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In today's Problem-Solver's Daily, we look at Speaker Boehner's move to "plan B" on the fiscal cliff, and why Washington should be willing to work across the aisle.

After discussing the definition of a catfish, debating an immigration bill that failed over a year ago, and focusing on anything that could put off important decisions, Congress finally got to work late last week.

Conflict occurs frequently in human affairs because it has an important function. It is not unlike pain calling attention to physical impairments that require fixing. Conflict directs our attention to places where civic arrangements have become untenable and holds our attention until we restore order. It alerts us to obstructions and demands that we remove them. In other words, conflict serves adaptation.

“The democratic process requires politicians both to resist compromise and to embrace it.” The place for partisanship is during the campaign, but politicians must adopt a "compromising mind-set" once the election is past and it's time to start governing.

There aren't enough jobs in this country, our infrastructure is quickly deteriorating and the price of fixing it may never be lower than right now, Robert Frank writes.

One month and three days left for the Super Committee to find at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction measures -- and how much have they achieved so far? Very little, according to The Washington Post.

People are angry. Protests across the country can attest to that; with the Occupy Wall Street protests spreading from coast to coast and Tea Party protests over the past few years, Americans are sick of inaction.

Earlier this year ... the compromise budget that averted a shutdown cut $78.5 billion from the president’s budget request. In this debate, however, the parties were separated by a mere $1.6 billion.

Why are there less moderates and centrists in Congress now than ever before?

Money, says PPI senior fellow Anne Kim. According to her research, in 2010 moderate Democrats spent twice as much as their counterparts in liberal districts.

Moderate candidates were...

A recent Gallup Poll shows that “six in 10 Americans say members of the new bipartisan Super Committee should compromise, even if the agreement reached is one they personally disagree with.”

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