The Capitol Building sits on a grid, with Nancy Pelosi sitting in a control room, with the rest of Congress virtually on screens behind her.

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Why Is Congress Still Meeting in Person?

Since 9/11, disaster planners have been trying to warn Washington of the risks of a government based on stuffing all of America’s most important legislators into one place. Covid-19 is reviving the conversation in real time—but there’s a reason nothing has changed.

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