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An excerpt from Anthony Shadid's House of Stone

An excerpt from Anthony Shadid's House of Stone

03/15/12 02:58PM

INTRODUCTION: BAYTThe Arabic language evolved slowly across the millennia, leaving little undefined, no nuance shaded. Bayt translates literally as house, but its connotations resonate beyond rooms and walls, summoning longingsgathered about family and home. In the Middle East, bayt is sacred. Empires fall. Nations topple. Borders may shift or be realigned. Old loyalties may dissolve or, without warning, be altered. read more

Should the US accelerate draw down in Afghanistan?

03/15/12 12:13PM

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor to President Carter: “If you are asking me, my response is we ought to stick to our schedule. That schedule is reasonable; it’s well calculated, and it would convey panic if we were now to accelerate that dramatically.David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist: “The schedule for withdrawal is something that’s been worked out with the most important allies of the United States…It’s a phased withdrawal. Two years from now U.S. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Thursday, March 15, 2012

03/15/12 10:36AM

NOT CLOSING THE DEALBY ERICK ERICKSONRED STATEThe base doesn’t like Romney, but the base doesn’t really like the other options either. At the same time, the base does not want this primary to end. The roller coaster continues. The one sure thing out of this is that, though Romney is not becoming a better candidate as the primaries continue, Rick Santorum sure is. As for Newt? He is becoming less relevant. It is time for Newt Gingrich to exit. It is time for Santorum v. Romney and let the chips fall where they may. I still think Romney is the nominee. But I think Santorum vs. read more

British Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama reach to shake hands during their joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Tease: Coming Up in the MJ Rundown

03/14/12 10:51PM

On the international front, Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass will break down the global tension over a nuclear Iran, while former National Security Adviser Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski and Washington Post columnist David Ignatius will weigh in on Afghanistan security. Will the region be ready for a 2014 pullout? President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron seem to think so. We'll also hear from Nada Bakri, the widow of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Anthony Shadid. read more

Michael Steele: A fan of busting out into song, "Glee" and Broadway

03/14/12 12:17PM

This could be one of the great Morning Joe moments of late.This morning we had on Jordan Roth, who is president of Manhattan-based theater producing and ownership company, Jujamcyn Theaters. Roth joined us to talk about the recent Broadway boom, in which no doubt, the beloved musical "Book of Morman" has helped play a large part.According to estimates by The Stage and Broadway Leage, Broadway sold 12.5 million tickets in the 2010-2011 season, and so far in 2012, box-office grosses are up 6.7 percent."Interesting thing about the recession...we were bracing for hellatious," Roth says. read more

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