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October 4th, 2011
02:19 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:

– Chris Christie is not running, just as he said last month, the month before, the month before that, and the month before that.

– President Obama says he is the "underdog," but is just being unpopular worthy of that title? Most Americans cheer the underdog and fewer and fewer Americans are cheering Barack Obama.

– Big story among conservatives today: what did Eric Holder know and when did he know it regarding Operation Fast and Furious, the gun running operation into Mexico. Republicans want a special counsel as new documents surface that seem to show Eric Holder knew about the operation almost a year before he told Congress he knew about it.

John Avlon: Senior Political Columnist for TheDailyBeast.com John Avlon:

– Chris Christie Not Running – This is not Breaking News – Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

– West Virginia Special Election – This the real political news of the day – a special election for Governor, and polls show that it’s too close to call. The incumbent is Joe Manchin’s successor – the GOP contender is a first-time candidate backed by 527 ads tying Obama-care to the incumbent. The PPP poll shows this too close to call.

– Wall Street Uprising – Their list of demands range from the reasonable – reinstate Glass-Stegal Act, to the ain’t-gonna-happen, like guaranteed national minimum income, open borders and abolishing credit agencies. And dressing like Zombies isn’t a good strategy for getting your "demands" taken seriously.

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  1. lj

    I am watching your show and you are not bothering to ask one specific example from this alleged chinese espionage but you are very clear about how it will effect your audience. As a matter of fact you say it is going to effect YOU. That is the words you use. Of course you do not include your own self in that foretelling demise. You are ineffective by dancing around fear without giving specific examples. Don't bother asking Chairman rogers anything substantial. You have an agenda Special K and it appears to be either ignorant or ugly.

    October 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  2. Steve Tiveron

    As far as Sarah Palin and the Republican party goes I think it is obvious what game they are playing. Once a republican leader to run is chosen Sarah Palin will be picked as the Vice President. It is a perfect strategy that has been planned I think since the Tea party began. Build a side base of people who will follow Sarah Palin then come up with a strong running front leader for the Republican party. Join the two together and you have the perfect combination. Why else is Sarah building the base yet not saying she will run, what's the purpose if not to help out whoever wins the GOP. She wouldn't be doing it if there wasn't something in it for her in the end.

    October 4, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  3. tony

    Today one of your political consultants said this " and your boy Perry ". If anyone said that in regards to Obama or any other African American they would be yanked of the air for a racist comment.

    October 4, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  4. MP

    In Anderson Cooper's interview with Issa it sure sounded like Issa accidently admitts that Holder did not know and would not have known about Fast and Furious – when Anderson asked Issa about claims that he too had access to a report regarding Fast and Furious from 2010 – Issa said – basically that it was absurd to assume that he would know about something that the Attorney General himself did not know – (and also mentions other high ranking persons that did not know like Mexico's Pres, etc.) OOPS – did Issa just let it slip that he actually knows that Holder did not know? -despite his Issa's claims that Holder had info? I would like to see a transcript of what Issa say exactly – you can see a slight moment of hesitation a few moments after the slip when he may realize his error in the interview

    October 4, 2011 at 10:53 pm |