Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
WHAT'S BROKEN: In his first speech on the House floor, No Labels Co-Founder Mickey Edwards, a Republican, decided to use the lectern facing the Democrats. He was greeted by a gasp by both sides of the aisle as representatives generally speak to their own side. Edwards still sees the same hyper-partisanship in Washington today. "We've created a system that rewards incivility and punishes cooperation," he argues: Mickey Edwards for CNN: Can we fix a hyper-partisan Congress?
FINDING SOLUTIONS: There are still problem-solvers trying to break the gridlock in Washington. "Members of Congress need to get off the sidelines and get into the game – they need to compromise to replace sequestration with something better. Knowing what’s at stake, I’m going to keep working as hard as I know how to forge common ground, protect jobs and safeguard our national security," says Sen. Claire McCaskill: Claire McCaskill for The St. Louis American: Fighting for compromise solutions
BOWLES-SIMPSON REVISITED: The Bowles-Simpson plan, is being reworked. A group of ex-politicians and business executives, led by former Sens. Judd Gregg., and Alan Simpson, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles plan to release a revised plan after the election as the fiscal cliff approaches. “The Bowles-Simpson group is the best example of what can be accomplished. It can serve as 'a consensus bipartisan template,' ” says No Labels supporter Sen. Joe Manchin: John Aloysius Farrell and Nancy Cook for National Journal: The Legend of Simpson-Bowles
NEGATIVE ADS: While negative advertising has always been a part of elections, today's campaigns are taking it over the top. One pro-Mitt Romney ad says if President Obama is re-elected, "You wouldn't have to work and wouldn't have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check." Meanwhile a pro-Obama group is suggesting that Romney and Bain Capital are responsible for the death of a steel worker's wife due to cancer. Both campaigns should start focusing on substantive issues instead:Editoral for USA TODAY: Editorial: Obama, Romney should disavow super PAC ads
THE DAILY BREAK: Jon Stewart and Brian Williams talk about the lack of substantive issues being discussed in this election cycle. Referring to the mud slinging and negativity of the campaigns, Williams said: We can't -- as a country -- keep doing this." Stewart responded: "The system that we have in place to fix problems is broken." The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Interview with Brian Williams
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STAT OF THE DAY: Both unadjusted and seasonally adjusted unemployment have been 8.3 percent in mid-August, up from 8.2 percent (unadjusted) and 8.0 percent (adjusted) in July. However, the underemployment rate - the rate taking into account disaffected workers and workers working part-time jobs but looking for full-time jobs, declined slightly to 17.0 percent, from 17.1 percent in July. Most of this decline is likely to be part-time workers switching to full-time work that is becoming available: Jenny Marlar for Gallup: U.S. Unadjusted Unemployment 8.3% in Mid-August