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Must Read Op-Eds for May 19, 2011

05/19/11 08:58AM

Here are today's opinion and editorial columns.THE DEBT CEILING FIASCO  BY ALAN BINDERWALL STREET JOURNALFights over the budget are normal and proper in a democracy, especially when the two parties hold dramatically different views. But threatening to default should not be a partisan issue. In view of all the hazards it entails, one wonders why any responsible person would even flirt with the idea. THE YEAR OF LIVING ADULTEROUSLY  BY GAIL COLLINSNEW YORK TIMESOf course, a wife who is off limits would not be able to campaign for her husband. I think that would be terrific. read more

U.S. President Barack Obama speaking at Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt on June 4, 2009.

Top Talker: Obama's big Mideast speech

05/19/11 08:15AM

 President Obama is scheduled to deliver a major speech today on the Middle East - his first big response to the recent revolts across the Arab world.He also plans to outline a $1 billion aid package to Egypt to help the new Egyptian government create jobs.The President is also expected to use the address to defend new U.S. sanctions put in place yesterday against Syrian President Bashar Assad and his top aides. In a letter to Congress, the President called the sanctions a response to the violence against the pro-democracy protesters in Syria. read more

Morning headlines: Thursday, May 19

05/19/11 06:00AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Perhaps this is no surprise, but Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned. Will this financial 'rock star' take over?Al-Qaida has released some posthumous bin Laden audio.An Afghan prisoner at Gitmo dies in an apparent suicide.The president will make a speech today, and he will use it to defend new sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad.Get your very own Barack Obama birth certificate T-shirt and mug. Seriously.Newt Gingrich's press secretary blasts the media for its portrayal of Newt's past few days. read more

Thursday: Knowing Your Value

05/19/11 05:33AM

On a special May 26th episode of Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski will share her suggestions on how women can reach their full value. The program is inspired by Mika's bestselling book where she interviewed prominent men and women from all lines of work and discovered that she was not alone with the career and money mistakes she had made along the way. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for May 18, 2011

05/18/11 02:22PM

Here are the top editorial and opinion columns from today.PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE ARAB SPRING  EDITORIALNEW YORK TIMESPresident Obama raised great hopes in 2009 when he spoke in Cairo about “a new beginning” with the Muslim world. The glow has faded. He has another chance this week to bolster this country’s image and to help support democratic change in the region. Reviving the peace process must be part of that effort. ... But as Mr. read more