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Congress: On recess

“Senator Scott Brown, while still opposing repealing the military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy, said that he would not mount a filibuster to prevent the Senate from voting on whether to permit gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military,” the Boston Globe writes.

“Lawmakers say that heightened election-year politics and harsher travel rules are behind the decrease in member CODELs over the Memorial Day recess,” The Hill writes. “‘It’s because of the optics in a political year -- if you go anywhere but a war zone you get whacked, which is too bad because there are important things to learn outside of combat zones,’” Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) is quoted as saying.

“The always-fractious relationship between House and Senate Democrats hit a dramatic low last week that resulted in Members leaving for the Memorial Day recess having failed to extend unemployment benefits or avert a pay cut for doctors under Medicare,” Roll Call writes.

“Minority Leader John Boehner said last week that he believes it will largely be Democrats who determine whether he becomes Speaker of the House next year. The Ohio Republican told Roll Call in an interview that the midterm elections will be 80 to 90 percent about the policies promoted by Democrats in Congress and the White House, having little to do with anything Republicans put forth.”