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June 17th, 2011
12:28 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. Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

DOJ: Calling Out Government Lies Would Endanger National Security

Jared Bernstein And Eric Cantor Agree: We Can’t Do Anything About Jobs That Will Work

Ignoring Good Progressive Policy Makes for Bad Politics

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– The most interesting news this morning is of Yonathan Melaku, a lance corporal in the Marine Corps Reserve, who has been arrested for having a not quite explosive device in his car at the Pentagon and seeming to be an al Qaeda fan. Everyone should replay Newt Gingrich's statements from Monday night during the CNN debate.

– Business executives are unhappy with the Obama administration and took it out on Chief of Staff William Daley. Mentioned in the Washington Post story is a hint that small businesses may suffer tax increases.

– Republicans are still in disarray over the debt ceiling. Conservatives are trying to rally to a balanced budget amendment, but more moderate Republicans want one that will make it too easy to raise taxes.

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  1. thomas mc

    quote: "arrested for having a not quite explosive device in his car"

    OMG. I have non-explosive items in my possession too! I must be al Qaeda!

    I'd rather my kid grow up to become a clown than an American "journalist."

    June 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  2. Marc

    You're going to have to do better than cover the news that every other news organization is covering and pundit finger-pointing. There is a lot of other stuff going on in the America and the world that isn't getting any press coverage.

    What's going on to get the economy going? What's China, India, Brazil doing? What are banks and credit unions doing? How has QE2 worked? With what seems like a potential GOP win in '12, what are they talking about at the RLC down in New Orleans?

    June 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  3. Mikki

    I'd like to ask the candidates why they think their religious beliefs are ok in sticking their noses into people's private lives, their bedrooms and their medical reproductive care. Isn't it hard enough for them to take care of their own personal religious and moral lives?

    June 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm |