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An excerpt from Jay Wilkinson's new book "Dear Jay, Love Dad: Bud Wilkinson's Letters to His Son"

An excerpt from Jay Wilkinson's new book "Dear Jay, Love Dad: Bud Wilkinson's Letters to His Son"

02/24/12 06:16AM

Entering the UnknownSeptember, 1960Dear Jay,It was good to talk to you—I know things will get better because you are the kind of person who can adjust and find the good in all situations.When I read your letter, I recalled vividly many similar times in my life. When I left home to go to Shattuck, I was truly blue. Yet I know now how fine a thing it was for me and my future. The training I received has made my life good. When I left you, Pat, and Mother to go to sea during the war, I was really shaken. read more

Why US needs Santorum to say how he'd lead...

Why US needs Santorum to say how he'd lead as POTUS

02/23/12 07:00PM

Top Talkers: A new American Research Group poll shows Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in a statistical tie among GOP voters in Romney's home state of Michigan while another poll has Santorum leading with a healthy margin. The Morning Joe panel –... watch

Is Obama's environmental base holding him...

Is Obama's environmental base holding him back?

02/23/12 07:00PM

Top Talkers: President Obama is pushing an alternative energy agenda on the trail, and he's criticizing the GOP field for suggesting they could offer the country gas at a lower price. The Morning Joe panel discusses the ongoing debate on energy and the... watch

Energy, a brokered convention? and deficit...

Energy, a brokered convention? and deficit plans

02/23/12 07:00PM

New polls show Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney in a toss-up over the Michigan primary. But what happens if Romney loses? Will the GOP field go to a contested or brokered convention? The New York Daily News' Mort Zuckerman joins the conversation. And... watch

Reconsidering Santorum's 'team' comment

Reconsidering Santorum's 'team' comment

02/23/12 07:00PM

Does Romney need to win Michigan to stay in the race? Will Santorum's comments on taking one for the team over No Child Left Behind hurt him going forward? "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory and NBC News' Kelly O'Donnell join the conversation on... watch

Rattner: Why Romney has it wrong on the...

Rattner: Why Romney has it wrong on the auto bailout

02/23/12 07:00PM

Must-Read Op-Eds: Mika Brzezinski reads from a Steven Rattner NYT column on why the auto bailout was the right thing to do for the country and why Mitt Romney is wrong for his "sharp denunciation of the government's rescue of General Motors and Chrysler." watch

Must-Read Op-Eds for Thursday, February 22, 2012

02/23/12 01:41PM

OBAMA AS AN ALIENBY E.J. DIONNEWASHINGTON POSTThey say that President Obama is a Muslim, but if he isn’t, he’s a secularist who is waging war on religion. On some days he’s a Nazi, but on most others he’s merely a socialist. His especially creative opponents see him as having a “Kenyan anti-colonial worldview,” while the less adventurous say that he’s an elitist who spent too much time in Cambridge, Hyde Park and other excessively academic precincts. read more

Chris Christie on why he vetoed same-sex marriage bill in NJ

Chris Christie on why he vetoed same-sex marriage bill in NJ

02/23/12 10:46AM

This morning New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined Morning Joe to talk about last night's Arizona debate and his reasons for vetoing a bill that would allow same-sex marriage in his state.Aside from Christie, the day's panel included New York Magazine's John Heilemann, former DLC chair Harold Ford Jr., and the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart, who is openly gay and frequently writes about gay issues.Here's how some of the conversation went (We'll be adding to the conversation):Joe Scarborough: I had heard before just generally, because we don’t focus a whole lot on social issues here. read more

Fashion tips from the Morning Joe crew

02/23/12 07:01AM

What happens when you get the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart, No Labels co-founder Mark McKinnon, New York Magazine's John Heilemann, former DLC chair Harold Ford Jr. and Joe and Mika together? You get a serious talk about fashion. read more

Morning Headlines: Thursday, Feb. 23

02/23/12 05:46AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Romney, Santorum clash in last debate before crucial primariesGOP rivals back arming Syria's rebels in wake of latest killingsDozens killed as at least 14 bombs rock Iraq in 2-hour periodGeorge Huguely guilty of 2nd-degree murder, sentenced to 26 yearsSantorum struggles to defend record in heated GOP debateU.S. and North Korea reopen nuclear talksGingrich claims Obama supported 'infanticide' read more

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