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Congress: Abysmal, dysfunctional

The AP on this Congress: “Congress' performance matches its approval rating -- abysmal. … The Republican-controlled House and Democratic-led Senate have set record lows for production and record highs for dysfunction.”

The U.S. House and Senate, facing a backlog of unfinished business, plan to be in session together for 13 days before the Nov. 6 election. Even so, members plan to do what they’ve done all year on the biggest tax and spending decisions: Nothing,” Bloomberg writes.

“Republicans used their radio address Saturday to try and pressure President Obama into backing a full extension of the George W. Bush tax cuts,” USA Today writes. “Obama's proposal to end those tax cuts for people making more than $250,000 annually will hurt job creators, said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.”

One Olympic gold medal winner says thanks, but no thanks to Marco Rubio’s suggestion that Olympians not pay taxes on medals. "For me, I make enough that I would say I should get taxed," said beach volleyball player Todd Rogers, who won the gold in 2008 with partner Phil Dalhausser. They lost Friday in the round of 16 this time around. "I'm not going to say I wouldn't take it, but I'm just looking at it from a realistic perspective. Tell that senator I appreciate it, though."