Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
IN NEED OF A FARM BILL: Many members of Congress from the Midwest are facing questions about the state of the farm bill. In the middle of a severe drought, farmers are facing destroyed crops, and increased feed prices leading to the death of livestock. Congress cannot come to an agreement to provide temporary relief to struggling farmers, as the heartland eagerly awaits aid: Jennifer Steinhauer forThe New York Times: Enduring Drought, Farmers Draw the Line at Congress
LAME-DUCK DEBATE: By selecting Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, former Gov. Mitt Romney may have opened the door for more debate during the lame-duck session. "Since Mitt Romney announced his pick of Ryan as running mate on Saturday, the presidential race has already begun to shift from rhetorical, broad-brush attacks on ill-defined economic policy positions toward a more serious, substantive debate over spending and taxes," Nancy Cook says: Nancy Cook for National Journal: Romney-Ryan Ticket Brings Lame Duck Debate Forward
NEW BOOK: No Labels Co-Founder Rep. Mickey Edwards has released a new book called The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans. Edwards argues that closed primaries evolved from useful progressive checks on the power of party bosses into rigid organizations that promote candidates favored by extreme ideologues. They give disproportionate power to the small vocal minority of voters at the far edges of the political spectrum – resulting in candidates from both parties whose views reflect their respective supporters hard-line views: No Labels: book review: The Parties Versus the People by Rep. Mickey Edwards
THE DAILY BREAK: Last night was the Olympics closing ceremony in London -- take a look back at some of the best images from the games: The Daily Beast: 30 Amazing Olympics Photos
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STAT OF THE DAY: According to a new paper, disgust can make people more likely to seek out change. When exposed to a disgusting stimulus, 51 percent of people tried to exchange an object they were in possession of at the time for a new one when given the chance, whereas only 32 percent of those who weren't exposed to the stimulus did so. With many people disgusted by the current state of government, can reform be far behind? Seunghee Han, Jennifer Lerner and Richard Zeckhauser for Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government: Disgust Promotes Disposal: Souring the Status Quo