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Willie talks to GQ about Romney, sports, drinking and Heilemann's tie

Willie talks to GQ about Romney, sports, drinking and Heilemann's tie

04/03/12 10:46AM

Willie recently talked with GQ's Death Race blog recently about all your favorite subjects: The 2012 race, delegate math, drinking, and the sartorial proclivities of regular guests like New York Magazine's John Heilemann and Donny Deutsch.A couple of highlights:On politics vs. sports: "I'm in politics now. Don't get me wrong—I love sports. I obsess over sports, but politics now for five years has been what consumes my day. I love it. Landing on Morning Joe wasn't a fluke. I was a poli sci major in college. I interned at CBS political unit, covered conventions. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, April 3, 2012

04/03/12 06:15AM

ROLLING THE VICE DICEBY JOHN HEILEMANNNEW YORK MAGAZINERomney and his team of course could not be more different from McCain and his. The former candidate is methodical, data-driven, and risk-averse; the latter impetuous, instinctive, an inveterate gambler (politically and in Vegas). The former campaign is a hospital-corners operation; the latter the equivalent of a rebellious teenager's unmade bed. The smart guys in Boston know that in a post-Palin world, not only will their pick receive unprecedented scrutiny, but so will the process leading up to it. read more

Excerpt from Simon Johnson and James Kwak's book "White House Burning"

Excerpt from Simon Johnson and James Kwak's book "White House Burning"

04/03/12 05:58AM

Chapter OneImmortal Credit ardently wishes to see it incorporated, as a fundamental maxim in the system of public credit of the United States, that the creation of debt should always be accompanied with the means of extinguishment.—-Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, January 17901On April 30, 1789, when George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States, the country he would lead was a fiscal basket case. Less than six years after the Treaty of Paris ended the American Revolutionary War, the new nation was deeply in debt and already in default. read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, April 3

04/03/12 05:42AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?When does Santorum's slim hope become a GOP problem?Romney image-makers split on strategy5 things to watch in today's primariesRocked by spending scandal, GSA chief resignsGunman kills 7 at small California universityKentucky fends off Kansas for 8th NCAA titleU.S. offers $10 Million bounty for Pakistani militant chiefFBI opens 'parallel investigation' in Martin caseNoncitizens sue over U.S. gay marriage ban read more

Can Romney close the gender gap?

04/02/12 10:21AM

On Morning Joe today, Joe, Mika and their guests weighed in on a new USA Today/Gallup poll that shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney by an average of 9 points in battleground states – an 11-point swing in the president’s favor since February. Among women voters, Obama’s lead is a whopping 18 points.Why the gender gap? It might have something to do with that recent flareup over contraception – which perhaps culminated with Rush Limbaugh calling a Georgetown Law student a “prostitute” for arguing in favor of access to birth control. read more

An excerpt from Carl Hiaasen's new book "Chomp"

An excerpt from Carl Hiaasen's new book "Chomp"

04/02/12 06:58AM

ONEMickey Cray had been out of work ever since a dead iguana fell from a palm tree and hit him on the head.The iguana, which had died during a hard freeze, was stiff as a board and weighed seven and a half pounds. Mickey's son had measured the lifeless lizard on a fishing scale, then packed it on ice with the turtle veggies, in the cooler behind the garage.This was after the ambulance had hauled Mickey off to the hospital, where the doctors said he had a serious concussion and ordered him to take it easy.And to everyone's surprise, Mickey did take it easy. read more

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