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Real Estate perform at the K&K Super Buffet in Ridgewood, Queens, NYC.

Why every show should be at a Chinese buffet in Queens

01/30/12 01:36PM

 A quick respite from politics. Just for a second.Something pretty fun and unusual happened this weekend, even by Brooklyn (or, I guess it's technically Queens) standards: A disparate collection of great bands played a a Chinese super-buffet...near an elevated train line.The tuneful and mellow Real Estate rubbed shoulders with the harsh, noisy dissonance of Black Dice and the garagey stomp of the Babies. All three are New York bands, but Black Dice started in the '90s in Providence, Rhode Island. Real Estate and the Babies have roots in New Jersey and Brooklyn.A lot of people came. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Monday, January 30, 2012

01/30/12 10:07AM

‘BUFFETT TAX’ AND TRUTH IN NUMBERSBY ROBERT J. SAMUELSONWASHINGTON POSTWhatever else they are, the super-rich have now become political props. ... By all means, Congress should pass the “Buffett Tax.” ... For starters, don’t pretend, as Obama does, that taxing the ultra-rich would solve the deficit problem. ... So, raise tax rates on Warren Buffett and others to upper-middle-class levels. But recognize that the anti-wealthy populist rhetoric is mostly political expediency. It distracts from the serious issues the country faces — creating jobs and closing long-term budget deficits. read more

BurgerBillionz ("With a 'z'; no space," he emphasized) is among clubbers, all-night workers who stumbled into the live audience

Mike Allen's twit pics from Miami catch fire on the Interwebz

01/30/12 09:34AM

Morning Joe regular Mike Allen was down with us in Miami this morning at Jerry's Famous Deli in South Beach, and he and his camera captured some of the sights from inside. Check them out.Update: Now with some...well...some more context.Mike Allen seems to have made something of a potent cultural moment happen with the click of his Blackberry or iPhone or whatever gadget he was holding yesterday at Jerry's Famous.In his daily POLITICO Playbook and on Twitter, Allen posted an image of a man who goes by the moniker BurgerBillionz, and his friends Tip Drill and Skrawberry. read more

Morning Headlines: Monday, January 30

01/30/12 05:51AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?In Florida, Romney's organization seems to trump Gingrich's crowdsNewt Gingrich's long marchNBC/Marist poll: Romney up 15 over Gingrich in FloridaAnother poll shows Romney holds big lead over Gingrich in FloridaAnd a new PPP poll shows Romney's leadSantorum resumes campaign as girl, 3, improvesOccupy Oakland arrests top 400 after volatile dayFamily found guilty in honor killing trial'The Help' earns top honor at SAG Awards10 die in horrific I-75 crashMarshall's monster day carries AFC in Pro Bowl read more

New round of Fla. polls show Mitt has...

New round of Fla. polls show Mitt has substantial lead

01/29/12 07:00PM

Top Talkers: A new NBC News/Marist poll shows Mitt Romney taking 42 percent of likely GOP voters in Florida while Newt Gingrich trails with 27 percent of the vote. The Morning Joe panel – including New York Magazine's John Heilemann and Mike Barnicle –... watch

Dave Barry: Miami is the weirdest city in...

Dave Barry: Miami is the weirdest city in the US

01/29/12 07:00PM

Humorist Dave Barry moved to Miami in 1986, and he joins Morning Joe to discuss how the city has changed since he first drove by a car that "bullet holes in the door." Barry also discusses how the show "Miami Vice" shaped impressions and missing Herman... watch

President Obama and Secretary Duncan address college affordability

01/27/12 02:01PM

Before an energetic crowd today at the University of Michigan, President Obama laid out his plans to keep college affordable for all students. The "rally-like atmosphere" saw about 4,000 people come out to hear the President talk, according to NBC's Shawna Thomas, who was in Ann Arbor for the speech. The President discussed the need for colleges to recognize the importance of keeping tuition costs low, citing a "great education" as the reason he and First Lady Michelle Obama achieved their successes. read more