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Republican presidential contender, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaks at the Polk County GOP summer picnic event held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011.

Top Talker: Rick Perry calls Social Security a "Monstrous Lie"

08/29/11 09:35AM

Texas Governor Rick Perry spent the weekend in Iowa, meeting with voters at several events around the state.  Speaking to the Houston Chronicle yesterday, he doubled down on comments he made on social security at an earlier campaign rally.  He said, "It is a Ponzi scheme for these young people. The idea that they're working and paying into Social Security today, that the current program is going to be there for them, is a lie. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for August 29, 2011

08/29/11 08:10AM

DARTH VADER VENTS  BY MAUREEN DOWDNEW YORK TIMESWhy is it not a surprise to learn that Dick Cheney’s ancestor, Samuel Fletcher Cheney, was a Civil War soldier who marched with Sherman to the sea? Scorched earth runs in the family. Having lost the power to heedlessly bomb the world, Cheney has turned his attention to heedlessly bombing old colleagues... King’s calls for economic justice — a central commitment of his life’s work... — is one telltale sign of our tendency to hear King’s prophetic voice selectively. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for August 26, 2011

08/26/11 12:30PM

PRESIDENT RICK PERRY?BY DAVID BROOKS NEW YORK TIMES Romney is going to have to prove his own toughness by taking Perry on directly... First, Romney could accuse Perry of being the latest iteration of Tom DeLay Republicanism... The man who sounds so right wing today was the Texas chairman of the Al Gore for President campaign in 1988... The second line of attack is to shift what the campaign is about. If voters think Nancy Pelosi is the biggest threat to their children’s prosperity, they will hire Perry. read more

Jonathan Capehart on hurricane preparedness, his many fans

08/26/11 11:25AM

Ahh, Jonathan Capehart. So great to have on the show and as a Way Too Early host when Willie isn't at 30 Rock.Well, we here on the Morning Joe blog noticed something of a trend: You folks who follow us on Twitter and 'Like' us on Facebook really seem to gravitate to Mr. Capehart as well.So we decided to tell him about it.What you have here is a little green room chat with Jonathan as he was preparing to head back to D.C. read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, August 26th

08/26/11 05:44AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Evacuations spread northNational Hurricane Center Web siteReady.Gov Hurricane PreparednessFollow Irene's pathAirlines begin canceling flightsWhy some in Irene's way won't evacuateDedication of King Memorial postponedDaily life inside Libya’s chaotic rebellion53 dead in Mexico casino attackNew York region prepares for Hurricane IreneClock ticking on Sarah Palin entry into 2012 presidential raceRick Perry calls Washington a 'seedy place.'AP-GfK Poll: Most Republicans happy with GOP field read more