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Apple pie and the thorny issue of illegal immigration

07/15/11 03:40PM

Filmmaker Chris Weitz joined Morning Joe earlier today. His new film "A Better Life" takes a look at immigration in Los Angeles, focusing on a father -- an illegal immigrant-- and his struggles with raising his (legal) son.Weitz says the film doesn't aim to have a pro- or anti- immigration stance. "It gives you perspective into the lives that we're talking about as numbers and statistics. is not really done as a sort of ponderous lesson. read more

Joe: It's not just Barack Obama's debt

07/15/11 10:13AM

Rep. Jeb Hensarling:What hasn't shown to the American people beyond a speech with classfare war rhetoric in it... Where is his plan to deal with the debt crisis, that frankly many of us we believe he caused?Joe Scarborough, later in the exchange: Jeb, you don't have too much of a choice in talking about the debt ceiling. I have been critical of Barack Obama's debt spending over two years. But George W. Bush and Republicans took $155 billion surplus and turned it into a $1.4 trillion debt. Took the debt, took a $5.7 trillion debt and turned it into $11.5 trillion dollar debt. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for July 15, 2011

07/15/11 09:41AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.GETTING TO CRAZY  BY PAUL KRUGMANNEW YORK TIMESPut it this way: If a Republican president had managed to extract the kind of concessions on Medicare and Social Security that Mr. Obama is offering, it would have been considered a conservative triumph. But when those concessions come attached to minor increases in revenue, and more important, when they come from a Democratic president, the proposals become unacceptable plans to tax the life out of the U.S. economy... read more

President Barack Obama sits with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, as he meets with Republican and Democratic leaders regarding the debt ceiling in the...

Top Talker: President Obama says it's decision time

07/15/11 09:20AM

 President Obama says, "it's decision time," telling congressional leaders he wants to see a deal on raising the debt ceiling in the next 36 hours.  If not, he says lawmakers will have to return to the negotiating table this weekend.  The President's deadline comes as the front page of the Wall Street Journal reads "Plan B Emerges on Debt."  The Journal and others report that Harry Reid is embracing Mitch McConnell's plan, although it's unlikely it would include any tax increases. read more

Morning headlines: Friday, July 15

07/15/11 05:34AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Obama gives lawmakers 24-46 hours to reach an agreement in deficit talksS&P sees 50% chance of downgrading U.S. credit ratingFBI opens inquiry into News Corp. hacking claimsMinnesota governor and state GOP reach agreement to end government shutdownFEC reports preview viability of Republican presidential hopefuls Betty Ford laid to rest next to President Gerald Ford in Grand Rapids, MI  read more

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