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Why the president won't face a primary...

Why the president won't face a primary challenge

08/03/11 08:00PM

Must Read Op-Eds: Mika Brzezinski reads from a Harold Meyerson Washington Post column on why the president won't face a primary challenge. Mark Halperin says in order to win reelection, the president needs to find a message that pleases his base but... watch

Should President Obama show he can play hardball?

08/03/11 12:51PM

Joe Scarborough: “If Bill Clinton were president, he would have never extended the Bush tax cuts – certainly not for millionaires and billionaires. He would have used that to crush the Republicans. And, you remember back in December…he wouldn’t have cut that deal. He would have said ‘I’ll give you tax cuts for everybody up to a million. Republicans would have fought for the millionaires and the billionaires, and Bill Clinton would have had it…The president should have stared down the Republicans and said ‘We’ve got 9.2 percent unemployment. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for August 3, 2011

08/03/11 09:37AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.A RECORD OBAMA CAN'T FLEE  BY GEORGE WILLWASHINGTON POSTObama’s presidency may last 17 or 65 more months, but it has been irreversibly neutered by two historic blunders made at its outset. It defined itself by health-care reform most Americans did not desire, rather than by economic recovery. And it allowed, even encouraged, self-indulgent liberal majorities in Congress to create a stimulus that confirmed conservatism’s portrayal of liberalism as an undisciplined agglomeration of parochial appetites. read more

President Barack Obama speaks in Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, after the Senate passed the debt ceiling legislation.

Top Talker: Debt Deal is Done, President Obama moves on to jobs

08/03/11 09:08AM

 After months of negotiations and political rhetoric and just hours before the midnight deadline, Congress passed legislation to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. The Senate voted to approve the deal, 74 to 26, guaranteeing that the United States will not default on its obligations and allowing it to begin borrowing more money.  Speaking in the Rose Garden just after the vote, President Obama praised Congress for finally passing the compromise deal. read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, August 3rd

08/03/11 06:00AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?The president signs the debt billNow it's back to jobsBut this is still going onAnd..you know you wanna see 'em..behind-the-scenes pics of the debt talksWe get to keep our AAA rating but Moody's isn't so excitedHosni Mubarak appears in court on gurneyIf you're in New York, you may see a peacock hanging outReport identifies widespread cyber-spying read more

Should Obama show he can play hardball?

Should Obama show he can play hardball?

08/02/11 08:00PM

Must Read Op-Eds: Mika Brzezinski reads from a George Will Washington Post column on the president following the debt deal. Will argues that Obama's presidency has been "irreversibly neutered" health-care reform and the stimulus. Joe Scarborough argues... watch

Is a stalemate ahead for the debt super...

Is a stalemate ahead for the debt super committee?

08/02/11 08:00PM

NBC's Chuck Todd joins Morning Joe to discuss the 12-member, super committee formed to find more cuts in spending before Thanksgiving. Todd indicates that no GOP members appointed by Mitch McConnell to the committee will be open to tax increases. watch

Debt bill signed; now we move onto jobs

Debt bill signed; now we move onto jobs

08/02/11 08:00PM

Top Talkers: The Morning Joe panel – including Time's Mark Halperin, MSNBC's Mike Barnicle and Pat Buchanan – discusses the day after the president signed into law the debt bill, which passed the Senate with a 74-26 vote. In a speech at the Rose Garden... watch

US markets down after debt deal

US markets down after debt deal

08/02/11 08:00PM

Top Talkers: The Morning Joe panel continues its discussion on the economy following the passage of the debt bill. U.S. markets fell to their lowest level since June, with the Dow down 266 points. watch

Breaking down what's in a 'Satan sandwich'

Breaking down what's in a 'Satan sandwich'

08/02/11 08:00PM

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., recently called the debt deal a "Satan sandwich" because of its impact on lower-income Americans and senior citizens. He joins Morning Joe to discuss what's in a "Satan sandwich," and he also laments a decline of civility... watch

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