Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
BIGGEST DIVIDER: Partisanship has become the biggest divider between Americans, beating out other factors like race and income, according to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center. While the parties are growing farther apart, they're also shrinking. A total of 38 percent of voters now identify as independent, an all-time high: Jennifer Agiesta for Associated Press: Poll: Political independents outweigh partisans
ONE MONTH, ONE BILL: The Senate plans to start debate today on a major farm bill. This bill will likely consume the body for most of June. Like anything in Congress, passing it won't be easy. Among the key hurdles are the elimination of direct farm subsidies, the creation of new crop insurance aid and new food stamp restrictions: Erik Wasson for The Hill: Senate poised to struggle with farm bill
NEW UNCERTAINTY: California is holding its primaries today -- and the country will be monitoring how well the new process works. "A nonpartisan redistricting commission’s remap of district lines mixed with an aging delegation and a rush of ambition is resulting in an unusually competitive election cycle in a state largely uncontested at the presidential or Senate levels." Kyle Trygstad for Roll Call: California Primaries Spell Political Upheaval
THINKING FOR THE FUTURE: The future of the minority vote and consequently the balance of power in American politics is still up for grabs, just like everything else in politics: Zoltan Hajnal and Taeku LeeforThe New York Times: The Untold Future of American Politics
STAT OF THE DAY: A total of 44 percent of Republicans and 37 percent on Democrats think parties have changed for the worse in recent decades, according to a new 60 Minutes-Vanity Fair poll. Only eight percent of Republicans and 12 percent of Democrats think they've changed for the better. Vanity Fair: The 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll: Americans Love the Boss