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February 22nd, 2011
03:40 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

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

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Libya continues to heat up and the Obama Administration seems flatfooted again.

– With Wisconsin and Indiana Democrats are fleeing the state, the next National Geographic Channel documentary will be on the migratory pattern of AWOL Democrats.

– The Scott Walker showdown in Wisconsin is a winning issue for the GOP.

Senior Political Columnist for TheDailyBeast.com John Avlon:

– Libya looks like the next North African dictatorship domino to fall – When your own U.N. ambassador starts saying things like, "The regime of Gadhafi has already started the genocide against the Libyan peopleā€, this genie ain't going to get put back in the bottle. Let's hope the violence doesn't escalate.

– Chicago Mayoral Election: Today's the day – Rahm Emanuel versus Gery Chico and former Senator Carol Mosley Braun. It's all about who gets over 50 percent in this non-partisan election, and a run-off could mean trouble for Rahm. But here's a question – why did Chicago decide to make their mayoral election in February? To encourage voter turnout?

– Wisconsin Protests Go On – With the White House trying to distance itself from Wisconsin protestors – some of whom have wielded wingnutty signs comparing their governor to a Nazi, the real debate is one about the long term costs of public sector collective bargaining – something even FDR opposed. All or nothing stands – whether a refusal to negotiate or Democrat legislators running to hide in a neighboring state – aren't going to solve the budget impasse. But get ready for more debates about the disproportionate power and tax-payer costs of public sector unions.


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  1. carol

    John Avalon – what about Walker's "all or nothing stand"? He refuses to negotiate on anything and has dug his heels in like a petulant child. He doesn't care about Wisconsin's financial situation. He wants to bust the unions and help the rich businessmen who contributed to his campaign.

    February 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm |