopper at the House and Senate stationery stores. These emporiums stock, along with paper clips and legal pads, an array of merchandise that would look odd sitting atop a legislative aide's desk: pewter serving trays, crystal candlesticks,...

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