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Republican presidential candidates, from left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, businessman Herman Cain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Michele...

Top Talker: A Fiery Republican Presidential Debate...

10/19/11 09:31AM

Last night, the gloves came off as seven Republican presidential hopefuls squared off in the Las Vegas debate hosted by CNN. As a new frontrunner in the race, all eyes were on Herman Cain at the start of the night. His GOP rivals took turns slamming his “9-9-9” plan to reform the tax code. Rick Perry said, "You don't have to have a... read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, Oct. 19th

10/19/11 05:54AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Romney, Perry showdown in VegasCain's '9-9-9' plan scrutinized at GOP debateThe GOP debate: 8 takeawaysApparent twister hits Broward as storms exit South FloridaRecession hitting older Americans the hardestUhh, what? Bears, wolves... read more

Perry vs. Romney battle continues in Vegas

Perry vs. Romney battle continues in Vegas

10/18/11 08:00PM

Top Talkers: At Tuesday night's CNN/Western Republican Leadership Conference debate in Las Vegas, the showdown between Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry continued to heat up. The Morning Joe panel – including MSNBC's Michael Steele, the Huffington... watch

Pastor Jeffress has a change of heart …...

Pastor Jeffress has a change of heart … sort of

10/18/11 08:00PM

Must Read Op-Eds: Mika Brzezinski reads from a Pastor Robert Jeffress Washington Post column on why a presidential candidate's religious preference is not the only thing to consider. Jeffress is now infamous for referring to Mormonism as a cult.... watch

Could we be looking at a Romney/Cain ticket?

Could we be looking at a Romney/Cain ticket?

10/18/11 08:00PM

What is the appeal of Herman Cain? Is it because he has a great American story of perseverance and hard work? And could we be looking at a Romney/Cain '12 ticket? Newsweek's Tina Brown joins Morning Joe to discuss Cain and Tuesday's GOP debate. NBC... watch

Must Read Op-Eds for October 18, 2011

10/18/11 02:49PM

POLLING THE OCCUPY WALL STREET CROWD BY DOUGLAS SCHOENWALL STREET JOURNALPresident Obama and the Democratic leadership are making a critical error in embracing the Occupy Wall Street movement—and it may cost them the 2012 election. Last week, senior White House adviser David Plouffe said that "the protests you're seeing are the same... read more

Axelrod: Obama has made 'politically courageous' decisions

10/18/11 01:06PM

David Axelrod, advisor for the president's re-election campaign: “I had a high degree of confidence in his capacities, and those were ratified every day I was there in the White House. We walked into the worst economy and the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression; two wars; the stock market shortly after he got there was at... read more

Top Talker: Primary Calendar Chaos

Top Talker: Primary Calendar Chaos

10/18/11 09:19AM

Tonight the Republican presidential field debates in Las Vegas.  It comes as the state is currently under fire for what many call "over crowding" in the January primary calendar.  Last night, Iowa Republican party officials voted January 3rd as the new date for their state caucuses, which was originally scheduled for February 6th.... read more

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