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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:

Mario and Erick are, like me, political junkies surveying the map for new twists and surprises; it’s that point in the campaign season where we have to go race by race to test the predictions of a big GOP wave. I find their final points indicative of the broader mood: the “professional left” has a list of grievances long enough, Mario suggests, that one “turn the page” speech on Iraq wont be enough to satisfy. One of those grievances is that President Obama hasn’t pushed for more stimulus – and Erick in his final points underscores the politics of that battle. Ask someone who worked for George H.W. Bush back in 1992 if they think voters will begin to process some signs that the economy is beginning to gain footing and give the incumbent – or in this case the incumbent party – another look in these final weeks. – John King

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– The Discovery Channel nut was a deranged and crazy criminal solely to blame for his acts - not Al Gore, not the environmental movement, not anyone else. But were this guy peddling a right-wing manifesto, we'd spend the next week lamenting talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and conservative bloggers.

– Rep. Phil Hare (D-IL) is a backbench Democrat who should be safe, but is imploding in Illinois, now filing an FEC complaint against a veterans group. If Phil Hare is not safe, there are many Democrats in "leans Democrat" districts who will disappear after November. Just how big is this swing going to be?

– Christina Romer has left the building. The White House wants another stimulus package. Bigger, they think, is better. Republicans will say no.

Talk Show Host and Online Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:

– Understudy – Colorado GOP Gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes implodes while third party Tom Tancredo waits in the wings and readies himself.

– Center Stage – GOP Latino candidates Marco Rubio (FL) and Brian Sandoval (NV) have political nightmares as activists prepare to rally for passage of legislation that would allow undocumented students to pursue their scholastic dreams.

– Sitting Ovation – White House stung as “professional left” gives tepid response to oval office Iraq address.

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