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January 17th, 2011
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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.

Good day, and as President Obama noted earlier, a fine day to work in a little community service or some gesture to honor the work and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A lot of buzz about Steve Jobs taking another medical leave of absence from Apple, and in Washington, the big question is: Can the repeal of the Obama health care law be debated in a civil tone? We explore these and other important issues tonight, as well as talk to MLK biographer Taylor Branch. On to the bullet points, which help frame the week ahead.

Both Erick and Mario make note of the SOTU civility alliance of Sens. Chuck Schumer and Tom Coburn. And both point to the coming health care debate in the House. Erick’s analysis of the poll sample is a fair point — but that doesn’t mean proponents of the law won’t use those numbers in their speeches this week! Mario raises the civility question. Erick and Mario also use their final point to highlight an “in the states” issue of personal interest. Both are good tests of whether the 2010 political climate carries over into 2011. Enjoy the day. – John King

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– A new poll purports to show that Americans are less passionate about repealing Obama care. The poll is of 1,001 adults and splits 40% to 41%, with 41% in favor of repeal. Make the poll registered voters or likely voters, and the demand for repeal goes up.

– Chuck Schumer and Tom Coburn will sit together at the State of the Union address. Does anyone care?

– Next big battle for conservatives: defeating David Dewhurst in the Texas Senate GOP primary for 2012.

Talk Show Host and Online Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:

– Situation: GOP Senator Colburn and Democratic Senator Schumer decide they will sit together at the State of the Union Speech – Our Conditions: No footsies until we see a jobs plan!

– Situation: This week the GOP House will vote to strip millions of life saving health care – Our Conditions: Be civil while you do it!

– Situation: State GOP lawmakers prepare to end birthright citizenship for “anchor babies” who are children of “illegal invaders” – Our Conditions: Be sure to register for Jeb Bush’s next Hispanic Action Network conference!

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