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John Goodman in the Morning Joe greenroom

John Goodman is still a fan of 'Big Lebowski'

07/20/11 11:06AM

And that's kind of all you need to know.The Golden Globe-winning actor dropped by the show today to talk about the new season of "Damages," among other things. We also got him talking about how Lebowski fans still shout "WALTER!" at him from time to time.I had the good fortune of photographing him before his interview in our greenroom, and he was absolutely gracious. I told him one of my favorite films was 1986's inexplicably odd and totally cool "True Stories," which stands as David Byrne's only foray into directing. If you haven't seen it, then by all means do so. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for July 20, 2011

07/20/11 09:47AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.FROM GALLIPOLI TO SINGAPORE  BY MAUREEN DOWDNEW YORK TIMES framework can be somehow linked to the approach being crafted by Democratic and Republican Senate leaders, allowing a debt-ceiling increase plus a mechanism for a new commission on how to reduce deficits. read more

Top Talker: Murdoch in the hot seat

07/20/11 09:07AM

  Rupert Murdoch and his son James, appearing at a British Parliament hearing to address the ongoing hacking and bribery scandal surrounding their company, News Corporation. British lawmakers grilled the elder Murdoch for hours, but the mogul insisted that he is not to blame for the incident that brought down his UK tabloid, "News of the World." The former CEO of Murdoch's News International Group, Rebekah Brooks, also answered questions in front of the committee yesterday. read more

Is the CIA running secret prisons in Somalia?

07/19/11 11:45AM

Jeremy Scahill, The Nation: "We should say first of all President Obama campaigned on a promise to go up against these Bush-era policies declaring war on the world, running secret sites, torturing prisoners. What I found in my nine days in Mogadishu, is the CIA is deeply involved in an underground dungeon that is officially run by the Somali National Security Agency, but their salaries are paid by the CIA directly. In fact, one Somali agent described how the Somalis are lined up and paid $200 a month in cash by U.S. agents, and the U.S. read more

 Rupert Murdoch is driven down Whitehall in Westminster, London, ahead of his and his son James' appearance before MPs at Portcullis House to face their intensely-awaited grilling on the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. July 19, 2011.

Top Talker: Rubert Murdoch and son testify in front of Parliament today

07/19/11 09:37AM

 There are new developments surrounding the scandal threatening Rupert Murdoch’s media empire as the mogul and his son appear before Parliament today. Police have arrested 11 people since the hacking and bribery allegations emerged, including the former CEO of Murdoch’s News International Group, Rebekah Brooks who also heads to parliament today.   U.K. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for July 19, 2011

07/19/11 09:31AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.THE REAL DEAL ON THE DEBT DEBATE  BY JOE SCARBOROUGHPOLITICOI consistently ranked as one of the most fiscally conservative members of Congress over my four terms and never voted for a tax increase. And I wouldn’t vote for one today. But I learned through the years that politics is the art of the possible... Considering the challenges facing America this century, any Republican who squanders the chance to cut $4 trillion from our debt in exchange for $1 trillion in tax loopholes is no conservative in my book. read more

Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 19

07/19/11 05:56AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Rupert Murdoch to face questioning todayMurdoch news sites defaced, brought down by hackersThe House is set to vote today on a GOP-backed debt plan......and the president threatens to veto itAtlantis makes final departure from space stationEgypt sets time frame for electionsMidwest heat wave expected to persist this weekA new Gallup poll shows U.S. approval of parties in Congress is 'low but steady'Elizabeth Warren ponders run for SenateDon't text and walk in Philly -- or else read more