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January 16th, 2012
08:56 PM ET

Crye: Cruise ships are remarkably safe

CNN's Jessica Yellin speaks with Michael Crye of Cruise Lines International about the Italian cruise ship tragedy.

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January 16th, 2012
05:17 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:

– MLK: "Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true."

– MLK: "It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important."

– MLK: "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Evangelical leaders in Texas threw their weight behind Rick Santorum, though the meeting was divided. Some of the evangelical leaders who were not at the meeting, but remain quite prominent, e.g. the LaHayes, have endorsed Gingrich.

– One nugget of how not to make a pitch — the Romney camp strongly implied the evangelical leaders opposed him because of anti-Mormon bigotry and not his record. That did not go over well.

– Meanwhile, as the economy improves, the GOP has to acknowledge its improvement and awkwardly try to claim it is improving in spite of the President. That's a tough sell for any opposition party.

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