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Actor Don Cheadle on the set of Morning Joe.

Actor Don Cheadle on how he became involved in the Sudan

07/25/11 02:15PM

Actor Don Cheadle joins Morning Joe to discuss his new comedy "The Guard." Cheadle plays FBI agent Wendell Everett who is sent to Ireland to help with the investigation of a missing Irish police officer. The actor also discusses the "Not On Our Watch" humanitarian organization. read more

President Barack Obama meets with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., right, and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Saturday, July 23, 2011, in Washington, to discuss the debt.

Top Talker: Rival Debt Plans

07/25/11 09:38AM

With the August 2nd deadline just days away,  Democrats and Republicans are now turning to "rival" back-up plans to raise the nation's debt ceiling. After a weekend of meetings resulting in yet another impasse, President Obama is cancelling two fundraisers today to continue negotiations. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the talks broke down last night because of the Republicans' insistence on a short-term deal. But Reid says the Democrats' new proposal is an effort to reach a compromise. Their plan would reportedly cut $2.7 trillion over the next 10 years. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for July 25, 2011

07/25/11 08:08AM

THE TRAVAILS OF ELIZABETH WARREN  BY JOE NOCERANEW YORK TIMES will need strong support from the White House. President Obama’s decision to jettison Ms. Warren is not a reassuring sign.MESSING WITH MEDICARE  BY PAUL KRUGMANNEW YORK TIMESThe G.O.P.’s most potent political weapon last year — the weapon that caused a large swing in the votes of older Americans — was the claim that Mr. Obama was cutting Medicare. Why give Republicans a chance to do it all over again? read more

Morning headlines: Monday, July 25

07/25/11 05:55AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?This was the first weekend for same-sex marriages in New YorkAccused Norway mass killer to speak in courtThis weekend in debt talks: What didn't happenBoehner paints two-step deal as only optionThe president, Dems issue debt reduction plan without GOPHarry Reid offers a final deficit dealDominique Strauss-Kahn accuser breaks her silenceMoody's warns Greek default almost certainAmy Winehouse family pleads for "privacy and space"Embattled Rep. read more

A midtown clock tells us it's 100 degrees.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is indeed really hot outside

07/22/11 03:06PM

But you already knew that. Here in New York City, we saw something of an unenviable record today with the temperature topping out at 102 in Central Park. Apparently it actually felt like 115 with the humidity.This is how it's looking just outside of our freeze-dried 30 Rock building.And if in case the word 'blackout' has crossed your mind, the Village Voice has you covered in how to prepare. Number 10 is by far the superior option. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for July 22, 2011

07/22/11 11:15AM

THE GRAND BARGAIN LIVES!  BY DAVID BROOKSNEW YORK TIMESOver the past few weeks, Washington has seemed dysfunctional. Public disgust has risen to epic levels. Yet through all this, serious people — Barack Obama, John Boehner, the members of the Gang of Six — have soldiered on. They’ve been responsible and brave. If you’re a Democrat, you hate to see domestic cuts. If you’re a Republican, you loathe revenue increases, even little ones. But this is the next step in the journey toward economic health. Standing still is not an option. read more

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