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"That ship has sailed," says one Republican Insider.
While the former vice president is as hawkish as ever, some of his fellow Republicans have changed their minds.
At a hearing Tuesday, lawmakers agreed on a need to rein in federal spending on local police departments.
If the president's motive is politics, even doves should worry.
The House and Senate return with an agenda that includes a critical measure to fund the government before they return to the campaign trail.
The Senate could convene after Election Day with the state's seat—and control of the chamber come January—still up for grabs.
It is no great surprise that with elections looming, Congress will avoid the big issues, keep up its scandal focus, and be in Washington as little as possible.