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July 15th, 2011
01:19 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:

– Jim DeMint says he'll filibuster the McConnell-Reid-Pelosi compromise plan to raise the debt ceiling. At the same time, there are growing calls among conservative groups for Mitch McConnell's ouster. Conservatives are really angry about McConnell's plan.

– Speaking of McConnell's compromise plan, this is a man who has argued repeatedly in the past that an earmark ban would give the executive branch the authority to spend money, which is Congress's prerogative. But now he wants to give the executive branch the ability to take on debt, which is also, under Article 1, Section 8, Clause 2 of the constitution, Congress's job.

– Many pundits have suggested that the GOP would be at a disadvantage against Barack Obama by having such a crowded GOP primary field for 2012. But with the Democrats having to change the designated face of the GOP every other day because of the number of Republicans out front on the debt issue and with generic Republican beating Obama, it seems having a multi-faceted GOP right now against the singular face of Barack Obama is helping the GOP. Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

Sen. John McCain Renews Push for Senate Committee to Halt WikiLeaks’ Undermining of America

Why Unemployment Makes the Tea Party Happy

Health Cuts in Debt Limit Proposal Mainly Cost-Shifting

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Filed under: Bullet Points
July 15th, 2011
12:41 PM ET

@JoeKleinTIME on the road, again

CNN’s John King talks to TIME’s Joe Klein about his upcoming road trip around the country beginning on September 10th. He’s asking viewers to help him decide where he should visit when he’s in your state. “I’m especially interested in meeting with small businesspeople, finding out what’s good and bad about what you do, what the government does to help or hurt your business” says Klein, “but I’d like anyone else who wants to talk about the future (and present) of our country, too.” To get involved or learn more about his trip click here.

And don’t forget that John King teamed up with Gowalla, the location based mobile and web service, to share his experiences from the road. Following President Barack Obama’s inauguration, John traveled to all 50 states to sit down with residents in local diners to hear their thoughts on the economy and politics. John even had recommendations for stops for Joe on his bus trip.

Check out more of John’s favorite sites on Gowalla. To participate and see the trips John created, Gowalla users should follow John by going to John King, USA’s Gowalla page and clicking the "follow John King, USA" button in the right column. You will then have access to John’s custom Trips at or on your smartphone via the Gowalla app.

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July 15th, 2011
11:40 AM ET

The murder of Leiby Kletzky

CNN's John King talks to NY state assemblyman Dov Hikind about the brutal murder of an 8-year-old boy in his district.

Filed under: Interview