ELECTED TO SOLVE PROBLEMS: "We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it’s remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don’t want to. They’ll take the path of least resistance,” said House Speaker John Boehner Thursday about members' lack of willingness to work on an immigration reform deal. Our lawmakers should step up and do what they were elected to do — govern: Matt Fuller for Roll Call: Boehner: Too Late to Just Repeal Obamacare, GOP Should Tackle Immigration
POLITICAL GAMES: "U.S. lawmakers should back a bill renewing the U.S. Export-Import Bank's charter and stop playing 'political games' that will only hurt American exports and jobs, the bank's president said on Thursday," writes Krista Hughes: Krista Hughes for Reuters: U.S. trade bank urges lawmakers to renew charter, avoid 'political games'
MANUFACTURING IN AMERICA: Manufacturers in the United States have become more competitive over the past ten years than those in China, Brazil and most of the world's other major economies. Higher wages and energy costs have reduced China's edge over the U.S.: Associated Press: Study: US Manufacturers Gaining Competitiveness
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STAT OF THE DAY: About three in four people polled from Montana and Alaska say their home state is the best place in the country to live: Justin McCarthy for Gallup: Montanans, Alaskans Say States Among Top Places to Live