December 17, 2012 12:00 AM

The new normal? Millions wait for Congress to act

Congress is trying to wrap up its 2012 session, with the fates of help for storm victims, farmers, the military, jobless workers and others uncertain. Such routine matters traditionally aren’t the stuff of last-minute deliberations. But this latest bout of dysfunction is typical of this two-year Congress, one that was unusually polarized from the start.

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