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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.

It is getting to know you day at the White House, and like any relationship the biggest challenge is building trust. President Obama and the two GOP congressional leaders, Speaker-to-be John Boehner and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell simply do not have any professional or personal relationship to rely on in the legislative battles ahead. Forget trying to assign blame; this "trust deficit" is a chronic problem in today's Washington. And progress on big issues suffers as a result.

On to the bullet points: John picks up where I leave off in his No. 1. Not a healthy idea, but maybe he is on to something. John's No. 3 is part of the same issue/debate and why groups like the new "NoLabels" spring up trying to encourage adult conversation. Without progress on John's first and third points, you can forget about any real discussion about the BIG issue he mentions in No. 2. Erick takes after reports the attorney general is part of the lobbying campaign for the World Cup, and in his No. 2 shows where the federal workforce debate heads next now that President Obama has embraced a pay freeze. Erick's third point is a reminder that whatever the global debate, climate change is not the driving topic in our politics that many thought it would be back when President Obama took office. Enjoy the day. – John King

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– The United States Attorney General is not in his office dealing with Wikileaks. No, he is off to Switzerland to lobby for the World Cup for 2022. I hope he has better luck than the President and the 2016 Olympics.

– First a pay freeze. When can we get federal layoffs? Why should a federal job be safer than a private sector job in tough times?

– The UN will get better optics in Cancun than Copenhagen for a global warming summit, but it still won't make a difference.

Senior Political Columnist for TheDailyBeast.com John Avlon:

– The Slurpee Summit Has Arrived – We'll see if any substantive progress can be made on issues reportedly ranging from the START Treaty to taxes, or if its all just photo op bipartisanship. I've got a column on CNN.com calling for Obama and Boehner to have a 'cigarette summit.' It's a stupid habit that they've both been known to indulge – so turn it into an asset: have an off camera smoke and begin a candid conversation, and start to get to know each-other as people instead of partisan caricatures.

– The Deficit Commission Gets Ready to Vote – The Bowles Simpson Commission is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a specific set of proposals culled from the draft plans circulated earlier this month. Establishment Washington considers the effort DOA and the proposals have come under considerable fire from both the right and – especially – the left. But this embattled panel is the best chance we're going to have for serious deficit and debt reform in the near future. Here's a column I did on the subject today for The Daily Beast.

– New Poll Shows Demand for Bipartisanship and Skepticism – Today, the senate voted down a two-year ban on earmarks supported by the President and Mitch McConnell. 'Don't Ask, Don Tell' hearings are proceeding without serious optimism for reform and even the START Treaty seems stalled despite the support from former GOP Secretary of States and the military. No wonder a new McClatchy poll shows that over 70% of Americans want the two parties to work together – but a similar number are skeptical it will actually happen. That disconnect is a source of growing citizen frustration and its the reason I helped co-found a new group called No Labels with folks like Mark McKinnon, Lisa Borders, Jon Cowan, David Frum and David Walker, which will be officially launched in December.


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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.

Happy Monday, and greetings from Washington as we watch President Obama make an announcement that at its core, a reaction to the big Republican wins earlier this month: a pay freeze for federal workers. Smart politics, though unions and many liberals will take issue. Republicans take control of the House in January, and their budget was going to contain such a freeze, so what you have here is a president getting out ahead of the inevitable and seizing some attention, and credit. It was the first move in what should prove to be an interesting week, as the president meets with congressional leaders for a post-election sizing up.

On to the bullet points. Erick’s No. 2 touches on a debate raging in Washington today; what to do about Wikileaks? And his No. 3 is an amusing reflection of how conservatives view the administration at the moment. Mario today is looking to turn the tables on the GOP, noting in his first point that Republican legislative strategy is now under virtual constant scrutiny. And, just as the right sees clues to Obama in a new book, the left sees some clues to Palin 2012 in the closing chapter of this season’s DWTS saga. Hardly a scientific analysis, but it’s fun political chatter. – John King

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– The Council on American-Islamic Relations has been found by a federal court to be an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial against the Holy Land Foundation. More troubling, documents now released from that trial show that CAIR shares a number of prominent members with the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization whose internal documents describe it as "a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions."

– In the Middle East we typically send unmanned aerial vehicles to dispatch our enemies. While we should not and need not go that far in dealing with Wikileaks, it does seem the site and its founder are as much enemies of the United States as any member of Al Qaeda and we might want to treat them accordingly instead of sending letters.

– There is plenty of buzz among conservatives about Richard Wolffe's new book looking into the Obama Administration. None of the buzz is good. "Eat the salad," a quote from the book by Mr. Obama, summarizes nicely for conservatives this administration's approach to governing.

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

– Old news is new news: GOP Senators find themselves on the other side of the table as the media finally begins to ask them about their obstructionism on the START and middle class tax cuts.

– Old news is no news: After watching Tom Tancredo lose a critical statewide election in a year that should have been perfect storm for conservatives the Colorado GOP has strangely decided that they need to go double or nothing with an Arizona anti-immigrant copy cat bill.

– No news is news: The Palin squad fails to win a TV dance competition as voters choose skill over fame in a prophetic foreshadowing of 2012.


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November 25th, 2010
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