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Answer: Five-time Jeopardy! winner and current CFPB chief

01/18/12 12:57PM

Question: Who is Richard Cordray? Morning Joe took a trip down memory lane with the newly appointed director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this morning. In 1987, the year of one of the most notorious stock market crashes in U.S. history., a younger, bright-eyed Cordray showed off his Bushido smarts to Alex Trebek.  read more

Scarborough: I suspect Romney campaign will regret tax rate talk

01/18/12 08:54AM

Joe Scarborough: This is a problem on a lot of levels…campaigns are sometimes defined in a moment that the candidate doesn’t realize. I don’t want to overstate this. We can go back to Michael Dukakis and the tank. We can go back to 1980 and Ronald Reagan saying ‘Mr. Green I paid for this mic in Nashua.’ In this case you have a guy worth $250M talking about how he’s paying a lower tax rate than most secretaries…one of the most damning parts of this is when Mitt said he didn’t make much money on speaker’s fees. And his definition of not much money is $360,000. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, January 18, 2012

01/18/12 08:10AM

NOT THE BANE OF HIS EXISTENCEBY ROSS DOUTHATNEW YORK TIMESTrue, the Bain controversy may hurt Romney in the general election, at which point Gingrich will be able to claim some measure of vindication. But for now, all he seems to have created is a rally-round-the-frontrunner effect that might otherwise have taken weeks or months for Romney to achieve on his own. ... If he wins the election, Romney owes him an ambassadorship, at the very least. And conservatives wondering how a man they so mistrust could be breezing to the nomination should know exactly whom to blame. read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, January 15

01/18/12 05:49AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Have you seen this yet?Here's the story behind itCatch up on all things S.C. politics with the Post and CourierYou can do the same with The State, tooHere's what Newt had to say about a Romney win in S.C.Cruise ship wreck search suspended after hull movesSarah Palin on South Carolina GOP primary: 'I'd vote for Newt'Ahead of State of Union, electorate sharply split over Obama, poll findsJerry Yang, Yahoo co-founder, leaving the companySchools close, flights canceled as storm nears NW read more

Mitt Romney in Myrtle Beach

Mitt Romney hands out money to supporter in South Carolina

01/17/12 12:40PM

(Via VF Daily)During a campaign event Friday in South Carolina, Mitt Romney handed out roughly $50 to an unemployed supporter.According to ABC News, a woman named Ruth Williams informed Romney she had been out of work since October 2010, and this information prompted Romney to reach into his wallet and give her the money.The State Column reminds us of a moment not too long ago when Romney was waving (at least in theory) his money around:The last time voters likely remember Mr. read more

Scarborough: It doesn't end in Florida

01/17/12 08:52AM

Donny Deutsch: is a wonderful performer. And I think there’s a difference between people applauding and voting. It’s not going to make a difference.Willie Geist: But Donny, in the polls he’s there.Deutsch: He’s 25 points behind in Florida, and it ends in Florida.Joe Scarborough: No, no, no. Let me explain. It doesn’t end in Florida…The rules have changed. The laws have changed. It used to be that if you won in Iowa, and you won in New Hampshire, then you won. If you ended in third or fourth in Iowa, ended third or fourth in New Hampshire, what would happen? The checks would stop coming in. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, January 17, 2012

01/17/12 08:13AM

SOUTH CAROLINA DIARISTBY DAVID BROOKSNEW YORK TIMESI brought my 12-year-old son on this latest trip. My rule is that if a candidate can't relate well to a 12-year-old, they'll never win a general election. He approached all the candidates, and they were all wonderful except Gingrich. But that wasn't Gingrich's fault. My son, whose heroes include John Boehner and Tupac Shakur, picked an argument about gay marriage. Gingrich engaged, but after 10 seconds signaled security to brush my kid away. Rick Perry ran a poor campaign but seems like the guy you'd most want to have a beer with. read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, January 14

01/17/12 05:47AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Romney put on defense at South Carolina debate, as GOP rivals fight for edge in state primaryRomney takes fire on Bain, tax returns in latest GOP debateItalian shipwreck: Missing tally leaps to 29, including US coupleWorst blizzard since '85? Seattle braces for stormGreeks strike against austerity as EU, IMF visitCongress starts session more unpopular than everS.C. read more