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Julia Reed: Hitchens' wit was 'just indestructible'

12/16/11 02:02PM

Essayist, author and cultural critic Christopher Hitchens passed away Thursday night in Houston, Texas after a battle with cancer. The Morning Joe panel remembers his legacy.Julia Reed, author: “I adored Christopher. I’ve never seen anybody that nimble. I mean his mind was just astonishing…You would watch him at a debate table, and he would have... read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Friday, December 16, 2011

12/16/11 01:00PM

We didn't get the chance to cover the day's opinion columns on the show, but we still have them for you. Enjoy.G.O.P. MONETARY MADNESSBY PAUL KRUGMANNEW YORK TIMESWhat has happened is that hard-money doctrine and paranoia about inflation have taken over the party, even as the predicted inflation keeps failing to materialize. ... Now,... read more

Audio excerpt for Thomas Friedman's 'That Used to Be Us'

Audio excerpt for Thomas Friedman's 'That Used to Be Us'

12/16/11 12:34PM

You can listen to an excerpt from Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum's book "That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back." The audio clip is available HERE. (You might want to right click on it, and save it to your desktop or open in a new tab or window.) read more

An excerpt from James Martin's "Between Heaven and Mirth"

An excerpt from James Martin's "Between Heaven and Mirth"

12/16/11 06:10AM

Mike is one of the funniest people I know. A Catholic priest in his mid-sixties, he regales his friends with clever stories, boasts superb comic timing, and has perfected an inimitable deadpan look. Today Mike is a popular professor at Fordham, a Catholic university in New York City, where his lighthearted sermons attract crowds of students to... read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, Dec. 16th

12/16/11 05:52AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Deal made to avoid government shutdownAuthor, pundit Christopher Hitchens dies at 62Gingrich takes center stage at debate8 takeaways from the GOP debateNY Times CEO exiting, without explanationS.C. Gov. Haley to endorse Romney read more

Priest, Billy Graham's daughter on the...

Priest, Billy Graham's daughter on the holidays

12/15/11 07:00PM

Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham, and Father James Martin join Morning Joe to discuss the legacy of the Rev. Billy Graham, finding joy in a tough economy, the spirit of Christmas, having a relationship with God, and how commercialism detracts... watch

Gregory: War, social issues at front of...

Gregory: War, social issues at front of GOP debate

12/15/11 07:00PM

"Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory says Mitt Romney made the conscious choice to not attack Gingrich during Thursday night's Iowa debate, but the Washington Post's Eugene Robinson thinks Rick Perry invoking Tim Tebow was a memorable debate moment... watch

Joy Behar gets in bed with Joe Scarborough

Joy Behar gets in bed with Joe Scarborough

12/15/11 07:00PM

News You Can't Use: Joy Behar's 10 p.m. talk show is coming to an end, and she chose to spend one of the final episodes recreating a scene from Newhart with her pal Joe Scarborough. Willie Geist shows us the clip. watch

Huffington: Squeezing of middle class key...

Huffington: Squeezing of middle class key issue in US

12/15/11 07:00PM

New Census data shows that nearly one in two Americans have fallen into poverty or are low income. The Huffington Post's Arianna Huffington says the squeezing of the middle class and downward mobility is the most important issue facing the country. The... watch

Bill Bennett: We need to be talking about issues, not Gingrich

12/15/11 11:12AM

Conservative radio host and author Bill Bennett: “My worry about Newt is that we don’t have an election in which we talk about the issues. We don’t talk about Obama; we don’t talk about what’s happening in the country. We’re going to endlessly be talking about Newt: What he said yesterday – he took that back. What he said last year. It’s going... read more


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