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Must-Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, April 4, 2012

04/04/12 06:05AM

CALLING RADICALISM BY ITS NAMEEDITORIALNEW YORK TIMESMr. Obama provided a powerful signal on Tuesday that he intends to make this election about the Republican Party’s failure to confront, what he called, “the defining issue of our time”: restoring a sense of economic security while giving everyone a fair shot, rather than enabling only a shrinking number of people to do exceedingly well. His remarks promise a tough-minded campaign that will call extremism and dishonesty by name.MEN IN BLACKBY MAUREEN DOWDNEW YORK TIMESHow dare President Obama brush back the Supreme Court like that? ... read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, April 4

04/04/12 05:41AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Romney sweeps Wisconsin, D.C., and MarylandRomney attacks Obama's 'government-centered society'Santorum looks forward to 'strong second half''The tornado was very close': Students ride the storm outRomney, Obama get ready to rumbleRomney to Santorum: Game over5 takeaways from the primariesDallas residents begin assessing tornado damageBaylor beats Notre Dame to win women's NCAA Basketball championshipFor Santorum, much is riding on Pa.In Wisconsin exit Polls, hints at the leanings of November voters read more

Preserving the Wild South

Preserving the Wild South

04/03/12 08:00PM

Dave DiBenedetto of Garden & Gun Magazine talks about the fifth anniversary of the publication and explains why Ted Turner is featured on the cover. watch

Is Romney really the life of the party? And do women care?

04/03/12 11:08AM

As we noted Monday, the Morning Joe crew was none too impressed by Mitt Romney’s effort to delegate to his wife the job of wooing women voters.The team picked up on the same theme again Tuesday, noting a recent interview in which Ann Romney told a radio host that, though her husband is commonly seen as stiff, he’s actually "the life of the party.”Mika Brzezinski didn’t seem won over. read more

Willie talks to GQ about Romney, sports, drinking and Heilemann's tie

Willie talks to GQ about Romney, sports, drinking and Heilemann's tie

04/03/12 10:46AM

Willie recently talked with GQ's Death Race blog recently about all your favorite subjects: The 2012 race, delegate math, drinking, and the sartorial proclivities of regular guests like New York Magazine's John Heilemann and Donny Deutsch.A couple of highlights:On politics vs. sports: "I'm in politics now. Don't get me wrong—I love sports. I obsess over sports, but politics now for five years has been what consumes my day. I love it. Landing on Morning Joe wasn't a fluke. I was a poli sci major in college. I interned at CBS political unit, covered conventions. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, April 3, 2012

04/03/12 06:15AM

ROLLING THE VICE DICEBY JOHN HEILEMANNNEW YORK MAGAZINERomney and his team of course could not be more different from McCain and his. The former candidate is methodical, data-driven, and risk-averse; the latter impetuous, instinctive, an inveterate gambler (politically and in Vegas). The former campaign is a hospital-corners operation; the latter the equivalent of a rebellious teenager's unmade bed. The smart guys in Boston know that in a post-Palin world, not only will their pick receive unprecedented scrutiny, but so will the process leading up to it. read more

Excerpt from Simon Johnson and James Kwak's book "White House Burning"

Excerpt from Simon Johnson and James Kwak's book "White House Burning"

04/03/12 05:58AM

Chapter OneImmortal Credit ardently wishes to see it incorporated, as a fundamental maxim in the system of public credit of the United States, that the creation of debt should always be accompanied with the means of extinguishment.—-Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, January 17901On April 30, 1789, when George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States, the country he would lead was a fiscal basket case. Less than six years after the Treaty of Paris ended the American Revolutionary War, the new nation was deeply in debt and already in default. read more