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Must Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, November 9, 2011

11/09/11 09:38AM

EUROPE'S ENTITLEMENT RECKONING  BY EDITORIALWALL STREET JOURNALThe road from Rome may now lead to Paris, Madrid and other debt-ridden European countries. But this is no cause for U.S. chortling, because that same road also leads to Sacramento, Albany and Washington. America's federal debt was 35.7% of GDP in 2007, but it was 61.3% last year and is rising on an Italian trajectory. read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, Nov. 9th

11/09/11 05:55AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Voters reject Ohio union curbs, Miss. abortion initiativeCheck out a Columbus Dispatch story on the electionsNJ candidate runs for office — for 50 yearsHerman Cain dismisses accusations as ‘baseless, bogus and false’Silvio Berlusconi confirms he will not seek office againIran won't retreat 'one iota' from nuke program'Be Inspired': The last tweet of Rapper Heavy D'Epic' 100-mph storm expected to hit AlaskaSarkozy to Obama: I'm fed up with Netanyahu read more

Mika: Interesting questions on both sides of Cain harassment accusations

11/08/11 02:18PM

Mika Brzezinski: "Herman Cain was head of the National Restaurant Association. He was powerful before he was running for presidnet – and nobody spoke out then – what does they say about them? Because if someone is a predator, a sexual predator, and they do something to you and you don’t speak out you’re letting it go. Clearly this woman and Gloria Allred are very interested in the limelight right now -- and I wonder what their reasons are. I'm sure I'll get attacked online for saying this."Joe Scarborough: "You've got a debate going on, on your Twitter feed."Mika Brzezinski: "It's 50/50. read more

Former President Bill Clinton in the Morning Joe green room

A quick moment with Bill Clinton

11/08/11 01:25PM

This morning former President Bill Clinton dropped by the show to talk about his new book, Occupy Wall Street, the 2012 field, and a host of other topics. As I do with many of the guests on Morning Joe, I dropped by the green room before his interview and snapped a few images. I chose to post this one because I'm a big fan of calm, quiet moments. I like seeing people at ease and just doing their thing as if the camera weren't there at all.If you click on the image, it will take you to our Flickr page, where you can view a larger size of the image. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, November 8, 2011

11/08/11 01:09PM

TEACHING WITH THE ENEMYBY JOE NOCERANEW YORK TIMESCharter schools offer proof of the concept that great teaching is a huge difference-maker, but charters can only absorb a tiny fraction of the nation’s 50 million public schoolchildren. Real reform has to go beyond charters — and it has to include the unions. That’s what Brill figured out. ... The reform movement has long demonized Weingarten and her union — sometimes with good reason — and that is reflected in “Class Warfare.” But Brill himself is now where the reform movement needs to go, if it hopes to change how kids are taught. read more