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July 29th, 2011
02:28 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.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– The Boehner bill will pass. The Balanced Budget Amendment sealed the deal with many House conservatives. Amazing what the GOP can get if conservatives fight. If only Boehner had fought harder initially.

– The President held a morning press conference where he admitted, in effect, that he has no plan. Last night with Wolf Blitzer, White House Chief of Staff William Daley kind of sort of suggested the President had a plan. But it was a secret plan.

– I can't help but get the sense the GOP came off looking bad and like cheap dates. They passed Paul Ryan's budget hiking the debt ceiling to $23 trillion. They passed Cut, Cap, and Balance, which got more votes than Boehner's plan will get. And now Boehner's plan. That's not a negotiation. That's an auction for affection. Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

First Bill Clinton, then a bunch of House Dems, now Hoyer and Van Hollen say: Act unilaterally, Mr. President

Majority Opposes Any Cuts to Medicare or Social Security

The ‘WikiLeaks Phenomenon’ & the Disease of Secrecy Within the U.S. Govt.

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  1. Glo Dev

    The President stated he will not guarantee SS checks if the debt ceiling isn't raised.

    Why is it the scare tactic always has to do with SS, Medicare, & our Soldiers' pay?

    Why not stop the president's pay, that of his staff, or Congress and the Senate to save more money for our country?

    Why use Seniors, Soldiers, & our Needy as examples?

    Take the money from those who take no risks and reap the benefits!!

    Instead of threatening to withhold Social Security, VA and disability payments of people who really need the money.... let's hold the paychecks of all house & senate members; then see how fast they resolve the debt ceiling crisis !!!!!

    July 29, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  2. patricia davis

    The hard liners in the Republican party do not make it clear that as part of the budget reducing process subsidies for their constitutants would be cut. The constituants of the states that sent Tea Party candidates to the Congress are up to their eyeballs in the public trough. Put together graphs for each state that show a breakdown of all federal funds received by the constitutants of that state including agricultural and business subsidies, Medicare payments, Medicaid payments, transportation subsides,education subsidies, any and all federal dollars allotted to the states. Oddly, in all the deficit reduction talk over the last months, I have not heard any discussion of cutting anything except, Medicare, Medicaid and Defense. We need to see the figures laid out in order to have a real discussion about what will be cut. Let's have your graphs.

    July 29, 2011 at 7:22 pm |