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Why is Virginia trending blue?

05/04/12 09:38AM

A new Washington Post poll of Virginia finds that President Obama leads Mitt Romney by seven points, 51-44, a significantly wider margin than the president enjoys in most national polls.Obama, of course, won the traditionally Republican Old Dominion in 2008, beating John McCain by six points.On Morning Joe Friday, Joe Scarborough asked: “What happened in Virginia over the past four years that has actually made it look more blue than red?”msnbc contributor Ed Rendell offered an explanation. read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, May 4

05/04/12 05:48AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Some voters still balk at supporting black candidateYankees' closer Rivera suffers potentially career-ending injuryDocuments show feud between al-Qaida and Iran'It is very dangerous here,' blind Chinese activist says amid Clinton Beijing summitRomney has narrow path to victory in Nov.Poll: Obama has 7-point lead over Romney in VirginiaFacebook sets its priceGOP pounds Obama on Chen caseWill gay aide's exit bite Romney? read more

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

05/04/12 12:06AM

Inevitable decline? Financial Times Chief U.S. Columnist Edward Luce says anyone who holds doubts about that for the U.S. is in "an intellectual ostrich position." He'll give us his reasons laid out in his latest book, "Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent." Promoting tolerance? Academy Award-nominated actress Kathleen Turner stars in a new film, "Perfect Family," which delves into themes of faith and family. The Catholic League is up in arms about the movie. We'll find out why and what Turner has to say in response. Long haul? read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Thursday, May 3, 2012

05/03/12 12:20PM

DEATH OF A SALESMAN'S DREAMSBY LEE SIEGEL NEW YORK TIMESIn our time of banker hustlers, real-estate hustlers and Internet hustlers, of suckers and “muppets,” it is unlikely that anyone associates happiness and dignity with working hard for a comfortable existence purchased with a modest income. Even what’s left of the middle class disdains a middle-class life. Everyone, rich, poor and in between, wants infinite pleasure and fabulous riches. ... Perhaps there is a simple, unlovely reason “Death of a Salesman” has become such a beloved institution. read more