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December 12th, 2011
01:06 PM ET

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:

– Reality Check: After the blusterous predictions made earlier this year that the census would help the GOP’s congressional aspirations, the reality of the new maps is setting in. Looks like Speaker Boehner has his work cut out for him.

– Mic Check: Rick Perry doesn’t know the name of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, yet he claims he knows her judicial positions – oops!

– Judicial Check: Arizona’s notorious anti-immigrant law may have a shot at Supreme Court attention. Gov. Brewer's team is asking the Justices to override lower court decisions blocking implementation of parts of the bill. It seems that the political and economic fallout of the bill has not been enough to pull Brewer from her love of the bill...yet.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– $10,000 bet? The Romney camp seemed to not realize they'd stepped in it. At first, they doubled down on it. But, now they are doing damage control as Iowans woke up to Iowa talk radio shows this morning and the bet was the news.

– I keep getting asked why so many Republicans who aren't embracing Romney and do not like Newt keep sitting on the sidelines. The answer is most Republicans genuinely expect Newt Gingrich to implode. That might not be fair and he might not implode, but lots of people expect it given his history.

– President Obama was on 60 Minutes last night. I tend to agree with the critics, not out of partisan affiliation, but because even Democrats are rumbling about it. The President needs to tell us what he is going to do in his second term, not to just rest on his laurels. Thus far, it seems he has not articulated it well.

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