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September 19th, 2011
05:16 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:

– The President today showed up late again for his own press conference. Has he ever been on time for a press conference he himself has called? Is he just that inconsiderate of people's time?

– At the speech, the President said he wanted people to pay their fair share and posited that hedge fund managers pay less in taxes than teachers. Really? The top 1% in the country earn 20% of all income in the country and pay 40% of the taxes. What exactly should their fair share be?

– More importantly, this speech has more to do with Barack Obama trying to get his base back than actually cutting the deficit. He's lost his base. The base saw him selling out on the deficit deal. That's why he had to blame John Boehner today and claim a betrayal. That's why he's going all class warfare. This isn't a real proposal — he's already had three other proposals. This is political desperation.

Senior Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:

– Time Clock: The tea party is openly rejecting the legal employment “E-Verify” mandate being considered by Congress, proving the adage that even a stop clocked is right twice a day.

– Time Travel: TV’s “Modern Family” won a bucket load of Emmys last night documenting that America’s move from “Ozzie and Harriet” to real life only takes 45 years in TV land, OMG what’s next, Sunday pundit programs that look like America?

-Fight Time: Obama draws a line in the sand saying that he will veto anything from the SuperCongress that cuts entitlements without raising revenues, GOP insiders unfortunately believe that Obama’s sands have never turned to concrete.

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