Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
GROWING SUPPORT FOR NO LABELS: Linda Campbell, editorial writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, recently discovered No Labels, and she liked what she found. Among the No Labels proposals she supports are No Budget, No Pay, a nonpartisan fiscal report, fixing the presidential appointment process and "question time" for the President of the United States: Linda Campbell for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Can problem-solvers control November?
GRIDLOCK CONTINUES: Congress has left Washington with a pretty extensive to-do list and will return with only 13 working days before the election. "How members of Congress can come to the voters asking to be re-elected without having carried out this vital work is remarkable...Some of the paralysis is due to partisan wrangling and some is due to just plain irresponsibility and an unwillingness to work together to do the people's business." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: To-do list: Congress skips town with too much unfinished
PARTISANSHIP GROWING: As both parties move closer to extreme ideals, moderates are disappearing. "In the 1970s, around 30 percent of lawmakers were considered centrist based on their voting records. Today, that number has plummeted to between 5 and 8 percent of members of Congress," according to James Thurber, the director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University. It does not matter if people are liberal, conservative, or moderate, we need more people willing to come to the table and have a discussion: Debbie Siegelbaum for The Hill: Predictions bleak for Blue Dog Democrats, moderates in Congress
PRESIDENTIAL POLARIZATION: While presidential campaigns are usually polarizing, this one seems worse than usual. According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, 80 percent of Democrats have an unfavorable view of former Governor Mitt Romney and 84 percent of Republicans have an unfavorable view of President Barack Obama. Click here to watch the video: The Washington Post: Presidential race pushes polarization to new high
THE DAILY BREAK: Wikipedia has locked the pages of potential running mates for Republican candidate Mitt Romney after Stephen Colbert urged viewers to make as many changes possible to their favorite candidate's page: Dylan Byers for POLITICO: Wikipedia locks possible VPs' pages
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STAT OF THE DAY: Assuming no changes in policy, the tax code in 2015 will have $1.5 trillion in loopholes and exclusions, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center: Ezra Klein for Bloomberg: Spellbinding Tax Reform That Doesn’t Even Work on Paper