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Louis to South Beach: How do you feel about GOP candidates?

01/31/12 12:53PM

Have you ever wondered what, you know, beach goers in Miami think about Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich?No? Well, are you at least curious?We sent our intrepid man Louis Burgdorf out into the field to get the scoop on what the area's sun-kissed denizens think about everything from open marriage to moon colonies.Oh, and he got a tramp stamp to boot. read more

Mika: RNC chair's comparison of Obama to cruise ship captain is 'gutter politics, despicable'

Mika: RNC chair's comparison of Obama to cruise ship captain is 'gutter politics, despicable'

01/31/12 10:51AM

by Quinn WonderlingRepublican National Committee chair Reince Priebus is facing backlash for his questionable comments on Face the Nation Sunday, comparing President Obama to the captain of the Costa Concordia, the huge cruise liner that crashed in Tuscany killing at least 17 passengers.On Morning Joe Tuesday, Mika Brzezinski expressed contempt at the remarks. Priebus said that by traveling and campaigning, the president is "our own little Captain Schettino," shirking his duties and “abandoning the ship here in the United States.”Mika Brzezinski sounded off: irresponsible and despicable. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, January 31, 2012

01/31/12 08:12AM

REPUBLICANS HAVE ONLY THEMSELVES TO BLAMEBY RICHARD COHENWASHINGTON POSTIt is entirely appropriate that last week’s GOP debates fell between “Pawn Stars” and “American Pickers” in the 10 most-watched cable television shows. They are sheer entertainment having little to do with us and our problems. The Republican Party has veered so far from reality that Gingrich is lambasting Romney as a “Massachusetts moderate.” ... Romney, who has all but collapsed his rib cage to conform to conservative dogma, must be perplexed. Others have prudently stayed out of the race. read more

Scarborough: Why does Romney have nothing to say about Romney?

01/31/12 07:20AM

Today is primary day in Florida, and we're broadcasting in Miami.Here's something Joe said earlier about how negative the campaign has gotten:People want to know why does Mitt Romney have nothing to say about Mitt Romney if he is such a great candidate? And all he can do is trash Newt Gingrich. People want to know why does Mitt Romney close his campaign in Florida by singing “America the Beautiful” instead of telling us what he’s going to do for America the beautiful? Voters are not stupid; they want substance. And if you don’t give it to them, they’re going to make you pay in the long run. read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, January 31

01/31/12 05:56AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Romney confident as Florida vote nearsRead the Miami Herald's coverage of the Florida primaryRead the Orlando Sentinel's coverage of the primary$16 million of negative ads against Gingrich in FloridaRomney stays on the attack even as he surgesSenate advances bill aiming to end congressional insider tradingRomney leads by 15 points in Florida: Reuters/Ipsos pollTensions mount with arrest of Occupy D.C. protester and approach of deadline read more