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Chris Licht in the Morning Joe green room

05/25/11 03:28PM

Chris Licht recently left his post as Morning Joe's executive producer, but he really wasn't gone all that long. On Tuesday, he joined the show to discuss his new book. And after his interview, he spoke with our own Louis Burgdorf on how "bizarre but good" it felt to be a guest on the show. read more

Ryan: Democrats 'shamelessly' demagogue Medicare

05/25/11 01:10PM

The morning after Democrat Kathy Hochul used the Medicare issue to win what had been a Republican House seat in New York, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., went on the counter-offensive.Rep. Ryan: "If you can scare seniors into thinking their current benefits are being affected, that’s going to have an effect. And that is exactly what took place here. So yes, it’s demagoguery; it’s scaring seniors…People in the Republican Party are nervous because of those ads. Because demagoguery unfortunately has worked in the past. But I think people are getting tired of it."  read more

Joplin, MO

Top Talker: Deadly twisters claim more lives in Midwest

05/25/11 06:29AM

A new round of storms raced through the Midwest yesterday, killing at least nine people across Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas.Officials report the latest deaths in Arkansas, where rescue efforts are underway. A tornado reportedly ripped through Franklin and Johnson counties. The weather was particularly violent in Oklahoma, where twisters obliterated cars and neighborhoods and pushed hundreds out of their homes.Meanwhile, emergency crews are continuing to search through the debris in Joplin, Missouri, in hopes of finding more survivors after a deadly tornado devastated the town on Sunday. read more

Morning headlines: Wednesday, May 25

05/25/11 06:01AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?At least nine people are dead after tornadoes ravage Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas.In a special election, Kathy Hochul, D-N.Y., won a GOP House seat. Did she win because of Medicare?Biden says new taxes needed to be part of debt limit bill.The Justice Department green lights for criminal charges to be filed against John Edwards.President Obama and British PM David Cameron meet to discuss Libya and Afghanistan. read more

An excerpt of Kissinger's book: 'On China'

An excerpt of Kissinger's book: 'On China'

05/25/11 05:30AM

Drawing on forty years of intimate acquaintance with the country and its leaders, Henry Kissinger reflects on how China's past relations with the outside world illuminate its twenty-first century trajectory. Below is an excerpt of Kissinger's new book.PrologueIN OCTOBER 1962, China’s revolutionary leader Mao Zedong summoned his top military and political commanders to meet with him in Beijing. Two thousand miles to the west, in the forbidding and sparsely populated terrain of the Himalayas, Chinese and Indian troops were locked in a standoff over the two countries’ disputed border. read more