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April 6th, 2011
01:09 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:

– The narrowness of the Wisconsin Supreme Court election caught many conservatives off guard who'd expected a blowout for the liberal, union backed candidate. Justice Prosser was underfunded and understaffed and his campaign suggests unions will not be as successful with recall efforts as originally thought.

– A shutdown looms. The Debt Commission members and others are pointing out that, like it or not, Paul Ryan's budget proposal is far more substantive than the Democrats'.

– Democrats are already out viciously attacking Paul Ryan's budget, accusing him of starving old people and the poor. The talking points never change.

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

Republicans threaten to defund vital programs, say their thrilled government may be shut down; Democrats appalled. Media can't figure out who's to blame.

Ryan’s Budget Plan Is Ridiculous, But It Could Shift the Debate.

In Manning Case, DOD Considers Illegal Data Mining Part of Capital Crime.

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