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Why Gingrich keeps coming back

Why Gingrich keeps coming back

01/18/12 07:00PM

The Morning Joe panel, including Mark Halperin and John Heilemann discuss why Newt Gingrich is closing the gap in South Carolina and how the recent Romney stories are hurting the front-runner. watch

S.C. statesmen talk education, unemployment

S.C. statesmen talk education, unemployment

01/18/12 07:00PM

South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly and State Rep. Bakari Sellers, a Democrat, offer their perspectives on education and unemployment in the Palmetto State, and how those issues will weigh in on the 2012 elections. watch

Answer: Five-time Jeopardy! winner and current CFPB chief

01/18/12 12:57PM

Question: Who is Richard Cordray? Morning Joe took a trip down memory lane with the newly appointed director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this morning. In 1987, the year of one of the most notorious stock market crashes in U.S. history., a younger, bright-eyed Cordray showed off his Bushido smarts to Alex Trebek.  read more

Scarborough: I suspect Romney campaign will regret tax rate talk

01/18/12 08:54AM

Joe Scarborough: This is a problem on a lot of levels…campaigns are sometimes defined in a moment that the candidate doesn’t realize. I don’t want to overstate this. We can go back to Michael Dukakis and the tank. We can go back to 1980 and Ronald Reagan saying ‘Mr. Green I paid for this mic in Nashua.’ In this case you have a guy worth $250M talking about how he’s paying a lower tax rate than most secretaries…one of the most damning parts of this is when Mitt said he didn’t make much money on speaker’s fees. And his definition of not much money is $360,000. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, January 18, 2012

01/18/12 08:10AM

NOT THE BANE OF HIS EXISTENCEBY ROSS DOUTHATNEW YORK TIMESTrue, the Bain controversy may hurt Romney in the general election, at which point Gingrich will be able to claim some measure of vindication. But for now, all he seems to have created is a rally-round-the-frontrunner effect that might otherwise have taken weeks or months for Romney to achieve on his own. ... If he wins the election, Romney owes him an ambassadorship, at the very least. And conservatives wondering how a man they so mistrust could be breezing to the nomination should know exactly whom to blame. read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, January 15

01/18/12 05:49AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Have you seen this yet?Here's the story behind itCatch up on all things S.C. politics with the Post and CourierYou can do the same with The State, tooHere's what Newt had to say about a Romney win in S.C.Cruise ship wreck search suspended after hull movesSarah Palin on South Carolina GOP primary: 'I'd vote for Newt'Ahead of State of Union, electorate sharply split over Obama, poll findsJerry Yang, Yahoo co-founder, leaving the companySchools close, flights canceled as storm nears NW read more

Christie: Romney should release tax returns

Christie: Romney should release tax returns

01/17/12 07:00PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told the Morning Joe panel on Wednesday that GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney should release his tax returns to tackle controversy over his wealth. Christie, who publicly endorses Romney as the GOP nominee, said... watch

Is Romney campaign regretting tax talk?

Is Romney campaign regretting tax talk?

01/17/12 07:00PM

Top Talkers: While campaigning in South Carolina, GOP candidate Mitt Romney admitted he probably paid a 15 percent tax rate, which is lower than what most Americans pay. Will this be something the Romney campaign will end up regretting? The Morning Joe... watch

Obama recess appointee Cordray speaks out

Obama recess appointee Cordray speaks out

01/17/12 07:00PM

President Barack Obama stirred controversy in Congress by appointing Richard Cordray as the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during the recess on Capitol Hill. Cordray joins the Morning Joe panel, revealing his past as a trivia... watch

Can Romney shed 'rich-guy' image?

Can Romney shed 'rich-guy' image?

01/17/12 07:00PM

Presidential contender Mitt Romney is fighting his "rich-guy" image amid revealing he is taxed at a lower rate than the average middle-class American. The Washington Post's Bob Woodward joins the conversation on Romney's electability and the damage... watch

Mitt Romney in Myrtle Beach

Mitt Romney hands out money to supporter in South Carolina

01/17/12 12:40PM

(Via VF Daily)During a campaign event Friday in South Carolina, Mitt Romney handed out roughly $50 to an unemployed supporter.According to ABC News, a woman named Ruth Williams informed Romney she had been out of work since October 2010, and this information prompted Romney to reach into his wallet and give her the money.The State Column reminds us of a moment not too long ago when Romney was waving (at least in theory) his money around:The last time voters likely remember Mr. read more

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