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June 30th, 2011
02:56 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:

– Well, the President's press conference went over like a lead balloon with the media. Mark Halperin of Time called the President a . . . well a not nice word . . . on live TV. The Washington Post fact checker column says the President got a lot wrong. Then there are those class warfare calls to get rid of tax deductions for corporate jets. The President is the one who put them in his stimulus plan.

– Mitt Romney is trying to get Utah to move up its Republican Primary. Is that a sign of worry? Probably. With Michele Bachmann now competitive against him in Iowa and South Carolina, he needs some other early wins.

– Interesting how the Huffington Post and others in the media are treating Mark Halperin's remark on Barack Obama. The typical spin is that he made a "gaffe." Except, Halperin suggested before hand that they go on delay and smirked when he said it. Halperin knew what he was doing and saying.

Senior Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:

– Bad Call: Obama finally takes off his gloves much to the dismay of beltway pundits who believe that only Republicans can act like male body appendages – note to punditry: do your homework.

– Wake up call: Rick Perry finds himself tied with a Democratic president among all voters in his own GOP state of Texas while his advisers scamper to deal with the new demographics of the Lone Star State, buenos dias senior Governor!

– Crank Call: GOP insiders are realizing that the worst case scenario can occur and Michele Bachmann can win their presidential nomination, what would founding father John Quincy Adams do?

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