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Must-Read Op-Eds for Monday, April 30, 2012

04/30/12 01:15PM

HERE'S WHAT WASHINGTON REALLY DOESBY ROBERT J. SAMUELSONWASHINGTON POSTThe real Washington has government paid for by the rich and well-to-do. Benefits go mainly to the poor and middle class, while politicians of both parties live in fear that they might offend the “will of the people” — voters. Political leaders don’t lead. They take the path of least resistance, which has been to do little except to find scapegoats — “the rich,” “special interests,” “liberals,” “conservatives” — that arouse their supporters’ angriest antagonisms. read more

Romney aide: It's 'divisive' for Obama campaign to highlight bin Laden killing

04/30/12 10:57AM

With Monday’s one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, the Obama campaign has been using the episode to showcase what it sees as the president’s leadership qualities – as well as to cast doubt on whether Mitt Romney would have made the same call.Team Obama lately has been highlighting a quote from Romney, in which he downplayed the importance of killing the al Qaeda leader. “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person,” said Romney in 2007.That contrast appears to have Team Romney worried. read more

Morning Headlines: Monday, April 30

04/30/12 05:49AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Obama jabs at Romney at White House Correspondents' dinnerRenewal of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan may complicate talks Clippers stun Grizzlies with late 27-point rallyHunt for Kony proves tough for U.S.Former Israeli Prime Minister: Don't strike IranObama, Bill Clinton team up on campaign trailAnother Mass. pol in 2012 spotlightEased tensions lower chances of Iran strike, experts sayWal-Mart’s plans for growth complicated by bribery scandalRights group: US asylum likely for China dissident read more

GOP hits Obama over using bin Laden's...

GOP hits Obama over using bin Laden's death on trail

04/29/12 08:00PM

The year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden arrives, and President Obama's re-election campaign is using the death to remind voters of the Obama's foreign policy strengths. Similarly, the GOP is criticizing Obama for discussing the raid on... watch

How Apple saves billions in taxes annually

How Apple saves billions in taxes annually

04/29/12 08:00PM

Top Talkers: Apple Inc. is able to save billions each year in taxes by using low-tax countries like Ireland and the Netherlands, according to a new report in the New York Times. The Morning Joe panel – including Time's Mark Halperin and New York... watch

Women's pay and the gender-hours gap

Women's pay and the gender-hours gap

04/29/12 08:00PM

The Manhattan Institute's Kay Hymowitz joins Morning Joe to discuss her recent Wall Street Journal op-ed on why working women earn less than their male counterparts. Hymowitz says the "gender-hours gap" is one of the main reasons women earn less than... watch

Biden: Romney's tough talk about attacking Iran 'is just that -- talk'

04/27/12 11:24AM

Vice President Joe Biden ripped into Mitt Romney during a speech on foreign policy Thursday. Referring to Romney’s calls for a tougher policy on Iran, Biden declared:The only step we could take that we aren’t already taking is to launch a war against Iran. If that’s what Governor Romney means by a very different policy, he should tell the American people. He should say so. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Friday, April 27, 2012

04/27/12 11:23AM

DEATH OF A FAIRY TALEBY PAUL KRUGMAN NEW YORK TIMES, the Obama campaign named and shamed eight private citizens who had donated to his opponent. Describing the givers as all having "less-than-reputable records," the post went on to make the extraordinary accusations that "quite a few" have also been "on the wrong side of the law" and profiting at "the expense of so many Americans."... The Obama campaign has justified any action on the grounds that it has a right to "hold the eventual Republican nominee accountable," but this is a dodge. read more