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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

Must-Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, May 1, 2012

05/01/12 06:13AM

WHY PAUL RYAN'S REFORM CONSERVATISM DESERVES A CHANCEBY MICHAEL GERSONWASHINGTON POSTFor all its flaws, Ryan’s Reform Conservatism takes America’s largest problem seriously — while Obama does not. Obama’s response to the health entitlement crisis has been the creation of a new health entitlement that, according to Medicare trustee Charles Blahous, substantially worsens the federal deficit over time. read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, May 1

05/01/12 05:49AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?US official acknowledges drone strikesRole of torture revisited in bin Laden narrativeJudge: Texas can't block Planned ParenthoodActivist Chen faces quandary on U.S. political asylumSecret Service closes ranks in sordid scandalDemocrats targeting GOP with new equal pay billWisconsin Gov. Walker raises $13 Million for recall in less than four months103 bodies found after ferry capsizes in India read more

FILE - In this May 1, 2011 image released by the White House and digitally altered by the source to obscure the details of a document on the table, President Barack Obama, second from left, Vice President Joe Biden, left, Secretary of Defense Robert...

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

04/30/12 10:11PM

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) AKA Dr. No is in the house to give us his prescription for our bulging debt problem. He'll dole out his advice from his latest book, “The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington From Bankrupting America." NBC News Chief Pentagon Correspondent Jim Miklaszewski and Former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Michael Leiter have new details about the Osama bin Laden raid - just in time for the one-year anniversary of Operation Neptune Spear. What intel did the Navy Seals score from the compound? read more

Occupy protesters prepare for May Day rallies

Occupy protesters prepare for May Day rallies

04/30/12 08:00PM

Occupy Wall Street protesters are planning coast-to-coast demonstrations Tuesday in honor of "May Day" or International Workers' Day. The protesters are calling for a general strike and are encouraging workers to stay home. The Morning Joe panel... watch

The Times takes a look at the men building NYC's tallest skyscraper

The Times takes a look at the men building NYC's tallest skyscraper

04/30/12 02:43PM

On Monday, One World Trade Center became the tallest skyscraper in New York City, standing at just north of 1,250 feet. This is no small feat, of course.New York Times photographer, Damon Winter, spent five days in July with the local ironworkers working on the building, capturing the progress.The Times' Lens blog is now displaying some of Winter's incredible images from his time atop 1 WTC.Winter captures the workers in their natural terrain high above Manhattan as they negotiate beams, have coffee breaks and carry buckets of bolts. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Monday, April 30, 2012

04/30/12 01:15PM

HERE'S WHAT WASHINGTON REALLY DOESBY ROBERT J. SAMUELSONWASHINGTON POSTThe real Washington has government paid for by the rich and well-to-do. Benefits go mainly to the poor and middle class, while politicians of both parties live in fear that they might offend the “will of the people” — voters. Political leaders don’t lead. They take the path of least resistance, which has been to do little except to find scapegoats — “the rich,” “special interests,” “liberals,” “conservatives” — that arouse their supporters’ angriest antagonisms. read more