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May 18th, 2011
06:03 PM ET

Tonight on JKUSA...

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Tonight on JKUSA, Senior Political Analyst, Gloria Borger will be on to discuss Newt Gingrich's first week as a republican presidential candidate. Here’s her latest column that John mentioned on tonight’s show:
"Gingrich inspires another GOP revolt – against himself."


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May 18th, 2011
02:53 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:

– Newt Gingrich continues to do damage control. Has there ever been a campaign rollout that has done this much damage control in the first week?

– Republicans and Democrats continue to work on a deal in the Senate. But, the Gang of Six is now the Gang of five and conservatives are increasingly putting pressure on the Republicans to get out altogether.

– The President's message is don't change the horse in the middle of the race. But, with the economy like it is it seems like this horse isn't going to make it across the finish line. Independent voters are increasingly dissatisfied and senior citizens don't appear to be scared of the Medicare fight.

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

Uncompromised And Uncompromising

True Lies Ahead: Ahnuld, Newt and Elephants in the Living Room

Health Insurance Industry Loves That You Can’t Afford to Use Your Coverage

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May 17th, 2011
10:15 PM ET

CNN anchor stands waist deep in water

CNN's John King stands chest deep in floodwater in Butte LaRose, Louisiana, where water is intentionally being diverted.


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May 17th, 2011
08:53 PM ET

Wading around Natchez, Mississippi

John King wades into the town of Natchez, Mississippi and examines the toll of the rising flood waters.


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May 17th, 2011
03:11 PM ET

John King takes a tour of Mississippi flooding

Today, CNN's John King and our JKUSA crew are out in Natchez, Mississippi getting a tour of flooded areas impacted by rising waters. Make sure to tune in tonight @ 7p ET, we'll be LIVE from Butte LaRose, Louisiana.

From the Field: CNN's John King puts on a pair of waders to get a first-hand look of flooding near the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Natchez, Mississippi. The first photo shows John in waist-high water in an area that's normally used as a basketball court on station grounds.
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May 17th, 2011
02:26 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:

– Is Daniels in or out? I'm hearing from several people that he has made up his mind and will run. Today he said he has not made up his mind. Is he going to become the Mario Cuomo of 2012? Everyone wanted Cuomo to run in 1992 and he bailed.

– Newt Gingrich continues to walk back his comments on Paul Ryan's Medicare plan and the individual mandate.

– We have hit the debt ceiling. The world has not stopped. We have not defaulted on our bills. So what's the big deal?

Senior Political Columnist for TheDailyBeast.com John Avlon:

– Special Election in California Today: With all the attention lavished on NY-26, the special election to fill Jane Harman’s seat in CA-36 has been all but ignored. This is a significant race because it is the first primary that will be held under the state’s new open primary law which is a top-two primary, allowing anyone to run in this Democratic-leaning district. If no one reaches 40%, a run-off will be held in June.

– Huntsman Gets Unexpected Boost in SC: Mike Huckabee’s 2008 campaign co-chairman, Mike Campbell, son of still-revered Republican governor of the Reagan era, has stated that he will back Jon Huntsman if the former Ambassador and Utah Governor runs for president. This unexpected news could have reverberations through the primary field. Romney is considered a non-starter in SC; Huntsman however could prove surprisingly competitive in the Palmetto State, especially in a fractured field.

– Newt Throws Ryan Budget Under Bus, Gets Run Over Himself: Newt’s decision to attack Paul Ryan’s budget plan as “Republican Social Engineering” on Meet the Press this weekend, drew immediate blowback as a betrayal of the kind of big idea deficit reduction plan the old Newt would have supported. It turns out that back in March, Newt had praised the Ryan plan in an interview with PJTV at the Conservative Principles Conference in Iowa, describing it as “a very bold budget that includes entitlement reforms, it includes very significant cuts in government spending.” For the time being, we'll focus on that flip-flop and not the dog-whistle politics of Newt saying that the 2012 election will be about questions of 'American identity.'

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May 16th, 2011
10:30 PM ET

Donald Trump won't run in 2012

John King and panel discuss Donald Trump's presidential campaign and decision to withdraw from the 2012 race.


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May 16th, 2011
10:08 PM ET

Jindal talks worst-case flood scenarios

Gov. Bobby Jindal and CNN's John King talk worst-case scenarios for the flooded state of Louisiana.


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May 16th, 2011
03:31 PM ET

President Obama calls Gov. Bobby Jindal

John King is out on a boat tour of the flooded areas in Louisiana. Sent in from his blackberry, is this picture of Governor Bobby Jindal receiving a call from President Obama. Tune in tonight @ 7p ET, we'll be LIVE from Morgan City, La.

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May 16th, 2011
12:56 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:

– Huckabee is out. The pro-life and evangelical crowds will probably begin flocking to people like Tim Pawlenty and Herman Cain.

– Newt Gingrich has long had a reputation for being undisciplined. Yesterday, on Meet the Press, he defended the individual mandate and attacked Paul Ryan's Medicare reforms. Today he is backpedalling.

– With Huckabee out, all eyes now are on Mitch Daniels and a decision could some soon. But with tales of phone calls from Laura Bush, whispers about the Rove machine, and Daniels' own reputation, look for his opponents to begin spinning him as the second coming of George W. Bush.

Senior Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:

– It Always Happens in Threes: Conservative Senators Coburn and Santorum seem to be steeped in the Ensign hush money sex scandal in what will become a reminder to independents on why they distrust the GOP.

– Dreams in the Morning-An Angels Warning: Obama angers immigrant activists by issuing a fundraising letter touting his support of the DREAM Act, maybe his fundraising pen should sign a student deportation ban.

– If Your Nose Itches You’ll Kiss a Fool: Gingrich has Sunday pundits mouthing his absurd talking point that he is no longer a flame thrower while he defends his Obama is the “food stamp President” bomb by asking if America really wants to “become Detroit”.

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