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Congress returns from seven-week vacation

Congress began its seven-week vacation Friday, July 15; however, Republicans left a day early, on Thursday. Democrats spent the entire day on Friday with one-minute speeches focused on support for stricter gun laws.

The next opportunity to vote on "expanding background checks for anyone trying to purchase a firearm, including at a gunshow or online," will be when Congress returns the day after Labor Day, on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

The Aug. 24 Star Tribune, page 4, headline "GOP seeks FBI on Clinton emails" focuses on issues to be addressed.

1. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, asked FBI Director Comey on Tuesday to provide information about unauthorized individuals gaining access to classified information on Clinton's private email server.

2. On Monday, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, subpoenaed three companies that provided services to individuals maintaining Clinton's private email server.

Polls show that 90 percent favor stricter gun laws. The House Judiciary Committee plans to hold a hearing in which it will ask Comey to testify in September, a Republican committee aide said.

Republicans deeply unsatisfied with the FBI's conclusions are jumping at any opportunity to question the agency's investigation into the Democratic presidential nominee while she served as secretary of state.

Stricter gun laws are not being discussed.

Bob Uppgaard,

Pequot Lakes