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September 12th, 2011
02:08 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:

– Just in Time: The President’s jobs bill reaches Congress today and beltway types say that Boehner will actually read it, apparently it has the certain amount of pages that GOP’ers deem short enough for their attention.

– Better Late: The National Council of La Raza blasted out a letter during the notorious Friday evening media dark dump time period stating that the boycott of Arizona was over, since NCLR didn’t join the boycott until almost a month after grassroots activists started it – does that mean we have another 30 days?

– No-Show: GOP presidential contender Rick Perry failed to show up at a press conference regarding his home state’s devastating fires, giving his opponents at tonight’s debate fodder for criticism.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Here at the CNN-Tea Party Debate in Florida, lots of buzz about the Social Security fight between Romney and Perry. But I think it is a sideshow distraction from where the real fight will be: immigration.

– The one question that explains every other poll result in the CNN poll is "Which Republican candidate is most likely to fight for their beliefs?" Perry wins with 29%. Romney? 11%.

– Mitt Romney trotted out the Tim Pawlenty endorsement this morning. The Perry campaign is a master of keeping its powder dry and its responses close to its sleeve. Who will they trot out to undermine Pawlenty?

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