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Must-Read Op-Eds for Friday, May 4, 2012

05/04/12 10:53AM

U.S. WEAKNESS IN BEIJINGEDITORIALWALL STREET JOURNALNow more than Mr. Chen's best interests are at stake. The case will reverberate within China and in U.S.-China relations for years. In response to Beijing's demands that the U.S. apologize for sheltering Mr. Chen for six days, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell—who had helped negotiate the deal—said "this was an extraordinary circumstance" and "we don't expect it to be repeated." That may have been diplomatic of Mr. read more

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

Bin Laden’s threats revealed

Bin Laden’s threats revealed

05/03/12 08:00PM

NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports on the newly declassified documents, which were found during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. A Morning Joe panel then joins the discussion. watch

Obama campaign launches 'Life of Julia'...

Obama campaign launches 'Life of Julia' online

05/03/12 08:00PM

Politico Playbook: President Obama's re-election campaign recently launched a Web infographic called "The Life of Julia," which follows the life of one fictional woman from age three to 67 and how her life would be different under the president's... watch

How will Virginia vote in November?

How will Virginia vote in November?

05/03/12 08:00PM

President Obama leads Mitt Romney in Virginia with 51 percent to Romney's 44 percent, according to a new Washington Post poll. Joe Scarborough wonders what has happened over the past four years to have Virginia lean more Democratic than GOP. watch

How to turn around the country's economy

How to turn around the country's economy

05/03/12 08:00PM

The Financial Times Edward Luce joins Morning Joe to discuss his new book "Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent." Luce argues the U.S. is facing economic and political decline and in the next decade the country's portion of the global... watch

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