Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
EXTREME MAKEOVER, CONGRESS EDITION: The November elections will likely leave Congress even more polarized than it is today, if that's possible. "This has profound implications for governance. With rapid swings in control, it’s no longer safe to assume a new law will be the law of land 24 months later." The system is broken -- time to change the incentives to make Congress work! Charles Mahtesian and Jim VandeHei for POLITICO: It's going to get worse
CHART -- RESOLUTE IN INDECISION: Check out two powerful graphics on past Congresses' use of continuing resolutions since 2000. The current Congress' inability to pass appropriations bills on-time is sadly nothing new. Kenneth Chamberlain, National Journal: Continuing Resolutions Passed by Congress Through the Years
AMERICAN IDOL VS. THE PLUMBER (NOT JOE): President Obama and Mitt Romney are going after their partisan bases in this general election. But if columnist David Brooks were running Obama's campaign, he'd run it American Idol style, based on likeability, balance, safety and talent. Romney, on the other hand, might benefit from a plumber campaign -- You may not love me, but here's four things I can do for you: David Brooks for The New York Times: Warfare or Courtship in 2012?
DOUBLE EDGED SWORD: Democratic nominees aren't the only ones being held up in the Senate. Republican appointees are stuck in limbo too -- in one case for 589 days. Let's clean this up, time for up-or-down votes on nominees within 90 days. Al Kamen for The Washington Post: Democratic nominees aren’t only ones waiting
ODD BEDFELLOWS: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is working with hard-line anti-illegal immigration groups and progressive leaders in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. While these groups -- and possible members of the coalition Rubio is working to form -- might not have much in common, everyone wants long-term solutions for America. It's just a matter of sitting down and finding them: Manu Raju and Scott Wong for POLITICO: Marco Rubio works both sides on immigration
STAT OF THE DAY: Twenty years ago, moderates made up 40 percent of Senate Republicans and one-third of the House GOP. Today, Republican moderates number 1-in-10 in the Senate and have almost disappeared from the House. Moderate Democrats make up 12 percent of their party’s House ranks in the 112th Congress, down from 35 percent in 1989. Charles Mahtesian and Jim VandeHei for POLITICO: It's going to get worse
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