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Outgoing French President Nicolas Sarkozy waves from his car as he leaves after addressing supporters at his Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party headquarters after the the preliminary results of the second round of the presidential elections were...

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

05/06/12 11:03PM

A fresh start? France says, "Au revoir" to outgoing President Nicolas Sarkozy, as the French voted in their first Socialist for president since François Mitterrand. What does this all mean for the EU's vision for economic austerity? We'll weigh the possibilities in our Top Talkers. Economic boom? Washington Post columnist David Ignatius points to two promising studies about upcoming revivals of key U.S. industries in his latest column. We'll ask him to give us the details at the roundtable. Back to School? read more

Are young voters abandoning the president?

Are young voters abandoning the president?

05/06/12 08:00PM

Top Talkers: President Obama and the presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney are in a statistical tie in the country's swing states, according to a new USA Today/Gallup Swing States poll. The Morning Joe panel discusses these results and the... watch

Obama's education secretary backs gay...

Obama's education secretary backs gay marriage

05/06/12 08:00PM

Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a Morning Joe panel that he agreed with Vice President Joe Biden's stance on same-sex marriage. That was the first time Duncan announced his views publically. Duncan also talked about Teacher Appreciation Week and... watch

Must-Read Op-Eds for Friday, May 4, 2012

05/04/12 10:53AM

U.S. WEAKNESS IN BEIJINGEDITORIALWALL STREET JOURNALNow more than Mr. Chen's best interests are at stake. The case will reverberate within China and in U.S.-China relations for years. In response to Beijing's demands that the U.S. apologize for sheltering Mr. Chen for six days, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell—who had helped negotiate the deal—said "this was an extraordinary circumstance" and "we don't expect it to be repeated." That may have been diplomatic of Mr. read more

Why is Virginia trending blue?

05/04/12 09:38AM

A new Washington Post poll of Virginia finds that President Obama leads Mitt Romney by seven points, 51-44, a significantly wider margin than the president enjoys in most national polls.Obama, of course, won the traditionally Republican Old Dominion in 2008, beating John McCain by six points.On Morning Joe Friday, Joe Scarborough asked: “What happened in Virginia over the past four years that has actually made it look more blue than red?”msnbc contributor Ed Rendell offered an explanation. read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, May 4

05/04/12 05:48AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Some voters still balk at supporting black candidateYankees' closer Rivera suffers potentially career-ending injuryDocuments show feud between al-Qaida and Iran'It is very dangerous here,' blind Chinese activist says amid Clinton Beijing summitRomney has narrow path to victory in Nov.Poll: Obama has 7-point lead over Romney in VirginiaFacebook sets its priceGOP pounds Obama on Chen caseWill gay aide's exit bite Romney? read more