How Much Am I Bid for Paul Tsongas?

Many schools around the country hold fund-raising auctions. In most cities the prizes tend to be things like dinner at a nice restaurant or box seats at a ball game. In our nation's capital the offerings are both more extravagant and -- inevitably -- more wonky. Recent auction items from a number of Washington public and private schools:

-- A tour of the Treasury Department building, left.

-- Lunch with CIA Director R. James Woolsey. Bonus: a Tom Clancy novel autographed by Woolsey.

-- A health-care seminar in your home or office featuring experts from the Brookings Institution, the Urban Institute...

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