Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, No Labels Co-Founders John Avlon, Robert S. Kaplan and Lisa Borders along with President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Maya MacGuineas participate in a conversation with America.
The Senate should swiftly confirm 150 of the most sensitive presidential appointments within the first 100 days of a new White House administration — and “measuring the drapes” should become the political norm and not a campaign attack line, according to a new blue-ribbon commission.
By Former Senators George Voinovich (R-OH) and Evan Bayh (D-IN) Unfortunately, both today and while we were in office, Congress has simply been unable to deliver on one of its most fundamental responsibilities -- passing, on time, the spending bills necessary to fund and run the government.
No Labels made a splash last winter with a New York City launch that included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a former Republican and oft-mentioned potential third-party candidate for president. No Labels isn’t trying to become a third party but instead aims to force the two parties to work better together. “For better or for worse, our basic structure dictates a two-party system,” said Bill Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, veteran Democratic adviser and another of No Labels’ 30 co-founders. According to Galston, their group is trying to “re-create a two-party system that functions in the national interest” by fostering a “nationwide citizen movement to try and provide concrete incentives to search harder for common ground.”
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