Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
NO ALTERNATIVE TO WORKING ACROSS THE AISLE: "There is nothing wrong with a frank and honest debate between two visions of our country’s future. But for the foreseeable future, neither party can definitively defeat the other. The only alternative to reasonable compromise—the sooner the better—is a level of gridlock that would paralyze our economy and eviscerate what is left of our reputation. All of those contributing to our current era of polarization would be wise to take heed," No Labels Co-Founder Bill Galston writes. He's right. Problem-solvers don't cast blame, they find solutions: Bill Galston for The New Republic: Why Republicans Aren't the Only Ones to Blame for Polarization
THE FIGHT GOES ON: Americans Elect ended its nominating process Thursday without a candidate. But the fight to find political problem-solvers continues. "[Rutgers Political Science professor David] Karpf says he's supportive of efforts to de-radicalize politics, but says a more effective means would be to put money in groups like No Labels, which is pushing for institutional changes—such as eliminating the Senate filibuster —that would make it easier to effectively govern." Rebekah Metzler for US News & World Report: Americans Elect Shows How Third-Party Campaigns Have Hit a Ceiling
SOLUTIONS FOR THE POST OFFICE: America's got a problem: a post office in need of reform. When America has problems, Congress' standard response is gridlock. But this is a problem with simple solutions. "There is nothing ideological about fixing the post office," Joe Nocera writes. "It’s not like the debt ceiling. The Internet notwithstanding, the country still needs a viable Postal Service. What is mainly required is for Congress to get out of the way and allow it to begin truly operating like a real business. And if it can’t? If Congress can’t do this one, nonpartisan thing, then it’s worth asking whether it can do anything at all." Joe Nocera for The New York Times: Free the Post Office!
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