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June 20th, 2011
01:06 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 Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:

– Promises Promises: Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano is now promising that the deportation program that she initially claimed wouldn’t target undocumented non-felons, and then said wasn’t targeting undocumented non-felons, will now stop targeting undocumented non-felons ... and she says she means it this time.

– Secret Whispers: The dirty little secret about the Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce recall that is keeping conservatives up at night is that the low budget effort was largely powered by moderate Republican volunteers.

– The Truth be Told: The media is waiting for the GOP Presidential field to “settle” and for serious candidates to “emerge”, I hate to be the one to tell you folks but this is all they got!

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– This weekend in Minnesota, Michele Bachmann went 18 minutes over a 20 minute speech at Right Online. But doing so, she went for real substance on the debt ceiling, the reduction in the value of the dollar, and — surprisingly — how high the unemployment is within both the hispanic and black communities.

– Tim Pawlenty actually gave an impressive performance at Right Online as well. His flight in from Iowa was delayed so that he arrived ten minutes before the speech, did not have time to change into a suit, and took the stage without a podium or notes. He spoke for 20 minutes in a speech that, like the candidate, was slow and steady with a crescendo at the end that left the crowd on its feet. He didn't get the standing ovations that Bachmann or Herman Cain got, but he was well received.

– Of all the candidates' receptions this weekend, Rick Perry stole the show in New Orleans, LA at the Republican Leadership Conference. With echoes to Ronald Reagan's 1977 speech to CPAC, Perry made the case for conservative governance that left many attendees desperately wanting him to run and left many of his political enemies in Texas — many of whom are tied to the Bush Family — making the ironic argument that Perry is "George Bush on steroids" and cannot win a general election.

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