NO LABELS RADIO WITH JON HUNTSMAN: No Labels Co-Chair Gov. Jon Huntsman has heard people say that our government is too divided and that working together is asking for the impossible. But he says it can change. “We've always had our differing world views, we've always had a political divide but at the end of the day we've always been able to put our country before our party and for whatever reason that culture on Capitol Hill has changed … [No Labels] is about sitting with those who usually sit across the aisle and seeking common ground to move this country forward,” he says: No Labels: No Labels Radio with Gov. Jon Huntsman
BERA ON THE PROBLEM SOLVERS: Problem Solver Rep. Ami Bera sat down with Co-Chair Gov. Jon Huntsman to discuss the dysfunction in Washington and the work of the Problem Solvers. “The Problem Solvers are so critical because it is bringing together Democrats and Republicans and we're listening to one another, we're getting to know one another and understanding each other's goals and districts. That is what's missing in Washington and this is really the only group that is bringing us together,” Bera says: No Labels: Rep. Ami Bera on No Labels Radio
VOTERS WANT SOLUTIONS: A new Huffington Post and YouGov poll shows that only 22 percent of Americans believe their members of Congress deserve reelection, while 48 percent say they do not believe their members should be reelected. When talking about Congress as a whole, only seven percent of Americans say most of Congress deserves reelection. Voters do not want the gridlock they see in Washington — they want solutions: Emily Swanson for The Huffington Post: Poll Finds Anger At Congress Hasn't Died Away Since Shutdown Ended
PROUD NO LABELS SUPPORTER: Jim Himes Sr., father of Problem Solver Rep. Jim Himes, recently sat down for an interview with his local paper. He was asked, “If you could tell the president of the United States one thing, now, what would it be?” Himes, Sr. responded by saying, “Try to find ways to work across the aisle. That is one of the things I so admire of what my son is doing — working with the ‘No Labels' non-partisan problem-solving group of congressmen.” Anne W. Semmes for the Greenwich Citizen: The other Jim Himes talks about family, Florence and UNICEF
COMMON GROUND: Senators this week are reviving a “common-sense coalition” that formed during the course of last month's government shutdown. Totaling 16 members, the new coalition includes Problem Solver Sens. Dean Heller, Mark Kirk, Amy Klobuchar, Mark Pryor and No Labels Honorary Co-Chair Joe Manchin. According to Alexander Bolton, it was this coalition of senators that “set the stage for later talks between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican leader Mitch McConnell that resulted in an agreement staving off a national default.” Alexander Bolton for The Hill: Sens. Collins, Manchin revive centrist talks
WAITING FOR ACTION: The United States Postal Service has experienced a net loss of $41 billion since 2007 — but that's not all attributed to the rise of email and online billing. In 2006, Congress passed a law requiring $5.5 billion a year be placed into a health fund for its future retirees. This fund has accounted for the majority of their losses, about $32 billion. “Congress created the problems, and it can fix them by taking away the requirement that no other government agency or business has to face,” said Jeanette P. Dwyer, president of the Rural Letter Carriers Association: Ron Nixon for The New York Times: Amid Capitol Turmoil, Postal Crisis Drags On
THE DAILY BREAK: A married couple in Maine ran against each other in a local election on Tuesday in order to prove that Democrats and Republicans can get along. It might create awkward situations at dinner, though. Click here to read the story.
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STAT OF THE DAY: The economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.8 percent during the third quarter, according to the Commerce Department. That is significantly higher than the 2.0 percent rate economists had predicted, and it's higher than the pace of growth during the previous quarter: Ylan Q. Mui for The Washington Post: Economic growth gains momentum in third quarter, with 2.8 percent annual rate