Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington.
Senior Political Columnist for TheDailyBeast.com John Avlon:
– Healthcare Heads to the Supreme Court – The VA court decision yesterday by a Bush-appointed Judge has huge implications not just for healthcare reform and contemporary constitutional debates but the 2012 presidential election, in whose shadow this court case is likely to occur. As, John King discussed last night, the Virginia AG is already fundraising off it, without apologies.
– Tax Deal Powers Through the Senate – When was the last time we've seen an 83-15 senate vote on a major piece of legislation in the Obama era? House Democrats are defecting but the Obama administration only needs 100 Democratic votes to pass the bipartisan plan if the majority of GOP votes stay in place. The death tax will be the next stop for debate – likely to be more of a symbolic than successful pushback, but there is the chance that if the bill continues to get larded up with unrelated appropriations it could start to lose more support on the right.
– Richard Holbrooke, RIP – We live in a time without many giants of public diplomacy – but Richard Holbrooke was one of them. His sudden passing at age 69 leaves a hole in Obama administration's efforts to turn the tide in Afghanistan, even as we wait for the pivotal White House commissioned Af-Pak Review, to be released this Thursday.
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
– The Individual Mandate is ruled unconstitutional. The reality is that it doesn't matter. Only one man's opinion counts — that of the most powerful man in the world, Justice Anthony Kennedy.
– No Labels is making news for no good reason. What should trouble Democrats though is that the group consists mostly of Democrats who do not want to be called Democrats.
– Sarah Palin went to Haiti. The media followed with made up hair dressing scandals, etc. Palin Derangement Syndrome lives on.