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May 19th, 2011
01:18 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 President is going to offer up $2 billion in debt forgiveness in his "Arab Spring" speech. Someone might want to ask the Bowles-Simpson Commission how that's going to help.

– Tom Coburn is out of the Gang of Six. He wants $9 trillion in cuts. He's negotiating with himself in favor of tax increases to go along with it. Tax increases won't pass the House. Coburn has multiple colleagues who are offering up plans that balance the budget and cut the deficit without tax increases. Has he decided he is the indispensable man in all of this?

– Mitch Daniels continues to irk conservatives. A 2009 video has leaked out of Daniels telling the moderate to liberal Republicans lobbyists at the Ripon Society that the GOP needed to avoid wedge issues in the 2010 campaign. Good thing the GOP didn't take his advice. Many in the media seem to be pushing Daniels on conservatives. But I believe it is not so much the media pushing Daniels as the media unable to understand why conservatives are not embracing a guy the media views as conservative. The answer is because Daniels has a habit of punching conservatives in the face while siding with them on issues so the media doesn't confuse him with the [cue scary music] "far right".

Senior Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:

– Full Portrait: Obama emerges as a foreign policy President while the embers of the great recession are still dangerously hot, will the promise of safety override the need for jobs?

– Impressionism: A last minute teleconference from GOP Sen. Marco Rubio in Florida fails to bring out the vote as Jacksonville elects a Democrat for Mayor, is Rubio already losing his mojo?

– Forgery: Newt Gingrich removes all of his immigration policies from his web sites; will the stains of truth bleed through?

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