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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

Must-Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, April 25, 2012

04/25/12 11:01AM

BRUTALITY OF SERVILITYBY MAUREEN DOWDNEW YORK TIMESThe case is supposed to be about exceeding a $2,300 individual campaign contribution limit, quaint in light of Citizens United. But it’s really a set of intersecting love stories. Andrew, a caricature of calculated servility, loved his golden boy boss — “more than he loved Cheri,” his wife, Rielle said. It’s a trial without heroes, just liars and an abhorrent trio of selfish people trying to spin the story their own way. read more

Heilemann on Romney: 'There's only so far you can pivot away from the positions you've taken'

04/25/12 10:13AM

Mitt Romney swept another round of Republican nominating contests Tuesday night, and gave a speech in which he unveiled a new rhetorical theme in his campaign against President Obama: unfairness."We will stop the unfairness of urban children being denied access to the good schools of their choice,” Romney told supporters. “We will stop the unfairness of politicians giving taxpayers' money to their friends' businesses. We will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the very taxpayers they serve. read more

Read an excerpt from Kip Hawley and Nathan Means' new book "Permanent Emergency"

Read an excerpt from Kip Hawley and Nathan Means' new book "Permanent Emergency"

04/25/12 08:22AM

A Darkened LandOne crisp morning in late summer 2001, Chief Bill Hall of the Port Authority police was pulling on a motorcycle uniform for his dailyinspection of the transportation facilities he looked after when the phone rang in his Jersey City office. He picked it up on the first ring. “Hello?”Rabbi Itchy Herschel, one of the chaplains Bill worked with at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was on the other end. “Hey, chief. What’s going on at the World Trade Center?”“I dunno,” replied Bill, in his thick Jersey accent. read more

An excerpt from Garry Marshall's memoir "My Happy Days in Hollywood"

An excerpt from Garry Marshall's memoir "My Happy Days in Hollywood"

04/25/12 07:51AM

1. THE BRONXGrowing Up Allergic to Everything but StickballMarjorie Ward Marshall, my mother, was the first director I ever met.Wearing an apron and teaching tap in the basement of our Grand Concourse apartment building, she was a Bronx housewife and a tap dance teacher you didn’t want to mess with. She ran a tight ship, and little girls never dawdled in putting on their tap shoes and costumes in front of Mom. read more

Todd: Romney began to 'fill the suit' on...

Todd: Romney began to 'fill the suit' on Tuesday

04/24/12 08:00PM

Mitt Romney swept the Northeast Tuesday with a primary win in states like New York and Pennsylvania, and he brought his delegate count to 823. NBC News' Chuck Todd and the Financial Times' Gillian Tett join a conversation about Romney's Tuesday speech,... watch

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