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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.

Firedoglake.com 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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