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Afternoon headlines: Friday, May 6

05/06/11 04:15PM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this afternoon?In Memphis, "police officers went door to door Friday urging Memphis residents to leave nearly 1,000 homes expected to be inundated by a near-record flood of the Mississippi River and its tributaries."The April jobs report was released. The good news is that 244,000 jobs were created last month. The bad news? Unemployment inched up a bit to 9 percent.The president traveled to Fort Campbell, Ky., and he thanked the Navy SEALs who killed bin Laden. read more

Magic Johnson in the Morning Joe green room

A brief moment with Magic Johnson

05/06/11 04:05PM

Magic Johnson stopped by the show today -- to talk about his time with the Lakers, revitalizing urban areas, and, well, you know, buying the LA Dodgers.And after all that, he was kind enough to hang out with us for a few and let us take some pictures in our green room. I wanted to tell him that though I wasn't much of a sports fan (yes, it's true), that as a cultural figure he ranked up there pretty high. read more

The day in tweets

The day in tweets

05/06/11 03:07PM

We here on the MJ blog often get some choice tweets over at @morning_joe. Here are a few that caught our attention. Keep 'em coming.Thanks for becoming a recent convert.Put down the computer, iphone, ipad, or whatever and go turn on your cable this instant. read more

Top Talker: Did the president's New York trip strike the right tone?

05/06/11 12:54PM

Jon Meacham, Random House executive vice president says: "I thought it was pitch-perfect in the sense that it was not about him. It was not a grand speech. It was him doing a kind of human interaction with the folks…I think it was what a president should do in the way that what President Bush did after the attacks was what a president should do." read more

Rob Lowe in the msnbc studio

Just another day at work

05/06/11 11:27AM

You big deal. Just me and Rob Lowe hanging out. You know how it goes.Rob Lowe dropped by Morning Joe on Thursday to discuss his new memoir, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends." read more

Must Read Op-Eds for May 6, 2011

05/06/11 08:10AM

Here are today's top opinion and editorial columns.LAW MAKERS? By Major GarrettNational JournalA parade of edgy, ideologically barbed pieces of legislation to dismantle parts of President Obama's health care law, vastly expand offshore oil drilling, and restrict access to privately insured abortion coverage passed with virtually no Democratic support. The bills appear destined for the dustbin of Senate history. But despite the obvious downsides, all of this seemingly pointless political maneuvering may turn out to be worth the trouble-for both parties. read more

Morning headlines: Friday, May 6

05/06/11 06:00AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Here's something we've already learned from that cache of information taken from bin Laden's compound: Al-Qaida considered attacking U.S. trains on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.The president will travel to Kentucky today to meet with Navy SEAL Team 6.The CIA reportedly used a secret safe house in Abbottabad to spy on bin Laden.The first debate of the 2012 GOP race happened Thursday.Oil sank below $96 a barrel Friday in Asia. read more

The Story Behind The Story: 'S' vs. 'B'

05/05/11 11:02AM

It's the slip of the letter.  Substituting that  'S' for a 'B.'  You know what I'm talking about: All those folks who keep mistakenly calling Osama (bin Laden) "Obama."  With the news of the former's death, the flap has been rampant this week.  And like a plague,  it even visited the set of Morning Joe today. read more