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August 4th, 2011
06:43 PM ET

JKUSA Fact Check: The Bills Behind the FAA Airline Dispute

A deal to end the FAA funding standoff has been tentatively reached. It should allow thousands of transportation employees to return to work.

Here are the two bills mentioned on tonight's John King, USA

H.R. 2553
The short-term FAA extension that does not mention labor issues.

H.R. 658
The F.A.A. multi-year funding bill that includes bargaining points.

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August 4th, 2011
02:52 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:

– Umbrella Cocktails: While the GOP-created debt ceiling crises is over, the very real unemployment crises continues, will the GOP hold up all legislative business until we help the 70,000 FAA employees and contractors? Apparently only if you can do it from a poolside.

– Houseguests: After deporting a record number of talented undocumented Latino students at great cost, Janet Napolitano prepares to make it easier for Chinese and Indian college graduate immigrants.

– Summer Love: The GOP may have succeeded in creating another recession just in time to credit it to Obama…Mr. President, this is what they mean when they say “bi –partisanship.”

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Yesterday there was a hilarious moment on Capitol Hill. At a press conference, ABC News's Jonathan Karl asked Senate Democrats why they were claiming the shutdown over the FAA was about a labor dispute when the legislation in question made no mention of labor issues. The Democrats went nuts. It was rather funny. They cannot defend the essential air service program, so they are forced into smoke and mirrors.

– There is a growing sense of dread in some Republican corners that Rick Perry might enter the race. Some say they are tired of Texas. Some say they don't want a Southern governor. But most of the complaints stem from CNN, Gallup, and Fox polling that all show Perry, should he enter, jumping up into the top three.

– Want to know who the real power player is among the Republicans? Consider one nugget out this morning. Jim DeMint has raised more money for his Senate Conservatives Fund than all the other Republican Senators for their leadership PACs combined. And when they say they've been raising money for the NRSC, consider that DeMint has also given more money to state parties through his personal account than the other GOP Senators have given to the NRSC combined.

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August 4th, 2011
12:36 PM ET

What price should Mubarak have to pay?

CNN's John King and Natl. Security Contributor Fran Townsend discuss former Egyptian Pres. Mubarak's corruption trial.

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August 4th, 2011
12:33 PM ET

LaHood: 'Congress didn't do its work'

CNN's John King talks to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood about the furlough of thousands of FAA employees.

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