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An excerpt from Gretchen Morgenson's new book "Reckless Endangerment"

An excerpt from Gretchen Morgenson's new book "Reckless Endangerment"

05/24/11 02:35PM

IntroductionThis is not the first book to be written about the epic financial crisis of 2008 and neither will it be the last. But Josh and I believe that Reckless Endangerment is different from the others in two important ways. It identifies powerful people whose involvement in the debacle has not yet been chronicled and it connects key incidents that have seemed heretofore unrelated.As a veteran business reporter and columnist for the New York Times, I've covered my share of big and juicy financial scandals over the years. read more

Must Read Op-Eds May 24, 2011

05/24/11 01:05PM

Here are today's major opinion and editorial columns.BRITAIN IS WORKING  BY DAVID BROOKSNEW YORK TIMESThe British political system gives the majority party much greater power than any party could hope to have in the U.S., but cultural norms make the political debate less moralistic and less absolutist. The British press also do an amazing job of policing corruption. The media go into a frenzy at the merest whiff of malfeasance. read more

Hello again, Chris Licht

05/24/11 12:32PM

Morning Joe's former executive producer Chris Licht is back -- as a guest this time, to talk about his new book, "What I Learned When I Almost Died: How a Maniac TV Producer Put Down His BlackBerry and Started to Live His Life."As fans of the show know, Chris suffered a near-fatal aneurysm last year.Here's video of his appearance from the show this morning: Jenny is. Dad and I are vastly closer. At work, I've noticed that when someone asks me a question or presents an issue for decision, I don't answer as quickly and dismissively as I used to. A second or two ticks by. read more

Top Talker: Devastation hits Joplin, MO

Top Talker: Devastation hits Joplin, MO

05/24/11 07:45AM

President Obama says he will travel to Missouri on Sunday to survey the damage from the deadly tornado that tore through the town of Joplin over the weekend. The president called the situation "devastating" and "heartbreaking" in his remarks made from London today.So far, at least 116 people have died, making it the deadliest single tornado in the U.S. since 1947, and the ninth deadliest in American history. More than 500 people are reportedly injured. Officials say the tornado had a base of about 3/4 mile across and stayed on a 6 mile path. read more

Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 24

05/24/11 05:57AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?The death toll in Missouri rises to 116. 17 survivors have been found so far.Here's how you can help the victims in Joplin, Mo. NATO warplanes bombarded targets in Tripoli with more than 20 airstrikes early Tuesday.Evidence is said to link Dominique Strauss-Kahn to hotel housekeeper.Most Americans say they don't believe Medicare has to be cut to balance the federal budget, says a new poll.Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu will speak before a joint meeting of Congress today.Bob Dylan turns 70. read more