• Top Line

    When it comes to breaking through political stalemates on Capitol Hill, Debbie Wasserman Schultz says that women are making the difference.

    “Women are so often consensus builders,” Wasserman Schultz told “Top Line.” “We’re much more focused on getting to yes, rather than obliterating our opponents on the other side.”

    In the aftermath of the 16 day government shutdown, the Florida congresswoman and chair of the Democratic National Committee warned that more political crises are unavoidable unless elected officials take “personal responsibility” in building trust across the partisan divide.

    “If members don’t personally make that effort at reaching across the aisle, then I think it’s almost unavoidable,” she said. “I don’t think the intensity of the Tea Party has lessened any from this experience.”

    As part of her own personal effort to get to know Republicans better, the congresswoman said that she and Rep. Dan Webster, R – Fla., now get together regularly for dinner.

    “We started

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  • Politics Confidential

    Could Washington’s dysfunction be solved by golfing? Former Florida governor and potential 2016 Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush says it might just do the trick.

    In an interview with “Politics Confidential,” Bush recommended that President Obama could break though the current political logjam by golfing with Speaker of the House John Boehner.

    “It would be good for our country if political leaders actually took that to heart,” Bush said. “I'd like Barack Obama, who seems to be an avid golfer, to quietly invite John Boehner out to hit them up.“

    Obama and Boehner did play one round of golf together in 2011, but the pair has not played together again since then.

    Personal interaction between political rivals, Bush said, is a missing ingredient in the current political landscape – and one that has been historically significant.

    “Read the books about the times of Kennedy and Nixon and Johnson and Reagan and Bush and Clinton and Bush and Carter, and you'll find

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  • On the Radar

    Arnold Fisher is angry.

    The real estate mogul and philanthropist wants know why the U.S. government isn’t doing more to help the country’s veterans in their recovery from post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

    “If we can't do this, we are not a decent people,” Fisher said. “We lose that decency if we can't help those who help us.”

    So Fisher is channeling his anger for the better good.

    He told “On the Radar” in a behind-the-scenes interview at the “Hero Summit,” hosted by the Daily Beast, that he and his family have made it their mission to fill the void in assisting the country’s veterans through their two foundations: The Fisher House Foundation and the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

    “All the money comes from the American people, the government is not part of this,” Fisher said of the foundations, which operate through private donations. “Why, I don't know, but they're not, so if they're not, we have to step up.”

    The Fisher family’s philanthropy on

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