Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
DEMOCRACY IN ACTION: That's what No Labels Co-Founder Bill Galston says No Labels is. "The members of No Labels and the overwhelming majority of the American people understand that we cannot solve our problems unless both parties in Washington relearn the art of working together despite their differences. But the parties refuse to do so, and instead intensify their attacks on each other. No Labels is determined to change this, not through elite lobbying but through organized public pressure," he says: Bill Galston for New Hampshire Business Review: 'No Labels' is democracy in action
LESSONS FROM CONVENTIONS: With both conventions now over, what are the key takeaways? "The most striking conclusion is how a collision of values produced a convergence of political strategies. Both sides aggressively framed their conventions around the same question: Which side are you on?" writes John F. Harris and Jim Vandehei. This sort of attitude drives people to the extremes of both parties and only leads to more gridlock in Washington: John F. Harris and Jim Vandehei for POLITICO: Two conventions tell the tale of 2012
WHERE'S THE REPORT? While most are focusing on President Obama's speech from last night and the jobs number (see stat of the day) from this morning, some are wondering when Obama will release his plan for the budget cuts coming up in January. The deadline for the report is today and this continues an unfortunate theme of officials in Washington missing deadlines or ignoring their responsibilities, like passing a budget. We need the president and members of Congress to remember that they were elected to serve the people and missing deadlines is not acceptable: Darren Samuelsohn and Philip Ewing for POLITICO: Republicans blast W.H. over missed deadline
WATCH: Watch No Labels supporter and former Governor Angus King's latest video. He touts his record as governor of Maine and says, "If you're looking for someone who can get things done and shake up Washington, you've come to the right place." Click here to watch the full video.
DOWN THE PARTY LINE: According to voting data, each party has become more unified in their positions since 1960. House Democrats and Republicans voted with their parties an average of 93 and 91 percent of the time in 2009. In the Senate, it’s 93 percent and 89 percent. With members of Congress sticking to the party line so often, it's far more difficult to reach across the aisle to solve problems: Dylan Matthews for The Washington Post: Are political parties growing more unified?
FROM THE FIELD: David Colton from Washington, D.C., volunteered with the No Labels field team yesterday and called more than 125 supporters about the Meeting to Make America Work! and our Digital Leader program.
THE DAILY BREAK: No Labels Co-Founder Ron Shaich is launching a new project called Panera Cares. While these new cafés are similar to regular Paneras, there's one noticeable difference: customers pay what they want. See how it could make a difference here: Niala Boodhoo for NPR: Panera Sandwich Chain Explores 'Pay What You Want' Concept
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STAT OF THE DAY: The new jobs numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that 96,000 jobs were created in August and that the unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent. However, that fall in the unemployment rate was due to a decline in the labor force participation rate (the percentage of people of working age who are either working or are looking for work) to 63.5 percent. That is the lowest it's been in more than 30 years: Jeff Cox for CNBC: New Jobs at 96,000, Missing Expectations; Rate Hits 8.1%