Republican frontrunner Rick Perry has accused President Barack Obama of “appeasement” in the Middle East but is the president the best friend Israel could have right now? New York Magazine’s John Heilemann and Politico’s Jonathan Martin discuss. watch
Sideshow: In response to President Barack Obama’s speech calling for wealthier Americans to pay their fair share of taxes, Grover Norquist tweeted, “Obama’s ‘new’ strategy to divide America: Get the Kulaks.” watch
Let me finish tonight with this. Campaigns for president are long. We all know that. But, this one's going to be longer.President Obama began his 2012 campaign yesterday in the Rose Garden. He made the issue simple. Do the American people believe that people who make a ton of money should get off with a lower tax rate than people who make... read more
Coming up on Hardball… Let the campaign begin! President Obama rallied the base yesterday with his powerful speech saying the wealth should pay higher taxes. Is this take-it-to-the-Republicans, no-negotiating tactic setting the stage for the 2012 campaign? Will it win over voters? We’re asking Fmr. Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI) author of the new... read more
President Obama's speech yesterday -- he finally went left and his base is happy. But what about the independents he needs to win re-election? That's where we start today. Who is playing class warfare? President Obama is -- saying the wealthy need to pay their "fair share" of taxes. But so are the Republicans - for decades.... read more
Let me finish tonight with luck. People notice it, talk about it. Many believe in it. A streak of luck. We know what it means because there seems to be something to it when you see it happening. Getting the breaks. Some just get them - it seems.President Obama certainly has a confidence about him. It would be reasonable to assume it comes from... read more
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