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Michael Steele: A fan of busting out into song, "Glee" and Broadway

03/14/12 12:17PM

This could be one of the great Morning Joe moments of late.This morning we had on Jordan Roth, who is president of Manhattan-based theater producing and ownership company, Jujamcyn Theaters. Roth joined us to talk about the recent Broadway boom, in which no doubt, the beloved musical "Book of Morman" has helped play a large part.According to estimates by The Stage and Broadway Leage, Broadway sold 12.5 million tickets in the 2010-2011 season, and so far in 2012, box-office grosses are up 6.7 percent."Interesting thing about the recession...we were bracing for hellatious," Roth says. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, March 14, 2012

03/14/12 11:01AM

DON'T TREAD ON USBY MAUREEN DOWDNEW YORK TIMESThe attempt by Republican men to wrestle American women back into chastity belts has not only breathed life into President Obama, it has roused and riled Hillary. And that could turn out to be the most dangerous thing the wildly self-destructive G.O.P. leaders have done. ... Women who assumed that electing Obama would lift all minority boats are beginning to think: Maybe he’s not enough. read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, March 14

03/14/12 05:46AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Santorum sweeps south with Ala., Miss. winsSantorum to supporters: 'We did it again'Race essentially comes down to twoReal-time map of Mississippi primary resultsSource: Video shows US soldier wearing shawl, surrendering after Afghanistan massacreObama, David Cameron hoop it upCheck out a new Jack White trackDefense Secretary Panetta arrives in Afghanistan read more

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