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Klein: Romney thinks we have the memory of fleas

05/08/12 08:00PM

Mitt Romney's recent comments on taking "…a lot of credit" for helping to revive Detroit continues to receive criticism from both sides of the political aisle. Time's Joe Klein and MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell join a conversation on the issue. watch

Must-Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, May 8, 2012

05/08/12 11:54AM

EXIT NICOLAS SARKOZYEDITORIALNEW YORK TIMESMr. Hollande has already made clear that he intends to restructure France’s economic policies, attacking the country’s deficit by raising taxes on the rich and big corporations while using government programs to stimulate growth and create more jobs. ... The United States economy is doing better than most of Europe. But the austerity debate continues here, too. So is there a warning for House Republicans who have endorsed Representative Paul Ryan’s draconian budget? ... read more

An excerpt from Bill Bradley's "We Can All Do Better"

An excerpt from Bill Bradley's "We Can All Do Better"

05/08/12 11:23AM

For eighteen years, I was a U.S. senator. Then for three years, I ran for president. For the past twelve years, the equivalent of two Senate terms, I’ve worked in finance, including venture capital, investment banking, and money management. People ask me what I miss about being in politics. The answer is twofold: I miss concerning myself with public policy seven days a week and interacting with constituents. For me, American democracy is, as Woodrow Wilson put it, a “sacred mystery.”I was always moved by the special relationship between a legislator and his constituents. read more

Passive-aggressive endorsement may doom Santorum's hopes for a speaking slot this summer

05/08/12 10:40AM

Rick Santorum finally came out Monday and endorsed Mitt Romney for the presidency. But the former Pennsylvania senator did it in a way that was so grudging -- he waited until the thirteenth paragraph of an email sent to supporters at around 11pm -- as to seriously damage his chances of having much pull with the Romney camp going forward.“This meeting, this email, did nothing to endear him to the Romney folks,” said Politico’s Mike Allen on Morning Joe Tuesday. “We’re about to have a big test of the backbone of the Romney campaign. read more

Scarborough: If Obama backs gay marriage, 'he loses North Carolina'

05/08/12 10:01AM

The Morning Joe gang continued to give President Obama a hard time Tuesday for his “evolving” position on gay marriage.In the wake of Vice President Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s statements – the latter on Monday’s Morning Joe – that they’re fine with same-sex nuptials, the White House continues to say that, for now at least, the president favors only civil unions.The hedging isn’t doing much to make him look like a decisive leader. “You have the president sounding very much like Mitt Romney,” said Joe Scarborough. read more