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August 11th, 2011
10:37 PM ET

Obama's focus on jobs or re-election?

David Axelrod tells CNN's John King how the president plans to make the case for his re-election.

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August 11th, 2011
10:35 PM ET

'Flash-mob' violence on U.S. streets

CNN's John King talks to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey about recent street violence in his city.

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August 11th, 2011
03:23 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:

– I'm in Charleston, S.C. today getting ready for the RedState Gathering. While Iowans are meeting in Ames on Saturday, Governor Rick Perry is expected to announce he'll run for President. But more than that, there will be, in both locations, a common theme about President Obama's failures as a president. Even editorialists around the country are beginning to lament President Obama's leadership. This was an early warning indicator in 1991 that President Bush, despite polling in the 70's, was in trouble.

– The Politico suggests the Obama campaign wants to recreate George W. Bush's 2004 campaign play book and paint the GOP nominee, whom they assume right now will be Mitt Romney, as a flip-flopping opportunist as the GOP did to John Kerry. But that is too simple. The issue that gave George W. Bush that focus was the war and national security. Barack Obama won't have a national security backdrop with which to cast doubt on the ability of the GOP to lead.

– We now know the full list of super committee members. There will only be one woman on the committee. Not exactly good optics for a committee designed for compromise.

Senior Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:

– Stock Loss: The media is saying that the loss of two of GOP seats in Wisconsin, that completely eradicate Scott Walkers hold on the legislature, is a defeat for Democrats – Democrats are hoping for more of those “defeats” in 2012.

– Long Term Investment: Gov. Rick Perry’s consultants believe that they can make a big play for Latino voters in the general election by touting the Texan’s support for his state’s version of the DREAM Act … Note to Obama consultants: you have been warned.

– Delisted: Polls tell us that Speaker John Boehner is less popular than Congress itself which is a dubious distinction, look out for a new speaker in 2012.

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