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November 10th, 2010
09:10 PM ET
November 10th, 2010
03:32 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Here’s a line you didn’t hear in any of the campaign attack ads: “The Problem is Real – the Solution is Painful.” It comes from a deficit reduction commission appointed by President Obama. And it comes with a list of recommendations that will test whether collective Washington – meaning Democrats and Republicans _ is serious about all the red ink. The proposals calls for significant spending cuts, and for a tax overhaul that would simplify the code, and lower tax rates for many Americans, but also bring in more revenues. Plus the proposal would reduce Social Security beneifts for most future retirees. So it is a serious proposal but crosses two biug lines: many Republicans say no to any new taxes, and many Democrats say no to any tinkering with Social Security. It is testing time in your nation’s capital.

On to the bullet points: Jane takes one point to focus on internal Democratic infighting, but then takes aim at GOP priorities and the former GOP president. Erick in Nos. 1 and 3 targets the Democrats with post-election barbs, and in No. 2 again highlights a significant source of internal GOP tensions. From both, excellent starting points for good and feisty political conversation. Enjoy the day. –John King

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

-The week before the 2006 midterms, George Bush publicly said he was standing by Donald Rumsfeld. Less than 24 hours after the polls closed on November 7, 2006, Rumsfeld was out of a job. Why, one week after the polls closed in 2010, does Tim Geithner still have a job?

-Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) intends to attack Sen. Jim DeMint for DeMint's support of earmarks until 2006 and attempts to ban them ever since. One problem – in 2008, when Inhofe was up for re-election, he co-sponsored DeMint's earmarks moratorium ban and voted for it.

-Nancy Pelosi is having a party to celebrate all that the Democrats did for the country. Republicans are having a party celebrating the Democrats' decision to keep Nancy as their leader.

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:
-Stockholm-Syndrome Blue Dogs are harder on actual Democrats than they are on the Republicans who beat them.

Americans and Independents want jobs, not tax cuts from the new Congress.

Lauer/Bush: Nobody cares to watch Bush evade responsibility .


Filed under: Bullet Points
November 10th, 2010
03:24 PM ET

Volcano speeds up Obama's trip

CNN's Candy Crowley and a political panel discuss President Obama's trip overseas.


Filed under: Interview