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Must Read Op-Eds for October 17, 2011

10/17/11 09:55AM

 AMERICA'S 'PRIMAL SCREAM'  BY NICHOLAS KRISTOFNEW YORK TIMESThe frustration in America isn’t so much with inequality in the political and legal worlds, as it was in Arab countries, although those are concerns too. Here the critical issue is economic inequity. According to the C.I.A.’s own ranking of countries by income inequality, the United States is more unequal a society than either Tunisia or Egypt. Three factoids underscore that inequality: (1) The 400 wealthiest Americans have a greater combined net worth than the bottom 150 million Americans. read more

Cain defends '9-9-9'; OWS protests go global

Cain defends '9-9-9'; OWS protests go global

10/16/11 08:00PM

Top Talkers: The Morning Joe panel – including Time's Mark Halperin, the Huffington Post's Sam Stein, and Columbia's Dr. Jeffrey Sachs – discusses the Herman Cain phenomenon and his staying power, and the growing Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. On... watch

Why the GOP '12 race has been a 'reality...

Why the GOP '12 race has been a 'reality show'

10/16/11 08:00PM

MSNBC's Steve Schmidt joins Morning Joe to discuss why Herman Cain "has his work cut out for him" to be the GOP '12 presidential nominee. The panel also discusses the overall 2012 GOP presidential field and why the U.S. appears to be wired to nominate... watch

Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement march through the financial district of New York October 14, 2011.

Sharpton: Occupy Wall Street shows US can't be controlled by 1 percent

10/14/11 12:26PM

Per NBC News and msnbc:Clashes broke out between bottle-throwing demonstrators and police on horses and scooters as Occupy Wall Street protesters marched on the Stock Exchange on Friday, NBC News reported.Police told NBC News that 14 people were arrested amid what was initially described as a celebratory march by a crowd that WNBC put at about 500 people. At least one person was injured.We've been discussing OWS for the past few weeks now, and we had both the Rev. Al Sharpton and Rolling Stone's Eric Bates on to discuss the matter. read more

Tales from the Way Too Early Emails

10/14/11 10:05AM

This week's installment of the Way Too Early emails once again included a Red Sox reference.  But another theme emerged: overnight self-medicating.  Our viewers ranged from wine-drinking travelers on the West Coast to couch philosophers enjoying, dare I say, the benefits of certain herbal supplements.  And somehow Governor Rick Perry and the word tattoo showed up in the same sentence.  Enjoy the best of the best and feel free to share your favorites:   5.) Todd writes "Indian Summer! read more

Must Read Op-Eds for October 14, 2011

10/14/11 09:58AM

THE SCAPEGOAT STRATEGY  BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMERWASHINGTON POSTTo the villainy-of-the-rich theme emanating from Washington, a child is born: Occupy Wall Street. Starbucks-sipping, Levi’s-clad, iPhone-clutching protesters denounce corporate America even as they weep for Steve Jobs, corporate titan, billionaire eight times over. read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, Oct. 14th

10/14/11 05:57AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Herman Cain's surge put to testAnita Perry reflects on campaign's 'rough month'Will the protesters return after park cleaning?Rush Limbaugh has a few thoughts on RomneyObama, Fox News correspondent clashFans pay tribute to Jobs as new iPhone goes on saleCrews struggle to drain oil-leaking ship off NZMost would pay more under Cain's 9-9-9 plan read more

Should the US move away from the Electoral...

Should the US move away from the Electoral College?

10/13/11 08:00PM

The National Popular Vote's Tom Golisano joins Morning Joe to discuss the organization's push to have the U.S. move away from the Electoral College and allow the president to be decided based on the popular vote. Does Golisano expect this to happen in... watch