Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
TALK TO EVAN BAYH AND JON HUNTSMAN: This Thursday No Labels is hosting a town hall teleconference at 7 p.m., with Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) to talk about filibuster reform. Then, next Wednesday we will talk with Gov. Jon Huntsman about how to break the gridlock in Washington. Click here to RSVP for one or both town hall calls: http://bit.ly/JNCeCj
BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL: Four senators, two Democrats and two Republicans, are introducing the Startup Act 2.0 which would create an Entrepreneur's Visa for legal immigrants and create a new STEM visa so U.S.-educated foreign students with an advanced degree in science, technology, engineering and math can stay in the country, among other things. In an election year, solutions endorsed by members of both parties are hard to come by. This is one example that needs to be replicated in other areas of national concern: Sens. Jerry Moran, Mark Warner, Marco Rubio & Chris Coons for POLITICO: Startup Act's economic benefits
THE PROBLEM IS BIGGER THAN GRIDLOCK: The problem in Congress isn't simply a matter of gridlock, David Frum says. It's an inadequacy of the American political system to deal with the severity of the problems it faces. Click here to watch David Frum talk about what's changed since the booze-filled political days of the 1950s: http://huff.to/K5sBLz
WHO'S AT FAULT? It doesn't matter. Americans won't blame Democrats, Republicans or independents in November. They'll blame the people who made decisions -- and those who didn't. All of them: Charlie Cook for National Journal: If It Hits the Fan
COMMENCEMENT ADDRESSES: A common theme has run through commencement addresses across the country. At George Washington University, Brian Williams said "Remember, there'd be no Constitution in this country without compromise." CBS's Bob Schieffer told graduating seniors at LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication that politics is broken, and at the University of Maryland, John Berry, the federal government’s personnel chief, told graduates to heal the nation and “get beyond the yelling and fingerpointing” that divides Washington and the country.
WHEN CONGRESS DOESN'T WORK, THE PRESIDENT DOESN'T CALL: Senior members of President Obama's own party aren't hearing from the president much -- and some think it's because everyone knows how unlikely it is Congress will actually do something this year: Manu Raju for POLITICO: Democrats wait by phone for President Obama
STAT OF THE DAY: Seat Five on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has been vacant for 2,699 days, or since 2004, according to the U.S. Courts. That wouldn't happen if we instituted a required up-or-down vote on presidential nominations within 90 days.
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