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March 17th, 2011
01:38 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– It sounds like a whacked out conspiracy theory akin to the birther movement. The Department of Justice authorizes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to rig background checks so Mexican gun runners can buy guys in the U.S., funnel them to Mexico to drug cartels, and fight the Mexican Government — an act of war, no less. Except it's not some fringe right-wing website coming up with this, but the CBS Evening News. At least one American Border Patrol agent has been murdered with one of the guns. Congress is about to start an investigation.

– Mitch McConnell killed the Republican's effort to roll out a balanced budget amendment in favor of getting more co-sponsors in the GOP. Anything that leads to unanimity is probably not worth supporting.

– According to reporters who have talked to me, a number of the attacks on the 54 conservatives who voted against the Continuing Resolution are coming directly from the House Majority Leader's Office. That is disappointing.

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

– All Politics is Local: Former Clinton Transportation Secretary Federico Pena who rarely endorses local candidates took the step with James Mejia who is vying for the Denver Mayor’s seat which will become an important perch for Obama in the critical swing state of Colorado.

– The State of the State: Gov. Rick Perry flips on his pledge to save the Texas rainy day fund as a downpour of red ink floods the Texas capitol.

E Pluribus Unum: D.C. nuclear lobbyists fiddle while Japan burns as key members in both parties parrot the mantra that US facilities are safe – who said bi-partisanship was a good thing for the country?

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