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May 23rd, 2011
02:29 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:

– Mitch Daniels not getting in is a stunning surprise for a lot of folks. As of Friday, prominent folks in Washington were still getting calls that he was in.

– Mitch Daniels dropping out helps Tim Pawlenty be the anti-Romney.

– Republicans are in an interesting position with the War Powers Act. They believe it is unconstitutional, but they also think Obama is violating it. What they do or do not do with hearings in the House of Representatives could set an interesting precedent for the next Republican President.

Senior Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:

– Double Talk: GOP insiders are pushing the talking point that the Presidential field is taking shape while conceding to each other privately that no good choices are emerging.

– Bait and Switch: Home Land Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s deployment of the “Secure Communities” immigrant policing program is under investigation by the U.S. Inspector General, activists have claimed the Administration has used bait and switch tactics to meet the goals of enrolling and retaining its “partners”.

– Three Card Monte: Coburn and Santorum aides have been grateful that Arnold Schwarzenegger took the media scandal spotlight last week; the Senators are deeply tied to the Sen. Ensign sex scandal and need as many diversions as possible.

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