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Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday (August 21, 2011) rejected views that American power is waning and said Washington would never default, wrapping up a China visit that has played down tensions between the worlds two biggest economies. We are still...

Top Talker: Romney attacks VP Biden on China's one-child policy

08/24/11 10:11AM

 Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney continues his push to criticize the Obama administration.  Yesterday, he slammed Vice President Biden for comments he made during his recent trip to China.  Speaking to a group of students, the Vice President seemed to condone China's controversial one-child policy.  He said, "Your policy has been one which I fully understand, I'm not second guessing, of one child per family.  The result being that you're in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. read more

Must Read Op-eds for August 24, 2011

08/24/11 08:50AM

OBAMA, TIGER, GOLF AND POLITICS  BY THOMAS FRIEDMANNEW YORK TIMESIt’s all nonsense. Obama is smart, decent and tough, with exactly the right instincts about where the country needs to go. He has accomplished a lot more than he’s gotten credit for — with an opposition dedicated to making him fail. But lately he is seriously off his game. He’s not Jimmy Carter. He’s Tiger Woods — a natural who’s lost his swing. read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, August 24th

08/24/11 05:53AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?8/23/11...where were you?The quake's reachFacebook, Twitter report record earthquake messagesWe wish Pat Summitt all the bestGadhafi vows victory or martyrdom read more

Is a megaphone and a note reading 'Say something nice' awesome or annoying?

08/23/11 02:04PM

I kinda can't tell. Like any good grump who spends the bulk of his time in New York City, I generally regard a public outpouring of effusive praise with massive suspicion and a big raised eyebrow. So this one is kind of throwing me. It's cute and cutesy, and also pretty disarming and, well, nice.Anyway, you decide.(Via Mediaite, via Improv Everywhere) read more

Howard Dean (l.) and Michael Steele (r.) agreeing to disagree

Howard Dean tells us what he really thinks of the GOP field

08/23/11 01:51PM

Get Michael Steele and Howard Dean on the same panel, get them talking about the GOP presidential field, and something interesting is bound to happen, right?Or maybe just get Michael Steele in the msnbc studio and something interesting is bound to happen.Well, that happened this morning when Vogue's Jacob Weisberg dropped by to talk about former Utah Governor and relatively chill moderate Jon Huntsman and his place in the 2012 fold. He's got a new piece on him.Steele came off as sort of a Huntsman fan, while Dean put the requisite smack down on the GOP. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for August 23, 2011

08/23/11 11:58AM

PERRY'S REALITY GAP  BY RICHARD COHENWASHINGTON POSTWhatever global warming might or might not have done to polar bears, it has put Rick Perry’s presidential candidacy at risk. The Republican Texas governor clings to an ice floe of diminishing credibility, emerging in just about a week’s time as intellectually unqualified to be president. He engaged in a brief dialogue with a child about evolution and came out the loser. Perry said there are some gaps in the theory. If so, he is one... I take Perry seriously. the three-term leader of the vast nation of Texas. read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, August 23rd

08/23/11 05:47AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Gadhafi's 'captured' son resurfacesAfter uprising, rebels face struggle for unityRebel advance traps journalists inside Tripoli hotel Gallup poll: GOP contenders neck-and-neck with ObamaHead Of S&P To Step DownHurricane Irene marks first big US threat in years Crude up; Time needed to bring Libyan oil onlineMartin Luther King Jr. read more