Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington.
A tough day for the US on the world stage. First President Obama was rebuffed when he made a personal pitch for the Olympics. Now, perhaps thinking soccer’s governing board would be like most Democrats in 2010, the former President Bill Clinton, not the current Oval Office occupant, was sent to make the pitch. But the result was the same: a snub. Qatar gets the 2022 World Cup. Ok, back to Washington and the bullet points. Erick’s first and third points highlight the stakes and the tensions of the tax cut battle. An administration source involved in the negotiations told me this morning hopes of a quick deal were fading some. Erick’s No. 2 is true, and the House parliamentarian loses some space for the new plumbing. Mario gives voice to the liberal worries the president will give up too much and too soon in the tax fight. (To this end, MoveOn.org has a new ad out today asking where the Obama it helped elect has gone.) Mario’s second point proves there is something in the WikiLeaks saga to laugh about, and his final point is a good marker for the next two weeks as the DREAM Act gets debated in the lame-duck Congress. Enjoy your day.–John King
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
-Conservatives are up in arms this morning over talk that the Senate GOP will pass the START treaty in exchange for a mere temporary avoidance of a tax increase.
-Nancy Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the House, never did it. But John Boehner is. He's putting a ladies restroom right outside the House Chambers, just like the guys have.
-The House Democrats have one last trick up their sleeve — blocking a full extension of the Bush tax cuts. The GOP will fight.
Talk Show Host and Online Editor of MyLatinoNews.com Mario Solis-Marich:
-Fumble: Obama misses yet another opportunity to call out the GOP for ending the much needed unemployment benefits to hungry families- but at least his civility makes Jon Stewart proud.
-Quarter Back Sneak: Diplomats spy on each other (OMG I can't believe it!)
-Second Stringers: GOP Latino Leaders (as few as there are) remain silent as Leader Reid attempts to create a path to legal public service for undocumented youth.