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Must-Read Op-Eds for Friday, March 16, 2012

03/16/12 11:58AM

THE CAGEY PHASEBY DAVID BROOKSNEW YORK TIMESObama has talked vaguely about tax reform. He has acknowledged the need for entitlement reform and major deficit reduction. But he has never thrown himself All In. He has never displayed an inner passion, a sense that these projects are his life mission, or a willingness to bear the pain that taking on... read more

Mike Barnicle, with not a care in the world, blithely jogs back to his seat on the set of Morning Joe. Others may frown on Barnicle's fashion sense, but he's not breaking a sweat about it.

Jonathan Capehart to Mike Barnicle on his Friday outfit: C'mon, man!

03/16/12 10:46AM

By Jonathan CapehartBarnicle. Barnicle. Barnicle! C’mon, man!Mike Barnicle started out today’s show in some sort of Nike something-or-other. Some kind of sports related gear that would look better if his surroundings were a gymnasium, a stadium or a golf course. And it’s all kindsa wrong.Look, I’ve been there with Mike on days like this.... read more

An excerpt from Maria Goodavage's book "Soldier Dogs"

An excerpt from Maria Goodavage's book "Soldier Dogs"

03/16/12 08:26AM

7 a. m., just north of the town of Safar, Afghanistan, and Fenji M675 is already panting. Her thick, black German shepherd coat glistens in the hot August sun. Fenji is out in front of ten marines, leashed to a D-ring that’s attached to the body armor of her handler, Corporal Max Donahue. He’s six feet behind her and holds his rifle ready.Fenji... read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, March 16

03/16/12 05:56AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?US official: Soldier in Afghan killings 'just snapped'Lawyer: Suspect saw friend injured the day before killingsVCU makes March mad once againWhite House steps up attack on RepublicansSantorum has used presidential bid as vehicle for... read more

Vice President Joe Biden reacts to a fans prior to speaking at a union hall in Toledo, Ohio, Thursday March 15, 2012.

The Tease: Coming Up in the MJ Rundown

03/15/12 09:11PM

Vice President Biden officially kicked off the Obama-Biden 2012 campaign with a fiery speech against the GOP candidates. Should the re-election campaign focus its energy on Mitt Romney or will it divide and conquer the race's top players? We'll ask Meet the Press moderator David Gregory and NBC News Chief White House correspondent and... read more

Biden, Obama hit GOP during Thursday speeches

Biden, Obama hit GOP during Thursday speeches

03/15/12 08:00PM

Top Talkers: During an Ohio speech, Vice President Joe Biden attacks the GOP '12 candidates' economic policies and also touts the federal auto bailout. President Obama also attacked the GOP on alternative energy. The Morning Joe panel – including Mike... watch

Dems, GOP, and the rising importance of...

Dems, GOP, and the rising importance of the Ryan plan

03/15/12 08:00PM

As Vice President Biden hits the GOP while on the campaign trail and touts the U.S. auto bailout, how should the GOP respond? And with the Illinois GOP primary up next Tuesday, the candidates make their push for the state. PBS' Tavis Smiley and MSNBC's... watch

How Gingrich can help Santorum

How Gingrich can help Santorum

03/15/12 08:00PM

Top Talker: The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson explains that Rick Santorum’s best scenario would be for him and Newt Gingrich to keep winning delegates making sure Mitt Romney doesn’t win outright before the RNC.  NBC’s Chuck Todd and panel then... watch

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