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Afghanistan's true price

06/08/11 05:28PM

Earlier today on Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle read the names of four young men who died Saturday in Afghanistan.Sgt. Christopher R. Bell, 21, of Golden, MississippiSgt. Joshua D. Powell, 28, of Quitman, TexasSpc. Devin A. Snyder, 20, of Cohocton, N.Y. Pfc. Robert L. Voakes Jr., 21, of L' Anse, MichiganJoe Scarborough used the Washington Post front page story as a jumping off point to discuss Afghanistan's true cost.He said:We are investing in a country losing billions through mismanagement. read more

Behind the scenes video: Leigh Montville on Evel Knievel

06/08/11 02:52PM

After today's show, I spoke with author Leigh Montville a bit further about Evel Knievel. If you missed his interview on the show, you can check it out here. (It's really great)Montville told me that even though Knieval is the most famous motorcycle rider of all time, he really wasn't a great motorcycle rider. Apparently his size got in the way of his riding. Who knew?   read more

Morning Joe is live from L.A. this Friday

06/08/11 02:25PM

Just a quick heads up to let you all know that Morning Joe will be live from Los Angeles this Friday. We'll be broadcasting from Crenshaw High School, and we'll be exploring how the community has made a commitment to improving education for the students at Crenshaw High.We'll be joined by Mike Barnicle, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Digger Phelps, author and screenwriter John Ridley, Rev. read more

Willie dances/jogs along with Meredith Vieira, Tamron Hall and Jeff Rossen on her last day on the TODAY show.

Willie helps say goodbye to Meredith Vieira

06/08/11 10:34AM

If you decided to ditch the last hour of Morning Joe in favor of the TODAY show to see Meredith Vieira's big send off...well, we can forgive you. But just this once.But you're not allowed to change the channel again. read more

Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner leaves a press conference where he confessed that he tweeted a sexual photo of himself to a young woman and admitted to "inappropriate" exchanges with six women before and after getting married at a press conference in...

Top Talker: Key Republicans call for Rep. Weiner to resign

06/08/11 09:48AM

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus became the first GOP official to say Congressman Anthony Weiner should step down in the wake of his admission that he was involved in inappropriate messaging with several women online.  Preibus said in a statement Tuesday, “We do not need an investigation to know he lied and acted inappropriately. read more

Top Talker: Nation-Building at Risk?

Top Talker: Nation-Building at Risk?

06/08/11 09:31AM

On the front page of today's Washington Post, a new report exposes potentially major risks that the United States is taking in its efforts at nation-building in Afghanistan. Senate Democrats on the Foreign Relations Committee are expected to warn that if the U.S. does not overhaul its multi-billion dollar aid package, Afghanistan is at jeopardy for a severe economic depression when foreign troops leave in 2014.Read more on the report here.   read more

Must Read Op-Eds for June 8, 2011

06/08/11 07:43AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.LAWMAKERS' FISCAL GAMBLES ARE WORSE THAN THE SEXUAL ONESBY DANA MILBANKWASHINGTON POSTAnd thrill seekers on both sides are content to push talks to the deadline — part of a regular game of chicken legislators have enjoyed on budget deals. Lawmakers will have an easier time justifying that to their wives, but it’s the same delusion of invincibility that led Weiner to risk his career. read more

Morning headlines: Wednesday, June 8

06/08/11 05:59AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?The GOP chairman is calling for Weiner to resignThousands flee wildfires in ArizonaNATO continues to pound TripoliThe president is not concerned about a double-dip recessionYemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's injuries from a rocket attack are more serious than previously thought read more

Sugar Ray Leonard at 30 Rock

Behind the scenes: Tuesday, June 7

06/07/11 01:01PM

Today we had on two..pardon the pun...heavyweights of their respective careers: Boxing legend and Olympic Gold medalist, Sugar Ray Leonard, and TV legend Larry King. I had a small window of time to capture both of them today. Apparently I was in a mood to shoot B&W.You can click on the images to go on over to the Morning Joe flickr page if you're so inclined, or you can just click HERE.I do suggest you check out the flickr page as the image quality is far superior there for some reason. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for June 7, 2011

06/07/11 10:14AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.A SERIOUS GOP CANDIDATE: JON HUNTSMAN  BY MICHAEL GERSONWASHINGTON POSTHuntsman may not be able to overcome the obstacle of his anonymity, at least this time around. But he contributes a thoughtful competence to the Republican field. read more