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How will Ed Gillespie impact Romney's...

How will Ed Gillespie impact Romney's campaign?

04/05/12 08:00PM

How will former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie help the Romney campaign now that he's been brought on as senior adviser? Will President Obama continue to benefit from women's weariness with the GOP? "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory and former... watch

Willie Geist goes to Augusta

Willie Geist goes to Augusta

04/05/12 01:45PM

"If you're one of the fortunate few on this Earth with a pass to enter the gates of Augusta National on Masters Sunday, you don't leave early. You just don't...Unless you're me." writes Willie Geist in a new Golf Digest piece that looks back on his first trip to the Masters.Willie writes about his 2011 trip and the early departure that caused him to hang his head in shame.Read on for the rest of the story and check out Willie's video wrap-up below read more

Scarborough: Saying Romney's not a conservative doesn't mean I'm not a conservative

04/05/12 11:02AM

In the latest sign that the general election campaign is beginning, Ed Gillespie, a former lobbyist and Bush White House official and the ultimate Washington GOP insider, is joining the Mitt Romney campaign as it gears up to take on President Obama.With the GOP coalescing around Romney, Joe Scarborough is worried that in the name of unity, the party will turn on anyone who continues to point out Romney’s lack of conservative cred.“The same people who were attacking for not being a conservative,” Scarborough said on Morning Joe Thursday, “will now say that if you attack Mitt Romney, you’re a R read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Thursday, April 5, 2012

04/05/12 10:48AM

IT'S MITT! OH NO.BY CHARLES BLOWNEW YORK TIMESThe dream is dying. There will be no dynamic, charismatic, Reaganesque Republican presidential nominee this cycle. There won’t even be a consistent conservative. There will only be Mitt Romney. ... But this is likely the result of resignation, not enthusiasm. ... It’s Mitt — the flavorless force who is willing to flow in any direction to get a vote. ... That sound you hear is the sound of despair —  the hard swallowing and deep breathing by reluctant Republicans crossing their fingers and praying for the best. read more

Romney leads in Pennsylvania, upping pressure on Santorum to quit

04/05/12 09:55AM

Rick Santorum’s strategy of betting everything on his home state is looking less and less like a winner.In the wake of defeats in Wisconsin and Maryland Tuesday, Santorum told supporters he’s “ready to charge out of the locker room in Pennsylvania” -- the state he represented for 12 years in the U.S. Senate, and which holds it primary April 24.But NBC’s Chuck Todd told the Morning Joe gang Wednesday that Santorum backers might well be urging him to quit the race by raising the prospect that he could suffer the ignominy of losing his home state. read more

An excerpt from Harvey Araton's new book "Driving Mr. Yogi"

An excerpt from Harvey Araton's new book "Driving Mr. Yogi"

04/05/12 08:21AM

PrologueThe one thing Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry have most in common and is obvious to everyone is that they are so unaffected by fame that you have to wonder if they even know that they were great players. —Goose GossageMorning in Florida usually put Yogi Berra in the best of moods, but Ron Guidry could see right away that his old friend was cranky, not his usual sprightly self.          Normally Berra would be waiting for Guidry in front of his hotel, smiling and waving at the many well-wishers and fans until his ride to the park pulled up to the curb. But not this day. Not this time. read more

An excerpt from Van Jones' book "Rebuild the Dream"

An excerpt from Van Jones' book "Rebuild the Dream"

04/05/12 07:26AM

CHEAP PATRIOTS VERSUS DEEP PATRIOTSThe time has come to turn things right side up again and declare that America’s honest, hard-working middle class is too big to fail. The aspirations of our low-income, struggling, and marginalized communities are too big and important to fail. The hopes of our children are too big to fail. The American Dream itself is too big to fail.And we are not going to let these things fail.Of course, it will not be easy to stop the dream killers. read more

An excerpt from Deepak Chopra's book "Spiritual Solutions"

An excerpt from Deepak Chopra's book "Spiritual Solutions"

04/05/12 07:14AM

A Personal NoteEver since my first days as a doctor, forty years ago, people have asked for answers. A medical treatment was what they wanted, but the reassurance and comfort that human contact could bring was just as valuable, perhaps even more so. Unless he’s completely burned out, a physician sees himself as a rough- and- ready savior, yanking victims out of danger into a state of safety and well- being.I’m grateful for my years seeing patients, because I learned the difference between advice and solutions. People who are in trouble are rarely helped by advice. read more

Morning Headlines: Thursday, April 5

04/05/12 05:45AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Obama judicial activism remark courts controversyThe Obama, Romney budget battleChristian conservatives mull Santorum supportRick Santorum trails Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania, poll saysRomney’s N.Y. team hopes primary can deliver final blow to SantorumFormer arms dealer faces possible life sentenceNew batch of fake Avastin reached US via Britain read more

New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher and special advisor Yogi Berra, left, sits beside former pitcher and spring guest instructor Ron Guidry during an interview before the Yankees spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals at...

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

04/05/12 05:09AM

Can President Obama repeat his 2008 campaign success in 2012? Former White House Advisor Van Jones will weigh in on what Democrats should do next. He's out with his first book since he left his post, Rebuild The Dream. Spiritual guru Deepak Chopra is also out with a new book, Spiritual Lessons. read more