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Band drummer, Levon Helm, in final stages...

Band drummer, Levon Helm, in final stages of cancer

04/17/12 08:00PM

Top Talkers: Legendary drummer and singer Levon Helm, who is perhaps best known for his time in The Band, is in the final stages of a battle with throat cancer, according to a letter from his wife and daughter posted to his Web site. The Morning Joe... watch

Kate, Pippa Middleton top new Time list

Kate, Pippa Middleton top new Time list

04/17/12 08:00PM

Time Magazine’s Richard Stengel reveals the publication’s latest issue – “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” A Morning Joe panel shares their thoughts on some of the moguls, politicians and athletes featured on it. watch

Following chimpanzees in the wild

Following chimpanzees in the wild

04/17/12 08:00PM

Legendary primatologist Jane Goodall and director Alastair Forthergill talk about Disney-Nature’s new film, “Chimpanzee,” a documentary that follows the life of a chimpanzee and his family in the forests of the Ivory Coast. watch

The Nuge has head choppin' fever, calls Obama admin 'criminals'

The Nuge has head choppin' fever, calls Obama admin 'criminals'

04/17/12 02:44PM

Ahh, Ted Nugent. You know, he plays guitar! And he says stuff!The long-time rock guitarist and reality-TV guy who's words often shock...well, a lot of people...is getting some more attention not for the hot riffs but for comments he made during the National Rifle Association's convention in St. Louis.While speaking with a pretty cool headset on, Nugent called on the convention crowd to rally their friends to vote for Mitt Romney in the fall. (Although, getting a couple of thousand people per person to vote like he suggests does seem like a lot to me. read more

Does Gallup poll show the race is starting to tighten?

04/17/12 11:14AM

After recent polls had showed President Obama with a healthy leads over Mitt Romney, Gallup began its daily tracking survey Monday – and showed Romney up by 2.That seemed to bear out Joe Scarborough’s prediction Monday that we’d see a “natural tightening” in the polls. read more

Will Team Obama's Buffett Rule strategy succeed?

04/17/12 10:10AM

The president's so-called "Buffett Rule" won a majority of votes in the Senate Monday, but was blocked by a Republican filibuster.For Democrats, though, the point was never to pass the rule, which would have required that those earning over $1 million a year pay at least 30 percent in taxes. It was to use the Buffett Rule to paint the GOP, and its all-but-certain presidential nominee, as tools of the rich.“It could be called the Buffett Rule, it could be called the Romney Rule,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat. read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, April 17

04/17/12 05:42AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Obama's disappearing windfall profitsSenate blocks Buffett RuleHaven't filed your taxes yet? Don't worry, you're not aloneAfghan assaults signal evolution of militant foeAP wins Pulitzer for stories on NYPD spyingRomney ducks question about equal pay lawVirginia Tech marks shooting anniversaryNorway killer: 'I would have done it again'Longtime Romney aide to lead VP searchSpace shuttle Discovery prepares for last voyage to museumPakistan to free Osama bin Laden's wives, children read more

President-elect Barack Obama is welcomed by President George W. Bush for a meeting at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, with former presidents, from left, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

04/16/12 10:08PM

Buffett Rule: blocked. Senate Republicans voted down a move to open debate on the Buffett Rule. Will this hurt the GOP in the long run with middle class voters? We'll ask Rep. Peter King (R-NY) for his take. We'll also ask the House Homeland Security Chairman to weigh in on the Secret Service scandal. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said, "We let the boss down," and Rep. Darrell Issa is alleging that the agents could have exposed themselves to "blackmail." How far will this investigation take us?  What exactly goes on inside the world's most exclusive fraternity? read more

Making Afghanistan a top issue in 2012

Making Afghanistan a top issue in 2012

04/16/12 08:00PM

Nick Kristof of the New York Times and Arianna Huffington join Morning Joe to talk about the hardships U.S. veterans face upon returning home from war. Kristof says that although much emphasis is placed on the troops while they’re at war, not enough... watch

Romney, Obama, women, and job loss

Romney, Obama, women, and job loss

04/16/12 08:00PM

Mitt Romney is leading President Obama by two percentage points in a new Gallup daily tracking poll. What's behind the numbers? And can anything close the lead Obama has among women? "Last Word" host Lawrence O'Donnell, the Washington Post's Eugene... watch

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