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Must-Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, April 25, 2012

04/25/12 11:01AM

BRUTALITY OF SERVILITYBY MAUREEN DOWDNEW YORK TIMESThe case is supposed to be about exceeding a $2,300 individual campaign contribution limit, quaint in light of Citizens United. But it’s really a set of intersecting love stories. Andrew, a caricature of calculated servility, loved his golden boy boss — “more than he loved Cheri,” his wife, Rielle said. It’s a trial without heroes, just liars and an abhorrent trio of selfish people trying to spin the story their own way. read more

Heilemann on Romney: 'There's only so far you can pivot away from the positions you've taken'

04/25/12 10:13AM

Mitt Romney swept another round of Republican nominating contests Tuesday night, and gave a speech in which he unveiled a new rhetorical theme in his campaign against President Obama: unfairness."We will stop the unfairness of urban children being denied access to the good schools of their choice,” Romney told supporters. “We will stop the unfairness of politicians giving taxpayers' money to their friends' businesses. We will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the very taxpayers they serve. read more

Read an excerpt from Kip Hawley and Nathan Means' new book "Permanent Emergency"

Read an excerpt from Kip Hawley and Nathan Means' new book "Permanent Emergency"

04/25/12 08:22AM

A Darkened LandOne crisp morning in late summer 2001, Chief Bill Hall of the Port Authority police was pulling on a motorcycle uniform for his dailyinspection of the transportation facilities he looked after when the phone rang in his Jersey City office. He picked it up on the first ring. “Hello?”Rabbi Itchy Herschel, one of the chaplains Bill worked with at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was on the other end. “Hey, chief. What’s going on at the World Trade Center?”“I dunno,” replied Bill, in his thick Jersey accent. read more

An excerpt from Garry Marshall's memoir "My Happy Days in Hollywood"

An excerpt from Garry Marshall's memoir "My Happy Days in Hollywood"

04/25/12 07:51AM

1. THE BRONXGrowing Up Allergic to Everything but StickballMarjorie Ward Marshall, my mother, was the first director I ever met.Wearing an apron and teaching tap in the basement of our Grand Concourse apartment building, she was a Bronx housewife and a tap dance teacher you didn’t want to mess with. She ran a tight ship, and little girls never dawdled in putting on their tap shoes and costumes in front of Mom. read more

Making television magic

Making television magic

04/24/12 08:00PM

TV and movie producer Garry Marshall who recently released the book, “My Happy Days in Hollywood” explains the dynamic for his legendary television shows.... watch

Jeff Greenfield: Jon Huntsman 'endorsed Romney with all the enthusiasm of a hostage tape participant'

04/24/12 11:10AM

The Morning Joe gang welcomed political analyst Jeff Greenfield to the show Tuesday, in part to get his perspective on the great Jon Huntsman kerfuffle that has rippled through the conservative blogosphere lately.To recap: At a New York City event Sunday night hosted by Greenfield, the former Utah governor compared the Republican Party to communist China. Huntsman was recently disinvited from speaking at a GOP fundraiser after he went on Morning Joe to call publicly for a third party. read more

Giuliani, who slammed Romney in December, now offers lukewarm backing

04/24/12 10:11AM

Rudy Giuliani publicly backed Mitt Romney’s bid for the presidency Monday. But it was just the latest in a string of Romney endorsements that have been so lukewarm they've inspired an online game.Here’s what the former New York City mayor said on Fox News of the man he ran against in 2008:If I've got a terrible cancer or something to be operated on -- when I had to be operated on for prostate cancer - I didn't go to the nicest doctor, I went to the best doctor. The guy could have a great personality... read more