Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington.
Saying TGIF feels odd given the new unemployment data from the government. Also have to say wish the data would give pause to those orchestrating the partisan stunts here in “lame duck” Washington and maybe, just maybe, spur some adult conversations. Also of note: an early holiday trip by President Obama to see the troops in Afghanistan. He won’t see President Karzai face to face; weather and technology to blame, the White House says, but of course will spark whispers and conspiracy theories because of the WikiLeaks tensions. To the Friday bullet points: Erick, too, begins with the glum economic news, and then offers rare praise from the right to Speaker Pelosi, for whom human rights issues in China has long been a priority. His No. 3 is one of the question marks heading into next year. Jane’s No. 1 reflects liberal angst over the tax cut debate – many call it a charade – under way at the moment in Washington. Her No. 2 is a reminder Dick Cheney is back in the news – and back in the political debate. And note No. 3 — the left backing the effort by libertarian/conservative Bob Barr to explore whether the TSA calculated a way to minimize “opt-out” day outrage. Enjoy your weekend.–John King
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
-Unemployment numbers do not look good. Earlier this week Wall Street projects were that we'd see a six figure increase. Not so much.
-Nancy Pelosi is going to let Chris Smith's resolution supporting this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner go to the floor. The winner is a Chinese dissident. China will not be pleased, yet again, with Speaker Pelosi.
– In today's Wall Street Journal, John Fund speculates that the Obama Administration is going to go full steam ahead through the executive branch advancing the union agenda. Darryl Issa is going to have fun if that happens.
Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher: