WASHINGTON DYSFUNCTION: What is the biggest threat to the United States? Congressional gridlock and lawmakers fighting according to Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. “I think the greatest national security threat to this country at this point is the two square miles that encompasses the Capitol building and the White House,” he said: Cameron Joseph for The Hill: Government dysfunction biggest threat to U.S.?
AMERICAN INFRASTRUCTURE: The White House will work this week to encourage Congress to pass a bill to improve the country's infrastructure before funds run out at the end of the summer: Jim Acosta and Kevin Liptak for CNN: White House turns to infrastructure as funding deadline looms
ONGOING DEBATE: “In five years of waiting for a still uncertain approval, Keystone has become a symbol of something else—politics winning out over real leadership and facing the tough decisions over our energy and climate future,” writes Claire Casey. Lawmakers should create shared goals: Claire Casey forThe Daily Beast: Keystone Pipeline Is D.C.’s Dumbest Debate
PROBLEM SOLVER BIRTHDAY: Happy birthday to Problem Solver Rep. Jared Polis! Listen to him speak about problem solving at the Rally to Make Government Work!
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STAT OF THE DAY: “A majority of U.S. registered voters, 53 percent, say they are less enthusiastic about voting than in previous elections, while 35 percent are more enthusiastic,” writes Jeffrey M. Jones: Jeffrey M. Jones for Gallup: Voter Enthusiasm Down Sharply From 2010