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October 10th, 2011
02:01 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:

Tight Lens: The “Occupy Wall Street” movement continues to build momentum as conservatives scramble to defame it, the lines between the GOP and working middle class Americans become sharper every day.

Wide Shot: California becomes the latest state to provide in-state tuition to undocumented students, the Ellis Island of the mind continues to expand.

Bad Take: Colorado GOP Secretary of State Scott Gessler reels from a legal smack down delivered by a judge who would rather voters receive their ballots than not, Gessler has been working overtime to make it harder for voters to participate in upcoming elections.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– A new IBD/TIPP survey finds 51% of Americans oppose a second term for Barack Obama. This comes on the heels of the Washington Post/ABC Poll that finds 55% of Americans expect Obama to lose re-election.

– Rick Perry has a new line against Mitt Romney: "Change you can believe in?" The line is unveiled in a new web ad that may or may not go to TV. Romney's camp responds that Perry is desperate. There is truth to that. As Cain keeps rising and Romney too, Perry needs to do something to get people to pay attention to him outside of debates. And the Romney campaign is pretty flawless of late.

– John Harwood's piece suggests the circular firing squad is starting to get in position over at the DNC. This is not good news for the President, but unlike Carter and Bush 41, there probably won't be a strong third party candidate like Anderson or Perot.

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  1. Mary E.

    I have over a 15 year period come to know many Mormons they are good people and believe in God and Family, And do not belong to the old faith of Mormons, there has been many changes made, a friend of mine needed help with her son the Catholic church turned their back while the Mormons lent a hand and now the young man is living a good life and in the process changed his faith to Mormon.They have many things to keep the youth busy and live kind and God abiding lives.Romney's faith matters not it's what he can do for the Country

    October 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  2. Patrick Fitch

    You were remiss in mentioning the New York Times article reported in quoting Pastor Robert Jeffress in their article on October 7th. "He also said that he believed Mr. Romney is a “good, moral person,” and that he would endorse him over the president. If it comes to that, he said, “I’m going to instruct, I’m going to advise people that it is much better to vote for a non-Christian who embraces biblical values than to vote for a professing Christian like Barack Obama who embraces un-biblical values.”

    October 10, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  3. Jim

    Instead of asking some Mormon college professor if they are Christians, why don't you ask the Pope. If he says they are Christians, that's good enough for me!

    October 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  4. Michael Mayo

    John, I notice that you had a Dr. on the show just now who practices mormanism. Have you read anything out of the book or mormom? Check this out: http://redeemedhippiesplace.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/heretical-quotes-from-the-false-prophet-joseph-smith/. If joseph smith indeed said that he did more for the church than Jesus did, then anyone who practices mormonism is a true crackpot and no matter how much he says "the church won't have any influence over my presidential decisions..." I can't help but find flaw in that person's judgement.

    October 10, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  5. Kat Boyll

    After Fast and Furious and the extrajudicial execution of Al Awlaki, this administration has zero credibility or moral authority to tell Syria or Iran how to treat their citizens. Further, Holder has no business ever discussing Guantanamo Bay detainees, civilian trials for enemy combatants or any reference to American values. He and his DOJ has shot it all to the wind. By the way, where is the FBI and State Department regarding these issues?

    October 10, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  6. Greg Hodgen

    You claim to report on the "epidemic" of bullying. "Epidemic" by what measure? Hyperbole? What makes ratings does not measure up. Bullies have been around for decades; they were ruffians 30 years ago and they are today. But, today's "Peter Pan" generation had better learn to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, without their "helicopter" parents, or the USA will not continue to lead the world.

    October 10, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  7. Felix Quintana

    Hey John, I thought you might need this. I was able to scoop this up without having a journalism degree or years in the industry. But we all know you're doing your part when it comes to defending and covering for Obama at every chance you get. Check this out before you do any more "reporting" for CNN: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/eric-holder-obamas-albatross/2011/10/10/gIQA5u8IaL_story.html.

    Feel free to write me back and tell me how you can report on this issue and others and fail to ask the hard questions or even bring up relevant facts except when is beneficial to your liberal ideology and political bent.

    October 10, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • Cuttie

      Good debate.I touhght Romney handled himself very well, especially when Perry brought up the lawn service non-issue. Trying to tell Romney that he had no credibility to comment on Perry's immigration issues because Romney himself had hired illegals to take care of his lawn, was absolutely pathetic.In my opinion, I think that most of the candidates are now realizing that Romney has a good shot to go all the way Herman Cain being the only one who may not be of that opinion. I like Cain, but I don't think he has the foreign policy knowledge that Romney has, or quite the financial expertise of Romney.

      March 23, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  8. Chuck Green

    10:56 PM CNN, John King with a segment tease: "Steve Jobs' cause of death..." There was a time when news reporters had more self respect than to use the details of someone's death to hold the audience through a commercial break.

    October 10, 2011 at 11:15 pm |