Is Congress taking the winter off?

I've been a reporter for a while - 54 years, if you have to know - and I can not recall an overload of news from so many places as we have experienced these past 11 weeks.

It began the first week in January with the horrible shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona. But by the end of the month all that was pushed off television and the front pages as Egypt came apart..

We wrestled with that story for three weeks until it was pushed aside by those protests by public union employees in Wisconsin.

We got New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's take on that when he dropped by Face the Nation but he wasn't even out of the studio when the first trouble surfaced in Libya.

Then came one of history's worst earthquakes, followed by a devastating tsunami ... followed by the nuclear disaster in Japan.

And now we're back to Libya and trying to figure out if we've gone to war in yet another Muslim country and whether we'll be asked to play a similar role in Syria and Yemen and who knows where else.

Well, thank goodness we got a little relief from Congress. In case you hadn't noticed, they've been here since January - that is except for three vacation breaks - but they've managed to do exactly nothing.

With all the other news, if they had done anything I don't know when we would have had time to cover it - or where we would have put it.

But I double-checked. We didn't miss a thing.

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