MEETING TO MAKE AMERICA WORK! Yesterday, 1,300 citizens joined congressional problem solvers and our new honorary co-chairs, Gov. Jon Huntsman and Sen. Joe Manchin, to tell Washington that in order to get anything done, we need to work together. And the rest of the country took notice. "The gathering reflected a push from lawmakers in both parties to claim the political middle as voters increasingly view government as bitter and paralyzed," Ken Thomas wrote for The Associated Press. "Huntsman and Manchin had ridden the train up from D.C the day before—based on a photo of them posted on Facebook, sitting side by side taking iPhone pics of each other—and had come to New York with the immodest goal of getting Washington to work better," wrote David Freedlander in The Daily Beast.  Here is a list of a few of the articles: 

DEBT CEILING SHOWDOWN: Both President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner seem to hope the other side caves on debt ceiling talks. "Obama says he absolutely won’t forfeit anything in return for an increased borrowing limit. Boehner says he won’t permit an increased borrowing limit unless spending is sliced by the same amount," report Carrie Budoff Brown and Jake Sherman. We need our leaders from the left, the right and everywhere in between to put everything on the table and solve problems together: Carrie Budoff Brown and Jake Sherman for POLITICO: Debt debate: No easy path to avoid chaos
WORKING TOGETHER: Members of Congress have proven that they can work together on some issues. "The U.S. Senate in the waning days of the last session approved a bill creating a new national park in California," writes The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board. This is an encouraging sign that elected officials can work across the aisle on issues they agree on: The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board: A welcome pinnacle of bipartisanship
ACTION OF THE DAY: Go to to relive the Meeting to Make America Work! and share the videos with your friends.
STAT OF THE DAY: The Treasury makes 80 million individual payments a month, including payments to seniors and veterans, according to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. He warned that all those payments would be put at risk if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling: Erik Wasson for The Hill: Geithner to Congressional leaders: US could default by mid-February
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