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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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  1. Cecil Johnson

    John Boehner crowed that he got 98% of what he wanted, and now the stock market is down more than 500 points. Way to go John. That's what we get when you kowtow to the tea bags (aka scum bags).

    August 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  2. Jim Carroll


    Mr. President, tell Wall Street to spend the money they have hoard or pay at least 75% of it back to the stock holders. The profits of a corporation belong to the stock holder.

    Cutting payroll taxes will not stimulate the economy. The collective monopolies of Wall street will mop it up with a price marker before it get in the first pay check of workers. Why doesn’t a person as smart as you are know that inflation is a euphemism for theft?

    If you want to win the next election, you had better stop trying to be a republican and take the fight to Wall Street and the banking industry. They do not have the right to hoard the medium of exchange.

    You need to put a bill before Congress that will require public traded corporations to pay at least 75% of the quarterly profits back to the stock holders. Read more Internet Free Press.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm |