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October 15th, 2010
02:02 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.

TGIF – and just 18 days until the election. For Democrats, the priority now is the “firewall” – trying to protect enough House and Senate seats to keep their majorities. So more and more candidates lose party money heading into the stretch, and strategists debate – and argue – about whether those making the calls are making the right calls. It isn’t pretty. On to the bullet points: both Jane and Erick had an eye on Nevada’s Reid-Angle debate. My inbox after that one was proof there can be bipartisan agreement: almost everyone – Dem and GOP – who emailed thought Nevada deserved better than what Reid and Angle offered. Jane’s No. 3 is a a good example of the “what else will they scew-up?” debate about the financial sector. Erick’s No. 3 is more playful. Enjoy the weekend.–John King

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson

– Sharron Angle asked the question many have wanted asked. How did Harry Reid go from being a poor man in Searchlight, NV to one of the richest men in the Senate on a public servant's salary?

-The Ohio Elections Commission is allowing soon to be defeated Rep. Driehaus to proceed on a complaint against the Susan B. Anthony List because they dared say a vote for Obamacare was a vote for government funded abortion. So much for free speech.

-Which Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court does Harry Reid most admire? Antonin Scalia. I wonder what California Attorney General Jerry Brown would say about that.

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher

It Wasn’t a ‘Lifestyle Choice,’ and It’s Not a Mistake Senior Obama White House Aide Valerie Jarrett's non-apology apology for saying dead teen "made a lifestyle choice," relayed to the world by WaPo gay kapo Jonathan Capehart, makes things much worse.

-Sharron Angle tells Harry Reid his job is to let the free market alone. This after unregulated markets collapsed the financial system, tanked the economy, lost millions of jobs, left millions uninsured, destroyed the housing sector, and left the Gulf of Mexico unfishable for months. Yeah, vote Republican.

-If mega-banks can't do mortgages, securitizations, modifications or foreclosures without losing documents, committing fraud, collapsing markets, and bail outs, aren't they too big to exist?


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