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Rather looks back

Rather looks back

05/01/12 08:00PM

Dan Rather talks about his new memoir, "Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News," his experience at CBS News and the reason behind why he left the network. watch

An excerpt from Tom Coburn's new book "The Debt Bomb"

An excerpt from Tom Coburn's new book "The Debt Bomb"

05/01/12 01:46PM

America’s Ticking Debt BombThe following piece is excerpted and adapted from U.S. Senator Tom Coburn’s new book The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting AmericaThe Senate Finance Committee gathered for a private session. The world economy seemed to be unraveling, unemployment was rampant, and our debt was already slowing our economy.The end-of-the-year meeting was held to discuss how to handle what had become the annual holiday train wreck in Washington when important bills were put off until the last minute. read more

May Day protesters gather near the Williamsburg Bridge on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in New York City

Scarborough: Hey FBI, you've got better things to do than question protesters

05/01/12 12:22PM

 Protesters the globe over are gathering today on May Day (or International Workers Day) for organized marches and what they're calling a "general strike."According to the Washington Post:May Day protests have been launched for some 125 cities in U.S., Europe and Australia, on a day labor unions have typically celebrates as International Workers Day. read more

Coburn: 'The problem is not gridlock' -- it's that the parties 'agree too much'

05/01/12 09:54AM

Morning Joe regular Sen. Tom Coburn joined the gang Tuesday and made the case that the problem in Washington isn’t that Democrats and Republicans can’t make a deal – it’s that they make too many.“The problem is not gridlock,” said Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican whose new book, “The Debt Bomb,” sounds the alarm about what he sees as the coming crisis over the deficit. “The problem is that members of both parties agree too much.”How so?  “How’d we get to where we’re $16 trillion dollars in debt, we’re running a $1.3 trillion deficit this year?" he asked. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, May 1, 2012

05/01/12 06:13AM

WHY PAUL RYAN'S REFORM CONSERVATISM DESERVES A CHANCEBY MICHAEL GERSONWASHINGTON POSTFor all its flaws, Ryan’s Reform Conservatism takes America’s largest problem seriously — while Obama does not. Obama’s response to the health entitlement crisis has been the creation of a new health entitlement that, according to Medicare trustee Charles Blahous, substantially worsens the federal deficit over time. read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, May 1

05/01/12 05:49AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?US official acknowledges drone strikesRole of torture revisited in bin Laden narrativeJudge: Texas can't block Planned ParenthoodActivist Chen faces quandary on U.S. political asylumSecret Service closes ranks in sordid scandalDemocrats targeting GOP with new equal pay billWisconsin Gov. Walker raises $13 Million for recall in less than four months103 bodies found after ferry capsizes in India read more

FILE - In this May 1, 2011 image released by the White House and digitally altered by the source to obscure the details of a document on the table, President Barack Obama, second from left, Vice President Joe Biden, left, Secretary of Defense Robert...

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

04/30/12 10:11PM

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) AKA Dr. No is in the house to give us his prescription for our bulging debt problem. He'll dole out his advice from his latest book, “The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington From Bankrupting America." NBC News Chief Pentagon Correspondent Jim Miklaszewski and Former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Michael Leiter have new details about the Osama bin Laden raid - just in time for the one-year anniversary of Operation Neptune Spear. What intel did the Navy Seals score from the compound? read more