Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
POLITICS AS FOOTBALL: When it works, politics is played between the 40 yard lines -- or that's where most of the action takes place. But when that middle ground is lost and each side is playing inside its own 20, nothing happens. "Big issues of significant national concern go unaddressed," Judd Gregg writes. And because the Republicans and Democrats are playing different games on opposite sides of the field, neither side can score. It's time they meet at mid-field and start playing the same game again: Judd Gregg for The Hill: Senate's centrists must take the lead in restoring bipartisan consensus
FRUSTRATION WITH WASHINGTON: Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) came to the Senate hoping to bring change to the body -- but what he's come against is a Senate mired in gridlock, unable to solve real problems. He's frustrated, and he's not alone: Christopher Rowland and Bobby Caina Calvan for The Boston Globe: Brown's high hopes ran into Senate reality
THIS WEEK: The House of Representatives is out. The Senate is in. It can be tough for the two houses to agree if they're not in DC at the same time to negotiate together. That's why we need to make Congress work by having both houses come to work together ... for full five-day work weeks, three weeks a month.
MODERATES HOLD THE CARDS: In nine out of 10 toss-up Senate races, Democratic candidates need to win a majority of moderates in order to win, according to a new Third Way report. The problem-solver voter will be heard this November: Michelle Diggles & Lanae Erickson Hatalsky for Third Way: Senate Battlegrounds: Democrats Need a Moderate Majority
CONGRESS TALKS LIKE A BUNCH OF HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORES: There has been a drop-off in the congressional discourse over the past few years. In 2005 Congress spoke at an 11.5 grade reading level. Now members are down to 10.6: Tamara Keith for NPR: Sophomoric? Members of Congress Talk Like 10th Graders, Analysis Shows
WEB CHAT TODAY: Curious to learn more about independent voters? Journalist Linda Killian will be hosting a web chat today at 1 p.m. to answer your questions. Click here to join on WashingtonPost.com.
A GAFFE IS WHEN A POLITICIAN IS ACCIDENTALLY HONEST: Or so the old cliche goes. Yesterday Cory Booker, a supporter of President Obama's reelection campaign, veered off message and defended Bain Capital and the private equity industry. Booker stood up and said what he believed even though it wasn't in line with his party's message. Political courage is in short supply these days. WATCH: Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake for The Washington Post: Cory Booker commits the classic Washington gaffe
STAT OF THE DAY: The electoral votes of the top-10 elastic states (the states with the most swing voters) total 51. But these voters are not in the traditional swing states, they're in places like Rhode Island, Maine and Alaska: Nate Silver for The New York Times: Swing Voters and Elastic States
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