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Morning Headlines: Tuesday, April 3

04/03/12 05:42AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?When does Santorum's slim hope become a GOP problem?Romney image-makers split on strategy5 things to watch in today's primariesRocked by spending scandal, GSA chief resignsGunman kills 7 at small California universityKentucky fends off Kansas for 8th NCAA titleU.S. offers $10 Million bounty for Pakistani militant chiefFBI opens 'parallel investigation' in Martin caseNoncitizens sue over U.S. gay marriage ban read more

Can Romney close the gender gap?

04/02/12 10:21AM

On Morning Joe today, Joe, Mika and their guests weighed in on a new USA Today/Gallup poll that shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney by an average of 9 points in battleground states – an 11-point swing in the president’s favor since February. Among women voters, Obama’s lead is a whopping 18 points.Why the gender gap? It might have something to do with that recent flareup over contraception – which perhaps culminated with Rush Limbaugh calling a Georgetown Law student a “prostitute” for arguing in favor of access to birth control. read more

An excerpt from Carl Hiaasen's new book "Chomp"

An excerpt from Carl Hiaasen's new book "Chomp"

04/02/12 06:58AM

ONEMickey Cray had been out of work ever since a dead iguana fell from a palm tree and hit him on the head.The iguana, which had died during a hard freeze, was stiff as a board and weighed seven and a half pounds. Mickey's son had measured the lifeless lizard on a fishing scale, then packed it on ice with the turtle veggies, in the cooler behind the garage.This was after the ambulance had hauled Mickey off to the hospital, where the doctors said he had a serious concussion and ordered him to take it easy.And to everyone's surprise, Mickey did take it easy. read more

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

04/02/12 06:45AM

President Obama pulls ahead with a strong lead against Mitt Romney 51%-42% in the latest USA Today/Gallup poll of registered voters in swing states. We'll ask Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) to weigh in on the latest battleground match-up and what this means for the general election. We'll also have Round 2 of the great health care debate between former White House Advisor for Health Policy Dr. Zeke Emanuel and Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI). With the Supreme Court hearings behind us, now what? read more

Joe and Mika on "Meet the Press"

04/02/12 06:14AM

In case you missed it, Joe and Mika along with Morning Joe regulars Jon Meacham and Harold Ford Jr. were on "Meet the Press" yesterday. Joe led the roundtable discussion on health care, gas prices and the GOP race. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Monday, April 2, 2012

04/02/12 05:52AM

A QUANTUM THEORY OF MITT ROMNEYBY DAVID JAVERBAUMNEW YORK TIMESccording to the latest theories, the "Mitt Romney" who seems poised to be the Republican nominee is but one of countless Mitt Romneys, each occupying his own cosmos, each supporting a different platform, each being compared to a different beloved children's toy but all of them equally real, all of them equally valid and all of them running for president at the same time, in their own alternative Romnealities, somewhere in the vast Romniverse. read more

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