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Russell Simmons: We need art education in schools

07/26/11 12:43PM

Def Jam co-founder and the RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation's Russell Simmons talks with Morning Joe’s Drew Katchen about the 12th annual Art for Life benefit, practicing yoga and the legalizing of same-sex marriage in New York.Quick bit of editorial housekeeping: I asked Russell his thoughts on the legalizing of gay marriage in New York, but my wording was a bit off. I asked him his thoughts on “Monday's marriage ruling.” Obviously, the ruling legalizing gay marriage happened in June, and same-sex unions began this Sunday past and not Monday. Didn’t have enough coffee this morning.  read more

Must Read Op-Eds for July 26, 2011

07/26/11 11:56AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.CONGRESS IN THE LEAD  BY DAVID BROOKSNEW YORK TIMESThis should be a humbling moment for the White House, and maybe a learning experience. There are other people who have been around Washington a long time. They know how to play this game. As a result of their efforts, we may see some debt reduction but nothing big and transformational... Obama won’t get his centrist election boost... The Old Guard wins. Obama’s televised campaign speech Monday night was behind the times. read more

President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 25, 2011, on the approaching debt limit deadline.

Top Talker: The Debt Divide: 7 days to go

07/26/11 09:48AM

 With August 2nd deadline a week away, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner each took their cases to the American people last night.  Speaking in the East Room of the White House, the President made it clear he does not approve of Speaker Boehner's plan to raise the debt ceiling.  He said "Republican House members have essentially said that the only way they'll vote to prevent America's first-ever default is if the rest of us agree to their deep, spending cuts-only approach."     Reminding Congress that they must find a compromise, President Obama also said he could back Senat read more

Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 26

07/26/11 05:59AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?In this corner, the president praises Reid planAnd in this corner, Boehner says the president wants a 'blank check'Both proposals won't keep debt from growingReport: U.S. could avoid default a few days longer Time says the U.S. will not default on August 2ndA new poll shows record pessimism among AmericansIMF sees global impact from U.S. debt woesNorway attacks focus attention on U.S. right-wing extremistsAs the NFL lockout ends, the scrambling begins read more

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