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Must-Read Op-Eds for Monday, February 20, 2012

02/20/12 08:10AM

WHY IT MATTERS THAT OUR POLITICIANS ARE RICHBY BRITT PETERSONBOSTON GLOBEPoliticians would like us to believe that all this money doesn't matter in a deeper sense-that what matters is ideas, skills, and leadership ability. Aside from a little extra business savvy, they're regular people just like the rest of us: They just happen to... read more

If Romney loses Mich., what does it mean...

If Romney loses Mich., what does it mean for race?

02/19/12 07:00PM

NBC News' Chuck Todd joins Morning Joe to discuss the GOP race in Mitt Romney's home state of Michigan. The state's primary is on February 28th, and Todd talks about what a loss for Romney in Michigan would mean for his campaign, for the GOP, and for... watch

Does it matter that US politicians are...

Does it matter that US politicians are wealthy?

02/19/12 07:00PM

Must-Read Op-Eds: The Boston Globe's Britt Peterson joins Morning Joe to discuss her article "Why it matters that our politicians are rich." Peterson writes "Rich people have a harder time connecting with others, showing less empathy to the extent of... watch

US works to convince Israel to not strike...

US works to convince Israel to not strike Iran

02/19/12 07:00PM

Top Talkers: Iran has stopped selling oil to both British and French companies due to new EU sanctions, and Israel is continuing to consider a military strike against Iran. NBC News' Andrea Mitchell discusses how the U.S. is working to dissuade Israel... watch

How hip-hop music has led to 'tanning' of...

How hip-hop music has led to 'tanning' of America

02/19/12 07:00PM

Brand-marketing executive and author, Steve Stoute, joins Morning Joe to discuss how hip-hop music and culture has to led to a phenomenon he calls the "tanning" of America. Stoute says the "tanning" is the "positive potential of urban youth culture... watch

Greenfield: I often write at the beach with a cigar

02/17/12 03:48PM

I talked with author Jeff Greenfield in our green room Wednesday about his writing process, his reasons for writing his latest book "Then Everything Changed," and hanging out at the beach with a cigar.And here's a CBS segment Greenfield did in 2011: read more

Foster Friess and his "quest for forgiveness"

Foster Friess and his "quest for forgiveness"

02/17/12 11:07AM

Foster Friess is having an interesting few days.His comments about Bayer aspirin as a means of contraception have bounced around the Net, and have come back to him.And now he's apologizing for the comment. He explains today on his blog:Last week my joke at the Conservative Political Action Conference generated laughter and media attention.... read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Friday, February 17, 2012

02/17/12 10:23AM

MOOCHERS AGAINST WELFAREBY PAUL KRUGMANNEW YORK TIMESThe truth, of course, is that the vast bulk of entitlement spending goes to the elderly, the disabled, and working families, so any significant cuts would have to fall largely on people who believe that they don’t use any government program. The message I take from all this is that pundits who... read more

New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid in the Morning Joe green room April 1, 2011.

Remembering Anthony Shadid

02/17/12 06:17AM

New York Times foreign correspondent and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Shadid died Thursday in Syria of an apparent asthma attack.Shadid survived a gunshot wound in the West Bank in 2002 and was captured with other journalists in Libya last year.In their piece about Shadid's death, the New York Times writes:The death of Mr. Shadid,... read more