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Stephen Colbert raises Cain in South Carolina

01/20/12 05:04PM

Late-night comedian Stephen Colbert brought his "exploratory committee" to South Carolina's College of Charleston on Friday and teamed up with former presidential candidate Herman Cain -- and perhaps more importantly, with Cain's bus.Colbert announced on "The Colbert Report" on Jan. 12 that he was laying the groundwork for his possible candidacy for "president of the United States of South Carolina." One problem -- South Carolina does not allow for write-in candidates on its primary ballots. So in order to pursue his satirical campaign, he needed help. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Friday, January 20, 2012

01/20/12 04:38PM

THE GOP'S SUICIDE MARCHBY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMERWASHINGTON POSTEconomic inequality is an important issue, but the idea that it is the cause of America’s current economic troubles is absurd. Yet, in a stroke, the Republicans have succeeded in turning a Democratic talking point — a last-ditch attempt to salvage reelection by distracting from their record — into a central focus of the nation’s political discourse. ... All eyes are on South Carolina and Romney’s taxes. This is no mainstream media conspiracy. This is the GOP maneuvering itself right onto Obama terrain. read more

Stephen Colbert: I know you hunger for my candidacy

01/20/12 11:53AM

 Stephen Colbert is exploring the possibility of running for the presidency of the United States of South Carolina, and he has the poll ratings to take him all the way.If only he made the ballot.In what Joe Scarborough called "absolutely disturbing" but true, Colbert outranks the established GOP presidential candidates in a national Public Policy Polling on favorable opinion, launching his "candidacy" nationwide.Colbert shared details of his exploratory committee on "Morning Joe" Friday, where Scarborough upped the ante on the legitimacy of Colbert's campaign, daring him to get his name on the read more

Stephen Colbert makes his entrance at the Mills House

Stephen Colbert makes his entrance at the Mills House

01/20/12 09:19AM

Stephen Colbert makes his entrance at the Mills House in Charleston, S.C.On the show this morning, Colbert explained his exploratory committee to run for the United States of South Carolina and his recent team up with former GOP hopeful, Herman Cain. And though Colbert tops a national Public Policy Polling on favorable opinion, he said Cain has something he will never have: “A place on the South Carolina ballot.” VIDEO: Watch Colbert's appearance here.  Here's how the morning looked with Captain Colbert along for the ride:   read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, January 20

01/20/12 05:43AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Romney, Gingrich in spirited debate battle ahead of SC primaryGingrich denies 'open marriage' allegationCheck out the Post and Courier's coverage of the debateTax returns show Gingrich is among the wealthiestRomney’s challengers look for their openingThe GOP race is shaken up, and now it’s no longer on autopilotPresident Obama sings at Apollo fundraiserElizabeth Warren raises $1 million in single dayGreece, creditors edge closer to deal read more

Romney's finances, comments paint him as 'out of touch'

01/19/12 12:04PM

 The Morning Joe panel discussed  Mitt Romney's wealth, finances and unreleased tax returns, and how he is currently being perceived in the race. John Heilemann: "People don't begrudge Mitt Romney his wealth, but the most damaging thing from yesterday is the very cavalier way Romney talked about his $374,328 speaking income as 'not that much.' That's the killer. That to even an upper middle class earner sounds like, 'Really? read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Thursday, January 19, 2012

01/19/12 10:18AM

THE 1% AND THAT 15%EDITORIALNEW YORK TIMESMr. Romney is clearly hoping that by drawing this process want someone who understands how the next 10 years can produce an American economy that offers the opportunities for them that the 1980s produced for Mitt Romney.GOP SHOULD HEED RON PAULBY MICHAEL TANNERNATIONAL REVIEWWhat... can Republicans do to keep Paul’s supporters in the tent? Well, to start with, instead of deriding Paul as a RINO or some sort of a crank, and hoping his supporters go away, they might begin to take some of his ideas seriously. ... read more

Morning Joe live in Charleston

Morning Joe is live in Charleston

01/19/12 07:01AM

Morning Joe is live today and tomorrow at the Mills House in Charleston, South Carolina. We'll be updating our blog and our Flickr page with tons and tons of pictures, so make sure to check us out for all kinds of fun pictures from the road. read more

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