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Green room interview: Kathie Lee on meditation, morning drinks

06/06/11 04:11PM

In this behind the scenes green room interview with Kathie Lee Gifford, the TODAY host discusses how she gives herself an hour in the morning for prayer and "centering," how much happier her day goes with the morning drink with co-host Hoda Kotb, and why she's reading surfer Shaun Tomson's book, ""Surfer's Code: 12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life."Gifford was on the show to talk about her children's book "The Legend of Messy M'Cheany." read more

President Barack Obama speaks at Chrysler Group's Toledo Assembly complex in front of a Jeep Wrangler, Friday, June 3, 2011, in Toledo, Ohio.

Top Talker: It's still the economy

06/06/11 09:47AM

 It's becoming clear that one of President Obama’s biggest challenge to reelection is the economy. The disappointing jobs report released Friday indicate the 2012 race will likely be a referendum on the unemployment rate which is now up to 9.1 percent.The President acknowledged that the economy took a big hit on Friday but maintains that the country is still making progress and recovery takes time. His top economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee says the administration’s focus is now on helping private sector job growth. read more

In this photo provided by ISAF Regional Command (South), U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates walks with a group of service members at Forward Operating Base Walton, Sunday, June 5, 2011, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Top Talker: Steeper pullout is raised as option for Afghanistan

06/06/11 08:33AM

The New York Times is reporting that President Obama's national security team is thinking about a bigger troop pullout from Afghanistan that has been recently considered. Reports have suggested perhaps 5,000 troops leaving this summer. According to the Times, some officials are arguing that the rising cost of the war and the death of Osama bin Laden are what they call "strategic considerations" for a sharp withdrawal.This argument would run up against a proposal from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who's in Afghanistan pushing for a modest drawdown of U.S. forces. read more

Must Read Op-Eds EXTRA

06/06/11 07:58AM

 SlutWalks and the future of feminism  By Jessica ValentiWASHINGTON POSTMore than 40 years after feminists tossed their bras and high heels into a trash can at the 1968 Miss America pageant — kicking off the bra-burning myth that will never die — some young women are taking to the streets to protest sexual assault, wearing not much more than what their foremothers once dubbed "objects of female oppression" in marches called SlutWalks.   It’s a controversial name, which is in part why the organizers picked it. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for June 6, 2011

06/06/11 07:13AM

Here are today's opinion and editorial columns.VOUCHERCARE IS NOT MEDICARE  BY PAUL KRUGMANNEW YORK TIMESCanadian Medicare looks sustainable; why can’t we do the same thing here? Well, you know the answer in the case of the Republicans: They don’t want to make Medicare sustainable, they want to destroy it under the guise of saving it. So in voting for the House budget plan, Republicans voted to end Medicare. read more