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September 21st, 2011
11:59 AM 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:

– Sorry, but you want to know what conservatives are talking about today? This picture. Hahaha.

– The Marist poll is out. Lots of buzz about it. Sarah Palin is now competitive with Barack Obama. We'll need a few other polls out with the same result to make sure it is consistent, but if it is it shows independents have moved on from Barack Obama.

– One story that is not getting enough attention with all the focus on taxes, budgets, deficits, etc. is the brewing scandal at the ATF regarding Operation Gun Walker. The story is pretty straight forward. The ATF set up a system for guns to be bought by Mexican drug cartels, walked across into Mexico, and then the guns could be traced to paint a picture of how the cartels were operating. But the operation spiraled out of control, an American border patrol agent got killed with one of the guns, 200 more deaths in Mexico are linked to Gun Walker guns, an ATF agent has been caught in secret tapes saying she recommended the ATF hire an investigator to dig up dirt on a nosey U.S. Senator, and we never told Mexico about the operation. Even without partisan bits, this is a troublesome story. But add in the partisan mix — how far up in the Department of Justice did this go — and the story compounds into an even more menacing story of out of control government bureaucrats. Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

DADT Repeal: Celebrate Now but Remember the Enemies at the Gate

All the Right People Hate Obama’s Deficit Plan

Only Rich People Can Love America, Everyone Else Must Love Rich People

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