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President Barack Obama talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting in New York, Wednesday, Sept., 21, 2011.

Top Talker: President Obama says there is No Shortcut to Peace

09/22/11 09:16AM

 Today is President Obama’s last chance to persuade the Palestinians to abandon their bid for full U.N. membership, and to avoid a potentially embarrassing vote in the Security Council tomorrow. It comes as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shows no signs of backing down. In an effort to prevent a showdown, President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Abbas last night, warning him of the United States’ plans to veto any Security Council move to recognize Palestinian statehood. read more

Morning Headlines: Thursday, Sept. 22nd

09/22/11 05:48AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Georgia executes Troy DavisWitnesses say Davis maintained his innocence until the endAlso last night: White supremacist executed for Texas dragging deathStopgap spending bill fails in the House; shutdown loomsTreasury 10-year yield falls to record on Fed, growth concernsRick Perry addresses secessionBullied NY teen takes his own lifePope begins state visit to Germany read more

Quote of the Day: Who's lobbying for middle class families?

09/21/11 12:12PM

Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren recently announced her bid for the Senate, and with just a week into the race, she has emerged with a slight edge over Senator Scott Brown, R-Mass. Warren joins Morning Joe to discuss why she's running.Elizabeth Warren: "A big company like General Electric pays nothing in taxes, while we’re turning around and saying to college students they’ll have to take on more debt in order to get an education or seniors will have to learn to live on less. read more

United States President Barack Obama at the U.N. General Assembly, Sept. 20, 2011.

Top Talker: President Obama to veto any Palestinian Statehood Bid

09/21/11 09:25AM

A major showdown is expected at the United Nations starting today, as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas continues his push for full U.N. statehood. In just a few hours, President Obama will address the General Assembly.  Advisers say the President will focus on the lack of progress in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, an issue he made a priority when taking office. Following the address, President Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. read more