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Brzezinski: Rosen comments opened 'emotional, conflicted guilt-ridden divide between women'

04/16/12 10:58AM

Did the media go overboard on a Democratic PR pro’s comment last week that stay-at-home mother Ann Romney had "never worked a day in her life"?Some people thought so. But on Morning Joe Monday, Mika Brzezinski explained why Hilary Rosen’s clumsy remark struck a nerve for so many women.The issue of whether to work or stay home with the kids “represents a deep, extremely highly emotional, conflicted guilt-ridden divide between women,” said Brzezinski. Rosen’s comments, she added, “just opened up that divide.”Random House’s Jon Meacham said the episode could hurt President Obama. read more

The Buffett rule, named after billionaire investor Warren Buffett, above.

Must-Read Op-Eds for Monday, April 16, 2012

04/16/12 10:13AM

THE SWEET SPOTBY BILL KELLERNEW YORK TIMESThe problem isn’t that the Buffett Rule is necessarily a bad idea. It isn’t that “social Darwinism” is a slander on Republicans. (Heck, it may be the only Darwinism Romney believes in.) The problem is that when Obama thrusts these populist themes to the center of his narrative, he sounds a little desperate. The candidate who ran on hope — promising to transcend bickering and get things done — is in danger of sounding like the candidate of partisan insurgency. read more

Is the Buffett Rule a political winner?

04/16/12 10:06AM

With the Senate set to consider the Obama administration’s Buffett Rule today, the Morning Joe gang discussed whether the idea is a winner -- both politically and substantively -- for the White House.Mika Brzezinski read from a New York Times op-ed by the paper’s former editor – and frequent Morning Joe guest – Bill Keller, who wrote:The problem isn’t that the Buffett Rule is necessarily a bad idea. It isn’t that “social Darwinism” is a slander on Republicans. read more

Morning Headlines: Monday, April 16

04/16/12 05:53AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Kabul fighting ends after 18 hours of intense gunfireTrial of Norway mass killer Breivik beginsBiggest scandal in Secret Service history? Prostitution claims eclipse conferenceThree young girls among five killed by twisters that hit central USTom Petty offers $7,500 reward for stolen guitarsObama concludes Summit of Americas on defensive about inviting CubaHeat forces Boston Marathon, runners to adjustPrayers and silence mark Titanic centenary read more

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Cafe Havana in Cartagena, Colombia on Sunday.

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

04/16/12 01:08AM

How were everyone's weekends? Hope they were as good as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's. She was living it up in Cartagena, Colombia for the Summit of Americas and showing the dance floor who's boss. But - the party's over now, and it's back to work. Former Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) stop by the set to make their case for the Buffett Rule. Baldwin is the lead sponsor of the House bill for the Buffett Rule. read more

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