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Ben Affleck's "The Town" used in House GOP meeting

07/27/11 10:34AM

Debt talks...they're intense. Apparently they get so intense that a Ben Affleck film was brought in to rally support. The Washington Post reports that during a House GOP meeting, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., showed a scene from last year's bank robbery film "The Town."One character asks his friend: “I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is. You can never ask me about it later.”“Whose car are we gonna take,” the character says.After showing the clip, Rep. read more

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, at podium, accompanied by members of the House Republican leadership, speaks during a news conference at The Republican National Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 26, 2011. From left are, House...

Top Talker: Boehner's plan goes back to the drawing board...

07/27/11 09:43AM

With less than a week to go before the August  2nd deadline, House Speaker John Boehner is now re-doing his plan to raise the debt limit. The congressional budget office says the Speaker's plan would fall short of the $1.2 trillion in spending cuts it proposes  and the specific cuts would be $300 billion less than thought. read more

Morning headlines: Wednesday, July 27

07/27/11 05:51AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Debt-limit bill yanked by House GOPU.S. officials believe al-Qaeda on brink of collapseEric Cantor to House GOP: Stop whiningSuicide bomber kills Kandahar mayor, official says"The Town" is a big hit with Kevin McCarthyDebt ceiling scenario mulled by CongressRep. read more

Russell Simmons: We need art education in schools

07/26/11 12:43PM

Def Jam co-founder and the RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation's Russell Simmons talks with Morning Joe’s Drew Katchen about the 12th annual Art for Life benefit, practicing yoga and the legalizing of same-sex marriage in New York.Quick bit of editorial housekeeping: I asked Russell his thoughts on the legalizing of gay marriage in New York, but my wording was a bit off. I asked him his thoughts on “Monday's marriage ruling.” Obviously, the ruling legalizing gay marriage happened in June, and same-sex unions began this Sunday past and not Monday. Didn’t have enough coffee this morning.  read more

Must Read Op-Eds for July 26, 2011

07/26/11 11:56AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.CONGRESS IN THE LEAD  BY DAVID BROOKSNEW YORK TIMESThis should be a humbling moment for the White House, and maybe a learning experience. There are other people who have been around Washington a long time. They know how to play this game. As a result of their efforts, we may see some debt reduction but nothing big and transformational... Obama won’t get his centrist election boost... The Old Guard wins. Obama’s televised campaign speech Monday night was behind the times. read more