The Middle Way

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Monday, December 13, 2010

President Obama is continuing to take heat from the far right and the far left over his compromise on the Bush tax cuts.  Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) weighs in that deal and the deficit reduction plans. Plus, a close look at the incoming congressional committee chairs; and rebuilding the political middle with No Labels.

Himes on Tax Cuts

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Jim Himes, the recently re-elected Congressman of Connecticut's 4th District, weighs in on how the lame duck session of congress is going and updates us on President Obama's compromise on the Bush tax cuts.

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Measuring Homelessness Prevention

First Seth Diamond, commissioner of the NYC Department of Homeless Services, then Patrick Markee, senior policy analyst at the Coalition for the Homeless, talk about the effectiveness of homeless services and a controversial plan to measure what's working.

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No Labels: Searching For A Moderate Alternative

A high-profile conference today in New York is drawing lots of big names and hoping to start a conversation about the role of moderates and Independents in the US political system. The No Labels organization’s stated mission is to get over party labels, push past ideological gridlock and "solve problems." WNYC’s Azi Paybarah reports from the conference, plus Congressmen Bruce Braley (D-IA), Bob Inglis (R-SC) and Joe Sestak (D-PA), as well as John Avlon, one of the founders of No Labels and the author of Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America.

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Committee Chairs Named

On Tuesday the House Republican Steering Committee chose a number of new committee leaders in the House of Representatives. Jackie Kucinich, staff writer for Roll Call, and Russell Berman, Congressional Reporter for The Hill, introduce the new lineup of chairpersons for the upcoming 112th United States Congress and the challenges they will face. 

→ Read The Committee Chair Guide And Join The Conversation At It's A Free Country

Building A Moderate's Manifesto

In an online chat today at noon, we'll be asking those of you who consider yourself moderate, centrist, independent -- what would be in your Moderate's Manifesto?

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