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July 20th, 2011
04:26 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:

– The House GOP passed, with Democrat help, the cut, cap, and balance plan.

– The Gang of 6 Plan is all talk and no real plan. But based on what Paul Ryan is saying, it'd be a massive tax hike.

– Barack Obama likes the Gang of 6 Plan, but they say it won't impact the debt ceiling fight. So what is his fallback?

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

Obama Does Want to Cut Medicare and Social Security Benefits

Peter Peterson Promises to Give Up His Social Security in Exchange for Tens of Millions in Additional Tax Breaks

Catfood Commission II: A Cowardly Attempt to Dodge Democratic Accountability

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  1. Ron Hall

    John why don't we get specific about what Social Security and Medicare changes are in the Gang of Six plan before we debate it. Ask some of these congressmen what we are going to do about the stolen billions leaving Afghanistan. How can these guys manage anything if we are borrowing money for that.

    July 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  2. Pete Bahmonde

    Let's cut the deficit. The Republicans claim that the tax breaks to oil companies and other companies like GE and others would hurt job creation. If this is so why are all these major companies not hiring now but instead laying off some of it's employees. So cut the BS and take back the tax breaks. These CEO's need to start working for a living and earning there salaries the old fashion way by WORKING.
    The Republicans solution take away Social Security and Medicare. People who have paid into the program and now you want to take it away.
    The Senate and Congress enjoy free health care for life. That they do not pay into let's take that away. Why are they not bringing that to the table. What this whole thing comes down to is let's make sure Congress and the Senate are protected and able to raise funds for re-election by protecting big Business and place the burden on the Working class Americans. Oh yes before you bring up small Business and protecting them to that I say protect those small Mom and Pop shops as well. I say let the burden be placed where it should be on the Wealthy who have chosen not want to seem to invest their own firms funds to create jobs.

    July 20, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  3. Chris

    Grover Norquist is neither an electected member of Senate or Congress nor an elected official anywhere. Why is he allowed to promote his right wing ideology on a respectful network like CNN. Why do you have to show him the numbers as to what would happen if the Debt Ceiling is not raised instead of asking him to show you his numbers that will propel this country foward? Whatever happened to serious journalism, where individuals like Norquist were exposed for who they really are-racists who have tried everything to bring this president down from the beginjning at whatever cost-that includes bringing this country down, so they can affirm their racist views about the infereority of black people to lead?

    July 20, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  4. PATRICK HARRISON

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    Pain Management doctors had me on Methadone
    and Percocet which do not cure the condition but
    treat the symptoms and actually cause rebound
    headaches and migraines.

    Find out what meds she's on because opiates and
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    I've been migraine free since getting off Methadone
    and Percocet although the withdrawals were hellish.

    July 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
  5. John

    I try to follow politics by listening to both sides of the spectrum. When I hear these politician discuss the debt ceiling situation the only thing that is crystal clear is the journalist do not pursuit the interview instead they let the person being interviewed get off the same old talking points. I am going to take the democratic side on this issue. When republicans say that the democrats are not compromising, isn't that a lie? Are not the democrats proposing cuts to government programs? What are the republicans compromising on? Can someone ask any republican that question? Republicans are acting that all this debt we have has come because of democrats but the truth is both parties have contributed to the debt. I don't remember when republicans were in office any republicans talking about not raising the debt ceiling. Can someone remind all the republicans that the past three republicans have raised the debt ceiling? That includes both Bushes and even the republicans hero Ronald Reagan. And by the way all three of them presidents had increased the debt just like president Obama.

    July 20, 2011 at 7:55 pm |