‘Candy desk’: the sugary secret powering the US Senate

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Washington (AFP) – It looks much like the rest of the furniture in the US Senate, but one desk harbors a secret power giving it the unique capacity to unite the deeply-divided chamber — it’s full of sugary treats. The “candy desk” — replete with chocolates, sticky lollies and other goodies capable of sweetening even the most laborious voting session — has been legislators’ guilty pleasure for more than half a century.  Situated near a busy entrance on the Republican side, this saccharine stockpile requires a storekeeper of sorts to make sure it is always full.  During periods of intense neg…

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