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July 26th, 2011
04:00 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 Boehner Plan is the real plan and Reid is a distraction. How do I know? They have the same title. They have similarly worded provisions throughout. But Boehner's plan in the House has procedurally been attached to a pre-existing Senate bill while Reid's plan has not. This means Boehner's plan can move faster than Reid's.

– Sources close to S&P have told CNN's Erin Burnett that Boehner's plan might still cause a loss of credit rating. If Boehner's plan is the plan, look for the Democrats to use the credit rating issue against the GOP once it happens.

– Conservatives aren't giving up without a fight. Club for Growth, Heritage Action, Let Freedom Ring, and many others are coming out in opposition to John Boehner's plan and they'll be led in the fight by Congressman Jim Jordan, John Boehner's colleague from Ohio.

Senior Political Columnist for John Avlon:

– Debt Ceiling Dysfunction: The partisan plans that were put forward yesterday have no obvious common ground to build on – they are the kind of proposals usually put forward at the beginning of a negotiation, not the end. And alleged purpose for this forced fire-drill – dealing with the deficit and debt – has been all but abandoned as cuts and commissions take the place of tax reform and entitlement reform. This will be seen as a wasted opportunity.

– John Boehner's Problem: He can't seem to control his own caucus. His own bifurcated plan was rejected by Tea Party conservative groups moments after he unveiled it. And his response to the president's address last night was a dishonest and hack-ish speech, full of talking points stitched together. You can criticize the president's leadership, but saying that the current state of negotiations represents 'a blank check', a 'president who can't say yes' and a rejection of entitlement reform doesn't square with the facts on the ground.

– Playing the Reagan Card: CNN played the full Reagan radio address on the debt ceiling that President Obama referenced in his address last night. Keep playing it. The arguments are the same, from a voice that Republicans might actually listen to. As congressional websites and switchboards get overloaded, this is a timely reminder of a forgotten principle – the good of our county always comes before the good of your party.

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July 26th, 2011
11:36 AM ET

Norway's right-wing terror suspect

CNN's Jessica Yellin gets perspective on violent right-wing extremists in Norway and the U.S. from a panel.

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