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RUNNING FROM PROBLEMS: When people go on vacation, they make sure they get their work done before leaving. Not Congress. Congress begins a five-week vacation, but it hasn't solved the real problems facing this country. A new farm bill, higher cyber-security measures, the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and the $110 billion looming spending cuts all need to be addressed. "If the Capitol were to catch on fire, this Congress would find a way to make it a partisan issue," Bob Schieffer says of the inaction and dysfunction. Click here to watch the video: CBS Evening News: Bob Schieffer: Do-nothing Congress takes a break
IGNORING THEIR JOB: No Labels Co-Founder John Avlon agrees that this is an inappropriate time for Congress to be going on such a lengthy vacation. "Hyperpartisan politics and election-driven self-interest keep getting in the way of actually governing in the national interest. A quick flip through a history book shows that divided congresses don’t need to be this dysfunctional—but the play-to-the-base jokers in this congressional class would rather splash around on summer vacation than do their job," he argues: John Avlon for The Daily Beast: Congress Is Taking Another Vacation? Seriously?
ATTACKING REID: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was a popular topic on the Sunday morning talk shows this week. After Reid made unsourced accusations about presidential candidate Mitt Romney not paying taxes, some Republicans started name-calling. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell called the allegations “reckless and slanderous” and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus lambasted Reid as a “dirty liar." This isn't a kindergarten schoolyard. This is our government -- and it's not focused on solving problems: Scott Wong and Donovan Slack for POLITICO: Republicans rip Harry Reid
ACROSS-THE-AISLE CAUCUS: Founded by two Democrats and two Republicans, the Fix Congress Now Caucus is in place to support across-the-aisle solutions for this country. “The American people need to ask their congressmen to vote for their country and their conscience, not for their political party,” says Rep. Jim Cooper: Heather Rogers for IVN.us: Fix Congress Now Caucus Brings Compromise to Washington
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STAT OF THE DAY: More than 40 percent of businesses surveyed by Morgan Stanley said that they were holding back on spending and investment due to fears over the fiscal cliff. Political gridlock in the U.S. will cost the economy half a percentage point of growth in the second half of the year, according to Morgan Stanley economist Vincent Reinhart: Nelson Schwartz for The New York Times: Fearing an Impasse in Congress, Industry Cuts Spending