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Gingrich surge threatens Romney's lead

Gingrich surge threatens Romney's lead

01/18/12 07:00PM

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had a perceived strong performance on Monday night’s presidential debate, and is gaining traction with voters in the Palmetto State. The Daily Rundown’s Chuck Todd and Meet the Press’ David Gregory weigh in on... watch

Klein: Romney is a brittle candidate

Klein: Romney is a brittle candidate

01/18/12 07:00PM

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is slumping in polls amid the "self-inflicted wounds" to his campaign along the South Carolina primary election trail. Time’s Joe Klein joins the panel to analyze how the Romney campaign handled critiques that he... watch

Is Romney running a 'sloppy' campaign?

Is Romney running a 'sloppy' campaign?

01/18/12 07:00PM

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is leading the polls in South Carolina, but his rankings as a "true conservative" have him lagging behind his opponents. The Morning Joe panel discusses the missteps within Romney's campaign in failing to out-run... watch

Obama rejects Keystone pipeline proposal

Obama rejects Keystone pipeline proposal

01/18/12 07:00PM

President Barack Obama rejected the Keystone pipeline proposed to run through the heart of the nation, asking for more time to evaluate the plan. Republicans and even members of Obama’s Democratic party are lashing out, with House Speaker Rep. John... watch

Why Gingrich keeps coming back

Why Gingrich keeps coming back

01/18/12 07:00PM

The Morning Joe panel, including Mark Halperin and John Heilemann discuss why Newt Gingrich is closing the gap in South Carolina and how the recent Romney stories are hurting the front-runner. watch

Answer: Five-time Jeopardy! winner and current CFPB chief

01/18/12 12:57PM

Question: Who is Richard Cordray? Morning Joe took a trip down memory lane with the newly appointed director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this morning. In 1987, the year of one of the most notorious stock market crashes in U.S. history., a younger, bright-eyed Cordray showed off his Bushido smarts to Alex Trebek.  read more

Scarborough: I suspect Romney campaign will regret tax rate talk

01/18/12 08:54AM

Joe Scarborough: This is a problem on a lot of levels…campaigns are sometimes defined in a moment that the candidate doesn’t realize. I don’t want to overstate this. We can go back to Michael Dukakis and the tank. We can go back to 1980 and Ronald Reagan saying ‘Mr. Green I paid for this mic in Nashua.’ In this case you have a guy worth $250M talking about how he’s paying a lower tax rate than most secretaries…one of the most damning parts of this is when Mitt said he didn’t make much money on speaker’s fees. And his definition of not much money is $360,000. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, January 18, 2012

01/18/12 08:10AM

NOT THE BANE OF HIS EXISTENCEBY ROSS DOUTHATNEW YORK TIMESTrue, the Bain controversy may hurt Romney in the general election, at which point Gingrich will be able to claim some measure of vindication. But for now, all he seems to have created is a rally-round-the-frontrunner effect that might otherwise have taken weeks or months for Romney to achieve on his own. ... If he wins the election, Romney owes him an ambassadorship, at the very least. And conservatives wondering how a man they so mistrust could be breezing to the nomination should know exactly whom to blame. read more

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, January 15

01/18/12 05:49AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Have you seen this yet?Here's the story behind itCatch up on all things S.C. politics with the Post and CourierYou can do the same with The State, tooHere's what Newt had to say about a Romney win in S.C.Cruise ship wreck search suspended after hull movesSarah Palin on South Carolina GOP primary: 'I'd vote for Newt'Ahead of State of Union, electorate sharply split over Obama, poll findsJerry Yang, Yahoo co-founder, leaving the companySchools close, flights canceled as storm nears NW read more

Christie: Romney should release tax returns

Christie: Romney should release tax returns

01/17/12 07:00PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told the Morning Joe panel on Wednesday that GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney should release his tax returns to tackle controversy over his wealth. Christie, who publicly endorses Romney as the GOP nominee, said... watch

Is Romney campaign regretting tax talk?

Is Romney campaign regretting tax talk?

01/17/12 07:00PM

Top Talkers: While campaigning in South Carolina, GOP candidate Mitt Romney admitted he probably paid a 15 percent tax rate, which is lower than what most Americans pay. Will this be something the Romney campaign will end up regretting? The Morning Joe... watch

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