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CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 21: Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger holds aloft the trophy after winning the FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester United 5-4 on penalty's at The Millennium Stadium on May 21, 2005 in Cardiff, Wales.

Untitled: A Defense of Arsene Wenger

09/02/11 10:23AM

by Steven Pearson (@scpearson28) and Joey Scarborough (@joeyscarborough)A week ago, Arsene Wenger's career stood on the brink. Entering the second leg of a Champions League qualifier against Italian side Udinese, reports circulated that Wenger's position would come under review if Arsenal failed to qualify. Gunner nation endured a nervy sixty minutes, but eventually their superior class shown through.But Wenger's proverbial exhale lasted a mere four days. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for September 2, 2011

09/02/11 08:35AM

THE VIGOROUS VIRTUES  BY DAVID BROOKSNEW YORK TIMESSome problems are exacerbated by government regulations and could be eased if government pulled back. But most of them have nothing to do with government and are related to globalization, an aging society, cultural trends and the nature of technological change. Republicans have done almost nothing to grapple with and address these deeper structural problems. Tackling them means shifting America’s economic model — tilting the playing field ... away from entitlement spending and more toward investment ... read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, Sept. 2nd

09/02/11 05:56AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?A jobs report preview for AugustGulf braces for rain from tropical depressionU.S. set to sue big banks over bad mortgagesLibya rebels poised for final fight against Gadhafi strongholdU.S. marks first month with no troop deaths in IraqMore N.J. counties pushing for hurricane disaster aid read more

Tales from the Way Too Early Emails

09/01/11 11:05AM

Every morning I scan the Way Too Early inboxes for the most bizarre and bleary-eyed tweets, texts and emails.  I'm always able to find a few so unique that they bear reading to Willie at the end of the program.  But this week Willie was on vacation, so NBC's Peter Alexander fell prey to my selections. read more

President Barack Obama walks to the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011.

Top Talker: President Obama moves Jobs address from Wednesday to Thursday

09/01/11 10:16AM

 After a day of back and forth political rhetoric, the White House agreed late last night to re-schedule President Obama's jobs address to Congress until next Thursday, September 8th...the same night as the nationally-televised NFL season kick- off on NBC.  Today's Wall Street Journal headline sums it up, saying "At the Capitol, a Face-Off over Face Time."  The controversy started yesterday when President Obama requested to unveil his jobs plan next Wednesday evening... read more

Must Read Op-Eds for September 1, 2011

09/01/11 09:55AM

OBAMA'S FIGHT: 'GO BIG OR GO HOME'  BY JONATHAN CAPEHARTWASHINGTON POSTThe jobs plan that Obama will unveil before a joint session of Congress will be a great first sign of his willingness to fight. Pieces of it have already leaked out. My hope is that the president will reveal other ideas that heed the call from Gene Robinson and others to “go big.” And if the Republicans don’t go along, he must go to the mat. WHAT TO DO WITH KHADDAFY  BY DAVID KAYENEW YORK TIMESAfter decades of oppression and six months of war, Libyans deserve the opportunity to bring their oppressors to justice. read more