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Must-Read Op-Eds for Thursday, April 26, 2012

04/26/12 10:33AM

THE END OF NEWTBY GAIL COLLINSNEW YORK TIMESNewt is reportedly planning to drop out of the presidential race on Tuesday. The crushing blow was the Delaware primary, where the Gingrich campaign had hoped to win a dramatic come-from-behind victory under the theory that only a couple of Republicans would actually vote and that they would be the same people who once nominated Christine O’Donnell for the Senate.Must-Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, April 25, 2012Must-Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, April 24, 2012ROMNEY’S PRINCIPLED, RADICAL VIEW FOR AMERICABY E.J. DIONNE WASHINGTON POSTHere’s Romney’s problem. read more

Scarborough: 'Let me set myself on fire politically: [Rubio]'s not ready to be vice president'

04/26/12 10:10AM

Sen. Marco Rubio – widely seen as a top candidate for the job of Mitt Romney’s running-mate – gave a speech on foreign policy at the Brookings Institution Wednesday. The Florida Republican struck a tone that’s friendlier to coalition-building and multilateralism than the approach taken by many in his party lately."Our greatest successes have always occurred in partnership with other likeminded nations,” said Rubio. “Now, America has acted unilaterally in the past, and I believe it should continue to do so in the future, when necessity requires. But our preferred option, since the U.S. read more

The evolution of Bob Dylan

The evolution of Bob Dylan

04/26/12 09:20AM

Author David Dalton talks about Bob Dylan’s impact on the music industry.  Dalton says Dylan is a “realistic songwriter because he expresses emotions, and feelings and ideas that were never expressed in popular music.” watch

An excerpt from Michael Sandel's book "What Money Can't Buy"

An excerpt from Michael Sandel's book "What Money Can't Buy"

04/26/12 08:07AM

1Jumping the Queue Nobody likes to wait in line. Sometimes you can pay to jump the queue. It’s long been known that, in fancy restaurants, a handsome tip to the maître d’ can shorten the wait on a busy night. Such tips are quasi bribes and handled discreetly. No sign in the window announces immediate seating for anyone willing to slip the host a fifty-dollar bill. But in recent years, selling the right to cut in line has come out of the shadows and become a familiar practice.FAST TRACKLong lines at airport security checkpoints make air travel an ordeal. read more

Morning Headlines: Thursday, April 26

04/26/12 05:48AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Rubio’s Dream Act alternative a challenge for Obama’s realityWhite House approves expansion of drone campaign in YemenRupert Murdoch quizzed on phone-hacking scandalRomney urged to promote positive visionNewt's rocky road to redemptionObamas to kick off campaign together at Ohio, Virginia RalliesBurger King makes cage-free eggs, pork promiseArab League calls emergency meeting as Syria's truce waivers read more

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich talks with students at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy in Rutherford, N.C., on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 during his recent campaigning tour of North Carolina.

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

04/25/12 09:16PM

 The Republican presidential race says goodbye to Newt Gingrich, who announced that he'll end his candidacy next Tuesday. We'll reminisce about Newt's grandiose ideas - from establishing a moon colony to putting children to work as part-time school janitors. Cue obligatory Sarah McLachlan's "I Will Remember You" montage. Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) is in the Big Apple (and on the Late Show) to get more visitors to flock to Big Sky Country. read more

Previewing the NFL Draft

Previewing the NFL Draft

04/25/12 08:00PM

"Monday Night Football" analyst Jon Gruden joins Morning Joe to discuss the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday night in New York City at Radio City Music Hall. watch

Time explores the last days of Osama bin...

Time explores the last days of Osama bin Laden

04/25/12 08:00PM

How did Osama bin Laden spend his last days at a compound in Pakistan? The latest issue of Time Magazine reports on the days and weeks before his death in May of 2011. Time's Rick Stengel joins Morning Joe to discuss the story and reveal more in the... watch

Fighting a consumer mentality

Fighting a consumer mentality

04/25/12 08:00PM

Michael Sandel, author of “What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets,” explains the needs for more “morally robust debates” in public life.  Sandel also shares his thoughts on society and monetary incentives as well as the growing role of... watch

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