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On today's show

We'll check in with DemFromCT for our morning polling and issues update. And from there, we'll tour through the weekend's happenings, including the continuing Romneyshambles saga, the weekend talkers, the Olympics, what's up in Congress for the week, and more.

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And because I still care... What's happening in Congress this week?

In the House

The big items on the agenda in the House come at the end of the week. There's the Republican version of the Bush tax cuts extension—i.e., the one that crushes all future budgets by extending the cuts for everyone, including bazillionaires (while cutting tax breaks for lower-income working families, by the way). And an extension of farm bill programs to avoid expiration, while negotiations continue toward a long-term reauthorization. And finally, a bill that purports to establish a kind of framework for a later bill enacting some kind of major tax reform. Whether or not it really works, since it purports to lay out expedited procedures for the next Congress, doesn't really matter. They're going to go ahead and do this, anyway. So there.

There are plenty of smaller scale bills on the schedule as well. There are 31 suspension bills on the slate this week, including the very obnoxious H.R. 3803, the "District of Columbia Pain–Capable Unborn Child Protection Act." Yes, an abortion-restriction bill, can you believe it? And of course, a bill from the "states' rights" crowd that imposes their pet experiments from the outside, on DC.

In the Senate

The Senate's work week begins with another judicial nomination, this time that of Robert E. Bacharach of Oklahoma, to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The nomination will require a cloture vote—i.e., it's being filibustered. If they're successful in invoking cloture, they'll move to the vote on the nomination itself, and then onto the motion to proceed to the cybersecurity bill. If cloture is not invoked, they'll go straight to that motion to proceed. An agreement last week assures the motion's adoption, either way. So you will see debate on that bill, beginning today. The only questions are: at what time, and; will Judge Bacharach be moved to the 10th Circuit bench first?

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