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Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:

Senior Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:

– Arizona Desert Sands: This weekend John McCain said that Arizona is up for grabs because of the GOP's botching of Latino issues. It could go from up for grabs to a Democratic slam dunk should the White House ever find a beyond the beltway Latino strategy.

– Golden State Beach Sands: A bipartisan California group, led by GOP consultant Mike Madrid, filed a ballot initiative that would give undocumented workers safe harbor and that has the added bonus of bringing in $500 million in new state tax receipts, insuring that the immigration issue will be hot in 2012.

– Quicksand: Mitt Romney continues to fall in all polls as he tries to explain the fluidity of his “convictions." Obama may end up facing nominee Gingrich who has apparently decided to run on a platform of repealing child labor laws.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Something weird is happening. Not a day goes by that I do not get emails from really to the right conservatives pondering whether Jon Huntsman might just be the gut to rally around. Huntsman? Yeah. There's something going on out there, fueled by continued doubts in Rick Perry's ability to get it together and a real fear that, given history, Newt Gingrich will implode.

– Best selling book among conservatives in the past week? Breach of Trust by Tom Coburn. The quote-sharing going on across the Internet and in email inboxes is huge. Most every conservative likes Tom Coburn. His book paints a devastating portrait of Newt Gingrich.

– Rumor is that Herman Cain will endorse Newt Gingrich. If so, this further hurts Mitt Romney. Romney's strategy has largely been to keep throwing life lines to other candidates to keep them in the race so consolidation behind one non-Romney does not happen. He's out of time with that strategy now.

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