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December 2nd, 2011
02:38 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Good news for the President, at least superficially. Unemployment is below 9% for the first time since March of 2009. The underlying bad news is the labor participation rate is getting smaller. The number of people who just gave up was over 300,000. The other bad news for the President is that most sectors of the economy saw unemployment rise, but the Christmas retail sector saw unemployment fall. So, this could be temporary and could start the post-holiday season with headlines of a spike in unemployment.

– Herman Cain's campaign is now in free fall. It has gotten embarassing just to make eye contact with his campaign. But, I think if he drops out now he will be making an admission against interest that the allegations of an affair are true. He might as well hang on.

– Put this in the "I'll believe it when I see it" file, but after I wrote at RedState.com that there was no way Rick Santorum gets competitive, several highly regarded people emailed me that there is an underground movement of church goers in Iowa prepared to go all in for Rick Santorum. We'll see if he can do something. I'm not sure he even knows the rationale for his race anymore.

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  1. The American People

    When are you going to ask some serious questions about the US Government wanton disregaurd for individual privacy and hence its uncahanging policy on civil rights violations via the Pariot Act. And while you do this, ask the Question as to the interest that this government has in Jamaica. Also ask what Jamaican citizens had to do with the capture of Binladdin. And how wire-tapping played a roll in this.

    December 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  2. Sherry Callahan

    I’m currently one of the UN/under employed US citizens that have been out of (full time) work for over 2yrs. I am a woman over 45 and have noticed when called in for interview I’m being over looked and others in the same age group also. I have some college experience with over 12 years hands on knowledge of computers hardware/software and IT networks. I am very discouraged and want to give up but, I keep hoping and praying that the president will make a change soon that I, and people just like me will get help. I have no home anymore, no savings or 401k waiting for me, no job and no bright future for me either…how do you not give up?

    December 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  3. bob warner

    today you made mention of someone having a cert. of birth and you refered to it as a birth cert. let us be very clear about on thinng

    December 5, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  4. bob warner

    today you made mention of someone having a cert. of birth and refered to it as a birth cert.

    December 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
  5. Edward Jones

    IIt is the custom for the President outgoing, to pardon some people for wrongdoing! This year into 2012 make it
    Rob Begoiovitch ex Governor from Chicago Illinois to be pardoned for trying to sell the Obama chair! This whole thing is almost funny! He did not commit the crime, nothing was sold! The man is an o.k ! Person who just made a mistake, a mistake that if carefully thought out would not warrant a 14 year almost lifelong prison sentence! What is wrong with your justice system? Someone needs to smarten up and re-write the law for such an event! Let him go, Obama!

    December 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm |