The Congress vs. Larry Flynt

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WASHINGTON: Never mind Salon. Now that Hustler magazine has waded into the scandal arena, will any congressman's "youthful indiscretions" be sacred? A cool million bucks was what publisher and habitual agent provocateur Larry Flynt offered anyone with "documentary evidence" of "an adulterous sexual encounter with a current member of the United States Congress or a high-ranking government official." By taking out a full-page ad in the Washington Post Sunday, Flynt showed he's as serious as he ever gets; after all, every decent D.C. correspondent knows where the bodies are -- or were -- buried.

A couple of caveats for would-be Washington millionaires: The six-zero sum gets paid out only when and if Hustler publishes your salacious story, and Flynt reserves the right to shift the deadline forward. Assuming he doesn't, however, the offer expires on May 1, 1999 -- which gives money-hungry Monicas everywhere plenty of time to initiate the affair and get the photos developed. Interns, start your engines.