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Must Read Op-Eds for October 26, 2011

10/26/11 09:33AM

IT'S CONSUMER SPENDING, STUPID  BY JAMES LIVINGSTONNEW YORK TIMESA big part of was naïve about how much his star power, or that of his secretary of state, would get others to swoon in behind us. But Obama's frustrations in bagging a big, nonmilitary foreign policy achievement are rooted in a much broader structural problem - one that also explains why we have not produced a history-changing secretary of state since the cold war titans Henry Kissinger, George Shultz and James Baker. The reason: the world has gotten messier and America has lost leverage. read more

What's wrong with the GOP?

What's wrong with the GOP?

10/25/11 08:00PM

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean joins the Morning Joe panel to discuss the latest GOP poll results and the evolution of the Republican base. The panel also looks at President Obama's comments regarding his approval rate. watch

Is Obama a Teflon president?

Is Obama a Teflon president?

10/25/11 08:00PM

The scandals started during the Obama administration seem to have fizzled sooner than in the past. Jonathan Alter, columnist for Bloomberg View, discusses possible explanations for why the Obama White House has been able to avoid scandals. watch

How can Washington actually create jobs?

How can Washington actually create jobs?

10/25/11 08:00PM

One in six Americans is living in poverty, census data show. Former CEO of Playboy Enterprises Christine Hefner joins the panel to discuss the nation's poverty rate and how it could be lowered. The panel also discusses successful U.S. businesses. watch

As wealth gap widens, anger and protests grow

As wealth gap widens, anger and protests grow

10/25/11 08:00PM

Top Talkers: The Morning Joe panel – including Mike Barnicle and Time's Mark Halperin – discusses the ongoing anti-Wall Street protests, the widening wealth gap in the United States and the relationship between politicians and Wall Street. watch

We're at our truest when we're alone

We're at our truest when we're alone

10/25/11 08:00PM

Author Chuck Klosterman discusses his new book "The Visible Man," which tackles pop culture, media, voyeurism and technology. Klosterman also talks about being a writer for the website Grantland. watch

What would a flat tax mean for the US?

What would a flat tax mean for the US?

10/25/11 08:00PM

Must-Read Op-Eds: Do we need to save less and spend more to build a better future? Mika Brzezinski reads from a New York Times editorial by James Livingston. Brzezinski also reads from a Wall Street Journal editorial about the virtues of a flat tax. watch

Chronicling Mexico's drug war

Chronicling Mexico's drug war

10/24/11 08:00PM

Ed Vulliamy, author of "Amexica - War along the borderline" discusses his book, focusing on the drug violence in Mexico and the spillover across the border into the United States. watch

US should act as a peacemaker in Middle East

US should act as a peacemaker in Middle East

10/24/11 08:00PM

What is the United States' role in Afghanistan and what have we learned from the war in Iraq? The U.S. has an opportunity to approach Iran. Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security advisor to President Jimmy Carter, joins the conversation. watch

Perry keeps pushing birther issue

Perry keeps pushing birther issue

10/24/11 08:00PM

CNBC's John Harwood discusses his interview with Rick Perry, who is still challenging President Obama's birth certificate. The panel also takes a look at Perry’s tax plan and Karl Rove's reaction to Perry's birther comments. watch

Can banks have too much cash?

Can banks have too much cash?

10/24/11 08:00PM

Top talkers: The Morning Joe panel – including Mike Barnicle and New York Magazine's John Heilemann – discusses Netflix's subscriber loss, Herman Cain's new campaign ad and a New York Times article reporting that many banks are flooded with too much cash. watch

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