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August 3rd, 2011
02:46 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:

– Here is your must-see chart of the day. No other comment necessary.

– On another front, the FAA remains shut down with the government losing a billion dollars of tax revenue generated through airport fees. The Democrats are trying to say the GOP is holding everyone hostage over a labor union dispute. Except I've read the legislation for the short-term continuing resolution. The labor dispute the Democrats are claiming is the problem is not in the bill. It just simply isn't there. What is there is an end to the essential air service program — a cut the Democrats are opposed to but would have a hard time publicly opposing.

– Has anyone noticed the short-term continuing resolution expires September 30th? Get ready for another Washington kabuki dance. Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

Debt Ceiling Deal Trickery: A Catalyst for an Uprising?

The Next Hostage Crises: 2012 Appropriations, Federal Gas Tax

States, Everyone in Them, Country Screwed By Debt Limit Deal, Fiscal Policy Path

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August 3rd, 2011
12:35 PM ET

White House fence jumper arrested on air

Washington (CNN) - A man who jumped the White House fence on Tuesday was apprehended by uniformed Secret Service officers who approached him with guns drawn.

The incident was broadcast live on CNN's "John King USA" program, which was produced from the North Lawn of the White House on Tuesday night.

After the man jumped the fence, armed officers ordered him to lie down and then handcuffed him before taking him into custody. A backpack thrown over the fence and lying on the ground nearby was being checked by security officers, who locked down the area as a precaution.

The incident ended shortly after 9 p.m. ET when authorities issued an all-clear directive at the White House.

There was no immediate information on whether the intruder had represented a security threat.

According to the Secret Service, the detained man is James Dirk Crudup, 41, who is homeless. He will be charged with unlawful entry and contempt of court because he previously had been ordered to stay away from the White House due to past incidents, the agency said.

August 3rd, 2011
12:34 PM ET

Bumpy road ahead in 2012?

CNN's John King shows what the debt ceiling agreement could mean for the economy.

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