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President Barack Obama makes a statement at the White House after the congressional debt supercommittee failed to reach an agreement on debt reduction on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, in Washington.

Top Talker: Supercommittee admits defeat

11/22/11 10:02AM

Responsibility for cutting the nation's debt is now back to  Congress as the super committee officially admits failure.  Just hours before their midnight deadline, the leaders of the bipartisan panel issued a statement about the deadlock.  They said, "Despite our inability to bridge the committee's significant differences, we end this process united in our belief that the nation's fiscal crisis must be addressed and that we cannot leave it for the next generation to solve."  The breakdown of the super committee will trigger $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts over 10 years...inclu read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, Nov. 22nd

11/22/11 05:50AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Is there a silver lining in deficit panel's failure?Poll: Gingrich leads GOP fieldAnd he seeks to prove his staying powerRomney heats up campaign in New Hampshire with an ad attacking ObamaEgyptians converge for 'million-man march' In NH, Obama to push for payroll tax cut extensionUC Davis chancellor apologizes for pepper-spray incidentMichele Bachmann stopped by Fallon last nightFrench former first lady dies at 87  read more

Newt calls committee failure 'good for...

Newt calls committee failure 'good for America'

11/21/11 07:00PM

Top Talkers: Newt Gingrich weighs in on the bipartisan debt super committee's inability to reach a deal by saying the group's failure is good for the country. The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson also reminds the panel that Gingrich has consistently... watch

Super committee admits defeat; so what...

Super committee admits defeat; so what happens now?

11/21/11 07:00PM

Top Talkers: The bipartisan debt super committee failed to reach a deal on trimming the nation's debt. In a joint statement, Democratic and GOP leaders acknowledged defeat. So what happens now? The Morning Joe panel – including the Washington Post's... watch

Sen. Durbin: Norquist has GOP 'scalps' on...

Sen. Durbin: Norquist has GOP 'scalps' on his wall

11/21/11 07:00PM

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., joins Morning Joe to discuss the failure of the debt super committee to reach a deal, why the Americans for Tax Reform's Grover Norquist helped shape the congressional gridlock, and if the president did enough to help solve... watch

Scarborough: Norquist holds no magical power

Scarborough: Norquist holds no magical power

11/21/11 07:00PM

Top Talkers: The Americans for Tax Reform's Grover Norquist has taken center stage in the debt super committee debate due to his tax pledge for Republicans. Yet Joe Scarborough calls into the show to remind the panel that Norquist may have powerful... watch

An excerpt from Betty White's new book "Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo"

An excerpt from Betty White's new book "Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo"

11/21/11 03:35PM

For openers, let me say that I realize there are those whose minds are irrevocably set against the entire concept of zoos and consequently see only negatives. They have every right to their opinion, and I respect it. As for me, however, I am a confirmed zoophile, and I particularly appreciate the positive changes that have taken place in the whole zoo community over the past few decades, and the critical role they play today in perpetuating endangered species. read more

Mika on Newt's OWS critique: It's disgusting

11/21/11 12:43PM

During the Thanksgiving Family Forum in Iowa, 2012 GOP candidate Newt Gingrich slammed OWS protesters and said they should get a job and take a bath.Mika Brzezinski: “That was about the most arrogant and un-self-aware – and those are about the only words I can use – thing for any politician in this Republican field to say.Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute: “Disgusting.”Brzezinski: “Disgusting…Someone needs a bath, and I don’t think it’s the people from Occupy Wall Street. That’s all I’m gonna say. I got nothing else. I’m so disgusted by that…Am I alone here? read more

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