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Is Obama's fundraising advantage losing...

Is Obama's fundraising advantage losing steam?

06/07/12 08:00PM

Top Talkers: The Morning Joe panel – including the Huffington Post's Sam Stein, MSNBC's Michael Steele, the BBC's Katty Kay and U.S. Army veteran Wes Moore – discusses the windfalls both the Obama campaign and the Romney campaign saw in May. Romney and... watch

Joan Rivers on the set of Morning Joe

Joan Rivers: It's not that I hate you- I just hate your type

06/07/12 01:52PM

By Molly MitchellComedy and showbiz legend Joan Rivers stopped by the show this morning to talk about her new book, I Hate Everyone Starting…with Me.And if we weren't awake before her interview, we were certainly wide eyed after.Rivers -- who's also the subject of an incredibly engaging and...well...touching 2010 documentary -- sat with Mika, Willie and show regular Mark Halperin chatting about what drives her crazy, her dislike of Mika’s sweater choice and how raw and lonely at times show business can be.It turns out that “hate” isn’t exactly what Rivers means.As she explains in the opening p read more

Thumbs up at P.S. 72 Lexington Academy's new rooftop soccer field.

A rooftop soccer field grows in East Harlem

06/07/12 12:21PM

A rooftop soccer field grows in East Harlem.The Manchester City Football Club and diplomats from the UAE collaborated to help open a new soccer field on the roof of P.S. 72 Lexington Academy in East Harlem. The dedication for the new field happened yesterday, and today we had Gary Hopkins, consultant for the Club, and Youself Al Otaiba, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the U.S., on the show to discuss why this is important for the community.Construction on the field began in 2010, and it is the third soccer field the UAE Embassy and Manchester City have teamed up on in the U.S. read more

New film explores personal side of George H.W. Bush

06/07/12 10:48AM

By Harry L. GrabowWhen considering the legacy of a president, separating the man from the office can be a challenging task. This is the focus of the new HBO documentary "41", which examines the presidency of George H.W. Bush from a personal angle.Created with the input and oversight of President Bush 41 himself, the documentary chronicles the defining moments of both his term in office and career after the White House. Jerry Weintraub, executive producer for the film, joined us on Wednesday to discuss the film and his longstanding personal relationship with George H.W. Bush. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Thursday, June 7, 2012

06/07/12 10:26AM

THE MESSAGE FROM WISCONSINEDITORIALNEW YORK TIMESMr. Walker’s campaign raised seven times as much money as Mr. Barrett’s, much of it in six-figure checks from some of the same business interests contributing millions to Republican “super PACs” and advocacy groups this year, including Sheldon Adelson and Bob Perry.  ...The tactics worked in Wisconsin, and in several other states. Labor, so long in decline in the private sector, is also losing its clout in states and cities, unable to match or withstand the unfettered bank accounts of industry. The people who kept Mr. read more

An excerpt from new book Gail Collins' "As Texas Goes..."

An excerpt from new book Gail Collins' "As Texas Goes..."

06/07/12 06:08AM

PrologueMy fascination with Texas began rather suddenly. It was the spring of 2009—you will remember, that was the season when the political right was failing to adjust to the idea of a President Obama. And there was Governor Rick Perry at a Tea Party rally in Austin, publicly toying with the idea that his state might consider seceding.It was quite a moment. Perry was standing behind a podium with a “Don’t Mess With Texas” banner, wearing jeans, his trademark boots, and looking pretty damned ticked off. read more

Morning Headlines: Thursday, June 7

06/07/12 05:48AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Activists: 40 women, children among victims of new Syria massacrePanetta in Afghanistan amid violenceSandusky jurors have Penn State tiesWhat's Bill Clinton up to?China, Russia call for dialogue only on SyriaNatasha Trethewey named 19th US poet laureateWashington's Gay Marriage Law Put On HoldD.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown resignsWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s victory deals blow to nation’s labor unions read more

How the state of Texas influences national...

How the state of Texas influences national policy

06/06/12 08:00PM

Must-Read Op-Eds: Mika Brzezinski reads from a NYT column on the lessons that can be learned from the Wisconsin recall election. The Times’ Gail Collins also joins Morning Joe to discuss her new book "As Texas Goes…," which looks at how Texas... watch