Submitted by Kelsey McLaughlin on October 16, 2012
WHAT WE NEED IN A LEADER: Given the recent voting trends from the last few presidential elections, it is safe to say that voters are looking for leaders who can work across the aisle. "Primary campaigns are won by the candidate who can most convincingly champion the party’s agenda, but general election campaigns are won by the candidate who can most plausibly fix the political system. So let’s think carefully about what sort of leader it would take to break through the partisan dysfunction and make Washington work," writes David Brooks. Read his 10 rules for leaders who can craft solutions: David Brooks for The New York Times: Rules for Craftsmen
NEW DEBT CEILING PROJECTION:
The U.S. government appears on pace to hit the $16.394 trillion federal borrowing limit some time in January, a bit later than the Obama administration had initially projected, writes Damian Paletta. Washington now has a debt ceiling negotiation added to the already massive list of major pieces of legislation to come up in January. With the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, automatic spending cuts, the farm bill and cyber-security still not resolved, and now an impending debt ceiling debate, Congress should have a busy lame duck session: Damian Paletta for The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Appears Set to Hit Debt Ceiling in January
Regardless of who wins the White House this November, a fiscal showdown is likely to ensue. It appears that neither party is going to have enough control of the presidency and both chambers of Congress to push legislation through without cooperating with the other side. That means that both parties are going to have to reach across the aisle in order to find a solution: Jackie Calmes for The New York Times: Debt Impasse Shadows Race for Presidency
FISCAL CLIFF COULD BE AVOIDED:
The fiscal cliff could be avoided if both parties were more open about working together, writes Ram Charan. "By cementing their positions, warring factions in Washington have created the gridlock that is pushing us toward draconian tax increases and spending cuts that will set the economy back for years, and quite likely, put us in a recession. Along with a budget and trade deficit, America is suffering from a leadership deficit just at a time when we can least afford it," he says: Ram Charan forUSA TODAY: Fiscal cliff can be avoided. Here's how.
FROM THE FIELD: The No Labels team in Minnesota recruited 30 new members to the No Labels movement after their event in Minnetonka last night featuring former Congressman Jim Ramstad and No Labels Co-Founder Nate Garvis.
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