Hugo Chavez

A do-nothing Congress returns to Washington; don't expect much

A do-nothing Congress returns to Washington; don't expect much

A wild windstorm swept through the nation's capital on Saturday, tossing broken tree limbs, downing power lines and forcing thousands of suburbanites to eat dinner by candlelight. On Sunday, with the skies sunny and mostly clear, the oppressive heat that hung on all summer was finally gone and the cooler air of approaching autumn turned the city into a pleasant place.

Then, Monday arrived and with it came an infestation of representatives and senators. The lawmakers are taking a break from campaigning just long enough to make sure the government does not go broke by the end of the month. It's nice of them to drop by to do the people's work. This year, such a thing has been a rare...

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