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Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to local Republicans during the Black Hawk County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, in Waterloo, Iowa.

Top Talker: Race for the 2012 GOP nomination...Perry is in, Pawlenty is out, Bachmann wins straw poll

08/15/11 11:02AM

With the 2012 presidential race beginning to take shape, Republican candidates are campaigning in some key early primary states today.  It comes after a big political weekend, where Texas Governor Rick Perry officially announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination and fellow presidential contender Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann won a key early test on Saturday.  Last night, Perry and Bachmann both spoke at the Lincoln Day dinner in  the congresswoman's hometown of Waterloo, Iowa.  In his speech, Perry explained what he would do to stop spending in Washington.  He sai read more

Must Read Op-Eds for August 15, 2011

08/15/11 08:37AM

STILL CODDLING THE SUPER-RICH  BY WARREN BUFFETTNEW YORK TIMESWhile the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks... Blessings are showered upon us by legislators in Washington who feel compelled to protect us, much as if we were spotted owls or some other endangered species... My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. read more

Morning Headlines: Monday, August 15th

08/15/11 05:54AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Three-way race takes shape after IowaT-Paw, we hardly knew yePresident Obama's vision problemThe president also begins a bus tour todayThis is as his approval rating hits an all-time lowWarren Weinstein, American man, abducted in eastern PakistanPerry and Bachmann face off in IowaAttacks kill 22 in Afghan provinceThis is just terribleAt least 48 die in wave of attacks across IraqJapan marked the 66th anniversary of its surrender in World War II read more

Scarborough: Bachmann is a joke

08/12/11 01:27PM

Joe Scarborough: “It’s like this conspiracy. It’s the base of both parties, but namely the Republican Party in Iowa pushing somebody that is never going to win. Never gonna get close to winning the presidential nomination. Never get close to being a Vice President. Never gonna be close to being relevant a year from now…Michele Bachmann is a joke. She is a joke…Her answer is a joke. Her candidacy is a joke, and anybody that sits here and says she has any chance of winning anything is out of their mind. read more

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EPL Preview and Predictions: The Drogter Is In

08/12/11 09:40AM

by Morning Joe soccer analysts Steven Pearson (@scpearson28) and Joey Scarborough (@joeyscarborough)This Saturday the world's greatest league returns in what is expected to be one of the tightest title races in history. United look to have a slight edge, but Manchester City have validated themselves and proven again how narrow the gap is. read more

Republican presidential candidates from left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum; businessman Herman Cain; Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.; former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty; former...

Top Talkers: Republican Presidential Debate in Iowa

08/12/11 08:38AM

 With the Ames straw poll in Iowa just a day, another Republican is jumping into the 2012 presidential race.  A spokesman for Rick Perry says the Texas Governor will officially announce that he is running for President tomorrow in South Carolina.It comes after the top 8 declared Republican candidates were in Iowa last night for a debate.  The group was asked if Governor Perry was “outsmarting” them by not participating. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for August 12, 2011

08/12/11 08:36AM

THE HIJACKED CRISIS  BY PAUL KRUGMANNEW YORK TIMESFor the fact is that right now the economy desperately needs a short-run fix. When you’re bleeding profusely from an open wound, you want a doctor who binds that wound up, not a doctor who lectures you on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle as you get older. read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, August 12th

08/12/11 05:56AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann exchange blows at Republican debateGOP race crowded, uncertain following debateIt's Romney vs. the hecklersStocks swing up in wild weekPolice in UK to have power to shut down social networks, remove hoodies and facial coverings, while looters could lose homes and benefitsBachmann asked if she is 'submissive wife' at Iowa GOP debateOh hey, Christine O'Donnell is backC.I.A. is disputed on civilian toll in drone strikes read more