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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 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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