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President Barack Obama welcomes military families to an Independence Day celebration on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 4, 2011.

Top Talker: Budget Deadline Looming

07/05/11 09:34AM

With an August 2 deadline looming, the House and Senate are cutting their congressional recess short this week to continue negotiations on the nation's deficit. And as Democrats and Republicans try to reach a deal, the New York Times reports that the Obama administration is offering to cut tens of billions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid as part of those ongoing talks. The Times says the money would come from health care providers without directly imposing new costs for patients and radically changing the programs. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for July 5, 2011

07/05/11 07:48AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.A GRAND OLD CULT  BY RICHARD COHENWASHINGTON POSTSomeone ought to study the Republican Party. I am not referring to yet another political scientist but to a mental health professional, preferably a specialist in the power of fixations, obsessions and the like. The GOP needs an intervention. It has become a cult. In order to become a Republican, one has to take a pledge. … This intellectual rigidity has produced a GOP presidential field that's a virtual political Jonestown. read more

Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 5

07/05/11 05:54AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Hope everyone had a great Fourth...... but we're less than a month awayWhite House officials offering to cut from Medicare, MedicaidPakistan's spies tied to slaying of a journalistThe Yellowstone River oil spill may be growingS&P says French proposal to aid Greece could still amount to defaultNew info about the man who hunted bin Laden1 dead, 7 missing after boat sinks off MexicoAnd Joey Chestnut takes it again read more

Why Britain remained neutral in US Civil War

Why Britain remained neutral in US Civil War

07/04/11 08:00PM

Historian Dr. Amanda Foreman joins Morning Joe to discuss her new book, "A World on Fire," which focuses on Britain's role in the American Civil War. Foreman states that Britain remained neutral during the fight between North and South. watch

Sachs: Debt ceiling battle getting 'extremely weird'

07/01/11 12:04PM

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Earth Institute: "This is a national breakdown that we're experiencing. I've just come back from two weeks of travel in Asia--I was in China, I was in the Middle East, I was in Europe. Nobody has politics like we have right now. And it's really not a matter of whether it's in Washington or not--nobody serious, no one's doing the slightest arithmetic, no one's actually looking at anything--this is a game, but it's a game for our country." read more

Must Read Op-Eds for July 1, 2011

07/01/11 11:09AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.GREECE CAN BE SAVED -- HERE'S HOW TO DO IT  BY JEFFREY SACHSFINANCIAL TIMESIt’s hard to avoid the suspicion that G.O.P. leaders actually want the economy to perform badly. Republicans believe, in short, that they’ve got Mr. Obama’s number, that he may still live in the White House but that for practical purposes his presidency is already over. It’s time — indeed, long past time — for him to prove them wrong. TO THE LIMIT  BY PAUL KRUGMANNEW YORK TIMESIt’s hard to avoid the suspicion that G.O.P. read more

Morning headlines: Friday, July 1

07/01/11 05:54AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?The Senate dropped its plans for a July 4 breakNew developments in the Strauss-Kahn caseMinn. government shuts down as budget talks failIs Treasury Secretary Geithner leaving?Mitt Romney uses closed Allentown shop to hit ObamaThe president is working feverishly at fundraisingThe FEC gave Colbert permission to form his 'Super' PACJustice Department to investigate deaths of two detainees in CIA custody read more