Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
AGREEMENT IN THE DEBATE: During the debate last night, President Obama and Governor Romney seemed to agree on many foreign policy issues. "Despite the sometimes tense exchanges between the two men, and beneath the fog of rhetoric, by night’s end the list of areas where there was something close to agreement was longer than the list of areas of disagreement," writes Gerald Seib. Our leaders agree on so many big issues, but all too often, the small things that divide us prevent any problem solving in Washington: Gerald Seib for The Wall Street Journal: Political Perceptions: Beneath the Fog of Debate, Agreement
PREPARING FOR FISCAL CLIFF: General Electric has already started planning for the fiscal cliff that is approaching in January. The company has started selling and refinancing bonds in attempt to avoid a turbulent market this spring. When will Congress learn that inaction in Washington has real results on real people? Ed Crooks and Vivianne Rodrigues for the Fiscal Times: GE acts to counteract ‘fiscal cliff’ fears
SIMPLIFYING GOVERNMENT: "America needs leadership for big change ... To make the choices needed to restore solvency and create jobs, America needs a governing structure that can adapt to current needs," writes Philip K. Howard for The Atlantic. He argues that the rules governing Washington are outdated and need an overhaul -- a radical simplification. The Constitution, a 15-page document, protects hundreds of years of freedoms, so why is the rest of the government bogged down in rules and red tape? Philip K. Howard for The Atlantic: Rules Can't Think: Why Government Needs Radical Simplication
LOOMING DEFENSE CUTS: Last night, President Obama said that the looming defense cuts, part of the sequestration that came as a result of the Super Committee's failure, will not take place. The problem is that neither party seems willing to work across the aisle to resolve the issue. "The parties are deadlocked in a dispute over taxes that has prevented them from reaching a deal to avoid the mandatory cuts," writes Jeremy Herb: Jeremy Herb for The Hill: Under pressure from Romney, Obama says military sequester won't happen
FROM THE FIELD: No Labels Citizen Leaders Mickey and Tetyana Neeley -- who are all set to attend Jan. 14 -- have kindly offered to volunteer their time in the No Labels offices based in DC. Email Liani if you are interested in helping out.
THE DAILY BREAK: Which companies are the most and least environmental friendly? Check out the list here: The Daily Beast: Green Rankings
ACTION OF THE DAY: In all the debates, the candidates have not just argued over opinions, but over the facts too. We need our leaders to work off the same set of facts in order to solve problems. Click here to sign the petition, then tell one friend to do the same.
STAT OF THE DAY: U.S. economic confidence, or a measure of people who think the economy is doing well compared to those who think it is doing badly, is down slightly from last month, falling to -19: Jenny Marlar for Gallup: U.S. Economic Confidence Down Slightly Last Week