A recess for Congress, but no break from gridlock

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Posted: Sunday, August 4, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON — Members of the House and Senate have returned home for their annual August recess. It's a five-week break from legislating during which they will fill their calendars with business round tables, coffee shop chats and town halls.

Here's a primer on the status of hot-button policy issues so you can more effectively yell at — or, better yet, rationally discuss them with — your elected leaders.

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