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Must Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, November 16, 2011

11/16/11 09:32AM

 PERRY, CAIN AND A PARADE OF PAINFUL MOMENTS  BY KATHLEEN PARKERWASHINGTON POST are not now presidential material. We may indeed overlook their faults, but we needn’t excuse what are more than mere lapses. Their lack of knowledge or recall suggests a lack of depth and an absence of seriousness. We expect more from those who pretend to the throne. And though Americans admire the self-made who have experienced ordinary life, most don’t want an ordinary person to lead the country. read more

Top Talker: Newt Gingrich's Past with Mortgage Lender Freddie Mac

11/16/11 09:23AM

As Newt Gingrich rises in the polls, there is increased scrutiny on his candidacy. Bloomberg News reports that Gingrich made at least  $1.6 million in consulting fees from two contracts with the mortgage lender Freddie Mac. Bloomberg reports that Gingrich was paid to consult the corporation on a program to expand home ownership. Gingrich maintains that he never lobbied for the company. read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, Nov. 16th

11/16/11 05:54AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Occupy Wall Street pushes 'reset button'Defiant Berkeley protesters pitch tentsMcQueary: I did go to police about SanduskyWhite House window reportedly hit by bulletEnergy Dept. asked Solyndra to delay layoffs until after 2010 midtermsFacebook investigates gore, porn in newsfeedsObama insists US does not fear ChinaSuper committee co-chair says tax hikes won’t happenThe newest, latest from Rick PerryCain tries to move past the blundersSyria defectors 'attack military base in Harasta' read more

How to tell a book tour from an actual...

How to tell a book tour from an actual campaign

11/15/11 07:00PM

Top Talkers: The Iowa caucuses are less than six weeks away, and a new Bloomberg poll shows a statistical tie in the state's primary with Herman Cain at 20 percent, Ron Paul at 19 percent, and Mitt Romney at 18 percent. The Morning Joe panel –... watch

Teacher attempts to save JFK in new King...

Teacher attempts to save JFK in new King novel

11/15/11 07:00PM

Author Stephen King's latest novel "11/22/63" wonders how the country (and the world) would be different had John F. Kennedy not been assassinated in Dallas. In the novel, an English teacher travels back in time in an attempt to prevent Kennedy's death. watch

Matthews: You can't build a government on...

Matthews: You can't build a government on anger

11/15/11 07:00PM

MSNBC's Chris Matthews and the Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel join Morning Joe to discuss the failings of the current 2012 GOP presidential field and the Republican Party at large, Chris Christie's approval numbers, and reports that Freddie Mac paid... watch

Have politics changed for women since '08?

Have politics changed for women since '08?

11/15/11 07:00PM

More Magazine's Leslie Jane Seymour and author Rebecca Traister believe each time a woman runs for president in the U.S., it becomes easier for the public to judge a female candidate not for her sex but for her beliefs and policy ideas. Seymour and... watch

Where have the 'conservative intellectuals...

Where have the 'conservative intellectuals' gone?

11/15/11 07:00PM

Must Read Op-Eds: Mika Brzezinski reads from a Kathleen Parker Washington Post column which wonders when the GOP '12 presidential field will actually get serious. Brzezinski also reads from a Paul Begala Newsweek column wondering "[W]hatever happened... watch

Sens. Rubio, Coons introduce bipartisan...

Sens. Rubio, Coons introduce bipartisan jobs bill

11/15/11 07:00PM

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., announced a bipartisan bill on job creation Tuesday, and one of the facets of the bill is to bring more tax credits to businesses. Sens. Rubio and Coons join Morning Joe to discuss the bill and... watch

Costas on Sandusky interview: He agreed to talk last minute

11/15/11 01:01PM

Willie Geist: “ the attorney’s idea…or did Jerry want to come on the air?”Costas: “I can’t say for sure whether they had conferred about it. Amendola, I think, spoke to Jerry…just a few minutes before, got his ok, and then came back and said ‘We’ll do it’, so we pivoted and made it an interview with Sandusky. read more

An excerpt from Bob Costas' book "100 Yards Of Glory: The Greatest Moments in NFL History"

An excerpt from Bob Costas' book "100 Yards Of Glory: The Greatest Moments in NFL History"

11/15/11 06:59AM

Foreword by Joe MontanaAs a kid, I saw a football field as a “yellow brick road,” one that would take me beyond the coal mines and steel mills surrounding me in western Pennsylvania and on to an easier life than the lives of the hardworking people around me, like my parents and grandparents.  I played basketball and baseball along with football in those days and actually liked basketball the most. But I soon figured out where my future was. read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, Nov. 15th

11/15/11 05:50AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Scores arrested as police clear NYC Occupy campSandusky says he's innocent of all charges, but admits he horsed around with boysCain stumbles on Libya questionNewt Gingrich, rising in polls, isn't at all surprisedRep. read more