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Morning headlines: Monday, July 18

07/18/11 05:57AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Reid, McConnell push revised debt measureNelson Mandela turns 93Tom Coburn to unveil $9 trillion budget plan todayU.S. women choked in World Cup final, but...A reason to celebrate in quake-stricken JapanSen. Lindsey Graham pushes 'cut, cap and balance'The Guardian has live coverage of the hacking scandalPetraeus to turn over command in Afghanistan today read more

Apple pie and the thorny issue of illegal immigration

07/15/11 03:40PM

Filmmaker Chris Weitz joined Morning Joe earlier today. His new film "A Better Life" takes a look at immigration in Los Angeles, focusing on a father -- an illegal immigrant-- and his struggles with raising his (legal) son.Weitz says the film doesn't aim to have a pro- or anti- immigration stance. "It gives you perspective into the lives that we're talking about as numbers and statistics. is not really done as a sort of ponderous lesson. read more

Joe: It's not just Barack Obama's debt

07/15/11 10:13AM

Rep. Jeb Hensarling:What hasn't shown to the American people beyond a speech with classfare war rhetoric in it... Where is his plan to deal with the debt crisis, that frankly many of us we believe he caused?Joe Scarborough, later in the exchange: Jeb, you don't have too much of a choice in talking about the debt ceiling. I have been critical of Barack Obama's debt spending over two years. But George W. Bush and Republicans took $155 billion surplus and turned it into a $1.4 trillion debt. Took the debt, took a $5.7 trillion debt and turned it into $11.5 trillion dollar debt. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for July 15, 2011

07/15/11 09:41AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.GETTING TO CRAZY  BY PAUL KRUGMANNEW YORK TIMESPut it this way: If a Republican president had managed to extract the kind of concessions on Medicare and Social Security that Mr. Obama is offering, it would have been considered a conservative triumph. But when those concessions come attached to minor increases in revenue, and more important, when they come from a Democratic president, the proposals become unacceptable plans to tax the life out of the U.S. economy... read more

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