Post-election, some lawmakers move to middle

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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2011 file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Manchin is joining about a dozen members of Congress on Monday to band together under the "No Labels" alliance that aims to put governing over political orthodoxy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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NEW YORK (AP) — There's a lot of political currency these days in being labeled a "problem-solver."

That title that has become highly sought-after following a polarizing election and protracted fight in Congress over raising taxes and curbing spending.

With sharp divisions in Washington entering President Barack Obama's second term, some lawmakers from both parties are seeking the political middle as voters increasingly view government as bitter and paralyzed.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican former Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah are joining about a dozen members of Congress on Monday to band together under the "No Labels" alliance that aims to put governing over hardened political stances.

The goal is to foster compromise and collaboration after a lengthy campaign season put Washington in a virtual holding pattern.

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