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Must-Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, March 20, 2012

03/20/12 11:07AM

WHEN THE GOOD DO BADBY DAVID BROOKSNEW YORK TIMESThe inner world is a battlefield between light and dark, and life is a struggle against the destructive forces inside. The worst thing you can do is, in a fit of pride, to imagine your insecurity comes from outside and to try to resolve it yourself. If you try to “fix” the other people who you think are responsible for your inner turmoil, you’ll end up trying to kill them, or maybe whole races of them. ... According to this older worldview, Robert Bales, like all of us, is a mixture of virtue and depravity. read more

Sgt. Bales, Afghanistan and the memory of...

Sgt. Bales, Afghanistan and the memory of My Lai

03/19/12 08:00PM

The top U.S. commander for the war in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, will testify on Capitol Hill Tuesday before the House Armed Services Committee on what's happening in the country. The Morning Joe panel discusses this in the wake of last week's... watch

Santorum, Romney talk unemployment ahead...

Santorum, Romney talk unemployment ahead of primary

03/19/12 08:00PM

Top Talkers: During an Illinois campaign stop, Rick Santorum made a comment about the country's unemployment rate. Mitt Romney is seizing on the comment. Santorum's wife also defends her husband's stance on contraception. The Morning Joe panel –... watch

Romney slams Obama for attacking innovation

Romney slams Obama for attacking innovation

03/19/12 08:00PM

Top Talkers: Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., shares his thoughts on Mitt Romney’s comments and says that if the economy is going to be successful once again and America is going to remain the innovative capital of the world then the government must stop ... watch

Will Romney seal the deal in Illinois...

Will Romney seal the deal in Illinois primary?

03/19/12 08:00PM

Top Talkers: New polls have Mitt Romney leading Rick Santorum among likely GOP voters in Illinois. But will Mitt Romney make a convincing stand in the state? John Heilemann thinks Romney is more in line with the type of Republicans voters in Illinois... watch

Defining the Tea Party’s core values

Defining the Tea Party’s core values

03/19/12 08:00PM

Michael Patrick Leahy, author of “Covenant of Liberty,” talks about the start of the Tea Party due to the “financially reckless extremism of the Obama administration” and discusses how it’s changed since the last election. Leahy also explains how the... watch

Paul Ryan on budget plan, Medicare changes

Paul Ryan on budget plan, Medicare changes

03/19/12 08:00PM

House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., joins Morning Joe to preview his 2012 budget plan. The plan would get rid of the current six tax brackets in favor of two tax levels and would get rid of the Alternative Minimum Tax. watch

In this Feb. 16, 2012, file photo House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., holds up a copy of President Barack Obama's fiscal 2013 federal budget during the budget committee's hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. After a few months of...

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

03/19/12 06:41PM

Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will unveil his fiscal budget tomorrow. It's expected to set discretionary spending at more than $1 trillion in 2013. Will that sit well with the Tea Party? We'll ask him to explain the magic behind his numbers tomorrow. Incidentally, we'll also have co-founder of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition Michael Patrick Leahy to weigh in on the Ryan plan. Does it satisfy the movement's core principles? read more

Actor Adrien Brody on the set of Morning Joe

Adrien Brody on the set of Morning Joe

03/19/12 11:50AM

Last week, Oscar-winner Adrien Brody joined Morning Joe to discuss his latest film "Detachment," which is about a substitute teacher in the New York City public school system.Here he is on-set just before his chat with Mika, Mike and the rest of the crew. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Monday, March 19, 2012

03/19/12 10:34AM

THE WRONG WAY TO SHAKE UP CONGRESSEDITORIALNEW YORK TIMESPolitical entrenchment is a problem in a Congress where 90 percent of the districts are dominated by a single party and incumbents can often take their re-election for granted. Those who want to change that can better spend their money supporting nonpartisan redistricting in state legislatures. They can also oppose state attempts to limit voter turnout, and use their money to encourage voter registration and participation in both primary and general elections. read more

Rick Santorum: Mitt Romney is a big government heavyweight

03/19/12 08:50AM

This morning, in advance of Tuesday's Illinois primary, 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum joined us from the state to update us on his campaign.Over the weekend, Santorum's competitor Mitt Romney picked up a win in the Puerto Rico GOP primary and took home the 20 delegates offered there. As of now, Romney has a total of 521 delegates and Santorum has 253. read more

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