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Greenfield: I often write at the beach with a cigar

02/17/12 03:48PM

I talked with author Jeff Greenfield in our green room Wednesday about his writing process, his reasons for writing his latest book "Then Everything Changed," and hanging out at the beach with a cigar.And here's a CBS segment Greenfield did in 2011: read more

Foster Friess and his "quest for forgiveness"

Foster Friess and his "quest for forgiveness"

02/17/12 11:07AM

Foster Friess is having an interesting few days.His comments about Bayer aspirin as a means of contraception have bounced around the Net, and have come back to him.And now he's apologizing for the comment. He explains today on his blog:Last week my joke at the Conservative Political Action Conference generated laughter and media attention. Today on Andrea Mitchell’s show, my aspirin joke bombed as many didn’t recognize it as a joke but thought it was my prescription for today’s birth control practices. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Friday, February 17, 2012

02/17/12 10:23AM

MOOCHERS AGAINST WELFAREBY PAUL KRUGMANNEW YORK TIMESThe truth, of course, is that the vast bulk of entitlement spending goes to the elderly, the disabled, and working families, so any significant cuts would have to fall largely on people who believe that they don’t use any government program. The message I take from all this is that pundits who describe America as a fundamentally conservative country are wrong. Yes, voters sent some severe conservatives to Washington. read more

New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid in the Morning Joe green room April 1, 2011.

Remembering Anthony Shadid

02/17/12 06:17AM

New York Times foreign correspondent and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Shadid died Thursday in Syria of an apparent asthma attack.Shadid survived a gunshot wound in the West Bank in 2002 and was captured with other journalists in Libya last year.In their piece about Shadid's death, the New York Times writes:The death of Mr. Shadid, an American of Lebanese descent who had a wife and two children, abruptly ended one of the most storied careers in modern American journalism. Fluent in Arabic, with a gifted eye for detail and contextual writing, Mr. read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, Feb. 17

02/17/12 05:54AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid dies while in SyriaNJ lawmakers pass gay marriage billImmigration agent killed in shootout at federal building in Long BeachGerman President Christian Wulff resigns following financial scandalAncient Greek museum attacked and looted by armed robbers read more

Howard Dean: Santorum has said a lot of incredibly intolerant things

Howard Dean: Santorum has said a lot of incredibly intolerant things

02/16/12 11:54AM

Rick Santorum continues his rise within the GOP field, and this time he's taking on Mitt Romney in Romney's own turf in Michigan and beating him.And as each GOP candidate gets their turn at the top of the pile, the scrutiny mounts and old comments and positions are called back into question.Today Joe, Mika and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean kicked around a few thoughts about Santorum's positions, and Dean told them both Joe and Mika he thought the Morning Joe panel had been too easy on Santorum during a recent interview.Here's what Dean had to say:Mika Brzezinski Santorum.”Fmr. Gov. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Thursday, February 16, 2012

02/16/12 10:46AM

A RARE DEALEDITORIALNEW YORK TIMESDemocrats successfully blocked Republican demands to impose uncalled-for conditions on applicants for jobless benefits, including drug testing and requiring them to be high school graduates or working toward an equivalency degree. … A vote in both chambers is scheduled before the upcoming recess, and already some of the most conservative Republicans are grumbling about it. But, for now, this is a refreshing change. read more

Morning Headlines: Thursday, Feb. 16

02/16/12 05:56AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Fox News Poll: Obama leads GOP candidates in swing statesRick Santorum paid double Mitt Romney's tax rate in 2010, records showKnicks' 7-game streak is a little LinsaneRomney to get endorsement from Michigan's governorDetroit News poll shows Santorum beating RomneyMost inmates in Honduras prison fire were not convicted, report claimsMegadeth singer psyched about Rick SantorumChris Christie defends lower flags for Whitney Houston read more

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine

Hide your sweater vests: Megadeth singer psyched for Santorum

02/15/12 03:44PM

Megadeth singer and guitarist (and one-time Metallica member) Dave Mustaine has come out in favor of GOP '12 candidate Rick Santorum.Santorum -- who doesn't have long hair and has a penchant for sweater vests -- has some "presidential qualities," says Mustaine.No word yet on how psyched or not psyched Santorum is for the support.Here's the part of the interview where he discusses Santorum:Speaking of news, you were a correspondent for MTV during the 1992 presidential election. read more

Malachy the Pekingese drops by Morning Joe to discuss his win.

Westminster show owner on diva puppies, doggy anxiety and retiring

02/15/12 03:26PM

Last night, this little guy named Malachy took home the top prize at Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show Westminster Kennel Club Dog show.He's been making the rounds, and so has his part-owner and shower David Fitzpatrick.Our man Louis Burgdorf talked with Fitzpatrick after their interview on Morning Joe about diva dogs, destiny and what Malachy's immediate plans are. We think it has something to do with sleep.Also, this happened outside during the Westminster show.Check it out. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, February 15, 2012

02/15/12 06:23AM

U.S. AUTOS BAILOUT WAS CRONY CAPITALISM ON A GRAND SCALEBY MITT ROMNEYDETROIT NEWSInstead of doing the right thing and standing up to union bosses, Obama rewarded them. A labor union that had contributed millions to Democrats and his election campaign was granted an ownership share of Chrysler and a major stake in GM, two flagships of the industry. The U.S. Department of Treasury — American taxpayers — was asked to become a majority stockholder of GM. read more