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An excerpt from Steve Coll's "Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power"

An excerpt from Steve Coll's "Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power"

05/02/12 05:54AM

A few days before the Exxon Valdez ran onto Bligh Reef, tens of thousands of Hungarians marched through Budapest. The demonstrators turned the commemoration of an 1848 uprising against Austrian rule into a revolt against Soviet-backed communism. “Resign!” they shouted outside downtown buildings housing Communist Party bureaucrats. “Freedom! . . . No more shall we be slaves!” They carried flags from Hungary’s pre-Communist era and demanded the withdrawal of Soviet military forces. read more

Is the fight on for Mayor Bloomberg's...

Is the fight on for Mayor Bloomberg's endorsement?

05/01/12 08:00PM

Politico Playbook: Mitt Romney and Vice President Joe Biden are both hoping to get the endorsement of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Politico's Mike Allen joins Morning Joe to discuss. The Morning Joe panel and Allen also wish Morning Joe... watch

New book goes inside Exxon Mobil

New book goes inside Exxon Mobil

05/01/12 08:00PM

Author Steve Coll joins Morning Joe to discuss his new book "Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power," which begins with the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 and focuses on the company's former CEO Lee Raymond. watch

Rather looks back

Rather looks back

05/01/12 08:00PM

Dan Rather talks about his new memoir, "Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News," his experience at CBS News and the reason behind why he left the network. watch

Afghanistan, Rupert Murdoch, and is...

Afghanistan, Rupert Murdoch, and is America back?

05/01/12 08:00PM

What does the president's trip to Afghanistan and a new relationship with the country's President Hamid Karzai mean for both countries going forward? And is News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch unfit to lead his media company? U.S. Army veteran Wes Moore and... watch

An excerpt from Tom Coburn's new book "The Debt Bomb"

An excerpt from Tom Coburn's new book "The Debt Bomb"

05/01/12 01:46PM

America’s Ticking Debt BombThe following piece is excerpted and adapted from U.S. Senator Tom Coburn’s new book The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting AmericaThe Senate Finance Committee gathered for a private session. The world economy seemed to be unraveling, unemployment was rampant, and our debt was already slowing our economy.The end-of-the-year meeting was held to discuss how to handle what had become the annual holiday train wreck in Washington when important bills were put off until the last minute. read more

May Day protesters gather near the Williamsburg Bridge on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in New York City

Scarborough: Hey FBI, you've got better things to do than question protesters

05/01/12 12:22PM

 Protesters the globe over are gathering today on May Day (or International Workers Day) for organized marches and what they're calling a "general strike."According to the Washington Post:May Day protests have been launched for some 125 cities in U.S., Europe and Australia, on a day labor unions have typically celebrates as International Workers Day. read more

Coburn: 'The problem is not gridlock' -- it's that the parties 'agree too much'

05/01/12 09:54AM

Morning Joe regular Sen. Tom Coburn joined the gang Tuesday and made the case that the problem in Washington isn’t that Democrats and Republicans can’t make a deal – it’s that they make too many.“The problem is not gridlock,” said Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican whose new book, “The Debt Bomb,” sounds the alarm about what he sees as the coming crisis over the deficit. “The problem is that members of both parties agree too much.”How so?  “How’d we get to where we’re $16 trillion dollars in debt, we’re running a $1.3 trillion deficit this year?" he asked. read more

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