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Must-Read Op-Eds for Thursday, April 19, 2012

04/19/12 10:22AM

IT'S 1936 ALL OVER AGAINBY DANIEL HENNINGERWALL STREET JOURNALBarack Obama is asking people to cast a less-than-hopeful vote in November. Resentment is not something most people in 21st-century America carry around in the front of their heads. Once Barack Obama stirs it up, as he's doing now, he has to sustain it for six months. He is asking people to vote out of something resembling, well, depression. Incidentally, of the final four Republican primary candidates, three were about as personally grim and earnest as the incumbent. read more

Morning Headlines: Thursday, April 19

04/19/12 05:50AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?TV host Dick Clark dies at 1982Five great Dick Clark momentsSecret Service ousts 3 in sex scandal; 8 more remain on administrative leave Who is Mitt Romney and what does he believe?23 killed in bombings across IraqCop stabbed in head survivesObama, Romney in dead heat, CBS News/New York Times poll findsImages of G.I.’s and remains fuel fears of ebbing disciplineIndia says it successfully tests nuclear-capable missileSummitt steps aside at Tennessee after 38 seasons  read more

Royal visit to the Houses of Parliament. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair leaves after Queen Elizabeth II addressed both Houses of Parliament as part of her visit to mark her Diamond Jubilee year. Picture date: Tuesday March 20, 2012.

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

04/18/12 09:27PM

Not another soldier scandal... U.S. officials are distancing themselves from photos of U.S. soldiers posing next to Afghan corpses. Since The L.A. Times posted the pictures on Wednesday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has apologized and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has called the soldiers' behavior "reprehensible." What does the fallout mean for U.S.-Afghanistan relations? We'll get to that at the MJ roundtable. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is pushing the importance of giving back. We'll ask him how the better off can help the worst off in this tight economy. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, April 18, 2012

04/18/12 11:58AM

LET THE HORSE RACE BEGINBY JOE SCARBOROUGHPOLITICOBoth campaigns will tell anyone who is listening that the Obama-Romney showdown will be decided in the final weeks of the campaign - with the outcome resting on unemployment rates, gas prices and their impact on swing states like Florida, Ohio and Virginia. So take a deep breath. We are still in the preseason for presidential campaigns. As the Boston Red Sox cruelly taught their fans again last season, winning big in the spring doesn't mean jack. It's how your side performs when the leaves start to change colors. read more

Scarborough: Why does Washington insist on playing games?

04/18/12 11:19AM

In his latest vlog, Joe Scarborough calls into question the wisdom of the Obama administration's pushing for the so-called "Buffett Rule" and the House GOP's championing of a new budget they know is "dead on arrival."Previous vlog posts:Scarborough's advice for Romney: Just be yourself, governorGOP beware: Romney's no conservative read more

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