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Must-Read Op-Eds for Thursday, May 17, 2012

05/17/12 11:24AM

IS ATTACKING BAIN CAPITAL A POLICY ARGUMENTMOLLY BALLTHE ATLANTIC, not policy, is what the attacks on Bain are really about: what kind of person Romney is. It's about character -- whether he feels the pain of average folks or is instead seen as callous and greedy. It's yet another in the seemingly endless litany of depictions of Romney... read more

Scarborough: Biden's populist Ohio speech works

05/17/12 10:17AM

Joe Biden has been spending some time in eastern Ohio, pushing President Obama's record and taking aim at Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital, a firm Romney co-founded in 1984.During a campaign stop in Youngstown, Ohio, at the M-7 Technologies manufacturing plant, Vice President Biden laid into Romney and the GOP by saying the party... read more

Are most Senate Democrats 'financially illiterate'?

05/17/12 10:14AM

Five separate budget plans failed in the Senate on Wednesday, including the president's plan, which didn't receive a single vote. The Morning Joe panel discusses how the president's plan received no votes and the state of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill. read more

Morning Headlines: Thursday, May 17

05/17/12 05:47AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Romney raises $40.1 Million in AprilCensus: Minorities now surpass whites in US birthsRobert F. Kennedy Jr.'s estranged wife found deadJPMorgan’s trading loss is said to rise at least 50%R.I.P. Chuck Brown, "Godfather of Go-Go"Biden... read more

Time offers intimate portrait of Benjamin...

Time offers intimate portrait of Benjamin Netanyahu

05/16/12 08:00PM

Time's Jim Frederick joins Morning Joe to reveal the magazine's latest issue, which focuses on Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Frederick says the piece focuses less on the tensions between Israel and Iran but offers an intimate portrait of Netanyahu. watch

Becoming energy independent

Becoming energy independent

05/16/12 08:00PM

Boone Pickens, CEO of BP Capital Management,  and Rep. Tom Perriello talks about the future of natural gas in America and whether fracking is dangerous for the environment. watch

Political races that matter

Political races that matter

05/16/12 08:00PM

Political analyst Charlie Cook joins the Morning Joe panel to discuss specific Congressional races including Sen. Dick Lugar’s defeat in Indiana. watch

Are most Senate Democrats 'financially...

Are most Senate Democrats 'financially illiterate'?

05/16/12 08:00PM

Top Talkers: Five separate budget plans failed in the Senate on Wednesday, including the president's plan, which didn’t receive a single vote. The Morning Joe panel discusses how the president's plan received no votes and the state of bipartisanship on... watch

Scarborough: Biden's populist Ohio speech...

Scarborough: Biden's populist Ohio speech works

05/16/12 08:00PM

Top Talkers: During a campaign stop in Youngstown, Ohio, Vice President Biden laid into the GOP by saying the party doesn't understand working class Americans. The Morning Joe panel – including CNBC's Jim Cramer and Mike Barnicle – discusses the VP's... watch

Why presidents have to do more than just...

Why presidents have to do more than just be technocrats

05/16/12 08:00PM

Must-Read Op-Eds: Mika Brzezinski reads from a Molly Ball Atlantic column on Mitt Romney's time at Bain Capital and that "…the idea that he lacks empathy has become so deeply embedded it's nearly impossible to shake." MSNBC's Richard Wolffe joins the... watch

Biden, the working class and natural energy

Biden, the working class and natural energy

05/16/12 08:00PM

Vice President Biden is back in the news after delivering a speech in Washington on why the Republican Party doesn't understand average, working-class Americans. PBS' Jeff Greenfield and Former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council,... watch

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