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Record Low: Just 10% of Americans approve of Congress

02/08/12 03:36PM

According to a new Gallup survey released Wednesday afternoon, a record-low 10% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, down from 13% in January and the previous low of 11%, recorded in December 2011.It is based on a Gallup survey conducted Feb. 2-5.According to Gallup, congressional approval averaged 17% for all of 2011. The highest reading last year was 24% in May. read more

Speaker Boehner, Senator Rubio urge Obama admin. to reverse birth-control mandate

02/08/12 02:49PM

At a news conference on Capitol Hill today, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged President Obama to reverse a decision that would require employers, including religious organizations, to provide birth-control coverage in employee health plans.Speaking to reporters, Sen. Rubio said, "I think the vast majority of Americans, whether on the left or the right, will tell you that the government of the United States should not have the power to be able to go in and tell a church based organization that they must pay for something that that faith teaches their members not to do. read more

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Morning Joe's Louis Burgdorf in the msnbc hallway.

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hangs out

02/08/12 12:54PM

NBA Hall of Famer, author, cultural ambassador, and all-around nice guy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joined us for a greenroom interview after his appearance on Morning Joe today. He talked about his new children's book, how he would have otherwise been a history teacher, and tells us who he thinks has the magic among today's young NBC stars.Here's a photograph of him in the msnbc hallway, posing with the decidedly not-short but nowhere-near-as-tall Morning Joe producer Louis Burgdorf. read more

Did contraception ruling, Planned Parenthood controversy help Santorum?

02/08/12 11:33AM

Joe Scarborough: I’ll tell you what. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Rick Santorum may be good, but this week, the Catholic Republican candidate has drawn an inside straight. And it’s not only bad news for President Obama; it’s bad news for Mitt Romney. You look at these three things that have happened. It started with the Planned Parenthood against the leading proponent of breast cancer research in the world, and then you moved on to an HHS decision that even the USA Today said was a dramatic overreach. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, February 8, 2012

02/08/12 06:49AM

OBAMACARE'S GREAT AWAKENINGEDITORIALWALL STREET JOURNALThe political furor over President Obama's birth-control mandate continues to grow, even among those for whom contraception poses no moral qualms, and one needn't be a theologian to understand why. The country is being exposed to the raw political control that is the core of the Obama health-care plan, and Americans are seeing clearly for the first time how this will violate pluralism and liberty. ... three states than in his 2008 showing — when he lost the GOP nomination for president... read more

An excerpt from David Jones' book "Who Cares Wins"

An excerpt from David Jones' book "Who Cares Wins"

02/08/12 06:23AM

Creating good: the rise of the social entrepreneur I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent it.  --Thomas Edison The leaders of large global corporations, like those mentioned in the previous chapter, are only one part of the story behind the overall move to social responsibility and sustainability. Alongside powerful business leaders reassessing their role in society and acting for the greater good are scores of people, many of them young, who have decided financial profit is not everything and are starting brand new ventures. read more

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