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Friday, August 3, 2012

The Early Word: Recess


In Today's Times:

  • Failing to pass emergency agricultural aid, Congress broke for a five-week recess Thursday, leaving farmers and ranchers reeling from a rough year with no safety net as members headed home to their districts to campaign, Jennifer Steinhauer reports.
  • Government auditors found that Amtrak lost more than $800 million on its food service in a decade, having never broken even since Congress began requiring it to do so in 1981, Ron Nixon reports. The main causes? Waste, employee theft and lack of oversight, the auditors say.
  • President Obama kept up his attacks on Mitt Romney's tax-cut plans in Florida Thursday, dismissing them as “trickle-down tax-cut fairy dust,” Jackie Calmes reports.

Washington Happenings:

  • The Labor Department releases employment numbers for July on Friday.
  • Mr. Obama will speak in Washington on Friday to urg e Congress to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class.