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May 27th, 2011
09:21 PM ET
May 27th, 2011
03:52 PM ET

Tonight on JKUSA...

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) talks to CNN's John King about getting closer to a decision on a presidential run. Check out more of the interview tonight at 7pm EST.


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May 27th, 2011
03:00 PM ET

Arpaio talks immigration and Palin

John King talks to Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, about immigration and Sarah Palin possibly moving to Arizona.


Filed under: Interview
May 27th, 2011
02:24 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:

– Sarah Palin is hitting the road. I've long thought she was not going to run in 2012, but I may have to reassess that. For now though it seems she is trying to rehabilitate her image. My guess is that if she thinks the effort has been successful, she will reconsider a Presidential run.

– Republicans in Texas are at war with each other over congressional redistricting. In a state picking up a significant number of seats, the GOP risks letting federal judges draw their congressional lines.

– The Democrats still don't have a budget plan, they don't have a real plan to pass social security, and they want to break for recess. Remember how talking heads lamented that it was the GOP that was not serious in Washington?

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

Debt Denial Reaches Logical Conclusion: Just Stop Paying People Republicans Don't Like

Vermont's Road to Single Payer: HHS Waivers Required; You Can Help

Clapper: We Need to Pass PATRIOT to Make Sure Apple Continues to Track Your Location

Editor’s Note: The blog is a place for a freewheeling exchange of ideas and opinions. CNN does not endorse anything said by its contributors


Filed under: Bullet Points
May 26th, 2011
10:11 PM ET

Bachmann on possible 2012 Palin run

CNN's John King asks Rep. Michele Bachmann if Palin's possible decision to run will affect her own potential campaign.


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May 26th, 2011
09:46 PM ET

Anguished Joplin parents find son's body

Tony and Tammy Niederhelman talk to CNN's John King about the desperate search for their son Zach.


Filed under: Interview
May 26th, 2011
01:19 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.

Senior Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:

– Voted Class Clown: Gingrich’s explanation that Tiffany’s extension to him of $250K in no-interest credit is a normal way of doing business is laughable in light of the new report that Tiffany’s heavily lobbied the Congressional committee his wife worked for.

– Stood Up for Prom: Republicans are dressed for 2012 but have nowhere to go as American voters leave them in droves because of their stand on Medicare cuts.

– Cootie Boy: The Obama Administrations “Secure Communities“ deportation program has become a pariah in many local races including the Denver’s Mayors race where Democrat Chris Romer is actively running against it.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– It wasn't the controversial one, but the U.S. Supreme Court upheld one of Arizona's immigration laws. The justices' discussion of the definition of licenses could potentially have an impact on the future marriage decisions.

– Will John Boehner keep the House in session? The Democrats want to go on recess, but the GOP wants to block recess appointments. We'll see.

– Senate Republicans are whipping their colleagues to shut down Rand Paul's amendments to the Patriot Act, but continue to stay silent on the Paul Ryan budget. So much for leadership.

Editor’s Note: The blog is a place for a freewheeling exchange of ideas and opinions. CNN does not endorse anything said by its contributors


Filed under: Bullet Points
May 26th, 2011
07:19 AM ET

Parents search for son's body

Two parents in Joplin fight bureaucracy to find the body of their son, whom they fear was killed in the storms.


Filed under: Uncategorized
May 25th, 2011
03:24 PM ET

JKUSA: Joplin, Missouri

In case you missed last night's show, we'll be LIVE again tonight from Joplin, Missouri. Check out a few photos sent in to us from CNN Photojournalist Dave Ruff and don't forget to tune in tonight @ 7p ET.

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May 25th, 2011
02:35 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:

– The Democrats won a special election in New York last night in a GOP held seat. The major headlines and analysis today largely adopts Democrat talking points that the GOP's defeat means they must pull back on Medicare. Except, in 2009, the GOP suffered two special election defeats in New York and, similarly, the general consensus in the press was the GOP could no longer afford to be "the Party of No." Just as the analysis was wrong then, it is now too. While Medicare came up in the debate, the larger issue had to with the repeated failure of the GOP in New York to get away from state legislative candidates who remain hugely unpopular.

– In 2010, the GOP made big gains in New York's legislative delegation. They did so by avoiding New York GOP legislators like the plague. They need to relearn that lesson in order to compete in special elections.

– If the GOP fails to deliver on substantive Medicare reform this year, several GOP congressmen tell me privately that they believe the party will be seriously hurt from within. The GOP must now fight this fight whether it wants to or not.

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

Obama misses the lesson in NY-26. Why is he rescuing Paul Ryan's Tea-GOP crazies?

Ideology-Obsessed GOP Knowingly Courted Political Disaster with Vote to Privatize Medicare

Congress Careening Towards Forever War with Unliimited War Powers and Surveillance Acts

Editor’s Note: The blog is a place for a freewheeling exchange of ideas and opinions. CNN does not endorse anything said by its contributors


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