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Morning Headlines: Monday, April 9

04/09/12 05:52AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?'Orphan' state parties worry GOPObama leads among 'swing independents'U.S. policy questioned as Maliki consolidates his power in IraqNewt Gingrich: I'm 'slightly less than' $4.5 million in debtWallace's epitaph for self: 'Tough but fair'Magical shot in playoff lifts Bubba Watson at Masters'Hunger Games' sinks 'Titanic 3D' at box officeMartin killing resonates in Conn. town still trying to heal racial fissures‘Super PAC,’ eyeing general election, aims blitz at Obama read more

Housing Sec.: Best winter of home sales in...

Housing Sec.: Best winter of home sales in five years

04/08/12 08:00PM

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan, joins Morning Joe to discuss the country's housing industry. Donovan says that although the U.S. has just been through the "best winter of home sales in five years" the country is still looking... watch

Broadway revives Tennessee Williams classic

Broadway revives Tennessee Williams classic

04/08/12 08:00PM

Actor Blair Underwood talks about his portrayal of “Stanley” in the play and the “tremendous pressure,” he’s facing in a role once played by Marlon Brando. Producer Alia Jones “A Streetcar Named Desire” also joins the conversation to talk about the... watch

Must-Read Op-Eds for Friday, April 6, 2012

04/06/12 11:50AM

THIS BUDGET WILL SAVE YOU TRILLIONS! (WE JUST NEED TO UNDO SOME OF LAST YEAR'S SAVINGS TO GET IT THROUGH)BY JOSHUA GREENBLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEKLast summer, with Republicans threatening to force the U.S. to default on its debt unless spending was brought down, the two parties struck a last-minute deal to avoid catastrophe. The Budget Control Act, supported by Republicans and Democrats, and signed by Obama, cut $900 billion over a decade, and guaranteed that an additional $1.2 trillion in savings would be achieved in one of two ways. read more

Can a new hire help Team Romney stay on message?

04/06/12 11:08AM

Is Mitt Romney’s run for president being hampered by some basic problems of message discipline? And can a new hire help address that?Romney himself has been a chief culprit, committing repeated gaffes that have suggested he’s out-of-touch with the lives of ordinary Americans. (Remember “I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners,” or, “I like being able to fire people”?). read more

Zbigniew Brzezinski: Romney is 'playing around with matches' on Iran

04/06/12 10:03AM

Mitt Romney has been talking tough on Iran lately. In an op-ed last month in the Washington Post, the all-but-certain Republican presidential nominee wrote:I will buttress my diplomacy with a military option that will persuade the ayatollahs to abandon their nuclear ambitions. Only when they understand that at the end of that road lies not nuclear weapons but ruin will there be a real chance for a peaceful resolution.Romney added that he’d restore aircraft carriers to the eastern Mediterranean and Persian Gulf region. read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, April 6

04/06/12 05:44AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Coast Guard sinks tsunami 'ghost ship' in Gulf of AlaskaZimmerman called Sanford police 7 times since AugustA ‘war on women’ or a battle for their votes?Romney uses rule to cloak wealthRNC neutrality challenged on RomneyRomney, who holds two Harvard degrees, says Obama spent ‘too much time’ at HarvardMarine Sgt. read more