I mentioned this performance comparison, promising to send it out later. It recently gained a 64 bit comparison to go with the previous 32 bit comparison:
For people wanting to learn some of the fundamental bits of Python, there's this older presentation I did:
If we get a few neophytes together at a meetup, we could go through this again.
I'm thinking for a recruiter, it might be more useful to learn things like "What is Django for?", "What is Twisted for?" and "What are Unit Tests for?"... but it never hurts to know about for loops and lists, etc...