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July 21st, 2011
02:04 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:

– I've talked to a number of House Republican freshmen. They are in a fighting mood. They tell me that in their mind the McConnell-Reid-Pelosi Pontius Pilate compromise (pretty cool they're starting to call it that) is dead on arrival, as is the Gang of 6 plan. Many of them express anger at their leadership for what they feel like is a leadership effort to undermine them all sticking together on this.

– Meanwhile, in Georgia, Saxby Chambliss is getting pilloried by constituents. On my radio show last night on WSB Atlanta, I fielded a dozen or so calls in one hour with people demanding Herman Cain drop out of the Presidential race and come home to run against Saxby Chambliss.

– Why are Washington Post reporters calling staffers unsolicited on Capitol Hill about Michele Bachmann? Several staffers tell me they have gotten called with the reporter assuming the staffer had worked for Bachmann. Some did. Some didn't. WaPo wasn't trying to confirm information, but rather wanted information about possible Bachmann "antics." I guess the Post feels like it has dropped the ball and got scooped by the Daily Caller and Politico on the headache story.

Senior Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:

– Bluff: After years of saying cutting the budget was priority one, months of bringing America to a debt ceiling crisis, and weeks of saying Obama had no specifics, the GOP passes a bill whose budget cutting mechanism takes years and that has no detailed cuts.

– Double Down: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s apology tour has begun just in time for the recall schedule to kick into full swing, time to pull out the nice guy image that won the seat in the first place.

– Big Blind: As Democrats mock a tiny ad buy that the GOP made to woo Latino voters, a conservative super PAC is making the real Spanish language mega buy, raising the question – does the Democratic National Committee get it yet?

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