Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
NEW BOOK: "A combination of miscalculations, ideological rigidity and discord within the leadership of both political parties brought the U.S. government to the brink of a catastrophic default during the 2011 showdown over the federal debt ceiling," writes Steve Luxenberg of journalist Bob Woodward's new book The Price of Politics. We need our leaders to be able to solve problems, not make them worse: Steve Luxenberg for The Washington Post: Woodward book chronicles Obama’s fiscal policy battle with congressional Republicans
DNC UPDATE: Former President Bill Clinton spoke last night at the Democratic National Convention and understands that working together should be a part of American politics. "Sometimes I couldn’t tell you for the life who I’m working with because we focus on solving problems and seizing opportunities and not fighting all the time. And so here’s what I want to say to you, and here’s what I want the people at home to think about ... What works in the real world is cooperation," he says. You can read the full speech here.
DEAL POSSIBLE: Farmers have had a rough summer, experiencing one of the worst droughts in decades coupled with the uncertainty of the farm bill, which deals with agriculture and food policy. While most assumed that Congress would not pass a new bill before the old farm bill expired on September 30, some are now saying that farmers could get a new bill in time. "Naysayers might suggest a new bill can't be completed in time, but we are here to say it can be - and to call on Congress to pull together to finish their job. This is a bill that will impact every American and a bill that needs to be done now," says National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Pam Johnson: National Association of Wheat Growers for Ag Professional: Leaders say farm bill still possible before Sept. 30
KING'S DECISION: Governor Angus King is running for Senate as an independent -- and many are speculating about which party he will caucus with if elected. If elected, his choice of which party to caucus with could change who controls the majority, but as an independent, he's not tied to either party. The influence of caucuses is a clear example of the power of parties in the Senate: Alexander Bolton for The Hill: Maine Dems: King may not caucus with party
FROM THE FIELD: A group of No Labels supporters in Pennsylvania are carpooling together for a trip to the Meeting to Make America Work! in January. They're gathering their friends for this historic event and you can, too. Click here to spread the word now.
THE DAILY BREAK: Did your town ever have a teenager as mayor? These towns have.
STAT OF THE DAY: The U.S. has fallen from fifth to seventh place in the World Economic Forum's global competitiveness rankings, or the measure of how countries can compete economically, this year. Why? Well, among other reasons, "A lack of macroeconomic stability continues to be the country’s greatest area of weakness." Emi Kolawole for The Washington Post: U.S. slips in World Economic Forum’s competitiveness rankings