LOOMING CRISIS: Although the Highway Trust Fund is expected to run out of money at the end of September, Congress will break for a recess today. “No sooner did Senate Democrats this week describe a $9 billion ‘patch' plan to keep the federal spigot open for highway and transit projects through the end of the year, partly by raising taxes on commercial trucks, than House Republicans flatly rejected it. House Republican leaders had their own plan last month—which, oddly for some, involved cutting back Saturday postal delivery to find some money. But Senate Democrats and outside conservative groups ridiculed that idea. In fact, many of the Republicans’ own rank-and-file members did not like it much either,” writes Billy House. Lawmakers need to agree to shared goals in order to find solutions to our nation's problems: Billy House for National Journal: As Highway Fund Runs Out of Money, Congress Breaks For Recess
CONGRESS AT A STANDSTILL: Congress is not expected to pass any major legislation until after the midterm elections in November: Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann for NBC News: Stick a Fork in this Congress: It's Done Until Midterms
SUPREME COURT CONSENSUS: “For years, particularly after the 2000 election, talk about the Supreme Court has centered on its bitter 5-to-4 divisions. Yet it is worth reflecting on a remarkable achievement: The court has agreed unanimously in more than 66 percent of its cases this term (and that figure holds even if Monday’s remaining two cases, on the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage and on public-sector unions, are not unanimous). The last year this happened was 1940,” writes Neal K. Katyal: Neal K. Katyal for The New York Times: The Supreme Court’s Powerful New Consensus
NO LABELS RADIO: Be sure to listen to No Labels Radio on SiriusXM's P.O.T.U.S. (channel 124) tomorrow morning as we speak with Will Marshall, President of the Progressive Policy Institute; Bill Miller, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of LMM; and Bill White, a senior adviser at Lazard and former mayor of Houston. Tweet with us using #NoLabelsRadio!
THE DAILY BREAK: The United States soccer team advanced to the Round of 16 in the World Cup yesterday. Check out these photos of Americans coming together to support the team!
ACTION OF THE DAY: Read Problem Solver Rep. Peter Welch's excerpt in our book!
STAT OF THE DAY: “Twenty-six percent of Americans have ‘a great deal' or ‘quite a lot' of confidence in banks — unchanged from last year, but up from the record low of 21 percent found in 2012,” writes Rebecca Riffkin: Rebecca Riffkin for Gallup: In U.S., Confidence in Banks Remains Low