Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day’s conversation in and outside Washington.
Good day and it’s another busy one in Washington: US-China summitry at the White House and the House health care repeal vote this evening on Capitol Hill. The China meetings make me miss the days covering the White House; the pageantry of a State Visit is something to behold, and more importantly the issues and divides in this relationship are critical. Speaking of divides, Erick and Jane come at things from very different perspectives, and today their interests are also quite different. Erick’s first two points highlight the stakes and legislative chess of the health care debate, and an opening conservatives see now that President Obama is making overtures to the business community about regulations corporate America finds too stifling. Jane is persistent in her criticism of the treatment of Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning, and her No. 3 is a spirited poke from the left at some polling data she finds both amusing and comforting no doubt. Enjoy the day. - John King
Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:
- Potentially Lethal Backpack Bomb Defused on Spokane MLK Parade Route.
- LA Times: Bradley Manning’s Imprisonment is “Inhumane, Indefensible”.
- New Washington Post/ABC Poll: Americans View Tea Party Less Favorably Than Russia, Socialism.
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
- If the House repeals Obamacare and the bill goes to the Senate, one Senator can object to the second reading of the repeal bill. That prevents the bill from going to committee and lets it go straight to the floor of the Senate for a vote. Then the Senate must decide — preserve the filibuster or repeal Obamacare.
- Barack Obama says he wants to review “job killing” regulations. Several hundred economists sent a letter to Congress saying Obamacare and its related regulations are job killing.
- Ted Cruz is announcing his bid for the Senate in Texas. Lieberman won’t run again in Connecticut. North Dakota is now an open seat. The tea party is prepared to defeat Richard Lugar in Indiana should he run again. And Orrin Hatch just came in third in a poll in Utah. 2012 should be as fun as 2010.