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Illustration: Tim McDonagh. All photos courtesy of Matt Zeller.

Power Trip

Matt Zeller steps into the air-conditioned sanctum of the U.S. Senate offices, wondering if today will be any different. He will meet with five senators this morning and afternoon, each of whom has strong opinions on Zeller’s work and life calling. His face is flushed from the summer heat and a little bloated from stress. He puts his cellphone, wallet, and keys through security.

When I met Zeller last winter, he looked not exactly young but like a man coming into his own, with the taut frame and footnote-citing erudition of, say, a promising lawyer who’d just appeared before the…

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