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Must-Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, March 21, 2012

03/21/12 01:52PM

THE CARELESS HOUSE BUDGETEDITORIALNEW YORK TIMESIn the long run, the premium support plan could shift costs to beneficiaries because it would limit annual per capita spending growth to well below the level required by the health care reform act. The plan would also cap the federal contribution to Medicaid by turning the program into a block... read more

An excerpt from David Corn's new book "Showdown"

An excerpt from David Corn's new book "Showdown"

03/21/12 08:02AM

It was the first Saturday morning of December 2010. President Barack Obama was in the Oval Office with Vice President Joe Biden, surrounded by his top aides: message guru David Axelrod, press secretary Robert Gibbs, acting chief of staff Pete Rouse, longtime friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett, Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner, National... read more

Scarborough and Morning Joe panel on shooting of Trayvon Martin

03/21/12 07:32AM

This morning, the Morning Joe panel discussed the Feb. 26 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by 28-year-old, George Zimmerman, who considered himself to be a neighborhood watch captain of a gated Florida community.The U.S. Department of Justice and FBI have announced they will open an investigation into the killing.We had msnbc's Rev.... read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, March 21

03/21/12 05:47AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Romney wins Illinois GOP primaryRomney shows strength as GOP starts to uniteFlorida's 'Stand Your Ground' law could complicate Martin case3 French police injured in shootout with suspect in Jewish school killings7.4 magnitude... read more

Rattner returns with his charts: GOP...

Rattner returns with his charts: GOP budget time

03/20/12 08:00PM

Financier Steven Rattner returns with his charts that break down Paul Ryan's budget plan. Rattner highlights the programs that would be cut under the Ryan plan. Mika Brzezinski also reads from an NYT editorial on the GOP budget and why the paper... watch

Connecting NYC residents

Connecting NYC residents

03/20/12 08:00PM

Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne says her job is to help make Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s dream of New York City becoming the “best digital city in the world” a reality. The Morning Joe panel then talks about the different social media aspects used... watch

New book focuses on White House battles

New book focuses on White House battles

03/20/12 08:00PM

“Showdown” author David Corn talks about his book which focuses on trying times of the Obama administration including the midterm elections and the debate over the debt ceiling. Corn said Obama remained focused during the political drama to overcome... watch

Barack Obama, as U.S. president, on flag texture, partial graphic

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

03/20/12 06:16PM

It's their words against his... Or is it really? Fox News is denying claims made in Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn's latest book, Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party. Corn quotes President Obama blaming Fox News for "losing white males" in 2010. The... read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, March 20, 2012

03/20/12 11:07AM

WHEN THE GOOD DO BADBY DAVID BROOKSNEW YORK TIMESThe inner world is a battlefield between light and dark, and life is a struggle against the destructive forces inside. The worst thing you can do is, in a fit of pride, to imagine your insecurity comes from outside and to try to resolve it yourself. If you try to “fix” the other people who you... read more