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Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 05/22/2012

Congress totally dumbs down; Capitol Dome comes up short; and Bain’s here to stay (read-this roundup)

Here’s what the Loop is reading this morning:


(JONATHAN ERNST - REUTERS)
Like, totally — Congress’ discourse is getting dumber, our colleague Ed O’Keefe reports. According to a new analysis, “lawmakers speak at a 10.6 grade level, down from 11.5 in 2005.”

And not only is Congress’s English not to great, according to our colleague Joe Davidson, the government isn’t so hot with foreign languages. For example, a quarter of language-specific positions in the State Department are vacant.

House economics — Members of the House won’t have to tighten their belts: funding for congressional offices is the same as last year--but pity the the Capitol Dome, which is short on funds for its cleaning and restoration. Our colleague Ben Pershing breaks down the funding bill the House adopted for spending on its own operations.

Bain of his existence — Bain Capitol isn’t going anywhere — as a campaign issue, anyway. President Obama says his criticisms of GOP rival Mitt Romney's tenure at the investment firm are legit, which means we’ll be hearing more about it... lots more.

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