In it, but not of it. TPM DC

What Lies Behind a Slow News Day

When Congress eschews votes and major moves on Fridays, lawmakers are free to return to their districts to conduct local business on weekends. (After all, House members are technically always in re-election mode.)

After the congressional work week shrank to essentially three days -- Tuesday through Thursday -- under GOP rule, Democrats campaigned in 2006 on a platform of hustling back to a Monday-through-Friday schedule. Those ambitions were scaled back a bit by 2008

The schedule for this year continues in that vein, with Congress planning to return on periodic Mondays and Fridays but largely leaving room for the occasional slow news cycle, when aides and reporters alike can take a long-overdue deep breath.