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 Michael Reynolds / EPA A Capitol police officer walks through the Capitol Rotunda, empty of visitors after being closed to tours, during the government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, USA, 01 October 2013.

A Capitol police officer walks through the Capitol Rotunda, empty of visitors after being closed to tours, during the government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington. Michael Reynolds / EPADC, USA, 01 October 2013. 

 In shutting down the government, members of Congress have turned their own U.S. Capitol complex into a ghost town running on a skeleton crew.

Kasie Hunt reports: There aren’t any tourists milling through the Capitol rotunda. Fewer police officers are working, so many entrances are closed. Up to two-thirds of each office’s staff is at home, forced to shut off their BlackBerries. And many of the usual comforts of a lawmaker’s day job have vanished.

“Box lunches. No tablecloths,” said one Democratic senator after emerging from the usual Tuesday lunch for all members of the Democratic caucus. He wasn’t complaining — just responding to a reporter who asked if the gathering featured the usual buffet spread that’s offered each week. Read the rest of this entry »