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Julia Reed: Hitchens' wit was 'just indestructible'

12/16/11 02:02PM

Essayist, author and cultural critic Christopher Hitchens passed away Thursday night in Houston, Texas after a battle with cancer. The Morning Joe panel remembers his legacy.Julia Reed, author: “I adored Christopher. I’ve never seen anybody that nimble. I mean his mind was just astonishing…You would watch him at a debate table, and he would have some scotch in his cup and still just slay everybody in his wake. His wit was just indestructible.”For a view on Hitchens that supports Reed's thoughts and also runs counter to them, I suggest you read Gawker's take. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Friday, December 16, 2011

12/16/11 01:00PM

We didn't get the chance to cover the day's opinion columns on the show, but we still have them for you. Enjoy.G.O.P. MONETARY MADNESSBY PAUL KRUGMANNEW YORK TIMESWhat has happened is that hard-money doctrine and paranoia about inflation have taken over the party, even as the predicted inflation keeps failing to materialize. ... Now, it’s still very unlikely that Ron Paul will become president. But, as I said, his economic doctrine has, in effect, become the official G.O.P. line, despite having been proved utterly wrong by events. read more

Audio excerpt for Thomas Friedman's 'That Used to Be Us'

Audio excerpt for Thomas Friedman's 'That Used to Be Us'

12/16/11 12:34PM

You can listen to an excerpt from Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum's book "That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back." The audio clip is available HERE. (You might want to right click on it, and save it to your desktop or open in a new tab or window.) read more

An excerpt from James Martin's "Between Heaven and Mirth"

An excerpt from James Martin's "Between Heaven and Mirth"

12/16/11 06:10AM

Mike is one of the funniest people I know. A Catholic priest in his mid-sixties, he regales his friends with clever stories, boasts superb comic timing, and has perfected an inimitable deadpan look. Today Mike is a popular professor at Fordham, a Catholic university in New York City, where his lighthearted sermons attract crowds of students to Sunday Masses. It’s nearly impossible to be downhearted or discouraged in his presence.But Mike’s contagious humor wasn’t always valued. read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, Dec. 16th

12/16/11 05:52AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Deal made to avoid government shutdownAuthor, pundit Christopher Hitchens dies at 62Gingrich takes center stage at debate8 takeaways from the GOP debateNY Times CEO exiting, without explanationS.C. Gov. Haley to endorse Romney read more