Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: With the fiscal cliff approaching, some members of Congress are scrambling to take action behind closed doors so legislation is ready to be passed after the election. Lawmakers, like Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), are preparing their own bills to deal with the challenges ahead, while others, like Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), are meeting with experts privately. Lawmakers say the closed-door nature of these talks is essential so possible solutions don't get lost in today's toxic political atmosphere: Manu Raju for POLITICO: Secret talks under way about 'fiscal cliff'
SEEING DOUBLE: The results from California's nonpartisan redistricting and top-two primary reforms will lead to 18 Democrat vs. Democrat races and eight Republican vs. Republican races. "It's part of a process that reflects a lot of voters and a number of political insiders who are incredibly frustrated with gridlock in government," No Labels Co-Founder Darry Sragow says: Josh Richmond for Mercury News: California's top-two primary will have some voters seeing double in November
INDEPENDENT DISSATISFACTION: "[Independents] are very dissatisfied. It's like they are vegetarians and Democrats and Republicans are offering steak and chicken," journalist Linda Killian says in an interview on PBS Newshour: PBS Newshour: With Political Polarization at All-Time High, Americans Say 'Listen to Me'
PARALYZED WITH INDECISION: Our country is not the only one dealing with gridlock. Greece's economy has long been the subject of international debate -- and with elections approaching, the country is still riddled with indecision: Randall Fuller for The New York Times: Paralysis in Athens
STAT OF THE DAY: Only one-third of staffers in the House of Representatives have worked in a congressional offices for five years or more, while another third are still in their first year on the job: Luke Rosiak for The Washington Times: Congressional staffers, public shortchanged by high turnover, low pay
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