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Scarborough: Gingrich benefiting from weak...

Scarborough: Gingrich benefiting from weak GOP field

12/05/11 07:00PM

Top Talkers: Newt Gingrich dominates the polls in Iowa with 33 percent to Mitt Romney's 18 percent, says a new Washington Post/ABC News poll. The Morning Joe panel – including Time's Mark Halperin and former DLC chair Harold Ford Jr. – what's behind... watch

Mika Brzezinski: "Stop being so damn polite"

Mika Brzezinski: "Stop being so damn polite"

12/05/11 01:58PM

Mika Brzezinski, "Morning Joe" co-host and author of two best-selling books ("Knowing Your Value" and "All Things At Once"), has added "Cosmopolitan" columnist to her long list of accomplishments. Her monthly column, "Getting What You Want," touches on major career questions and obstacles facing young women today. In the December issue, Mika breaks the mold for young women in the working world, saying that 'tossing aside the distraction of worrying about winning a congeniality contest' ultimately allows one to focus and bring value to the workplace.Follow Mika on Twitter: @morningmika read more

ROCKFORD, IA - AUGUST 19:  Labrador retriever Hawkeye lays by the casket during the funeral of his owner, Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, 35, at the Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock Community School August 19, 2011 in Rockford, Iowa. Tumilson was one of 38 killed on...

An afternoon must: Buzzfeed shares 45 best images of 2011

12/05/11 12:35PM

Definitely worth your time.Buzzfeed shares with us the "45 Most Powerful Images of 2011.This list has everything from openly gay US service members marching in a pride parade for the first time to a before and after neighborhood shot from Joplin, Missouri. The images are striking, poignant and breath-taking.And really, what didn't happen this year? read more

Barney Frank: I won't be most disliked person in US if Newt is POTUS

12/05/11 12:07PM

During the Bloomberg/Washington GOP debate, Newt Gingrich suggested Barney Frank and Chris Dodd should be put in jail for putting the country in trouble.Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.,: “Can I just say one thing about my going to jail? I take consolation from one thing about you, Joe. I don’t think Newt’s going to be president, but I do know if Newt is president, I won’t be the person in the country the president most dislikes. You will be.”Joe Scarborough: “There is no doubt I am number one on that list.” read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Monday, December 5, 2011

12/05/11 09:06AM

OUT OF AFRICA AND INTO IOWA  BY MAUREEN DOWDNEW YORK TIMESNewt Gingrich's mind is in love with itself. It has persuaded itself that it is brilliant when it is merely promiscuous. This is not a serious mind. Gingrich is not, to put it mildly, a systematic thinker. His mind is a jumble, an amateurish mess lacking impulse control. He plays air guitar with ideas, producing air ideas... read more

An excerpt from Mark Ribowsky's new book on Howard Cosell

An excerpt from Mark Ribowsky's new book on Howard Cosell

12/05/11 06:22AM

INTRODUCTIONA GIFTED ONEIn endless variations and permutations, jokes about Howard Cosell’s outsized ego and nonstop verbosity proliferated during much of his lifetime. It may be surprising to those who were not alive then, or were too young to know, but his presence so dominated popular American culture that it was virtually impossible not to know who he was. During those heady times, especially during the late 1960s and 1970s, it was hard, in fact, to find someone who didn’t take a whack at the world’s most inflated ego. read more

Are Newt & Mitt 'too risky' to nominate?

Are Newt & Mitt 'too risky' to nominate?

12/04/11 07:00PM

Must-Read Op-Eds: Mika Brzezinski reads from a Maureen Dowd NYT column on why Newt Gingrich "plays air guitar with ideas, producing air ideas." Brzezinski also reads from a George Will WaPo column on why both Romney and Gingrich are "too risky" to... watch

Rattner on jobs report: We need 300K jobs...

Rattner on jobs report: We need 300K jobs per month

12/04/11 07:00PM

Top Talkers: The U.S. went into the weekend feeling somewhat good about the November jobs report, where 120,000 new jobs were created and the unemployment rate dipped to 8.6 percent. Financier Steven Rattner brings charts and digs a bit deeper into the... watch

Will Gingrich benefit from Cain suspending...

Will Gingrich benefit from Cain suspending campaign?

12/04/11 07:00PM

Top Talkers: As Herman Cain suspends his campaign, the remaining GOP '12 candidates rush in for his votes. Time's Mark Halperin thinks this could be a boon for Newt Gingrich. The Morning Joe panel – also including financier Steven Rattner – discusses... watch

Debating LSU, Alabama rematch

Debating LSU, Alabama rematch

12/04/11 07:00PM

ESPN's Chris Fowler joins Morning Joe to discuss a rematch in the Bowl Championship Series title game between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama, and who is the favorite for this year's Heismann Trophy. watch

Could Rick Perry have a second act?

Could Rick Perry have a second act?

12/04/11 07:00PM

Rick Perry appeared to be a formidable candidate when he first entered the GOP race. But what happened? How did he fall apart so dramatically in debates? But could Rick rise again in Iowa or South Carolina? Vanity Fair's Bryan Burrough joins the... watch

Todd: How many GOP moderates win primaries?

Todd: How many GOP moderates win primaries?

12/04/11 07:00PM

Newt Gingrich leads the GOP presidential field in Iowa with 26 percent, according to a new NBC News/Marist Poll. And Gingrich's lead grows in the same poll without Herman Cain. NBC News' Chuck Todd joins Morning Joe to discuss Gingrich's rise in the... watch

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