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Morning Headlines: Monday, February 6

02/06/12 10:24AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?President Obama spoke with Matt Lauer yesterday before the Super Bowl.Mitt Romney's Nevada caucus win: What it meansEli, Giants beat Brady, Patriots for title againNewt Gingrich spoke on Meet the Press yesterday after his Nevada lossUS closes its embassy in Syria, withdraws staffHillary Clinton warns of 'brutal civil war' in SyriaCatholic clergymen come out swinging against HHS regulationMIA comin' back with fingah, fingahWill Ferrell had another Old Milwaukee ad on during the Super Bowl. read more

Scarborough, Brzezinski, Sharpton discuss Obama Catholic ruling

Scarborough, Brzezinski, Sharpton discuss Obama Catholic ruling

02/06/12 08:26AM

This morning the panel discussed the recent federal rule requiring religious institutions to include birth control and contraceptives in their health care to employees.Individual churches are exempt from the ruling, but Catholic universities and charities are required to observe it.Newt has been talking about it, and he discussed it yesterday on Meet the Press. Catholic leaders are protesting the ruling as well.Joe, Mika and the Rev. Al Sharpton shared their thoughts today about the ruling:Joe Scarborough: Rev. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Monday February 6, 2012

02/06/12 06:43AM

A BATTLE THE PRESIDENT CAN'T WINBY PEGGY NOONANWALL STREET JOURNAL... President Obama just may have lost the election. The president signed off on a Health and Human Services ruling that says that under ObamaCare, Catholic institutions-including charities, hospitals and schools-will be required by law, for the first time ever, to provide and pay for insurance coverage that includes contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization procedures. If they do not, they will face ruinous fines in the millions of dollars. Or they can always go out of business. read more

Conn. gov. on job creation in his state,...

Conn. gov. on job creation in his state, Eastwood ad

02/05/12 07:00PM

Gov. Dannel Malloy, D-Conn., joins Morning Joe to discuss an Obama administration decision requiring Catholic-affiliated institutions to cover contraceptives and sterilization as part of employee health care plans, job creation in Connecticut, and tax... watch

Klein: 250K jobs a month could help easy...

Klein: 250K jobs a month could help easy re-election

02/05/12 07:00PM

If jobs are being created at 150,000 a month, then the Washington Post's Ezra Klein says it's an "even odds" bet on President Obama winning re-election. However, if job creation going forward moves to 250,000 a month, then the president could win re... watch

Unemployment rate: Good enough for a...

Unemployment rate: Good enough for a second term?

02/05/12 07:00PM

Top Talkers: During an interview with Matt Lauer that aired Sunday before the Super Bowl, President Obama made his case for winning re-election in 2012. The Morning Joe panel – including Time's Mark Halperin and the Rev. Al Sharpton – discusses the... watch

Could new Obama ruling cost him the election?

Could new Obama ruling cost him the election?

02/05/12 07:00PM

Must-Read Op-Eds: Mika Brzezinski reads from a Peggy Noonan Wall Street Journal column on why a mandate from the Obama administration requiring U.S. employers to provide health care plans that cover contraceptive services is a mistake. The Catholic... watch

Could timing have been worse for a Trump endorsement?

02/03/12 12:17PM

Joe Scarborough: “, and then he follows that up with an endorsement from a guy…that has been going around for the past 30 years basically in gold-plated suits with thousand dollar bills, talking about the glories of being fabulously wealthy and very proud of it. And you know what? I’ve got no problem with that; I’ve got no problem with Mitt Romney’s money; I’ve got no problem with anybody that makes money legally under this fantastic free enterprise system that we have in America. But the timing of it all, the pageantry of it all. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Friday, February 3, 2012

02/03/12 07:20AM

IS ISRAEL PREPARING TO ATTACK IRAN?BY DAVID IGNATIUSWASHINGTON POSTU.S. officials see two possible ways to dissuade the Israelis from such an attack: Tehran could finally open serious negotiations for a formula to verifiably guarantee that its nuclear program will remain a civilian one; or the United States could step up its covert actions to degrade the program so much that Israelis would decide that military action wasn’t necessary. don’t think that Netanyahu has made a final decision to attack, and they note that top Israeli intelligence officials remain skeptical of the project. read more