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Insightful, nonpartisan and critically important discussions on America's toughest problems between elected leaders, public health and economic experts.

Insightful, nonpartisan and critically important discussions on America's toughest problems between elected leaders, public health and economic experts.


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Insightful, nonpartisan and critically important discussions on America's toughest problems between elected leaders, public health and economic experts.








Steve Hanke Discusses the True Cost of the First 100 Days of Spending

Steve Hanke is a professor of applied economics and founder and co-director of the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise at the Johns Hopkins University. He is also director of the Troubled Currencies Project at the Cato Institute and a senior fellow at Cato’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives. He discusses what he feels the true cost of President Biden’s first 100 days of spending to be and how it will impact the economy.


Ben Ginsberg on New Voting Bills

Ben Ginsberg is a nationally known elections lawyer. He served as national counsel to the Bush-Cheney presidential campaigns in the 2000 and 2004 election cycles and played a central role in the 2000 Florida recount. He was also appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as co-chair of the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration. In this episode he discusses the voting bills that are being considered in the states.


Philip K. Howard on Biden's Infrastructure Plan

Philip K. Howard is a lawyer and author who has written extensively on government and legal reform. He is also the founder of Common Good, a nonpartisan national coalition dedicated to restoring common sense to America by simplifying government. In this episode, he discusses President Biden’s proposed infrastructure plan.


Thomas Kahn Discusses the Budget

Thomas Kahn is a Faculty Fellow at American University, an adjunct professor at George Washington University, and a senior consultant at the Cormac Group, a Washington public affairs group. In this episode, he discusses the federal budget, his area of expertise after serving for twenty years as staff director and chief counsel of the House Budget Committee.


Mark Zandi: A Conversation on Economic Outlook

In this episode, we hear from Dr. Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, where he directs economic research. He is also the lead director of Reinvestment Fund, one of the nation’s largest community development financial institutions, which makes investments in underserved communities. He discusses the rising risk of inflation and upcoming spending bills.


John Hope Bryant: A Conversation on Building America

John Hope Bryant is an accomplished author, entrepreneur, and the founder of Operation Hope. The organization is the largest not-for-profit and best-in-class provider of financial literacy, financial inclusion, and economic empowerment tools and services in the United States for youth and adults. In this episode, he discusses his thoughts on the economic challenges facing disadvantaged communities across America.


Warren Mosler: Modern Monetary Theory

Warren Mosler is an economist and the father of Modern Monetary Theory. His best-known contention is that a sovereign government operating in an environment without fixed exchange rates can never become “insolvent” because they can always provide more of their currency to pay their debts. It leads to the conclusion that budget deficits and government borrowing are not in and of themselves causes for concerns. It’s a controversial view that challenges most conventional economic thinking. In...


Steven Pearlstein Discusses the Left's 'Progressive Paradise' and the Partisanship of Covid Relief

Hear from Steven Pearlstein, who recently wrote his final column for the Washington Post, where he had spent three decades. He devoted his final column to discussing the growing belief on the left that the old rules of economics no longer apply and why he worries that America may learn the hard way, that they do. He also talks about why the current COVID-19 relief negotiations are unfolding in such a partisan fashion. Follow No Labels and Gridlock Break Twitter • Facebook • Instagram


Lawrence H. Summers on the COVID Relief Bill

Lawrence H. Summers is an economist who previously served as Chief Economist of the World Bank, Secretary of the Treasury during the Clinton Administration, and director of the National Economic Council in the Obama Administration, as well as president of Harvard University, where he is now a professor. In this episode, he discusses the COVID-19 relief bill, potential infrastructure spending, and his recent Op-Ed in the Washington Post. Follow No Labels and Gridlock Break Twitter • Facebook...


John Anzalone, Lead Pollster for Biden 2020

John Anzalone is one of the nation’s top pollsters and messaging strategists. He was most recently the chief pollster for President-elect Joe Biden, marking his fourth presidential campaign. In this conversation, he discusses the latest thinking from the White House on a COVID-19 relief bill, and some recent results of opinion polling. Follow No Labels and Gridlock Break Twitter • Facebook • Instagram


Frank Luntz: This is the Moment for the Problem Solvers

Frank Luntz is an American political and communications consultant, pollster, and pundit. His focus groups often highlight the use of language, as his book 'Words That Work' did, in conveying a message. Today, he’ll discuss recent polling he has done and why he believes this is the best opportunity the Problem Solvers Caucus has to accomplishing anything in Congress. Follow No Labels and Gridlock Break Twitter • Facebook • Instagram


Moving Forward with Bipartisanship with Ari Fleischer

Ari Fleischer was previously the White House Press Secretary under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003. In this episode, he discusses the role the media is playing in pushing Americans apart and what No Labels can do to bring us back together, especially as Congress debated a new COVID-19 relief deal. Follow No Labels and Gridlock Break Twitter • Facebook • Instagram


Dr. Michael Osterholm Provides a COVID-19 Update

Dr. Michael Osterholm is the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota and one of the country’s top infectious disease experts. In this episode, he’ll discuss the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and recent spikes in infection numbers.


No Labels Round Table: What's Next for Congress?

In this episode, we hear from leaders of No Labels and others as they discuss what is next for Congress. We’re joined by: Bill Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, former Congressman Tom Davis, Steve Pearlstein, a business and economics columnist with the Washington Post, and AB Stoddard, columnist and associate editor at RealClear Politics. In a broad consensus that this is No Labels’ moment. Because the new House and Senate will be governed by such small margins,...


Thomas Friedman Thinks 'We are in a Third Promethean Moment'

Tom Friedman describes this as a “Promethean Moment,” a moment that destabilizes and changes the world around us. He says the Right/Left party politics that have existed for 250 years are in the process of becoming obsolete as globalization and technology have sped up exponentially. Go to to learn more about how we are bringing together a bipartisan group of public and private leaders working to solve America’s toughest problems. Follow No Labels and Gridlock Break Twitter •...


No Labels Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago, No Labels began a journey to build the bipartisan governing coalition capable of solving America’s toughest problems. In this episode, hear from the leaders and elected officials who built this movement. Follow No Labels and Gridlock Break Twitter • Facebook • Instagram


Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach Answers Your Vaccine Questions

Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach is president of Samaritan Health Initiatives, Inc. and an adjunct professor at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He was formerly the Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration from 2006–2009. In this episode, he will discuss COVID-19 vaccines and answer questions on their development, implementation, and impact. Dr. von Eschenbach marvels at the speed at which COVID-19 vaccines were created. Where it could previously take 15 years...


Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Former Commissioner of the FDA

We hear from Dr. Margaret Hamburg, an internationally recognized leader in public health and medicine. She currently serves as foreign secretary of the National Academy of Medicine and chair of the NTI | bio Advisory Group. She is a former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), having served for almost six years. In this episode, she discusses the development of COVID-19 vaccines and the distribution and access to those vaccines once they have been developed. Dr....


What Should Happen in the First 100 Days of the New Congress?

In this episode, we open up the conversation to No Labels’ members to discuss what they think should be the top priorities for No Labels in the first hundred days of the new Biden Administration and the new Congress. It will be no surprise that the new president’s first task will be the containment of COVID-19, but No Labels is in a unique position to help determine what comes next. In the next Congress No Labels’ bipartisan coalition in the House and the Senate could emerge as the pivotal...


Divided We Stand: Democrats and Republicans Diverge on U.S. Foreign Policy

Dina Smeltz and Craig Kafura are both experts on public opinion and foreign policy with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. They will discuss their recent report about American views on foreign policy in the age of COVID-19. Smeltz and Kafura say voters do not generally choose a candidate on the basis of foreign policy, but that’s starting to change amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. As indicated by the title of their report, Divided We Stand, Democrats and Republicans do not generally...