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January 31st, 2011
01:13 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington.

The turmoil in Egypt dominates our discussions today, and what is fascinating is that those at the highest levels of the US government aren’t quite sure how this will play out. President Obama has told President Mubarak making an orderly exit is in his best interests, and US officials say British Prime Minister David Cameron’s message is quite similar. But here is a huge problem for the Obama White House: they have no hope that other senior leaders in the Arab world will tell President Mubarak he needs go, because his departure could raise pressures on their governments as well. “It’s not clear he is listening,” a good national security source says of Mr. Mubarak. “It’s hard to see him stepping down right away, but there are ways to have a dialogue and a transition that includes a graceful exit. But we don’t see any real effort at that dialogue just yet.”

Erick and Mario make interesting points this Monday, including their observations about the Egyptian unrest. Enjoy the day. – John King

Talk Show Host and Online Editor of MyLatinoNews.com Mario Solis-Marich:

– Narcissism: Lady Gaga is accused of racism by Latino groups as she waxes poetic about people who are “Orient” and of “Chola descent”, was the Gaga just born that way?

– Schizophrenia: Conservatives prepare to claim that the removal of oil company subsidies will cause unemployment while claiming in the same breath that government subsides don’t create jobs.

– Megalomania: Twitter and Facebook have Mubarak wishing for the simpler times when oppression only brought pestilence, boils, and locusts.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Liberals, Libertarians, and Conservatives are all concerned by the internet "kill switch" legislation moving through Congress in light of the Egypt mess.

– Analysts are underestimating the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. After all, the Bolsheviks were a minority in Russia in 1917 too.

– If Jon Huntsman really is running for President, he is bungling the roll out by remaining ambassador to China.


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  1. jutta

    A "graceful" exit. No.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:23 pm |