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Reposted from the No Labels blog – all are pretty good examples of what can be accomplished with compromise and a reach across the aisle:

KIND WORDS ACROSS THE AISLE: As part of the TIME 100 series, President Barack Obama wrote a piece about Republican Sen. Tom Coburn and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had kind words for Vice President Joe Biden. “We’ve bonded over family and faith. And we’ve harnessed our friendship and mutual respect to find places where we can agree and work together to move this country forward,” Obama said of Coburn. “His list of accomplishments is impressive, but most impressive to me is his ability to build bridges, bring people together and get things done. Even though we disagree on many issues, he creates opportunities for future collaboration,”Cantor said of Biden.

GRIDLOCK IS NO WAY TO GOVERN: After economist Larry Summers suggested gridlock could be a good thing for Washington, writers Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann quickly point to the negative effects of gridlock. “This level of partisan polarization, veering from ideological differences into tribalism, has not been seen in more than a century. The U.S. system has always moved slowly, but in times past major advances were achieved with some level of cooperation or restraint, if not consensus, between the parties. No more,” they write: Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann for The Washington Post: Gridlock is no way to govern

NO MOVEMENT ON CYBER SECURITY: The House passed the Cyber Intelligence and Sharing Protection Act with significant across-the-aisle support, but it does not look likely to make it through the Senate. This stems from hyper-partisan debates over the role of government in protecting the power grid, banking sector and other key industries from attack, but also the best way to safeguard Americans’ civil liberties. Problem Solvers Reps. Lynn Jenkins and Scott Peters worked together to get the bill passed. “We come from two very different political parties and disagree on many issues, but we both believe this bill is critical for our nation and hope to see is become law very soon,” they write.

SIMPSON-BOWLES REDUX: Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson are back urging lawmakers to consider a new deficit reduction plan they have released. The deal represents more of a compromise than the previous one with less spending cuts and less tax revenues. “I think this is our last chance. I don’t think there’s any chance after the end of the fiscal year because we’ll be back into politics again,” Bowles said, adding that lawmakers have completed the easy parts: Lori Montgomery for The Washington Post: New Bowles-Simpson plan takes aim at deficit

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This is a very interesting article from The Nation, framed as an open letter to Obama. In it, Tom Engelhardt describes many of the President’s faults, in a way that is both pragmatic and rational, and very compelling. One example:

After all, you were a community organizer and a constitutional law professor and now, if you stop to think about it, here’s where you’ve ended up: you’re using robots to assassinate people you personally pick as targets.

Many of his assertions are ones I agree with. This particular fault has been characterized elsewhere as the Lethal Presidency.

Reposted here from digger666.

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