Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
GOVERNMENT ON AUTOPILOT: When House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid agreed to punt major spending decisions into 2013, one group of lawmakers was not jumping for joy -- the appropriators who spent the better part of the past year crafting the 12 spending bills necessary to fund the government. “Agreeing to put the government on autopilot for six months is no great achievement,” Sen. Thad Cochran says. It's time for Congress to stop punting and start aiming for the endzone: Erik Wasson for The Hill: Frustrated appropriators hoping to salvage work on spending bills
MORE ATTACKS: Political attacks are straying farther from truth than before, Frank Bruni writes in The New York Times. Will these attacks help America after the election? They don't address any of the increasing problems our country faces -- and take our leaders' attention away from finding solutions: Frank Bruni for The New York Times: Truculence before truth
A NO LABELS CANDIDATE: No Labels Co-Founder Bill Bloomfield is taking on Rep. Henry Waxman as an independent in a race for the congressional seat in the newly formed 33rd district of California. Check out the profile of Bloomfield and his opponent here: Parimal M. Rohit for The Santa Monica Mirror: A Look At Santa Monica's Candidates Vying for Congress, Senate Seats In Washington, D.C.
1/7 OF NOTHING: About 64 years ago, President Harry Truman called the bunch of lawmakers on Capitol Hill the "do-nothing" Congress. That Congress accomplished seven times more than the current crop of lawmakers. As our nation's problems get bigger, many of our elected officials get smaller: Jerry Zremski for The Buffalo News: Polarized Congress considered worst ever
THE DAILY BREAK: 300 people shut down a street for an impromptu flash mob -- and a marriage proposal. Check it out here.
STAT OF THE DAY: President Franklin D. Roosevelt averaged nearly seven news conferences a month. But over the last two decades, presidents have averaged only about two a month. That's why No Labels wants to make the presidency work by putting regular news conferences on the agenda.