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October 12th, 2011
01:37 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 winner of last night's debate? CNN. Thus far it remains the only network capable of holding a debate and asking questions conservatives care about in picking their nominee while holding the camera steady so people don't get seasick watching.

– Herman Cain's 9-9-9 is starting to wear thin after just one night of attack. He claims he would pass the plan making it impossible to change except by a 2/3 majority in Congress. That in and of itself would be unconstitutional.

– The President's jobs bill has died at bipartisan hands. He'll blame the Republicans, but they weren't the only ones stopping it.

Jane Hamsher: Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

Obama Has a “Jobs Plan,” but He’s Actually Pursuing Job Killing Actions

Reid’s Half-Solution to the Problem of Massive GOP Senate Obstructionism

The State of the Occupation (Tuesday Roundup)

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  1. Ja


    6:27PM Your show kicked butt tonight.

    October 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  2. Jane

    I wonder if John King would be so defensive about an Attorney General who potenially had lied if Eric Holder were a REpublican?
    Dems went after John Ashcroft mercilessly, and I don't recall the media making excuses for John Ashcroft.

    October 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  3. Ed Stidston

    I'm an independent and I'm frustrated by the gridlock and political games being played in Washington. CNN always congratulates itself in being the most trusted name in news but most of your news comes down to political debating by so called experts. Facts are few and far between.
    Republicans repeatedly state that democrats are engaged in class warfare against millionaires.
    Why don't you investigate how millionaires have been taxed over the last 50 years. By my rough estimates millionaires pay about 45% less earned income tax than they did in 1960's and 1980's and an even greater reduction in unearned income tax. They have been continuously favored over the years compared with middleclass taxpayers.

    The second claim is that we should not tax the wealthy as they create new jobs in the private sector. Have you ever investigated how much money the rich put back into the economy and how much they hide away in tax havens and overseas investments that do not increase jobs in the USA?

    While I support efforts to control public spending, I don't think I have ever heard you or your CNN friends report on the number of public sector jobs that will be lost due to budgetary cost reductions that will in the short term increase unemployment.

    The bi-partisan finance committee made up of reputable financial experts from both parties clearly indicated that only a balanced approach of spending cuts and increased tax revenue will successfully reduce the deficit. The only time when the deficit was reduced was under Clinton with a republican congress. This was achieved by reductions in spending with a higher tax rate, it seems obvious that we need to replicate the only thing that worked. Why do your interviewers never question politicians on their disconnect with the recommendations of this committee or the basis of the Clinton surplus?
    Large deficits were run up by Reagan & both Bushes and the current President has taken deficits to a whole new level. Why don't you educate the viewers on how the deficits emerged and who was responsible?

    October 12, 2011 at 8:41 pm |