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Morning Headlines: Friday, May 4

05/04/12 05:48AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Some voters still balk at supporting black candidateYankees' closer Rivera suffers potentially career-ending injuryDocuments show feud between al-Qaida and Iran'It is very dangerous here,' blind Chinese activist says amid Clinton... read more

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

05/04/12 12:06AM

Inevitable decline? Financial Times Chief U.S. Columnist Edward Luce says anyone who holds doubts about that for the U.S. is in "an intellectual ostrich position." He'll give us his reasons laid out in his latest book, "Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent." Promoting tolerance? Academy Award-nominated... read more

How will Virginia vote in November?

How will Virginia vote in November?

05/03/12 08:00PM

President Obama leads Mitt Romney in Virginia with 51 percent to Romney's 44 percent, according to a new Washington Post poll. Joe Scarborough wonders what has happened over the past four years to have Virginia lean more Democratic than GOP. watch

How to turn around the country's economy

How to turn around the country's economy

05/03/12 08:00PM

The Financial Times Edward Luce joins Morning Joe to discuss his new book "Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent." Luce argues the U.S. is facing economic and political decline and in the next decade the country's portion of the global... watch

Bin Laden’s threats revealed

Bin Laden’s threats revealed

05/03/12 08:00PM

NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports on the newly declassified documents, which were found during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. A Morning Joe panel then joins the discussion. watch

Obama campaign launches 'Life of Julia'...

Obama campaign launches 'Life of Julia' online

05/03/12 08:00PM

Politico Playbook: President Obama's re-election campaign recently launched a Web infographic called "The Life of Julia," which follows the life of one fictional woman from age three to 67 and how her life would be different under the president's... watch

Must-Read Op-Eds for Thursday, May 3, 2012

05/03/12 12:20PM

DEATH OF A SALESMAN'S DREAMSBY LEE SIEGEL NEW YORK TIMESIn our time of banker hustlers, real-estate hustlers and Internet hustlers, of suckers and “muppets,” it is unlikely that anyone associates happiness and dignity with working hard for a comfortable existence purchased with a modest income. Even what’s left of the middle class disdains... read more

Does anyone aspire to a middle-class life anymore?

05/03/12 10:51AM

The Morning Joe gang highlighted a New York Times op-ed by the writer Lee Siegel as one of Thursday’s Must Reads.Siegel argues that these days, no one aspires to the kind of modest, secure middle-class existence that Willy Loman sought in “Death of a Salesman.”In our time of banker hustlers, real-estate hustlers and Internet hustlers, of suckers... read more

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