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May 20th, 2011
01:37 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:

– Barack Obama's speech on the Middle East was drab, boring, and had nothing new. The call for moving Israel's borders is nothing new. Obama did the same in 2008. But to lay out Israel's negotiating points for them is something new and will make today's visit with Prime Minister Netanyahu interesting. I expect the Prime Minister will call on the United States to cede back all territory gained from the Mexican cession in 1848.

– Today is the day Barack Obama meets Richard Nixon in Libya. It is the 60th day of the Libyan operation, which under the War Powers Act (that has long been championed by the left), means Obama must either seek congressional permission or withdraw. I expect him to vote present.

– There is a lot of buzz over who Nikki Haley might endorse for President. I have no inside knowledge, but I know Nikki Haley is super smart and it would not surprise me if she took her time. Remember, Sarah Palin put Nikki Haley over the finish line and we still don't know what Palin is going to do.

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