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#ASKCONGRESS: No Labels Radio will make its debut this Wednesday at 2 p.m. on SiriusXM's "P.O.T.U.S" station. Honorary Co-Chairs Gov. Jon Huntsman and Sen. Joe Manchin will be participating along with Problem Solvers Reps. Janice Hahn, Scott Peters, Tom Petri, Michael Fitzpatrick and Jim Matheson. “The partnership between SiriusXM radio and No Labels is yet another important step in the process of broadening the national conversation around common sense solutions and problem solving. I am proud to be a part of this new venture," says Huntsman. Tweet your questions for Huntsman, Manchin and the rest of the Problem Solvers with the #AskCongress hashtag to have them answered on Twitter or live on air: Patrick Gavin for POLITICO: ‘No Labels’ show comes to SiriusXM

WORKING TOGETHER: "If you’re a Democrat, spend some time talking to a Republican. And if you’re a Republican, have a chat with a Democrat. Maybe you’ll find some common ground, maybe you won’t. But if you honestly engage with an open mind and an open heart, I guarantee you’ll learn something. And goodness knows we need more of that, because we know what happens when we only talk to people who think like we do — we just get more stuck in our ways, more divided, and it gets harder to come together for a common purpose," Michelle Obama said at Eastern Kentucky's commencement: Donovan Slack for POLITICO: Michelle Obama advises making friends across the aisle
 
THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTON: Today's headlines: A tragedy in Benghazi is turning political, a government agency targeted groups based on ideology, the three-month suspension of the debt ceiling will expire Sunday and the House will vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the 37th time on Thursday. There's not a whole lot of good news in Washington these days — but beneath the surface, there are signs of hope. Lawmakers are working across the aisle on immigration, energy bills are showing signs of promise — and the No Labels Problem Solvers are growing in strength and numbers, up to 68: Billy House for National Journal: 'Obamacare' Repeal: Will the 37th Time Be the Charm?
 
MOVEMENT ON FARM BILL: After months without progress, the farm bill is moving through the House and Senate. The Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled to mark up its bill on Tuesday, and the House Agriculture Committee will do the same on Wednesday. Both chambers want to finish their versions soon. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is aiming to get the bill on the floor by the end of May and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor wants his version on the floor by the end of the summer: Jerry Hagstrom for National Journal: Congress Poised to Move on Farm Bill
 
PROGRESS: Problem Solver Rep. David Cicilline recently gave an interview about the progress of the Problem Solvers. Cicilline talks about how the Problem Solvers are not about moving lawmakers to the center but rather providing a venue for lawmakers to listen to each other and figure out ways to work together while building trust. Watch the entire interview here.
 
PROBLEM SOLVER PROFILE: Check out this profile on Problem Solver Rep. Cheri Bustos that talks about her childhood and time as a reporter: Sterling Beard for The Hill: Rep. Bustos treads unusual path as a journalist-turned-politician
 
THE DAILY BREAK: Is this the worst first pitch ever? Jack Moore for BuzzFeed: This Is The Worst First Pitch Ever
 
STAT OF THE DAY: Retail and food service sales grew by 0.1 percent, the Commerce Department said Monday, partially reversing a decline in March. The figure was up 3.7 percent from a year ago: Sarah Portlock and Eric Morath for The Wall Street Journal: Falling Gas Prices Fuel Uptick in Retail Sales
 
 
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