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Excerpt from Chris Matthews' new book: 'Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero'

Excerpt from Chris Matthews' new book: 'Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero'

11/01/11 11:29PM

Chapter One: Second SonHistory made him, this lonely, sick boy. His mother never loved him. History made Jack, this little boy reading history.--Jacqueline Kennedy, November 29, 1963, from notes scribbled by Theodore H. WhiteCertain things come with the territory. Jack Kennedy, born in 1917 in the spring of the next-to-last year of World War I, was the second son of nine children. That’s important to know. The first son is expected to be what the parents are looking for. Realizing that notion early, he becomes their ally. read more

An excerpt from Niall Ferguson's 'Civilization: The West and the Rest'

An excerpt from Niall Ferguson's 'Civilization: The West and the Rest'

11/01/11 10:23PM

by Niall FergusonIn this book I want to show that what distinguished the West from the Rest – the mainsprings of global power – were six identifiably novel complexes of institutions and associated ideas and behaviors. For the sake of simplicity, I summarize them under six headings:1. Competition2. Science3. Property rights4. Medicine5. The consumer society6. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, November 1, 2011

11/01/11 12:56PM

CORZINE CRASHES LIKE ITS 2008BY JOE NOCERANEW YORK TIMESWhen Goldman Sachs went public on May 4, 1999, Jon Corzine, who was then the firm’s chief executive, held a stake that was suddenly valued at $305 million. So, perhaps, it’s uncharitable to complain about the piddling $12 million severance he was poised to gain if he had managed to sell his current firm, MF Global Holdings, over the weekend. But I’m going to complain anyway. The idea that Corzine, who single-handedly destroyed MF Global Holdings, was in a position to command so much as a penny in severance is horrifying. read more

Herman Cain makes an appearance at the National Press Club to speak about his run for the Republican presidential nomination and to address the charges of sexual harassment that were recently disclosed.

Top Talker: Cain plays defense

11/01/11 10:16AM

Herman Cain is now responding to a Politico report that alleges at least two female employees complained of inappropriate behavior by Cain while he was the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. NBC News can now confirm the accusations and that at least one woman received a financial settlement.   As Cain and his campaign try to clear his name, his damage control has been a bit inconsistent. read more

Gov. Jan Brewer: I am not racist; I am not bigoted

11/01/11 09:52AM

Gov. Jan Brewer, R-Ariz., landed on a national stage in 2010 when she signed into law a controversial immigration reform bill in her state. She joins Morning Joe to discuss immigration reform and her new book "Scorpions for Breakfast."While on the show today, Brewer refuted the notion that she's either a racist or a bigot, and she said the "liberal media" tends to portray her as such.Perhaps in a rather unsurprising move, Brewer stopped by Alabama last week, and showed her support for the state's new immigration law.Tell us what you think. read more

An excerpt from Tom Brokaw's new book "The Time of Our Lives"

An excerpt from Tom Brokaw's new book "The Time of Our Lives"

11/01/11 07:01AM

PrefaceWhat happened to the America I thought I knew? Have we simply wandered off course, but only temporarily? Or have we allowed ourselves to be so divided that we’re easy prey for hijackers who could steer us onto a path to a crash landing?These were not questions I was asking in August 1962, when I was a newlywed and a rookie journalist. America was investing in a new generation of leadership and promise. John F. Kennedy was in the White House. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was on the march in the South. Astronauts with the right stuff pointed their aspirations toward the heavens. read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, Nov. 1st

11/01/11 05:56AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Cain denies sex harassment, decries 'witch hunt'Homeless stake a claim at 'Occupy' protestsWhite House rejects petition to legalize marijuanaLibya struggles to create army out of militiasHealth, abortion issues split Obama administration and Catholic groupsMarkets tumble as Greece sets referendum on latest Europe aid deal read more

Ms. Magazine turns 40

Ms. Magazine turns 40

10/31/11 08:00PM

Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Abigail Pogrebin join Morning Joe to discuss the 40-year anniversary of the founding of Ms. Magazine. Abigail Pogrebin has written... watch