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Axelrod: Romney backs same economic policies 'that got us into the mess in the first place'

04/10/12 11:19AM

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney 51-44. But some of the poll’s other questions offered a bit better news for the presumptive Republican nominee. On jobs, respondents gave Obama a narrower lead: 46-43. And asked who they trust to handle the economy – perhaps the key question this fall -- they picked Romney by 47-43.David Axelrod, the Obama campaign’s top strategist, joined the Morning Joe gang Tuesday to sound a note of confidence, and to roll out the charge that Romney is offering the same failed approach as that of President George W. read more

Ryan: Obama's criticism of my plan was a 'verbal tantrum'

04/10/12 10:09AM

Rep. Paul Ryan joined the Morning Joe gang Tuesday to respond to President Obama’s pointed criticism of his budget proposal.Last week, Obama derided Ryan’s budget plan as “an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country,” and “thinly veiled social Darwinism.”“We’re kind of used to these verbal tantrums from the president,” Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, told Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski in response. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, April 10, 2012

04/10/12 09:58AM

ut reports from the ground say the opposition is not receiving anything close to the support it would need to change the military balance. ... A civil war is taking place in Syria. Mr. Obama may believe that by fleeing from leadership through figments such as the Annan plan, he is avoiding “militarization.” In fact, he is ensuring that thousands more people will die.OBAMA'S REVENUE SOUPEDITORIALWALL STREET JOURNALThe data clearly show that the overall economy is the single biggest factor in capital-gains realizations and revenue. read more

An excerpt from Delia Ephron's new book 'The Lion Is In'

An excerpt from Delia Ephron's new book 'The Lion Is In'

04/10/12 07:05AM

Chapter 1Three hours south of Baltimore. Six p.m. or so. June third.Two young women stand by the side of a rural two-lane highway. They are not sure what the road is or where it goes. In a frenzy, they left the interstate at a random exit, took one turn and then another. They are heading south, not intentionally.They are pretty enough to stop traffic, although there isn’t any to stop. Lana is wearing ripped jeans, a T-shirt, and those flat plastic shoes called jellies. Tracee is in a wedding dress and veil. She has been crying for several hours and has run out of tears. read more

David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, answers questions during a panel discussion, "2012: The Path to the Presidency", at the University of Chicago in Chicago on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012.

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

04/10/12 06:13AM

The Buffett Rule: pure political theater or overdue fiscal equity? We'll ask Senior Obama Campaign Advisor David Axelrod for his thoughts, before President Obama makes a case for it in Boca Raton, FL later today. We'll also get House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) for the Republican take on the rule and his reaction to Obama's shots at his budget proposal. Last week, President Obama slammed the Ryan plan for being "thinly veiled social Darwinism." Stanley Cup Playoffs kick off tomorrow night on the NBC Sports Network. read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, April 10

04/10/12 05:51AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Santorum girl's illness ripples in GOP campaignProsecutor weighs next step in Trayvon Martin caseMaryland Mega Millions winner steps forward7th graders stop bus as driver passes outObama holds key leads over Romney on top issues, personal traitsHealth-care law will add more than $340 billion to deficit, new study saysObama camp fires at CrossroadsOzzie Guillen on the hot seat over Fidel Castro remarksMitt: 'Hard for anyone ... read more