Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
INDEPENDENCE IN POLITICS: With the Fourth of July this week, No Labels Co-Founder John Avlon highlighted the courage of the founding fathers to do what was best for the country and called on current politicians to do the same. "Principled independence is one of this country's bedrock principles. And yet, we see it less and less this days, especially in our politics," Avlon argues: John Avlon hosting OutFront: E-Block: Celebrating 'Independence' in America
NO PLEDGES: Republican Young Guns are continuing to buck Grover Norquist's Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Of the 83 people currently in the Republican National Congressional Committee's Young Guns program, 38 have rejected the pledge. These lawmakers understand that being locked into pledges creates gridlock in Congress and limits their ability to solve problems: Patrick Svitek for The Huffington Post: Grover Norquist Pledge Against Taxes Attracts Fewer Republican Candidates
GRIDLOCK LOOMING: Recently, the Senate passed their version of the Farm Bill and on Thursday, the leaders of the House Agriculture Committee released their bill. The House version, however, has $11 billion more in direct spending cuts and the conservative House may not approve the bill because there are not enough cuts. This could lead to gridlock between the Senate and House as they try to reach an agreement:Erik Wasson for The Hill: House panel's draft of farm bill cuts $35B
VOTERS' VOICE: Newsweek and The Daily Beast have recently released a new poll highlighting where the presidential candidates stand. Overall, voters feel Mitt Romney has an advantage on domestic issues while President Barack Obama has an advantage on foreign affairs. Click here for the full results: Douglas Schoen for The Daily Beast: Blunt Truths for Romney and Obama
STAT OF THE DAY: The US economy added 80,000 jobs in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's more than the recently revised 77,000 jobs in May, but still not even close to the 100,000 to 125,000 jobs it takes per month to keep up with the expanding labor market: Patrick Reis for POLITICO: Jobs report: Only 80K last month