Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
JONATHAN MILLER ON THE CYCLE: No Labels Co-Founder Jonathan Miller was on MSNBC's The Cycle yesterday, talking about No Labels' solutions. "We need to be problem-solving and not hyper-partisan finger-pointing," he said. You can watch the entire segment here: Jonathan Miller on MSNBC's The Cycle
OVER-PROMISING: Both President Obama and Governor Romney are over-promising. But, as Gene Steuerle notes, working across the aisle means not always getting everything you want. "The president is the only elected official who represents all the American people ... In the end, therefore, we probably pick whomever we think better recognizes that the switch from candidate to president is more of a leap than a transition," he says: Gene Steuerle for The Government We Deserve: Governing After- Over-Promising
HYPER-PARTISANSHIP GETTING PERSONAL: Extreme hyper-partisanship has extended from elected officials to their constituents -- and difference in political opinion is leading to personal attacks. In our current political climate, it is okay to call someone a traitor if he or she even so much as agrees with an idea from the other side of the aisle. How are we supposed to solve our country's greatest problems if people in Washington are too busy blaming the other side? Ruben Navarrette for CNN: Today, talking politics is plain ugly
TRYING TO REACH INDEPENDENTS: George Allen and Tim Kaine both tried to reach undecided voters in their final debate last night. Both candidates focused on painting the other as a polarized political figure. Allen said Kaine would not be an independent voice and Kaine said Allen has engaged in harsh partisanship. While slamming the other candidate could be effective politically, the two Virginians should focus on what they would do to break the gridlock in Washington: David Catanese for POLITICO: George Allen, Tim Kaine reach for the center in final debate
WHY NO BUDGET, NO PAY IS IMPORTANT: Greg Fox is a student at the University of Rochester and currently interning at No Labels. He believes that passing the No Budget, No Pay Act will help get America moving in the right direction again. "If our lawmakers can be incentivized to work together and pass all spending bills on time, then hopefully they will realize the progress they can achieve by reaching across the aisle and solving problems together, regardless of party affiliation," he says: Greg Fox for the Campus Times: Members of Congress should put country’s budget before themselves
FROM THE FIELD: A No Labels supporter in California didn't let emergency surgery get in her way as she spreads the word about the No Labels movement. Read her letter to the editor (published just two weeks after her surgery) here.
THE DAILY BREAK: Hello Kitty, the popular animated cat, is running for president as part of the friendship party: Ramin Setoodeh forThe Daily Beast: Hello Kitty Is Running for President
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STAT OF THE DAY: A total of 63 percent of Americans think that congressional negotiators should be willing to accept things they don't like in a final debt deal compromise. Sixty-one percent said that all parties would be equally to blame if the federal government fails to reach a deal, according to the National Journal's most recent poll: Fawn Johnson for Government Executive: Public would accept tax hikes in debt deal