Congress Returns to Gridlock
Roll Call reports: "Congressional Democrats return to Washington this week with just three or four weeks to try to change the narrative that's driving this election season, but they acknowledge that the gridlock they left behind in August is all but certain to re-emerge. Both Democrats and Republicans concede a surging GOP has no incentive to cooperate with the majority, particularly in the Senate, where 60 votes are needed to pass almost everything. Given time constraints and election-year pressures, 'Our ability to do anything major is going to be limited,' Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) said last week."
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Obama's Day Ahead
President Obama will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET. He will deliver remarks at 10:30 a.m. ET, at the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Reception. He will meet at 11 a.m. ET with his national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan. He will meet at 1:45 p.m. ET with a family at their home in Fairfax, Virginia, and hold a discussion on the economy at 2 p.m. ET. He will meet at the White House with seniors at 3:30 p.m. ET, and he will meet at 4:30 p.m. ET with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. He will deliver remarks to NCAA Champion Student Athletes at 5:45 p.m. ET.