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Top Talkers: Republican Presidential Debate in Iowa

08/12/11 08:38AM

 With the Ames straw poll in Iowa just a day, another Republican is jumping into the 2012 presidential race.  A spokesman for Rick Perry says the Texas Governor will officially announce that he is running for President tomorrow in South Carolina.It comes after the top 8 declared Republican candidates were in Iowa last night for a debate.  The group was asked if Governor Perry was “outsmarting” them by not participating. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for August 12, 2011

08/12/11 08:36AM

THE HIJACKED CRISIS  BY PAUL KRUGMANNEW YORK TIMESFor the fact is that right now the economy desperately needs a short-run fix. When you’re bleeding profusely from an open wound, you want a doctor who binds that wound up, not a doctor who lectures you on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle as you get older. read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, August 12th

08/12/11 05:56AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann exchange blows at Republican debateGOP race crowded, uncertain following debateIt's Romney vs. the hecklersStocks swing up in wild weekPolice in UK to have power to shut down social networks, remove hoodies and facial coverings, while looters could lose homes and benefitsBachmann asked if she is 'submissive wife' at Iowa GOP debateOh hey, Christine O'Donnell is backC.I.A. is disputed on civilian toll in drone strikes read more

Tavis Smiley: Why we don't talk about the poor

08/11/11 12:51PM

The U.S. poverty rate stands at 14.3 percent, which is the highest in 15 years. PBS' Tavis Smiley and Professor Cornel West join Morning Joe to discuss their 6-day, 18-city "Poverty Tour," which focuses on the country's poor and how deficit reduction will impact them.Tavis Smiley, PBS host: “…we don’t talk about the poor because they are a throwaway population. They’re disposable. Too many poor people are being rendered more and more invisible in this country every single day. read more

Tales from the Way Too Early Emails

08/11/11 11:21AM

Every morning I cull the Way Too Early inbox for viewers' lowbrow, bizarre, misguided, heartfelt and even 'checked out for the weekend' tweets, texts and emails.  And every day I come upon a few gems and select the best ones to read to Willie at the end of the show.  So going forward I plan to use this space to unveil my picks for finest Way Too Early emails of the week.  Here are this week's Top 5 selections (feel free to share your thoughts too):5.)  Wayne writes "I'm up early every morning to watch all those televisions on the wall behind Willie.  It's like getting free premium cable." (Th read more

Must Read Op-Eds For August 11, 2011

08/11/11 10:13AM

THE SMARTPHONE RIOTS?  BY ANNE APPLEBAUMWASHINGTON POSTThe rioters themselves do not wave signs... They have not sought publicity for their views, if they have any... And thus have they become the inkblot in a kind of national Rorschach test: Everyone sees in them the political issue they care about most, whether it’s welfare dependency, budget cuts, the decline of public education or — my personal favorite — the rise of a vulgar and amoral public culture. And yet it is their lack of politics that most clearly defines them. read more

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