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WHAT'S THAT PIN? More than 40 problem solvers will be wearing our orange #FixNotFight pin at the State of the Union tonight. Look out for this pin to see which members of Congress have committed to meeting regularly across the aisle.
LEADERSHIP IN STATE OF THE UNION: No Labels Honorary Co-Chair Sen. Joe Manchin has called for leadership and across-the-aisle solutions from his colleagues in Washington. “This country is too good, and the people in this country really deserve a lot better than what they’ve been getting from us, and I think we can produce a lot better,” he said. This is a perfect time for Washington to start using our principles of leadership, specifically put the country first and work together: Breanna Edwards for POLITICO: Joe Manchin wants bipartisan State of the Union speech
LEAD OR KICK THE CAN: No Labels Co-Founder John Avlon says that President Barack Obama has two choices for his State of the Union address tonight — lead or kick the can down the road. "Obama has the political opportunity, but does he have the political will? We'll all find out in real time if he decides to lead on this issue or just be the latest in a long line to kick the can further down the road," he writes. Will Obama and the rest of Washington take responsibility and govern for the future or will we see more finger pointing and gridlock? John Avlon for CNN: Obama's chance to lead — or kick the can down the road
NO TALKS RECENTLY: White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett says that there have not been any recent negotiations between President Obama and Republicans on the automatic spending cuts set to take place in less than three weeks. So both sides of the aisle have agreed that this is a major problem that will affect millions of Americans but they are too busy trying to score political points rather than come together to actually solve it. Our leaders need to govern for the good of the country: Jonathan Easley for The Hill: Jarrett: No recent talks between Obama, GOP on sequester cuts
THE THREAT OF SEQUESTER: The sequester is nearing, threatening both Republicans and Democrats, but nothing has been done yet. A total of $600 billion in cuts are set to hit both the domestic and defense programs over the next 10 years. Both parties are sticking to their party politics and refuse to come together in discussion about how to solve the country's financial problem. Something needs to be done or the U.S. economy will further crumble, as will our military: Ed Conant for The Augusta Chronicle: Through sequestration, broken Congress will break the military
A PROUD SPOKESMAN: Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) will be wearing his orange pin and sitting with fellow No Labels' problem solver Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) tonight at the State of the Union. However, his commitment to compromise spans past just one night. While still aligned with the Republican party, Davis has shown that he's willing to meet with Democrats and work together to make Congress work a little better. "There are many Democrats and Republicans like me who have gotten together, we're meeting on a regular basis," he said. "We're talking about issues that need to be addressed and we're basically breaking bread together, which I think isn't done enough in Washington." Tom Kacich for The News-Gazette: Davis moves toward political center
A HISTORIC DAY: On Abraham Lincoln's 204th birthday, his words from 1862 on the importance of leadership and history speak strongly to the occasion of President Obama's State of the Union tonight. — "Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation."
THE DAILY BREAK: Washington's leaders are coming together in at least one way today — to wait for hours for a few seconds to talk directly to President Obama as he walks down the aisle to give the State of the Union address: David Fahrenthold for The Washington Post: State of the Union squatters: Lawmakers wait hours on aisle for seconds with president
ACTION OF THE DAY: Click here watch a video of Sen. Joe Manchin talking about No Labels' presence at the State of the Union and sign our petition supporting problem solvers like Manchin.
STAT OF THE DAY: A total of 35 percent of the American public, the largest portion, thinks President Obama should focus his State of the Union address on the economy, while 20 percent say the federal deficit should be Washington's top priority this year:Quinnipiac University: Obama Should Focus State Of The Union On Economy, U.S. Voters Tell Quinnipiac University National Poll; President Handles Economy Better Than GOP, Voters Say