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Is Tim Pawlenty in the running for GOP VP?

Is Tim Pawlenty in the running for GOP VP?

06/19/12 08:00PM

Politico Playbook: "Tim Pawlenty has jumped to the top of the vice presidential shortlist of several Mitt Romney advisers," write Politico's Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei. What makes the former Minnesota governor so attractive? Allen joins Morning Joe to... watch

Michelle, teach me how to Dougie and jump rope

06/19/12 02:37PM

Let’s Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative to encourage young Americans to become healthier, has included everything from gardening to getting outside and getting the heart rate up. But by far, the hippest aspect to the campaign is the Let’s Move! read more

Rep. Cummings: Attorney General Holder has acted 'honorably' regarding fast and furious

06/19/12 01:25PM

House Oversight Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings, D-Md., stated today he believed that Attorney General Eric Holder acted honorably regarding the controversial fast and furious federal operation.The Los Angeles times, which has a bevy of information, summarizes the operation effectively:A federal operation dubbed Fast and Furious allowed weapons from the U.S. to pass into the hands of suspected gun smugglers so the arms could be traced to the higher echelons of Mexican drug cartels. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, June 19, 2012

06/19/12 11:23AM

MITT ROMNEY'S MYSTERIOUS VIEWS ON IMMIGRATION BY EUGENE ROBINSONWASHINGTON POST...he substitute for U.S. leadership is not a new era of U.N.-administered peace. It is often a vacuum filled by the world's nastiest actors. That is nowhere clearer than in Syria, where Russia and Iran have a free run to fortify the Assad dictatorship. The price is high in human slaughter, but it may be higher still in showing other dictators that it hardly matters anymore if an American President declares that you "must go." What matters is if you have patrons in Moscow, Beijing or Tehran. read more

Mike Allen on how Romney becomes 'old, straight, white men' candidate

06/19/12 08:57AM

President Obama’s re-election campaign “wants to turn Mitt Romney into the candidate of old, straight, white men” says Politico duo Jim Vandhei and Mike Allen in a new article out Tuesday.Allen and Vandhei deposit that Obama’s positions on everything from gay marriage and immigration to equal pay for women and more affordable student loans are allowing the campaign to paint Romney as a “throwback.”To many Republicans, the president’s strategy is very crass — and potentially very effective. read more

An excerpt from David Brody's "The Teavangelicals"

An excerpt from David Brody's "The Teavangelicals"

06/19/12 06:16AM

Fast and Furious: The Rise of the Tea Party Imagine this: one moment you’re cleaning homes for a living. Then, in a blink of an eye, you’re one of the top Tea Party leaders in the country. The story sounds remarkable, right? It’s also true.Jenny Beth Martin was living the life. After marrying her college sweetheart in 1992, she eventually landed a job at home as a computer programmer. Her husband started a small-business temp agency. It seemed like the sweet life was just around the corner. read more

An excerpt from Manuel Roig-Franzia's "The Rise of Marco Rubio"

An excerpt from Manuel Roig-Franzia's "The Rise of Marco Rubio"

06/19/12 06:11AM

Introduction -- The HeirFor an instant, she hurtled toward the floor. A slender, delicate right shoulder knifed downward, a cane flipped sideways. Nancy Reagan, tiny, fragile as a china figurine in an ivory-colored suit, was crashing.Many in the capacity crowd at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, couldn’t see what was happening. They clapped lovingly, oblivious. But before their applause gave way to gasps the synapses of the young senator escorting the former first lady to her seat fired perfectly. read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, June 19

06/19/12 05:51AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Germany's Merkel has few options left in eurozone debt crisisUp close with Microsoft's Surface tabletsClemens found not guilty of lying to CongressU.S. alarm as Egypt army undermines election resultGOP Senate Candidate To Press: Stop Whining About Poor PeoplePension Fund Gap For Public Employees Balloons To $757 BillionObama: Putin Talks Candid, Tensions Can Be Eased read more