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Chris Licht (center) with producer Jon Tower (l.) and director TJ Asprea (r.)

Goodbye and good luck to Chris Licht

05/20/11 02:20PM

Our friend and esteemed executive producer Chris Licht spent his last day on Morning Joe behind the controls today. It was an emotional day indeed. He leaves us after four years at the helm. We paid him a little tribute today at the end of the show, and then we took him out for a much-deserved breakfast. We wish him well in his new role.Some of you may remember Chris from this appearance on the show last year. He even wrote a book about the experience. read more

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An excerpt from the book "Stan Musial, An American Life"

05/20/11 09:52AM

This is an excerpt from author George Vecsey's new book "Stan Musial, An American Life".THE DO-OVERBud Selig could see it coming. He did not know exactly which great player was going to be overlooked by the capricious impulses of baseball fans, but he was certain it was going to be somebody he loved.The commissioner had brought this agony on himself by approving a commercial gimmick he suspected might backfire. A credit card company, a major sponsor, would arrange for fans to select the top twenty-five players of the twentieth century, using computerized punch cards. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for May 20, 2011

05/20/11 07:58AM

Here are today's top editorial and opinion columns.MAKING THINGS IN AMERICA  BY PAUL KRUGMANNEW YORK TIMESSo while we still have a deeply troubled economy, one piece of good news is that Americans are, once again, starting to actually make things. And we’re doing that thanks, in large part, to the fact that the Fed and the Obama administration ignored very bad advice from right-wingers — ideologues who still, in the face of all the evidence, claim to know something about creating prosperity.PEACE AND CHANGE  EDITORIALNEW YORK TIMESMr. read more

Morning headlines: Friday, May 20

05/20/11 05:57AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?The president and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu sit down for talks Friday in Washington amid a deadlocked Mideast peace process.Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be released today after posting $1 million bail. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for May 19, 2011

05/19/11 08:58AM

Here are today's opinion and editorial columns.THE DEBT CEILING FIASCO  BY ALAN BINDERWALL STREET JOURNALFights over the budget are normal and proper in a democracy, especially when the two parties hold dramatically different views. But threatening to default should not be a partisan issue. In view of all the hazards it entails, one wonders why any responsible person would even flirt with the idea. THE YEAR OF LIVING ADULTEROUSLY  BY GAIL COLLINSNEW YORK TIMESOf course, a wife who is off limits would not be able to campaign for her husband. I think that would be terrific. read more

U.S. President Barack Obama speaking at Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt on June 4, 2009.

Top Talker: Obama's big Mideast speech

05/19/11 08:15AM

 President Obama is scheduled to deliver a major speech today on the Middle East - his first big response to the recent revolts across the Arab world.He also plans to outline a $1 billion aid package to Egypt to help the new Egyptian government create jobs.The President is also expected to use the address to defend new U.S. sanctions put in place yesterday against Syrian President Bashar Assad and his top aides. In a letter to Congress, the President called the sanctions a response to the violence against the pro-democracy protesters in Syria. read more

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