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Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Thirty-nine days out, our polling shows a low point for President Obama when it comes to voters’ take on his job performance, and a high point for Republicans when we ask voters which party they intend to support for Congress in November. The president and his party are weak in the suburbs and rural areas – where most of the battleground congressional races are. The numbers aren't as important as the powerful force driving them: pessimism about the economy is on the rise again, and it is more than a short-term concern. To the bullet points: Erick is consistent in his mistrust of all things connected to either political establishment, and apparently not a Colbert fan! Jane captures in her first point a Democratic dilemma: the lack of excitement on the left is policy driven (see, for example, her third point), but the president and his team are trying to rally them with rhetoric – and warnings the GOP would only make things worse. Have a great weekend.- John King

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

Jane Hamsher: Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

-Chorus of Democratic Insiders Demand Base Voters Get Enthusiastic, or Else! Blogger Susie Madrak Asks David Axelrod: "Do You Know What Hippie Punching Means?"

-Majority of country want Bush tax cuts on the wealthy to expire; majority of the millionaires in Congress want them to continue.

-Obama Administration Fights Injunction to Halt Military Discharges of LGB Service Members

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Harry Reid wants everyone present for a Monday night quorum. It's as much show as the GOP's Pledge.

-The House Republicans may be all in with their Pledge, but don't expect their candidates on the ground to champion it.

-Who thought having Stephen Colbert testify before Congress 'in character' was a good idea? Apparently Democrats no longer take governing seriously.

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