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Louis to South Beach: How do you feel about GOP candidates?

01/31/12 12:53PM

Have you ever wondered what, you know, beach goers in Miami think about Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich?No? Well, are you at least curious?We sent our intrepid man Louis Burgdorf out into the field to get the scoop on what the area's sun-kissed denizens think about everything from open marriage to moon colonies.Oh, and he got a tramp stamp to boot. read more

Mika: RNC chair's comparison of Obama to cruise ship captain is 'gutter politics, despicable'

Mika: RNC chair's comparison of Obama to cruise ship captain is 'gutter politics, despicable'

01/31/12 10:51AM

by Quinn WonderlingRepublican National Committee chair Reince Priebus is facing backlash for his questionable comments on Face the Nation Sunday, comparing President Obama to the captain of the Costa Concordia, the huge cruise liner that crashed in Tuscany killing at least 17 passengers.On Morning Joe Tuesday, Mika Brzezinski expressed contempt at the remarks. Priebus said that by traveling and campaigning, the president is "our own little Captain Schettino," shirking his duties and “abandoning the ship here in the United States.”Mika Brzezinski sounded off: irresponsible and despicable. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, January 31, 2012

01/31/12 08:12AM

REPUBLICANS HAVE ONLY THEMSELVES TO BLAMEBY RICHARD COHENWASHINGTON POSTIt is entirely appropriate that last week’s GOP debates fell between “Pawn Stars” and “American Pickers” in the 10 most-watched cable television shows. They are sheer entertainment having little to do with us and our problems. The Republican Party has veered so far from reality that Gingrich is lambasting Romney as a “Massachusetts moderate.” ... Romney, who has all but collapsed his rib cage to conform to conservative dogma, must be perplexed. Others have prudently stayed out of the race. read more

Scarborough: Why does Romney have nothing to say about Romney?

01/31/12 07:20AM

Today is primary day in Florida, and we're broadcasting in Miami.Here's something Joe said earlier about how negative the campaign has gotten:People want to know why does Mitt Romney have nothing to say about Mitt Romney if he is such a great candidate? And all he can do is trash Newt Gingrich. People want to know why does Mitt Romney close his campaign in Florida by singing “America the Beautiful” instead of telling us what he’s going to do for America the beautiful? Voters are not stupid; they want substance. And if you don’t give it to them, they’re going to make you pay in the long run. read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, January 31

01/31/12 05:56AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Romney confident as Florida vote nearsRead the Miami Herald's coverage of the Florida primaryRead the Orlando Sentinel's coverage of the primary$16 million of negative ads against Gingrich in FloridaRomney stays on the attack even as he surgesSenate advances bill aiming to end congressional insider tradingRomney leads by 15 points in Florida: Reuters/Ipsos pollTensions mount with arrest of Occupy D.C. protester and approach of deadline read more

Matthews: Possible VP picks for Romney...

Matthews: Possible VP picks for Romney could be...

01/30/12 07:00PM

Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla., and Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., join Morning Joe to discuss the presidential campaign, and what they expect from primary day in Florida. Kingston explains his reasons for supporting Gingrich while "Hardball" host... watch

Romney's speeches: Where's the content?

Romney's speeches: Where's the content?

01/30/12 07:00PM

Florida's 50 delegates are at stake in the state's primary, which means it's winner-take-all, and a new PPP poll has Mitt Romney's lead over Newt Gingrich slipping somewhat. Yet a Suffolk poll shows Romney leading with 47 percent. What will happen on... watch

Todd: The reasons why primaries can get so...

Todd: The reasons why primaries can get so nasty

01/30/12 07:00PM

Has the 2012 GOP campaign been an exceptionally nasty slog? NBC News' Chuck Todd reminds the panel on reasons why primary season can be so nasty, including the infusion of superPAC money. NBC News' Peter Alexander also joins the discussion. watch

Has the '12 campaign left GOP 'brain-dead'?

Has the '12 campaign left GOP 'brain-dead'?

01/30/12 07:00PM

Must-Read Op-Eds: Mika Brzezinski reads from a Richard Cohen Washington Post column on how the "GOP is brain-dead" given how its carried itself in this 2012 campaign season. Telemundo's Jose Diaz-Balart joins the conversation. watch

Real Estate perform at the K&K Super Buffet in Ridgewood, Queens, NYC.

Why every show should be at a Chinese buffet in Queens

01/30/12 01:36PM

 A quick respite from politics. Just for a second.Something pretty fun and unusual happened this weekend, even by Brooklyn (or, I guess it's technically Queens) standards: A disparate collection of great bands played a a Chinese super-buffet...near an elevated train line.The tuneful and mellow Real Estate rubbed shoulders with the harsh, noisy dissonance of Black Dice and the garagey stomp of the Babies. All three are New York bands, but Black Dice started in the '90s in Providence, Rhode Island. Real Estate and the Babies have roots in New Jersey and Brooklyn.A lot of people came. read more