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Must Read Op-Eds for June 16, 2011

06/16/11 11:58AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.OUR LEFTY MILITARY  BY NICHOLAS KRISTOFNEW YORK TIMESAs we as a country grope for new directions in a difficult economic environment, the tendency has been to move toward a corporatist model that sees investments in people as woolly-minded sentimentalism or as unaffordable luxuries. That’s not the only model out there. So as the United States armed forces try to pull Iraqi and Afghan societies into the 21st century, maybe they could do the same for America’s. read more

U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) reacts as he speaks to the media in New York in this June 6, 2011 file photo. Calls for Weiner's resignation, including from some fellow Democrats, mounted on June 8, 2011, two days after he confirmed details of...

Sources say Anthony Weiner preparing to resign

06/16/11 09:41AM

Rep. Nancy Pelosi to speak on the issue at 10:45 a.m. ESTFrom the Times story:Representative Anthony D. Weiner has told friends that he plans to resign his seat after coming under growing pressure from his Democratic colleagues to leave the House in the wake of revelations of his lewd online exchanges with women, said a person told of Mr. Weiner’s plans.And follow the msnbc news HERE:NBC News confirms that Weiner called Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Rep. Steve Israel last night to inform them he had decided to resign on Thursday. read more

Morning headlines: Thursday, June 16

06/16/11 06:00AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Al-Qaida has selected Ayman al-Zawahri to succeed Osama bin LadenBruins take the Stanley cup | Vancouver riotsGOP Senators in NY are stalled in talks on a gay marriage bill for the stateWhite House defends U.S. role in Libya missionObama hosts lawmakers at the White House Congressional picnicHuntsman's video is pretty awesomeDems may strip Weiner of committee assignmentGabrielle Giffords has been released from a Houston hospitalCitigroup says hacking affected 360,000 cards6 Days from Jon Huntsman Jr. read more

Tennis legend Billie Jean King in the Morning Joe studio

Behind the scenes with Billie Jean King

06/15/11 03:37PM

Morning Joe's Drew Katchen fields questions from Louis Burgdorf for tennis legend Billie Jean King. She discusses the new crop of tennis players, World Team Tennis and the future of the sport. You can get a better look at the photograph of Billie Jean King by going to our Flickr page. (There are more behind the scene pictures there.) read more

Pandora IPO: Wall St. partying like it's 1999?

06/15/11 11:54AM

Internet radio phenom Pandora could be singing all the way to the bank as its shares jumped 50 percent in their market debut. The still-unprofitable Internet radio service soared more than 50 percent, rising as high as $26 in early trading. This values Pandora at more than $4 billion.Pandora's offering comes amid a fervor for high-profile Internet IPOs. LinkedIn was the first to go public among the latest generation of Web startups. It closed at $94.25 on the first day it hit the market. read more

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