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Reassessing the tax pledge

Reassessing the tax pledge

07/20/11 08:00PM

Must Read Op-Eds: Mika Brzezinski reads from a Washington Post editorial on Grover Norquist and his Americans for Tax Reform pledge. The editorial asks: ... watch

38 percent want debt ceiling raised, poll suggests

07/20/11 02:04PM

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll suggests most Americans want congressional leaders to compromise over the debt ceiling. According to the poll, 38 percent of respondents think Congress should raise the debt ceiling.Mika Brzezinski: "Let's dive right in. The first question: Should congress raise the debt ceiling?"Chuck Todd, NBC Chief White House Correspondent: "What's interesting on this is it's a 38-31 saying raise it. This is before you explain it. And why is this question important? It's the first time where just asking the straight question where raise it verses don't raise it. read more

John Goodman in the Morning Joe greenroom

John Goodman is still a fan of 'Big Lebowski'

07/20/11 11:06AM

And that's kind of all you need to know.The Golden Globe-winning actor dropped by the show today to talk about the new season of "Damages," among other things. We also got him talking about how Lebowski fans still shout "WALTER!" at him from time to time.I had the good fortune of photographing him before his interview in our greenroom, and he was absolutely gracious. I told him one of my favorite films was 1986's inexplicably odd and totally cool "True Stories," which stands as David Byrne's only foray into directing. If you haven't seen it, then by all means do so. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for July 20, 2011

07/20/11 09:47AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.FROM GALLIPOLI TO SINGAPORE  BY MAUREEN DOWDNEW YORK TIMES framework can be somehow linked to the approach being crafted by Democratic and Republican Senate leaders, allowing a debt-ceiling increase plus a mechanism for a new commission on how to reduce deficits. read more

Top Talker: Murdoch in the hot seat

07/20/11 09:07AM

  Rupert Murdoch and his son James, appearing at a British Parliament hearing to address the ongoing hacking and bribery scandal surrounding their company, News Corporation. British lawmakers grilled the elder Murdoch for hours, but the mogul insisted that he is not to blame for the incident that brought down his UK tabloid, "News of the World." The former CEO of Murdoch's News International Group, Rebekah Brooks, also answered questions in front of the committee yesterday. read more