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Must-Read Op-Eds for Friday, April 6, 2012

04/06/12 11:50AM

THIS BUDGET WILL SAVE YOU TRILLIONS! (WE JUST NEED TO UNDO SOME OF LAST YEAR'S SAVINGS TO GET IT THROUGH)BY JOSHUA GREENBLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEKLast summer, with Republicans threatening to force the U.S. to default on its debt unless spending was brought down, the two parties struck a last-minute deal to avoid catastrophe. The Budget Control Act, supported by Republicans and Democrats, and signed by Obama, cut $900 billion over a decade, and guaranteed that an additional $1.2 trillion in savings would be achieved in one of two ways. read more

Can a new hire help Team Romney stay on message?

04/06/12 11:08AM

Is Mitt Romney’s run for president being hampered by some basic problems of message discipline? And can a new hire help address that?Romney himself has been a chief culprit, committing repeated gaffes that have suggested he’s out-of-touch with the lives of ordinary Americans. (Remember “I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners,” or, “I like being able to fire people”?). read more

Zbigniew Brzezinski: Romney is 'playing around with matches' on Iran

04/06/12 10:03AM

Mitt Romney has been talking tough on Iran lately. In an op-ed last month in the Washington Post, the all-but-certain Republican presidential nominee wrote:I will buttress my diplomacy with a military option that will persuade the ayatollahs to abandon their nuclear ambitions. Only when they understand that at the end of that road lies not nuclear weapons but ruin will there be a real chance for a peaceful resolution.Romney added that he’d restore aircraft carriers to the eastern Mediterranean and Persian Gulf region. read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, April 6

04/06/12 05:44AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Coast Guard sinks tsunami 'ghost ship' in Gulf of AlaskaZimmerman called Sanford police 7 times since AugustA ‘war on women’ or a battle for their votes?Romney uses rule to cloak wealthRNC neutrality challenged on RomneyRomney, who holds two Harvard degrees, says Obama spent ‘too much time’ at HarvardMarine Sgt. read more

Will the GOP outspend Obama in the general...

Will the GOP outspend Obama in the general election?

04/05/12 08:00PM

The RNC announced it has raised over $110M in the past 15 months, and the Morning Joe panel discusses the amount of money from both sides that will go into the general election. The panel also discusses a panel Mika Brzezinski is moderating at a White... watch

Understanding Holy Week’s message

Understanding Holy Week’s message

04/05/12 08:00PM

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Rabbi Steve Gutow and Father Kevin O’Brien join Morning Joe for a special Faith on Fridays segment, in which they explain the significance of Holy Week and Passover. The panel talks about the time of reflection during these... watch

How will Ed Gillespie impact Romney's...

How will Ed Gillespie impact Romney's campaign?

04/05/12 08:00PM

How will former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie help the Romney campaign now that he's been brought on as senior adviser? Will President Obama continue to benefit from women's weariness with the GOP? "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory and former... watch

Is a 'war on Planned Parenthood' a war on...

Is a 'war on Planned Parenthood' a war on women?

04/05/12 08:00PM

Top Talkers: The Morning Joe panel – including the Huffington Post's Sam Stein, Mike Barnicle, the Washington Post's Eugene Robinson, and NBC News' Andrea Mitchell – discusses comments made by RNC chairman Reince Priebus dismissing the GOP's supposed... watch

Willie Geist goes to Augusta

Willie Geist goes to Augusta

04/05/12 01:45PM

"If you're one of the fortunate few on this Earth with a pass to enter the gates of Augusta National on Masters Sunday, you don't leave early. You just don't...Unless you're me." writes Willie Geist in a new Golf Digest piece that looks back on his first trip to the Masters.Willie writes about his 2011 trip and the early departure that caused him to hang his head in shame.Read on for the rest of the story and check out Willie's video wrap-up below read more