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Santorum and Specter vote: Is it a big deal?

Santorum and Specter vote: Is it a big deal?

03/18/12 08:00PM

Must-Read Op-Eds: Before reading from an NYT editorial on Congress, the Morning Joe panel discusses an issue currently following Rick Santorum: His support in 1995 for Arlen Specter's bid for presidency. Specter supported abortion rights. The panel... watch

Morning Joe panel on Sgt. Bales, Afghanistan

Morning Joe panel on Sgt. Bales, Afghanistan

03/18/12 08:00PM

Top Talkers: The U.S. military on Friday released the name of the Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians. The Morning Joe panel – including the BBC's Katty Kay, MSNBC's Michael Steele, and the Huffington Post's Sam Stein... watch

President Barack Obama – a reluctant realist?

President Barack Obama – a reluctant realist?

03/18/12 08:00PM

Michael O’Hanlon,  author of Bending History, assesses President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, saying he “raised such big hopes.” O’Hanlon also says that although most of Obama’s initial promises have fallen to the wayside he performed well with the ... watch

Must-Read Op-Eds for Friday, March 16, 2012

03/16/12 11:58AM

THE CAGEY PHASEBY DAVID BROOKSNEW YORK TIMESObama has talked vaguely about tax reform. He has acknowledged the need for entitlement reform and major deficit reduction. But he has never thrown himself All In. He has never displayed an inner passion, a sense that these projects are his life mission, or a willingness to bear the pain that taking on these challenges necessarily entails. It will be interesting, over the course of this campaign, to see what’s underneath the cageyness. read more

Mike Barnicle, with not a care in the world, blithely jogs back to his seat on the set of Morning Joe. Others may frown on Barnicle's fashion sense, but he's not breaking a sweat about it.

Jonathan Capehart to Mike Barnicle on his Friday outfit: C'mon, man!

03/16/12 10:46AM

By Jonathan CapehartBarnicle. Barnicle. Barnicle! C’mon, man!Mike Barnicle started out today’s show in some sort of Nike something-or-other. Some kind of sports related gear that would look better if his surroundings were a gymnasium, a stadium or a golf course. And it’s all kindsa wrong.Look, I’ve been there with Mike on days like this. Remember the day-glo canary yellow number he wore a while back? (My eyes! My eyes!) It’s painful. A good man with fashion so dumb.Of course, Mika gave Barnicle a hard time. Like the time he showed up in a polo shirt with visible hole right smack on the belly. read more

An excerpt from Maria Goodavage's book "Soldier Dogs"

An excerpt from Maria Goodavage's book "Soldier Dogs"

03/16/12 08:26AM

7 a. m., just north of the town of Safar, Afghanistan, and Fenji M675 is already panting. Her thick, black German shepherd coat glistens in the hot August sun. Fenji is out in front of ten marines, leashed to a D-ring that’s attached to the body armor of her handler, Corporal Max Donahue. He’s six feet behind her and holds his rifle ready.Fenji leads the marines down the flat dirt road, past the trees and lush vegetation in this oasis amid the deserts of southern Afghanistan. She ignores the usual temptations; a pile of dung, a wrapper from a candy bar. read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, March 16

03/16/12 05:56AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?US official: Soldier in Afghan killings 'just snapped'Lawyer: Suspect saw friend injured the day before killingsVCU makes March mad once againWhite House steps up attack on RepublicansSantorum has used presidential bid as vehicle for resurrection, reinventionGas prices spike, and gallon by gallon, the frustration buildsObama's campaign is watching youSantorum: I was misquotedM.I.A. to publish book, beefs with Anderson Cooper read more

Vice President Joe Biden reacts to a fans prior to speaking at a union hall in Toledo, Ohio, Thursday March 15, 2012.

The Tease: Coming Up in the MJ Rundown

03/15/12 09:11PM

Vice President Biden officially kicked off the Obama-Biden 2012 campaign with a fiery speech against the GOP candidates. Should the re-election campaign focus its energy on Mitt Romney or will it divide and conquer the race's top players? We'll ask Meet the Press moderator David Gregory and NBC News Chief White House correspondent and Daily Rundown host Chuck Todd to give their take on what Biden and President Obama should say in their attacks. But will the president's words matter anyway? read more

What the 1 percent and .1 percent made in...

What the 1 percent and .1 percent made in 2010

03/15/12 08:00PM

Must-Read Op-Eds: Mika Brzezinski reads from a David Brooks NYT column on why he believes President Obama isn't "all in" when it comes to tax reform. Financier Steven Rattner also returns with his charts, and this time he shows us the average incomes... watch

Biden, Obama hit GOP during Thursday speeches

Biden, Obama hit GOP during Thursday speeches

03/15/12 08:00PM

Top Talkers: During an Ohio speech, Vice President Joe Biden attacks the GOP '12 candidates' economic policies and also touts the federal auto bailout. President Obama also attacked the GOP on alternative energy. The Morning Joe panel – including Mike... watch

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