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November 16th, 2010
02:39 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.

Two weeks now since the election, and still no clear sense of what Democrats will try to do in their final weeks in full control of Washington. Which means a lot rides on President Obama’s meeting with the bipartisan congressional delegation later in the week. It is choosing time for Democrats: be bold, or go quietly. The wait for decisions reflects the internal divide over which approach is best politically for a party still sore from the midterm drubbing. On to the bullet points. John is dead on in his No. 1. Charlie Rangel not long ago was on of the most powerful me in Congress. Today, his protest of being treated unfairly rings hollow, and the House faces a credibility test in deciding on sanctions. John’s No. 3 matches up with Erick’s No. 1: in these early post-election days, GOP leaders are sending signals they are serious about fiscal restraint. John’s point about Murkowski is dead on, and while Gov. Jindal is ruling out any 2012 run, Erick’s Nos. 2 and 3 are previews of coming chapters in our politics. Enjoy the day.–John King

Senior Political Columnist for TheDailyBeast.com John Avlon:

-Charlie Rangel Gets What He Deserved – His walkout stunt yesterday was bound to fail and it did, with the ethics subcommittee deciding to move forward on 11 charges after more than 2 years of investigations. Citizens couldn't get away with pleading negligence on taxes or walking out of a hearing and the former chairman of the House Ways and Means committee shouldn't either. A major fall from grace not softened by an 80% re-election rate for this Democratic mandarin – now we'll see what final punishment awaits.

-Murkoswki Pulls Into the Lead – Late last night she pulled ahead of Joe Miller in terms of actual vote count as opposed to write-in ballots. It looks like her gutsy gamble to not give up after the closed partisan primary worked – look for Joe Miller to concede in the coming days and for some awkward greetings in the senate cloakroom. Sarah Palin is not pleased.

-Dean Martin bypasses Jerry Lewis – It looks like Speaker-elect John Boehner, the Dean Martin of the GOP, will bypass notorious appropriator Jerry Lewis for a powerful committee chairmanship – showing continued focus on fiscal conservatism and the no earmarks mandate from tea party supporters and independent voters.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

-Conservatives are calling for House leadership to block Jerry Lewis from staying on as Appropriations Chairman. This is a real tea party vs. establishment fight.

-Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry are both now out with books. The first question to be asked: how many book signing stops in Iowa and New Hampshire for both?

-They told me if I voted for John McCain airport security would turn into a totalitarian dystopia. They were right! Look for the GOP to make this a political issue about Janet Napolitano overreaching with TSA reach arounds


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