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October 26th, 2011
01:12 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 President is in full campaign mode against the Republicans. Lots of folks are pointing out why the Harry Truman comparison might not work. Here is one a bit more specific. When Truman ran against the GOP, the country was full of FDR Democrats. They were more with Truman than against him. Now, the country views itself as rather conservative and sees the President as rather liberal. The country is not as with him as he thinks.

– The Cain campaign does not appear to have ground operations in several of the early states to the extent they need. But they have heavy outside involvement. There's an open question — can a campaign with a forceful personality and no real infrastructure win a nomination relying on outside groups with whom he cannot coordinate? The textbook answer is no, but the Cain camp is playing to beat conventional wisdom.

– There are rumblings on the horizon. Democrats and Republicans are both fearful of what the secret "super committee" is up to and some Democrats are starting to wonder if taking the across the board cuts might be a better deal.

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

‘We are the 99 Percent’ Photo of the Day

Administration Announces Student Loan Changes–

Regular People Not “Experts” Are Right About Health Care Cost Problem

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  1. elisabeth

    re: Gov Perry. He said on CNN that Washington's ONE SIZE FITS ALL is not what people want.
    He then proposed his 20% flat tax, send it in on a postcard, anyone can do it. (sounds ONE SIZE to me)
    Then he said debates are unfair, he can't talk about his proposals in one minute. His comments on the 20% flat rate took one minute.
    He doesn't have what it takes to be President.

    October 26, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  2. getalife

    Our President tried to work with the gop corrupt do nothing obstruction party and you give the gop a free pass.

    Stop giving the gop a free pass. It collapsed on their watch and they blocked fixing it for a election.

    Sick of the free gop pass from corporate media.

    That is the truth.

    October 26, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  3. Cathy

    Again, trivialize student loan debt it is a real problem don't make it a political game. My daughter and husband can't get a home, a car loan and have trouble getting jobs because the amount of their combined student loan debt that they pay on with jobs not in their fields that pay minimum wage and offer no benefits. This isn't the American dream it is the American nightmare of shame. Republican's don't care about anyone but their own selfish interests and the news acts like any progress made to help all those underwater with student loan debt is only for the President to attain votes, who cares WE NEED HELP WITH STUDENT LOAN DEBT!!!!! I am 55 and still pay on student loan debt. A friend is past 65 and his social security check is being garnished to pay for student loan debt. It is like a Dickens tale, student loan debt is putting all of us in a debtor's prison with no way out since no one can walk away. Why can people like Trump walk away from their debt and other people can charge up credit cards with purchases of shoes, clothes and trips walk away and they can start over but no one that paid the hard way for their education can get a break!!

    October 26, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  4. Pam McKee

    On this evening's program you had a segment "Mr. President, we can't wait", a play on President Obama's current use of executive order to help those in need. Your premise was that the President had waited too long (1,000+ days) to help the economy. However, I think that you should take into consideration the this President has tried repeatedly to come to compromise with the other side to no avail. I submit that, while trying to compromise and make this a functional government, any executive order by President Obama would have only fueled the fires of the unreasonable. I know that you are a journalist and you report the news, but I, as a reading specialist, have the capacity to logically make sense of the news. I think that your story does not take into consideration "the whole picture" as it has developed over the past three years. I would also give the President credit for "trying" before he took things into his own hands. Perhaps your point is that he waited too long, but what would you have reported if he had used executive orders much earlier?

    October 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm |