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October 7th, 2011
01:38 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:

– What exactly did we create in jobs for September? The number being touted is 103,000 jobs. But of those 103,000 jobs, forty-five thousand were just Verizon workers going back to work after a strike. So really, we only created 58,000. On average, employers have added 72,000 a month over the past few months and we need twice that many just for population growth.

– Interesting, the private sector did do rather well and July and August have been revised upwards. But that begs a question — can the Obama administration take any credit? They blamed the decline on circumstances outside their control. Is growth just because those circumstances went away?

– Perhaps the most detestable media character assassination I have seen in a very long time happened on MSNBC with Lawrence O'Donnell attacking Herman Cain. What an outrage. Just as the attack on Rick Perry over a rock no one can find will help Perry, this will help Cain. In the attack, O'Donnell accuses Herman Cain of sitting out the civil rights movement and accuses Cain's father of some sort of racial cowardice for advising his son how to avoid being attacked during those heated days.

A note from Erick: Yesterday I noted Senator Bill Nelson of Florida was filibustering the jobs bill. My apologies to Senator Nelson of Florida — I've been getting lots of emails from all the Republicans lined up for that Senate race. It was actually Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska who, it was noted on twitter, opposed cloture. Thanks to Senator Nelson's (of Florida's) staff for reaching out and appreciating that this sometimes happens. My apologies to his staff for any heartburn that bullet point might have caused. Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

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  1. Laurie Knight

    Mormons are Christian. We are called "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint." The name of our church itself should tell you we are Christians. We believe the Bible to be the Word of God. We believe in God The Eternal Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. The name Mormon is a nickname that others have given us. It is disturbing to hear people come on your show and tell untruths, just plain made up untruths about the church. I am teaching the New Testament right now to a Primary Class. You should really do your homework before you bring someone on to attack someone's religion. You can visit or and you will see for yourself that Christ is the center of our religion.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  2. michael mula

    When the Christian rep from Dallas said Mormon was a cult and not Christian, why didn't you ask that person how he felt about Govenor Perry executing X amount of people in the state over the pst years he has been in office. Especially after Perry said today that all life is special and should be cherished even unborn fetus.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  3. Robert Read

    Why is CNN letting a so-called minister vent his filth on television. If the Mormon Church is a cult what is the southern baptist? In my opinion the Southern Baptist Hypocritic Convention is a cult. America should not be run by extreme right wing so-called christians.

    I am an Independent Christian as well as a pure Political Independent for over 30 years.

    Thank You

    October 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  4. Cornelius Pate

    Blacks are inferior to whites in the Morman church teaching .Blacks cannot be leaders over whites in the morman church.Blacks are not consider equals in the morman church.half of the students taht was kicked out of BYU were blacks.They are certainly a cult and do not follow the teachings of the bible or Christ.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  5. Barbara

    Why didn't you tell the "pastor" that was on your show, that we ARE NOT ELECTING A PASTOR OF THE UNITED
    STATES. You totally ignore that fact. And you also never remind him, there is a separation of Church & State in this
    country. And that religion should never be interjected into politics. I am confident the latter is too large a step for
    CNN to take – afraid it would alienate viewers. And CNN wants so desperately to be FOX LITE.
    You let this "pastor" go on and on – with his fake smile and bigotry and never ever tell him – that again, WE ARE NOT
    ELECTING A PASTOR OF THE UNITED STATES, nor did you remind him about that little item in the constitution –
    Separation of Church & State. I am sure he and his "church" pay NO taxes – you should have asked him about that.
    It is astounding to me that – never ever do you ever inform these "pastors" WE ARE NOT ELECTING A MINISTER OR

    October 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm |