When did working together become a bad thing?
TRAGEDY IN WASHINGTON: The thoughts and prayers of everyone here at No Labels are with those in Washington and around the country affected by yesterday's shooting at the Navy Yard in D.C. We wish a speedy recovery to those injured in the attack. As we saw with other tragedies this year and in years past, Democrats and Republicans stand together in the face of crises at home — because above all else, we are Americans.
NOT WORKING TOGETHER: Diane Medved is wondering: When did working together become a bad thing? She explains that in order to get attention, lawmakers must bash the other side and those in their party that think about working across the aisle. "Part of it is that the stage has broadened, and actors need to make louder noises to be heard… You don't go viral suggesting respectful cooperation. And yet, that's the only way to get anything done. Jabbing people in your own party when they slog through sticky differences with the other side ensures that nobody moves," she writes. The Problem Solvers group in Congress, though, is giving lawmakers space to work across the aisle: Diane Medved for USA TODAY: #!$%#@*^$% moderates!
REACHING ACROSS THE AISLE: It may be counter-intuitive politically, but Richard J. Riordan and Tim Rutten say that now is the perfect time for Republicans to reach out to President Barack Obama to start creating solutions for the country. They point to a poll that shows Americans' lack of trust in Washington's ability to handle crises both domestically and abroad, adding that moving from a culture of confrontation to one of cooperation will help change perception: Richard J. Riordan and Tim Rutten for The Huffington Post: It's Time for Obama's Bipartisan Moment
VOTES NEEDED: Democratic votes could be critical for House Speaker John Boehner to pass any form of legislation for the upcoming fiscal fights. Many Republicans are insisting that the Affordable Care Act be defunded, but that would likely not pass the Senate or be signed by the president. Democrats are looking to attach party interests to a continuing resolution to keep the government funded, including immigration reform. Democratic leadership and House Republicans haven't yet begun to negotiate a bipartisan bill, according to Ginger Gibson. With all these factors at play, it will be hard to work out a deal: Ginger Gibson for POLITICO: Nancy Pelosi’s votes could be crucial to John Boehner
CONSTITUTION: Today is Constitution Day, a day in which we celebrate the adoption of the Constitution 226 years ago.
STAY IN PLACE, CUT THE WASTE: The Problem Solvers' Stay in Place, Cut the Waste bill, part of the Make Government Work! legislative package, would cut 50 percent of agency travel and replace it with video conferencing, saving tax payers billions of dollars. Learn more about the bill here.
THE DAILY BREAK: What happens when ping pong balls get dropped in liquid nitrogen? Find out here.
ACTION OF THE DAY: Take a look at the members of Congress who are working across the aisle.
STAT OF THE DAY: Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index was -15 last week, an increase from the previous two weeks. The Economic Confidence Index is based on Americans' ratings of current economic conditions in the U.S. and their assessments of whether the economy is getting better or worse: Alyssa Brown for Gallup: Improved Outlook Pushes U.S. Economic Confidence Back Up