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Must-Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, March 21, 2012

03/21/12 01:52PM

THE CARELESS HOUSE BUDGETEDITORIALNEW YORK TIMESIn the long run, the premium support plan could shift costs to beneficiaries because it would limit annual per capita spending growth to well below the level required by the health care reform act. The plan would also cap the federal contribution to Medicaid by turning the program into a block grant to states. These extreme cuts and changes would greatly impede the nation’s economic recovery, and hurt those on the middle and lower economic rungs who suffered most from the recession. read more

An excerpt from David Corn's new book "Showdown"

An excerpt from David Corn's new book "Showdown"

03/21/12 08:02AM

It was the first Saturday morning of December 2010. President Barack Obama was in the Oval Office with Vice President Joe Biden, surrounded by his top aides: message guru David Axelrod, press secretary Robert Gibbs, acting chief of staff Pete Rouse, longtime friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett, Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner, National Economic Council chief Larry Summers, budget director Jack Lew, economic adviser Gene Sperling, and others. read more

Scarborough and Morning Joe panel on shooting of Trayvon Martin

03/21/12 07:32AM

This morning, the Morning Joe panel discussed the Feb. 26 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by 28-year-old, George Zimmerman, who considered himself to be a neighborhood watch captain of a gated Florida community.The U.S. Department of Justice and FBI have announced they will open an investigation into the killing.We had msnbc's Rev. Al Sharpton on to share his thoughts."Zimmerman wasn’t standing his ground," Joe Scarborough said at the top of the discussion. read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, March 21

03/21/12 05:47AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Romney wins Illinois GOP primaryRomney shows strength as GOP starts to uniteFlorida's 'Stand Your Ground' law could complicate Martin case3 French police injured in shootout with suspect in Jewish school killings7.4 magnitude earthquake strikes near AcapulcoFreshman unseats 10-term Ill. Rep. ManzulloObama-Boehner debt deal not on table, officials sayGoing gets tougher for Santorum as focus shifts north read more

Connecting NYC residents

Connecting NYC residents

03/20/12 08:00PM

Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne says her job is to help make Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s dream of New York City becoming the “best digital city in the... watch

Barack Obama, as U.S. president, on flag texture, partial graphic

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

03/20/12 06:16PM

It's their words against his... Or is it really? Fox News is denying claims made in Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn's latest book, Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party. Corn quotes President Obama blaming Fox News for "losing white males" in 2010. The President blasted the station for trumpeting the idea that he was "a Muslim, 24/7." Last night, Bret Baier defended his network, which didn't sit too well with Corn. We'll ask him to flesh out the points he raised in his counterargument. We'll also talk with Rep. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, March 20, 2012

03/20/12 11:07AM

WHEN THE GOOD DO BADBY DAVID BROOKSNEW YORK TIMESThe inner world is a battlefield between light and dark, and life is a struggle against the destructive forces inside. The worst thing you can do is, in a fit of pride, to imagine your insecurity comes from outside and to try to resolve it yourself. If you try to “fix” the other people who you think are responsible for your inner turmoil, you’ll end up trying to kill them, or maybe whole races of them. ... According to this older worldview, Robert Bales, like all of us, is a mixture of virtue and depravity. read more