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November 14th, 2011
12:56 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 Battleground Poll is out. It shows a nation really, really divided. Along with Rasmussen, it shows President Obama on the rebound.

– The CBS debate on Saturday night saw twice as many people see its first hour as did the CNBC poll. But the candidates clearly did not get equal time. The questions seemed stacked toward the top tier candidates. And there was the weird, "what's the problem with the EU in 30 seconds" question. Then the last thirty minutes were available only on the internet and the servers crashed. It was a lesson in how not to do a debate.

– Rick Perry got a lifeline from the debate. Whodathunk his stronger performance would be foreign policy. Surprisingly, Jon Huntsman failed to shine even though he's widely considered the strongest candidate in foreign policy. One candidate hurt by the foreign policy debate? Herman Cain was out of his league.

Senior Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:

– Who’s the Boss?: Michele Bachmann has decided that praising China and promising to implement their policies if elected is a smart strategy, who is in charge of her campaign, the Cain team?

– The Facts of Life: After months of the administration quietly telling activists that immigration is not a top issue for Latino voters, Obama admits to reporters that the hot button issue will be major tool in the 2012 election to lure Latinos to the polls; has anybody told him about the anger surrounding his policies?

– Boy Meets World: Apparently Rick Perry thinks that joking about not remembering the drastic changes his advisers have planned for America if he is elected makes us all feel better about it, unfortunately America is not laughing WITH him.

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  1. Dana Laine

    The laws against sex offenders are already too harsh. We send them away for life for minor offenses. If, or when, the offender ever gets out, he is homelss which is not conducive to leading a useful life. Please don't stir up the public to "make the laws more harsh." Politicians love to do this, it is always a winner for them, but it is not the smart way to hendle this situation. Offenders must be stopped, of course. But most states have the Adam Walsh Act now, which gives an offender 25 years to life even for indecent liberties.

    November 14, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  2. S O Hulme

    Dear Mr. King.
    In watching your closing comments on Bob Jones III , I'd like to point out the historic anti Catholic stance of Bob Jones University and the previous Bob Jones I & II. There is no end to the hate mongering that has come forth from this source for decades. I doubt Jesus the Lord would "pass the test'" Bob Jones III gives for being Christian. God help the USA ans shame on those people SO quick to judge others! What happened to "Judge not less you be judged"?

    November 14, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  3. Robb Rosser

    John, I appreciate your sound response to the third generation Christian preacher who chuckles at the question of President Obama's nationality. "Be a Christian." I have family members who claim to be Christian, yet send me "jokes" about our President's devotion to Muhammad as if they know some secret truth only available to Christian Republicans. I have asked them to remove me from their political, religious or joke e-mail lists.
    Thank you for your solid, unbiased reporting. Thank you also for stating facts and occasionally adding a simple, logical conclusion

    November 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  4. tom t

    Mr King: I love the show, and am a political junkie, and watch every day I'm not gigging (a local roadie here). I don't "twitter", so I figured this would be a good place to post a comment. I loved the close of tonight's show. You called out Rev Jones III on Obama's religious beliefs, and you were right on topic. I'm a practitioner of Zen, and not affiliated with any "religious party", but you calling him out for not being like the "Christian" that he claims to be was spot on. The religious right seems to think they are above it all, and are the first to judge although they are taught to "judge not, lest you be judged yourself." Thank you for having the guts to stand up and say in the public forum what needs to be said to these hypocrites. I'm all for religion, I just wish they would back and stand for the things they preach and not be judgmental (oh, the Bible addresses that too, doesn't it). BRAVO!!! I love this show!

    November 14, 2011 at 7:22 pm |