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The Roman Coliseum earlier today

Where in the world is Joe Scarborough?

03/13/12 02:59PM

It always happens without fail: Whenever Joe, Mika or Willie take off the day(s), we get curious tweets and Facebook inquiries wondering if all is well with the crew. Where did everyone go? And we're happy it does. You're a devoted bunch.In case you haven't seen Joe's tweets, he's currently having a grand time in Italy.And here are some images from the trip: read more

An excerpt from Ryan Tubridy's new book "JFK in Ireland"

An excerpt from Ryan Tubridy's new book "JFK in Ireland"

03/13/12 12:43PM

By the time President Kennedy stood up to speak, it was clear that he was having a ball. Having chuckled his way through Minihan’s words of welcome, Kennedy proceeded to embrace the mood of the occasion and deliver an almost giddy speech that was as humorous as it was short.He began by introducing his sisters, Eunice and Jean, to the crowd as well as his sister-in-law Lee, the American Ambassador Matt McCloskey and the head of the American Labour Movement, George Meany, whose parents had been born in Ireland. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, March 13, 2012

03/13/12 10:39AM

HORROR IN KANDAHAREDITORIALNEW YORK TIMESThere are roughly 90,000 American troops in Afghanistan now, with 22,000 scheduled to leave by this fall. The Obama administration is now considering reducing troop levels in Afghanistan by at least 20,000 by 2013, and possibly even deeper. The United States has a vital interest in ensuring Afghanistan doesn’t again become a launching pad for terrorist attacks. read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, March 13

03/13/12 05:55AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Obama’s rating falls as poll reflects volatilityGingrich's resilience a boon for Romney campaignNYT: Homeless people used as mobile Wi-Fi hotspotsProtests, attacks hit Afghanistan in wake of massacreJudge rules Wisconsin voter ID law unconstitutionalU.S. looks to press on with Afghan exit strategyOn gas prices, voters blame Obama, but experts, economists disagree read more

An African Cinderella story

An African Cinderella story

03/12/12 08:00PM

U.S. born citizen Peggielene Bartels, co-author of “King Peggy,” explains how she went from being a secretary to the King of the town of Tantum in Ghana. watch

Image still from Chairlift's new choose-your-own-adventure style video

Next-level Chairlift music video lets you choose your own adventure

03/12/12 02:43PM

I meant to post this last week, but alas, time got the better of me.You know that band, Chairlift, right? Well, you do; you may just not have realized you do.Anyway, they've got this great new video for their song "Met Before," which is a gauzy facsimile of '80s dance music.The video is the visual equivalent of a Choose Your Own Adventure book (a series that I devoured as a child).So, take a look and see where it takes you.-----------------------------------Side bit of trivia: The singer for Chairlift is said to be dating the singer for the New York band Violens. read more