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Must Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, January 31, 2012

01/31/12 08:12AM

REPUBLICANS HAVE ONLY THEMSELVES TO BLAMEBY RICHARD COHENWASHINGTON POSTIt is entirely appropriate that last week’s GOP debates fell between “Pawn Stars” and “American Pickers” in the 10 most-watched cable television shows. They are sheer entertainment having little to do with us and our problems. The Republican Party has veered so far from reality that Gingrich is lambasting Romney as a “Massachusetts moderate.” ... Romney, who has all but collapsed his rib cage to conform to conservative dogma, must be perplexed. Others have prudently stayed out of the race. read more

Scarborough: Why does Romney have nothing to say about Romney?

01/31/12 07:20AM

Today is primary day in Florida, and we're broadcasting in Miami.Here's something Joe said earlier about how negative the campaign has gotten:People want to know why does Mitt Romney have nothing to say about Mitt Romney if he is such a great candidate? And all he can do is trash Newt Gingrich. People want to know why does Mitt Romney close his campaign in Florida by singing “America the Beautiful” instead of telling us what he’s going to do for America the beautiful? Voters are not stupid; they want substance. And if you don’t give it to them, they’re going to make you pay in the long run. read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, January 31

01/31/12 05:56AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Romney confident as Florida vote nearsRead the Miami Herald's coverage of the Florida primaryRead the Orlando Sentinel's coverage of the primary$16 million of negative ads against Gingrich in FloridaRomney stays on the attack even as he surgesSenate advances bill aiming to end congressional insider tradingRomney leads by 15 points in Florida: Reuters/Ipsos pollTensions mount with arrest of Occupy D.C. protester and approach of deadline read more

Matthews: Possible VP picks for Romney...

Matthews: Possible VP picks for Romney could be...

01/30/12 07:00PM

Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla., and Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., join Morning Joe to discuss the presidential campaign, and what they expect from primary day in Florida. Kingston explains his reasons for supporting Gingrich while "Hardball" host... watch

Romney's speeches: Where's the content?

Romney's speeches: Where's the content?

01/30/12 07:00PM

Florida's 50 delegates are at stake in the state's primary, which means it's winner-take-all, and a new PPP poll has Mitt Romney's lead over Newt Gingrich slipping somewhat. Yet a Suffolk poll shows Romney leading with 47 percent. What will happen on... watch

Todd: The reasons why primaries can get so...

Todd: The reasons why primaries can get so nasty

01/30/12 07:00PM

Has the 2012 GOP campaign been an exceptionally nasty slog? NBC News' Chuck Todd reminds the panel on reasons why primary season can be so nasty, including the infusion of superPAC money. NBC News' Peter Alexander also joins the discussion. watch

Has the '12 campaign left GOP 'brain-dead'?

Has the '12 campaign left GOP 'brain-dead'?

01/30/12 07:00PM

Must-Read Op-Eds: Mika Brzezinski reads from a Richard Cohen Washington Post column on how the "GOP is brain-dead" given how its carried itself in this 2012 campaign season. Telemundo's Jose Diaz-Balart joins the conversation. watch

Real Estate perform at the K&K Super Buffet in Ridgewood, Queens, NYC.

Why every show should be at a Chinese buffet in Queens

01/30/12 01:36PM

 A quick respite from politics. Just for a second.Something pretty fun and unusual happened this weekend, even by Brooklyn (or, I guess it's technically Queens) standards: A disparate collection of great bands played a a Chinese super-buffet...near an elevated train line.The tuneful and mellow Real Estate rubbed shoulders with the harsh, noisy dissonance of Black Dice and the garagey stomp of the Babies. All three are New York bands, but Black Dice started in the '90s in Providence, Rhode Island. Real Estate and the Babies have roots in New Jersey and Brooklyn.A lot of people came. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Monday, January 30, 2012

01/30/12 10:07AM

‘BUFFETT TAX’ AND TRUTH IN NUMBERSBY ROBERT J. SAMUELSONWASHINGTON POSTWhatever else they are, the super-rich have now become political props. ... By all means, Congress should pass the “Buffett Tax.” ... For starters, don’t pretend, as Obama does, that taxing the ultra-rich would solve the deficit problem. ... So, raise tax rates on Warren Buffett and others to upper-middle-class levels. But recognize that the anti-wealthy populist rhetoric is mostly political expediency. It distracts from the serious issues the country faces — creating jobs and closing long-term budget deficits. read more