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Rattner returns with charts: On Obama's tax plan, SOTU, tax change for top 1%

Rattner returns with charts: On Obama's tax plan, SOTU, tax change for top 1%

01/24/12 01:30PM

He's back again.Financier Steve Rattner returned to Morning Joe today to preview the president's upcoming State of the Union address, which will discuss the economy, income disparity and U.S. jobs creation.Here are Rattner's charts and a brief intro to them. You can watch the video below, too:Rattner: If you take a quick look at the various tax plans that are coming forward, we know that President Obama is on record as favoring a repeal of the Bush tax cuts for the highest income earners. read more

Super awesome thing of the afternoon

01/24/12 12:14PM

This has been making the rounds lately, and it's so darn cute and cool we had to share it with you.It's a YouTube video entitled "Athena Vs. The LP", and it's basically a father recording his 13-year-old daughter's response to seeing an album for the first time in her life.It's fun. Cute and may make you feel a bit old.Ahh youth. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, January 24, 2012

01/24/12 11:29AM

THE KEY TO RECOVERY: BOOSTING BUSINESS CONFIDENCEBY LAWRENCE SUMMERSWASHINGTON POSTGrowing inequality will have to be addressed in the United States and beyond. But there is the risk that policies introduced in the name of fairness that excessively burden job-creating investment could actually exacerbate the challenges facing the middle class. At a moment of substantial doubt about government’s functionality, government could greatly increase confidence by devising clear plans to better align spending and taxing once recovery is established. read more

There's every reason to love the fact that Ron Paul action figures exist

01/24/12 10:43AM

For a cool $94.95 (plus $7.50 for shipping) you can get your own Ron Paul super hero doll from the Revolution PAC.At least one of these superPACs is actually doing something kind of fun, right?“This is the only way that Ron Paul can be bought,” Revolution PAC chair Gary Franchi said in a press release, The State Column notes.The question is though: Do you want the Commander-in-Chief Ron Paul or do you want the super-hero Ron Paul?Very tough choices indeed unless you're flush and wanna go for both.Enjoy. read more

Dr. Brzezinski: Obama understands what's new about 21st century

01/24/12 10:00AM

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski joins Morning Joe to discuss his new book "Strategic Vision," why the world would be chaotic in the short term if America were to decline, the country’s relationship with Iran, and why President Obama understands what's new about the 21st century.And on the day of the president's State of the Union speech, here are some thoughts Dr. Brzezinski shared on President Obama:David Ignatius: In this political year, do you think what’s in your book could be best implemented by Obama or by these Republican critics?Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski: I have no doubt that it is Obama. read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, January 24

01/24/12 05:56AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Romney takes it to Gingrich at debateRomney reveals tax bill of $6.2M on $42.5M incomeQ & A: What Romney's tax files tell usDueling versions of the un-ObamaGingrich’s firm paid $25,000 a month by Freddie, according to contractWhat Obama's State of the Union meansWave of bombings kill 14 in Baghdad read more

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