It’s where Congress goes to mull the whole enchilada: The deal-making that goes on in this Capitol Hill institution might be dramatic ... but the setting is anything but. Here, a look at the obvious and not-so-obvious power spots in Washington.
The Tex-Mex restaurant Tortilla Coast, steps away from the Capitol South Metro station, is where Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) met with House Republicans on the sly very late on Oct. 14 to strategize the GOP's federal shutdown and debt-ceiling negotiation strategy. The worn-in restaurant, with its neon beer signs aglow, window decals and murals of leaping fish, quickly found itself the butt of jokes in an otherwise sober week in Washington. But it has long been a fundraising venue: In the 2011-12 cycle, House campaigns spent almost $210,000 on events there, according to campaign finance reports. Marlon Correa/The Washington Post