Washington D.C. is a three-ring circus of locals, tourists, and the political class.
If the District were a state, it would rank the 48th in population. Residents are quick to point out D.C. is not a state, and they don’t have a vote in Congress. They circle the wagons around their ring, ignoring the ballyhoo and simply get on with life.
Tourists flock to the nation's capital because it’s the greatest show in American history. The monuments and museums play backdrop in this ring.
And in the center ring -- where the light shines the brightest and the shadows are the deepest -- are the politicians, the journalists and those they feed. It's their job to guide us through the circus.This ongoing project is my look inside the big top.