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Tom Cotton

GOP's Congress returns facing Supreme Court stalemate, stalled agenda

Congress increasingly is being defined by what it's not doing this election year.

The Senate returns this week with a strong majority of Republicans saying no to any consideration of President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court. No hearings, no vote and, for some lawmakers, not even a meeting with federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland.

Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., insist that the decision on filling the court vacancy rests with the next president after voters have their say in November's election.

A bipartisan bill to aid Flint, Michigan, where the city's 100,000 residents are struggling with lead-contaminated water is...

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