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Ezra Klein on why this is a 'frustrating' deficit deal

08/02/11 11:25AM

Ezra Klein, Washington Post: "What I find incredibly frustrating about the bill is that it manages to not do either thing that we need it to do. It doesn’t do the real, long-term deficit reduction; it kicks almost all those hard decisions down. And at the same time, there’s no unemployment insurance in there, no payroll tax cut in there. There’s no support for an economy, a recovery that is really weak right now. So we could’ve done something that did more now and more later, and instead we’re doing nothing now and not enough later. It’s pretty frustrating." read more

Must Read Op-Eds for August 2, 2011

08/02/11 10:50AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.IN DEFENSE OF WASHINGTON (SORT OF)  BY JOE SCARBOROUGHPOLITICOThis week, we are once again reading how this current generation of leaders is the worst we’ve ever had. The mainstream media’s narrative goes something like this: Republicans have never been so evil and the president of the United States has never been so weak. I suppose I would buy into that story line if the press had not said the same thing about my freshman class 15 years ago that they now say about today’s Republicans. read more

In this image from House Television, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., appears on the floor of the House of Representatives Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Washington. Giffords was on the floor for the first time since her shooting earlier this year,...

Top Talker: Almost a Done Deal...

08/02/11 08:35AM

With just hours to go before tonight's midnight deadline, the Senate is expected to vote at noon today on a deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling. It comes after the House vote last night, where 95 Democrats and 174 Republicans, including Speaker John Boehner,  voted in favor of the bill.   The bill is expected to pass in the Senate with an even higher margin than the House.  Then, it will head to President Obama, where he will sign the legislation into law before the United States defaults on its obligations. read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, August 2

08/02/11 05:53AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Today is the dayRep. Giffords makes a dramatic return to D.C.What the debt-ceiling battle means for 2012Why defense cuts may hurt the D.C. economyPutin calls the US a parasite on the global economyJoe Biden, Mitch McConnell and the making of a debt dealGOP unity belies tension in tea partyProtesters arrested in House gallery after jeering BoehnerTea Party candidate compares US public schools to Nazi Germany read more

Scarborough: As far as debt goes, this...

Scarborough: As far as debt goes, this does nothing

08/01/11 08:00PM

Top Talkers: The Morning Joe panel – including New York Magazine's John Heilemann and former DLC Chairman Harold Ford Jr. – discusses the 269-161 House vote on the debt deal. The Senate is expected to approve the deal Tuesday and lift the $14.3... watch

Huffington on how she spends her mornings

Huffington on how she spends her mornings

08/01/11 08:00PM

The Huffington Post's Arianna Huffington talks with Morning Joe's Louis Burgdorf about the launch of Huffington Post Women. Burgdorf also speaks with MSNBC's Michael Steele about his work with the HuffPo. Louis also talks with Arianna Huffington about... watch

What is the deficit super committee?

What is the deficit super committee?

08/01/11 08:00PM

Top Talkers: The Morning Joe panel continues its discussion on the debt vote with a focus on the 12-member, bipartisan super committee that will have to find an extra $1.5 trillion in cuts by Thanksgiving. The panel also discusses Paul Krugman and his... watch