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Tavis Smiley: Why we don't talk about the poor

08/11/11 12:51PM

The U.S. poverty rate stands at 14.3 percent, which is the highest in 15 years. PBS' Tavis Smiley and Professor Cornel West join Morning Joe to discuss their 6-day, 18-city "Poverty Tour," which focuses on the country's poor and how deficit reduction will impact them.Tavis Smiley, PBS host: “…we don’t talk about the poor because they are a throwaway population. They’re disposable. Too many poor people are being rendered more and more invisible in this country every single day. read more

Tales from the Way Too Early Emails

08/11/11 11:21AM

Every morning I cull the Way Too Early inbox for viewers' lowbrow, bizarre, misguided, heartfelt and even 'checked out for the weekend' tweets, texts and emails.  And every day I come upon a few gems and select the best ones to read to Willie at the end of the show.  So going forward I plan to use this space to unveil my picks for finest Way Too Early emails of the week.  Here are this week's Top 5 selections (feel free to share your thoughts too):5.)  Wayne writes "I'm up early every morning to watch all those televisions on the wall behind Willie.  It's like getting free premium cable." (Th read more

Must Read Op-Eds For August 11, 2011

08/11/11 10:13AM

THE SMARTPHONE RIOTS?  BY ANNE APPLEBAUMWASHINGTON POSTThe rioters themselves do not wave signs... They have not sought publicity for their views, if they have any... And thus have they become the inkblot in a kind of national Rorschach test: Everyone sees in them the political issue they care about most, whether it’s welfare dependency, budget cuts, the decline of public education or — my personal favorite — the rise of a vulgar and amoral public culture. And yet it is their lack of politics that most clearly defines them. read more

Top Talker: Debt Super- Committee Picks Unveiled

08/11/11 09:00AM

The so-called debt super-committee, charged with cutting more than a trillion dollars from the deficit by the end of next year, now has almost all of its members in place.  House Speaker John Boehner, unveiled his choices, including Texas Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who will be the bipartisan panel's co-chairman, along with fellow Michigan Congressmen Dave Camp and Fred Upton.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell named Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey and Ohio's Rob Portman. All six Republicans have signed anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist's pledge against tax hik read more

Morning Headlines: Thursday, August 11th

08/11/11 05:44AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Financial turmoil feels like 2008, but is it?Poll: Most say US on wrong trackCandidates brace for Iowa fight nightDow Jones Industrial Average closes down 520 points, ninth worst point-loss everSoul searching lies ahead as British riots coolSuper committee lineup gives hopeTaxes key to Mitt Romney's '04 pitch to Standard & Poor'sSupport for Assad government shows signs of weakening read more