Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
MISREADING THE NUMBERS: “The campaigns of Obama and Mitt Romney have used numbers as weapons dressed as incontrovertible facts, often pulling them out of context and ignoring contrary evidence. But the misuse of numbers goes beyond political machinations,” writes Zachary A. Goldfarb for The Washington Post. While statistics can be useful, they are misused by campaigns to skew the facts: Zachary A. Goldfarb for The Washington Post: How we misread the numbers that dominate our politics
WE HAVE SOLUTIONS: On Thursday night, the No Labels chapter in Connecticut hosted an event with Co-Founder Dave Walker. “Pandering politicians and partisan political disputes are blamed for a lack of true leadership in government that does not put the needs of the country first … No matter who is the next president, real reform is needed in 2014,” Walker warned. No Labels’ plan to Make Congress Work! offers an easy place to start to fix the system: Kathleen Schlasser for West Hartford News: West Hartford forum educates, encourages citizen involvement as ‘fiscal cliff’ nears
PUTTING POLITICS ASIDE: At the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner this week, President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney put the campaigning aside and even made a few jokes. Click here to watch the funny speeches by Romney and Obama.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Today marks the one year anniversary of Problem-Solver’s Daily -- click here to see the very first one!
FROM THE FIELD: A woman from New Jersey is making the Meeting to Make America Work! a family affair. She's excited to bring her daughter and sister and have a real discussion about our political system.
THE DAILY BREAK: Recognize any images in the background of political ads? Here’s where you’ve seen them before.
ACTION OF THE DAY: Call Rep. Reid Ribble’s office and leave a message to thank him for supporting No Labels.
STAT OF THE DAY: Did you know that Congress is technically not in recess? Instead, they are doing short, pro forma sessions in order to prevent any recess appointments by the Obama Administration. Just how short are these sessions? The shortest one, done by the Senate on October 9, was all of 25 seconds long: Kathleen Hunter and Roxana Tiron for Businessweek: The Do-Nothing-Quickly Congress