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Tom Papa on mornings: I'm a robe guy

06/21/11 03:18PM

Comedian and host of "The Marriage Ref" Tom Papa talked to me today in the Morning Joe greenroom about why he's a robe guy, and why Keith Richards made doing heroin and cocaine seem so practical. read more

Mark McKinnon says "I like Huntsman, but I wear a scarf"

06/21/11 01:02PM

Quite possibly one of the better quotes from today and about Huntsman. From No Labels co-founder Mark McKinnon:"What's unique and interesting about Huntsman is that he's very different. First of all, there's some echoes of George W. Bush in the sense that he's talking about being a new kind of Republican. This nomination contest is not just about the nomination, but the struggle for the soul of the future of the Republican Party. There's a wing of these candidates who say we need to go back. The Huntsman message is more forward looking. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for June 21, 2011

06/21/11 08:13AM

Here are today's must read opinon and editorial columns.WAL-MART WINS. WORKERS LOSE.  EDITORIALNEW YORK TIMESWithout a class action, it will be very difficult for most of the women potentially affected to pursue individual claims. The average wages lost per year for a member of the rejected Wal-Mart class are around $1,100 — too little to give lawyers an incentive to represent such an individual. read more

Morning headlines: Tuesday, June 21

06/21/11 05:58AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?The president finalizes plan for troop drawdown in AfghanistanThe Times says the Wal-Mart case is a 'blow for big cases and their lawyers'Today is Anthony Weiner's last day in CongressHunstman makes his announcement todayMembers of the Texas press Perry to runThe summer solstice is todayArizona wildfires leave thousands homelessThe gay marriage debate among N.Y. lawmakers continues read more

What a widening pay gap says about the United States

06/20/11 12:53PM

The Washington Post reports that U.S. executives are making more than ever, further increasing the pay gap between the country's top and bottom earners. According to the story, executive pay at top companies has quadrupled since 1970.Mark Halperin: The bigger problem is the stagnation of wages at the lower level. Upper income is a problem, but not one that will be controlled. read more