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Flashback: Roll Call’s April Fools’ front page in 2002

By Thomas McKinless

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In an era of actual fake news, a serious political newspaper running joke stories on April 1 may not be the best idea. But in the simpler days of 2002, then-Roll Call editor Tim Curran joined C-SPAN’s Peter Slen on the air to discuss Betty Ford running for Senate, oil being discovered under the Capitol and a government conspiracy against former Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.: three things that never actually happened but appeared on Roll Call’s front page for April Fools’.

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