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January 6th, 2012
02:49 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:

- As a small government conservative, the most galling thing about where the GOP stands right now in its primary season is that the two front runners have both advanced the social welfare state. And, because there is so much antipathy toward Mitt Romney, well meaning conservatives are trying to pretend Rick Santorum is not a big government conservative when his record proves he is.

- The jobs numbers look good for Barack Obama superficially. But 50,000 of the December jobs were in transportation and warehousing, which suggests they were seasonal jobs not likely to be repeated. Likewise there are 194,000 more people not in the workforce compared to November - 55,000 less than last month. But, with population growth, there are 194,000 more people not in the labor force.

- I don't have a problem with President Obama deciding the Senate is in recess even if the Senate has decided it is not. Think of the awesome things the GOP will be able to do with this precedent once back in the White House. Can you say "Ann Coulter for Supreme Court"? Sure, she'd only be there until the end of a congressional session, but think of the fun conservatives could have in that short time with some very big cases.

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

- Pentagon’s “Austerity Budget” Ignores Second-Round Trigger Cuts

- Santorum Gets an Iowa Bump

- #Occupy Oakland: OPD Planting Drugs on Occupiers?

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  1. Edward William

    A few seconds ago, a report on your show gave an errors and misleading statement. She said the girl that was accidentally deported to Columbia was deported because she has a Hispanic sounding name! WOW! She was deported because to Columbia because she told immigration officials that she was COLUMBIA!

    January 6, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  2. Kenneth Milne

    I am always surprised to see how most TV graphics distort the actual data. I was just recently looking at some data that John King was shouing on his well coreographed information that showed three vote counts for some primary vote, The data was shown as verticle cylinders for some three amounts, 240,000, 260,ooo, 265,000 votes, The total difference in hieght of the cylinders was at least 30%. This is misleading since the difference in the data indicates less than 10%. distortions like this are so common on TV that people connot get a good astimate of the difference in the short time the data is shown. We see plots of the stock market value that give us the idea that the market has doubled or tripled in the last couple of years. Please show zero as the bottom of ALL graphs. KTM

    January 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • Anslot

      What matters is what the pienrdest does, not what he says.Recently he called for a ‘swift, co-ordinated and aggressive effort' to help the stricken people of Haiti.An Israeli field hospital from the other side of the world is now in place in Haiti doing a fully professional job.The fact that there is no American equivalent from much closer to home is distinctly worrying.

      March 23, 2012 at 9:00 pm |