The caption on this Reuters photo from 1995 sums up the story: "House Speaker Newt Gingrich inspects the Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil, which
the Smithsonian Institute lended to him for his office.
Gingrich, who had originally come under criticism for accepting the
piece, is a noted historian and dinosaur aficionado."
Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.