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June 28th, 2011
12:40 PM ET

Bachmann: the GOP's latest contender

As Michele Bachmann officially enters the GOP presidential field, CNN's John King discusses her candidacy with panelists.


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June 28th, 2011
12:38 PM ET

How U.S. debt impacts Americans

CNN's John King and panel discuss the looming debt crisis and what Washington is doing to deal with it.


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June 27th, 2011
03:29 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:

– Democrats and the GOP are at loggerheads over the debt ceiling. The GOP wants no new tax increases, but, to be honest, Republican leaders will probably go for some tax increases if they first get serious spending cuts. Conservatives like me won't like it, but we expect it.

– With New York embracing gay marriage through the legislature, look for it to yet again be a hot button political issue. And despite what Democrats say, this is not an issue that helps them at the polls.

– The Supremes struck down a video game law that prevented stores from selling violent video games to minors. Overlooked is the Supreme Court striking down a very liberal Arizona campaign finance law. It is only a matter of time before donor caps and direct donations to candidates from corporations go by the wayside, putting the nation back to pre-1970's campaign finance rules.

Senior Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:

– First Wish: Top Obama education adviser Juan Sepulveda openly wishes (on my radio show) that activists showed as much passion for all Latino students as they have shown for the undocumented ones – students wonder why the Administration needs more passionate Latino activists to ignore.

– Second Wish: Newt Gingrich wishes that the media would focus on the “substance” he offers more than his campaign style – the media wishes that Newt would point them in that direction of said substance.

– Third Wish: The GOP wishes that Paul Ryan had never been assigned to the House Budget Committee – the Democrats wish that the Medicare cutting champion was more famous.

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June 27th, 2011
12:26 PM ET

'Whitey Bulger' goes to court

CNN's Joe Johns talks to the Boston Globe's Glen Johnson, a reporter covering the "Whitey" Bulger case.


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June 24th, 2011
10:35 PM ET

Johnson: Legalize marijuana

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson tells CNN's Joe Johns why he is against higher taxes but for legalizing marijuana.


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June 24th, 2011
01:43 PM ET

Farm subsidies for city dwellers

CNN's Joe Johns talks with Ken Cook about a study that shows billions of dollars of farm subsidies go to city dwellers.


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June 24th, 2011
12:53 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:

– The Democrats intend to make hay out of the GOP's walkout from the debt talks. The GOP is refusing to get rid of the Bush tax cuts. But here's the catch - until the recession, even with the Bush tax cuts, revenue has been fairly constant since the 1980s. Only 3 times in American history has revenue gotten to 20% of GDP. It averages 18%. But spending continues going up. The Bush tax cuts are insignificant, but repeal could cause further recessionary problems. Even the President has admitted that.

– Senator Jim DeMint is making noises that he may primary incumbent Republicans who vote to raise the debt ceiling without securing significant spending cuts. This will hopefully add more fuel to the fire of conservatives willing to pick a fight on this issue.

– The attacks are already coming fast and furious on Governor Rick Perry of Texas. If you believe articles in publications as diverse as Politico to New York Magazine, Perry is a womanizing homosexual who executes innocent men who killed their children while giving highway contracts to his friends who opposed him for re-election. None of it makes sense. It has all been discredited. But that the attacks are out there now without him even getting into the race shows just how much Democrats and potential Republican rivals fear him as a Presidential candidate.

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

Ron Paul and Barney Frank Introduce Bill to End Marijuana Prohibition

Global Payment So Far Fails to Control Health Care Costs in Massachusetts

Lt. Dan Choi at Netroots Nation: Proud to Stand Shoulder to Shoulder with Bradley Manning

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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June 23rd, 2011
11:49 PM ET
June 23rd, 2011
11:48 PM ET
June 23rd, 2011
02:13 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:

– Eric Cantor and Jon Kyl have pulled out of deficit talks with Vice President Biden over the issue of taxes. This is causing the media to ignore the bigger story — both the Democrats and Republicans think $2 trillion in cuts over 10 years is serious.

– Barack Obama announced last night he would snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in Afghanistan. The White House wants us all to know that neither Robert Gates, nor Hillary Clinton, nor David Petraeus like his plan to draw down troops from Afghanistan, but by God we're going to do it anyway. Barack Obama is King Solomon, if only the baby had actually been split.

– Republicans on Capitol Hill seem to be having leadership problems on a number of issues, from patents to the budget. The longer the GOP Presidential field stays chaotic, the longer Republicans on Capitol Hill will stay chaotic.

Senior Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:

– Late to the Game: The self declared sophisticated people of the big apple are poised to allow equal marriage rights regardless of sexual orientation today – too bad New Yorkers, like gay characters kissing on TV people, only notice the first few.

– Skin in the Game: Legislators in California are experiencing a dock in pay for not providing a timely state budget, while the irreplaceable daily pay loss provision has caused anger among the state lawmakers it has had the desired effect of binging them back to the table, now how about tying Congresses pay to the national unemployment rate?

– Changing the Game: Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas came out of the shadows this week and revealed that he is an undocumented American as a stand in on behalf of young people who, like him, were brought to this country as children – reaffirming that the courage to risk all for the freedom of others remains a core American value.

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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