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Bernstein on debt fight: 'Fake, manufactured controversy'

06/02/11 01:06PM

Carl Bernstein, Vanity Fair: "We’re headed for a train wreck. There’s a fake, manufactured controversy being stimulated in Washington, and particularly by the Republicans on this issue of the debt limit. They’re gonna take it to the cliff, and pull back at the last minute. But the consequences of that are very dangerous. And at the same time, it really is time in this country to deal seriously with entitlements. But we’re not going to do it before the election." Do you agree? read more

Twitpic shows damage in Springfield, Mass.

06/02/11 10:14AM

At least 4 people were killed and dozens of others injured after violent tornadoes tore through western and central Massachusetts Wednesday. Twitter user Josh Ask (@JCKlass) sent this picture to the Morning Joe Twitter account. read more

Bricks and debris that fell from a building lay on top of cars after a report of a tornado in Springfield, Mass., Wednesday, June 1, 2011. An apparent tornado struck downtown Springfield, one of Massachusetts' largest cities, scattering debris,...

Top Talker: Severe weather woes

06/02/11 10:01AM

The Governor of Massachusetts has declared a state of emergency after deadly tornadoes roared through about two dozen communities in the state yesterday. At least 4 people were killed and dozens of others injured in the violent twisters. 55,000 homes are now reportedly without power. Governor Deval Patrick has also called up 1,000 national guardsmen for help, and FEMA officials are set to review the storm damage today.In an update on another devastating tornado, the list of people missing in Joplin, Missouri is now officially down to 0. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for June 2, 2011

06/02/11 08:42AM

Here are today's top editorial and opinion pages.WHY PAUL RYAN IS LOSING THE MEDICARE ARGUMENT  BY E.J. DIONNEWASHINGTON POSTOur choice: Government can keep its current promises, undertake the complicated and often frustrating work of bringing health costs under control, and work for the day when everyone has health insurance. Or it can ask individuals to carry an ever-heavier load, expect invisible hands to perform miracles and leave Americans to take their chances with the insurance companies. read more

Morning headlines: Thursday, June 2

06/02/11 05:54AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Tornadoes in Massachussetts kill 4. The video footage along the Connecticut River is incredible.The Dow drops 280 points on housing fears, poor manufacturing, employment fears.Weinergate continuesGet ready for Mitt! What will he focus on in his speech?Google says hackers in China stole Gmail passwords. China responds.Fighting has spread to new parts of Yemen, prompting fears of a civil war.House Dems now get their chance to meet with the president. read more