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April 12th, 2011
01:55 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.

Senior Political Columnist for TheDailyBeast.com John Avlon:

– Obama's Deficit Reduction Address: Wednesday the president will try to make his case for deficit reduction. Will he just be responding to the Ryan plan, previewing a possible Gang of Six bill or putting forward a plan of his own? This speech is critical for repairing the president's credibility with independent voters – and he should not think that merely returning to his 'raise taxes on everyone making over 250k' riff will cut it – either politically or practically. The president has to lead on this issue and the time is now.

– Romney's Running: It's official – the fragile front-runner announced his exploratory committee with a well-timed video designed to over-shadow the 5th anniversary of Romney-Care – now he's sprinting on a fundraising tour designed to solidify his status and ensure that he doesn't trail Michele Bachmann again, as he did last quarter. Minor research snafu – his current campaign slogan echoes John Kerry and John Glenn – two much-hyped candidates who underwhelmed down the stretch.

– Battleground Florida: a new and admittedly early Mason Dixon poll shows Obama trailing both Mitt and Huck in Florida. This is shaping up to be the must-win state of 2012, with its 29 electoral votes. Unemployment is higher than the national average and the president has an uphill climb. VP nominee talk surrounding Marco Rubio could compound the problem, while the unpopularity of newly elected GOP governor Rick Scott selection of Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz offers Obama some hope.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Gas prices keep rising and the Obama Administration keeps standing in the way of drilling.

– Yes, it seems the unions did lose the Wisconsin Supreme Court battle.

– Has the administration figured out what we are doing in Libya yet?

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