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July 28th, 2011
02:10 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.

Senior Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:

– Product Failure: Democrats are quietly looking at poll numbers that in combination with redistricting plans indicate a takeover of congress is possible in 2012, is the Tea Party the Edsel of politics?

– Marketing Failure: After hoping that Senator Marco Rubio would be key to saving the GOP from a demographic political abyss, frustrated top Republican consultants are realizing that Latino voters want candidates that not only look like them but that also think like them.

– Just Plain Old Failure: President Obama's deficit cutting plan – $4 trillion, Reid's deficit cutting plan – $2 trillion, Boehner's deficit cutting plan – $850 billion, watching the GOP brand implode – priceless.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– A week ago, all the House GOP and 5 Democrats voted to send the GOP's Cut, Cap, and Balance plan to the Senate where it came just a few votes shy of a majority. Today, the House GOP will send John Boehner's new scheme to the Senate without all the GOP votes, probably none of the Democrats' votes, and it will get no votes from the GOP in the Senate with a pledge to get no Senate Democratic votes either. Apparently that's leadership.

– What will probably happen is the Senate Democrats will use John Boehner's plan as a shell to then insert their own plan, including the tax increases the President wants, and then send it back to the House daring the Senate GOP to filibuster it and the House to kill John Boehner's plan.

– Meanwhile, at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the President still has no budget, no debt ceiling plan, and his press secretary is increasingly losing credibility with the press. Ain't politics grand?

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Filed under: Bullet Points
July 28th, 2011
12:53 PM ET

GOP Gaining White Voters

According to data from the Pew Research Center, the electorate's partisan affiliations have changed since President Obama was elected in 2008. As this graph shows, GOP gains have occurred among white voters.

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Filed under: Magic Wall
July 28th, 2011
12:37 PM ET

Zakaria: The whole world is watching

CNN's John King asks Fareed Zakaria what the global consequences would be if a debt deal is not made in U.S. by August 2.


Filed under: Interview