John King, USA

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August 1st, 2011
03:08 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 Mario Solis-Marich:

– New Series Episodes: Obama has averted a yet another GOP-created financial crises, and the with the Tea Party’s whiff of victory there shall be more to come.

– Jumping the Shark: As the Tea Party demands and receives power in D.C., voters are setting different courses in Arizona and Wisconsin - why is the beltway always the last to note a trend?

– Cancelled Show: After the Norway shooting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security report on right wing threats doesn’t seem so radical - where is the media’s collective memory?

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– We're all Frodo today. Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard has outted himself as a neo-hobbit, standing in opposition to the latest deal, which frankly is barely different from the last three weeks except for the very real possibility of impacting defense spending.

– Will Mike Lee and Jim DeMint filibuster? If two Senators do filibuster, it could wreck havoc on the plan. All they need to do is object to a decreased debate period and get people past the psychological barrier of August 2nd.

– As much as conservatives are having trouble embracing the deal, the New York Times' meltdown and Emmanuel Cleaver calling it a "sugar coated Satan sandwich" sure makes it sound yummy.

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  1. Ruth Roys

    Is the Presidents wife dumb, or what? She gives 60 million dollars to Africa. Social Security/Veterans Affairs Benificieries haven't received a pay raise in 3 years. But she can spend 60 million of our tax money that should go to the people on S.S. and V.A. Cost of Living has went up so high people can not afford to pay their bills or groceries. We know of over 60 married couples that have committed suicide because they cant afford to live. Whats this great country gonna do about it? Without us you wouldn't exist. Is the President trying to get rid of the elderly so he don't have to pay our benifits? I am upset and disgusted. We need a President who cares about the elderly, we have paid into this country our whole working lives. We are also worried about other elderly people, because they might take suicide into consideration. Is this what the President wants?

    August 1, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  2. kenneth

    Why are you not asking congress members why they are not looking at cuts in foreign spending. Why are you not asking congress menmbers to bring taxpayer money back to the American people. Why are you not asking congress members to use the money now being sent to foreign countries for mdicare/medicare and social security. Why can't that money be spent for eduication?

    August 1, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  3. afrommi

    That vote is a vivid example of how our free market system does not work.  A vivid example of how politics do not work for the people.  For over 60 years this country's policies have been designed by our elected officials to protect wealth.  This is shown by the results. The result is that only a top 1-10% of the population in this country is controlling 90% of the wealth.  They have done this by the policies of minimum wages which have been so low, not one person has been able to survive even when the cost of living was cheap.  Then, by changing the laws of patents, which allowed employers to own anything you designed or invented under their employment.  And now, the borrowing money from Social Security and taking money from our taxes to  GIVE IT TO CORPORATIONS to move away without asking for some profit sharing.  At least they should have made the government a share holder in that adventure.  They did not take responsibility for creating unemployment which now will not be able to continue collecting their benefits. 
    We have to choices, we either admit that this form of government is not working for the American people or we have to admit that the 90 – 99% of the population has not been smart enough to create wealth.  And yet this country used to be the manufacturing capital of the world.  So, we know we are smart.  It must be the type of government.
    What this government has done Democrats and Republicans is keeping us busy watching them dance the political dance.

    August 1, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
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  4. Luis Diaz

    Mr. King,
    Shouldn't you be working for Fox? Your comments against Democrats and the President are lopsided. Your disdain for the party of the people sips through your words and body language.

    August 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm |