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Harry Shearer brings out Mr. Burns, Derek Smalls

08/17/11 10:41AM

Director, actor, Spinal Tap and Simpson's legend Harry Shearer talks with Morning Joe's Louis Burgdorf about his morning routine, not eating lunch. Louis even gets him to bring out Mr. Burns for a minute, and Shearer also mentions why Derek Smalls would never use a cucumber. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for August 17, 2011

08/17/11 08:13AM

TEXAS' MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE  BY HAROLD MEYERSONWASHINGTON POSTWhat Perry either ignores or doesn’t know is how greatly Texas has benefited from the investments and regulations of the federal government he despises... The cumulative effect of policies such as the federal minimum wage has been to diminish the disparity that long existed between the industrialized North and the more poverty-stricken South. read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, August 17th

08/17/11 05:53AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Obama in fighting mood on bus tourObama to cut Rick Perry slack...for nowKarl Rove even went after Rick PerryPaul Ryan is still saying 'No'Syria threatens dissidents around globe, U.S. saysPledge for Euro unity may not be enough to satisfy marketsWis. GOP's Senate edge stays at 1 after recallsTexas economy growing long before Gov. Rick Perry read more

Wes Moore on being a new father

08/16/11 02:12PM

U.S. Army veteran Wes Moore talks with Morning Joe’s Louis Burgdorf about the joys of being a new dad, why he likes being on Morning Joe, and what book he recommends. read more

Nicolle Wallace: Perry the 'ice cold glass of water' GOP needed

08/16/11 01:52PM

Nicolle Wallace, author: “I have to say, Rick Perry is like that tall, ice cold glass of water we were crawling through the sand, ready to reach for. Republicans are thrilled to see him in the race. Republicans who may not have been the kind of voters that would respond to his popularity with evangelicals are thrilled to see him answer all the questions. With Tim Pawlenty…you wanted to shake him and say ‘You’re in third place; just answer the questions.’ Rick Perry has something to say. Rick Perry has a record to run on.” read more

President Barack Obama arrives to speak during a town hall meeting, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, during his three-day economic bus tour.

Top Talker: On the road again...

08/16/11 10:10AM

As Republican presidential candidates ramp up their campaigns across the country, President Obama is also breaking out his tour bus, cruising the Midwest and talking to voters in Minnesota and in Iowa. The Obama administration insists it's not a campaign trip, but the President is spending three days on a bus tour that includes town halls and speeches. read more