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Franklin Roosevelt and Wendell Wilkie: A partnership for the ages

Franklin Roosevelt and Wendell Wilkie: A partnership for the ages

AS THE FISCAL CLIFF TURNS: In today's continuing fiscal cliff drama, lawmakers are taking to the Sunday shows to spew their party's talking points about the fiscal cliff. House Speaker John Boehner says that President Barack Obama's deal amounts to little more than a joke -- and Sen. Joe Lieberman says President Obama needs to step up and be more involved in debt negotiations. Stay tuned to Problem-Solver's Daily as the drama develops.

A PARTNERSHIP FOR THE AGES: After President Franklin Roosevelt defeated Wendell Willkie in the 1940 presidential election, Roosevelt tried to think of ways to keep Willkie involved in government. They formed a partnership that led to the passing of numerous bills and worked together on diplomacy abroad in the lead-up to World War II. Is this a model President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney can replicate today? Susan Dunn for The New York Times: When Partisans Became Partners
 
FILIBUSTER: While filibuster reform is one way to reduce gridlock, the way Democrats are considering doing it could lead to a more divided Senate in 2013, Frank James writes: Frank James for NPR: Thing Congressional Gridlock is Bad? If Reid Changes The Filibuster Rules, Look Out
 
A NOTE: We regret to inform you that Bob Rosenberg, one of the first citizen leaders of No Labels, passed away last week. Bob fought hard against the cancer that ultimately beat him. He was an instrumental force in the early days of our movement and believed deeply, like we all do, in the power of our elected officials to change behavior and become productive leaders. We will not stop fighting for our cause, and we will remember Bob as a leader of this movement. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends in this difficult time.
 
 
 
STAT OF THE DAY: Only 26 out of 38 freshman Republicans for the 113th Congress have signed the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) no-new-taxes pledge, compared to 96 out of 99 Republican freshmen at the beginning of the 112th Congress. Timothy Homan for Bloomberg: Norquist’s Tax Pledge Draws Fewer Freshmen: BGOV Barometer
 

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