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Must Read Op-Eds for October 20, 2011

10/20/11 01:58PM

We didn't actually cover the opinion columns on the show today, but we've got you covered with all the day's must reads anyway. Enjoy.MITT AND BEGONIA-GATE BY GAIL COLLINSNEW YORK TIMEShis week’s debate was a triumph for Perry, who not only put Romney on the defensive, but did it in complete sentences. He did get lost in the weeds during a discussion of Romney’s Mormonism. read more

President Barack Obama walks on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 as he returns from a three day bus tour of North Carolina and Virginia.

Top Talker: Campaign Cash from Wall Street...

10/20/11 09:40AM

 While President Obama has been looking to sympathize with the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters, the Washington Post is reporting that this campaign tactic has yet to impact his donations from the banking sector. According to the paper, the President’s personal campaign fundraising, combined with the money raised by the Democratic National Committee, brought in far more money from Wall Street donors than all of the Republican presidential candidates combined. A New York Times report earlier this week said Romney had gotten more from the financial sector. read more

Morning Headlines: Thursday, Oct. 20th

10/20/11 05:56AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Obama flush with financial sector cashAP-GfK Poll: Public unsettled on Obama challengerThe Times says the bad blood between Perry and Romney is longstandingAirlines rake in billions in add-on feesTerrible end to a terrible storyCardinals edge Rangers in Game 1Global jobs crisis takes biggest toll on struggling youthHerman Cain: 'I like my guns and my bible'Greek lawmakers set to defy angry protesters after clashesIt's CMJ season in New York. You going? Are you there?  read more

Andy Borowitz: I have Pulp and Olivia Newton-John on my iPod

10/19/11 03:10PM

I had the chance to talk with satirist and author Andy Borowitz yesterday just a few minutes after his interview on the show. I guess I felt like before I let him leave the building, there was more the world needed to know about Borowitz. And namely, the world needed to know about what was on his iPod and what it was like to be a fill-in radio host.For those of you who don't live in New York (it's ok, I live in Jersey City, so I feel you) and are unfamiliar with the NPR station for New York, WNYC, Andy sometimes fills in for a gentleman named Leonard Lopate. read more

An excerpt from David Margolick's 'Elizabeth and Hazel'

An excerpt from David Margolick's 'Elizabeth and Hazel'

10/19/11 11:00AM

Prologue: Two Dresses­­­­­                           _________________ Early in the morning of September 4, 1957, two girls in Little Rock, Arkansas, each fifteen years old, dressed for school. On a block of black families nestled in the west side of town, in the small brick house she shared with her parents and five brothers and sisters, Elizabeth Eckford put on a skirt that her older sister, Anna, and she had made just for this day. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for October 19, 2011

10/19/11 10:22AM

A CANDIDATE'S FAITH MATTERS  BY ROBERT JEFFRESSWASHINGTON POSTI believe I have been misquoted repeatedly as telling the GOP not to vote for Romney. I have never made such a statement; I realize I might very well end up voting for Romney if he is the Republican nominee. While I prefer a competent Christian over a competent non-Christian, religion is not the only consideration in choosing a candidate. Frankly, Christians have not always made good presidents. We must also consider whether a candidate is competent to lead and govern according to biblical principles. read more

Republican presidential candidates, from left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, businessman Herman Cain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Michele...

Top Talker: A Fiery Republican Presidential Debate...

10/19/11 09:31AM

Last night, the gloves came off as seven Republican presidential hopefuls squared off in the Las Vegas debate hosted by CNN. As a new frontrunner in the race, all eyes were on Herman Cain at the start of the night. His GOP rivals took turns slamming his “9-9-9” plan to reform the tax code. Rick Perry said, "You don't have to have a big analysis to figure this thing out. Go to New Hampshire, where they don't have a sales tax, and you're fixing to give them one." Despite the attacks, Herman Cain still holds a narrow lead in the latest NBC News/Marist polls. read more

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