What it’s like to be a tourist in Washington, D.C., this week

Normally packed with visitors and tourists, the U.S. Capitol Rotunda is empty on Monday and all this week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


What it's like to be a tourist in Washington, D.C., this week

At lunchtime Tuesday, James Bane and his wife, Jodie, entered the Capitol Visitor Center. It was empty. Hundreds of unused audio-tour headphones hung from racks like a haul of black squids, and three Capitol Police officers looked silently at one another across the vast marble lobby. The Banes bore the bewildered expressions of accidental trespassers who had taken a wrong turn into a restricted area, and they shuffled, almost apologetically, around the velvet ropes. There was no one else in …

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