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Must Read Op-Eds for Friday, December 2, 2011

12/02/11 09:47AM

MITT VS. NEWT  BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMERWASHINGTON POSTMy own view is that Republicans would have been better served by the candidacies of Mitch Daniels, Paul Ryan or Chris Christie. Unfortunately, none is running. You play the hand you’re dealt. This is a weak Republican field with two significantly flawed front-runners contesting an immensely... read more

How Cold War architect became its biggest...

How Cold War architect became its biggest critic

12/01/11 07:00PM

Vanity Fair's Todd Purdum joins Morning Joe to discuss his article on the private papers of the late diplomat George F. Kennan. Kennan is regarded as an architect of the Cold War and then later became one of the Cold War's harshest critics. NBC News'... watch

What makes the 'erratic' Newt Gingrich tick

What makes the 'erratic' Newt Gingrich tick

12/01/11 07:00PM

All week Morning Joe has been looking at what makes 2012 GOP candidate Newt Gingrich tick. And Former Press Secretary to House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rich Galen, joins Morning Joe to explain some of Gingrich's recent comments. watch

How being a 'known quantity' could help Newt

How being a 'known quantity' could help Newt

12/01/11 07:00PM

Top Talkers: Newt says in a new interview he's confident he'll get the GOP nomination. And will the fact that he's a known quantity in D.C. actually help make that happen? The Morning Joe panel – including Time's Mark Halperin, the Huffington Post’s... watch

Rolling Stone's Will Hermes on Jeff Mangum, his 2011 faves

12/01/11 01:50PM

 After his interview on today's show, I had the chance to talk with author and Rolling Stone senior critic Will Hermes. Hermes graciously answered some questions I had about a recent essay he'd written on the enigmatic (and until recently, semi-reclusive) singer/songwriter Jeff Mangum and Mangum's legacy as a musician.Hermes also... read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Thursday, December 1, 2011

12/01/11 09:58AM

THE MITT ROMNEY PARDON  BY GAIL COLLINSNEW YORK TIMESRomney hasn’t done a Sunday talk show since “The Hurt Locker” beat “Avatar” for best picture. He is generally kept so far away from one-on-one interviews that he might as well be wrapped in cellophane. ... Never have we had a more uptight potential president. This is all because he’s a big,... read more

Morning Headlines: Thursday, Dec. 1st

12/01/11 05:53AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Banks act, stocks surge and skeptics see a pattern85-mph winds, fire danger forecast for LAKanye earns 7 Grammy nods, beating out AdeleNYC recommends AIDS drugs for any person with HIVMitt Romney preps Newt Gingrich attackCain: Final decision on... read more

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