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Why Dems moved quickly on Weiner

06/17/11 02:07PM

Joe Scarborough: "A lot of people are upset with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats for doing what they did, but they've got a chance to take the House back. The best parallel to this is Mark Foley. When Mark got in trouble, the Republican Party – after botching it terribly – worked aggressively to throw him overboard because it was getting in the way of them controlling Congress. That's what happened here. That’s the political story here. The Democrats had to move quickly on Anthony Weiner to get him out, so they could keep the subject line as 'Medicare' and not 'sex pictures.'" read more

Joey Scarborough (l.) and dad Joe Scarborough on the set of Morning Joe

Joey Scarborough shares 5 lessons his dad taught him

06/17/11 01:46PM

As we approach Father's Day, we here at the Mo Joe blog asked Joe's son, Joey, to cobble together some of the lessons he's learned over the years from his dad.By Joey ScarboroughThings I learned from my father: Music is a much better outlet than golfOutside his religion, his family and his country nothing inspires my dad more than music. He instilled in me at a young age that the Beatles are the Alpha and the Omega and that Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello and Thom Yorke are inspirational figures in their own right. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for June 17, 2011

06/17/11 11:08AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.LIBYA AND THE WAR POWERS ACT  EDITORIALNEW YORK TIMESThese are the same folks eager to play chicken with the debt limit ... Would they really cut off American support to the NATO mission in Libya, even if it risks bringing the alliance crashing down? We shudder to think. Partisan brinkmanship or not, Mr. Obama doesn’t have a choice. He needs to go to Congress and make his case. read more

Republican presidential hopeful, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Thursday, June 16, 2011.

Top Talker: Republican Leadership Conference begins in New Orleans

06/17/11 10:00AM

Some key GOP presidential candidates kicked off the Republican Leadership Conference last night in New Orleans. Newt Gingrich was the first candidate to address the crowd and attack President Obama.  Gingrich said, “He is a natural, secular European Socialist. He believes in big government, he believes in centralized power...That is the opposite of freedom.”Just days before the official roll out of his presidential campaign, former U.S. read more

Gov. Christie tells N.J. resident: "None of your business' why my kids are in private school

06/17/11 07:43AM

A little Zen moment for your Friday morning:Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., appeared on the PBS program "Christie: On the Line" on Thursday night, and he fielded questions from New Jersey residents. He had a tough time swallowing a question on why he thinks "it's fair to be cutting school funding to public schools" when his children are in private schools. Take a listen. read more

Morning headlines: Friday, June 17

06/17/11 05:54AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?This definitely happened yesterday afternoon..perhaps you even watched it liveEven Palin weighed in on itThere's a lot going in in GreeceTPaw says he messed up in the debateHuntsman cancels his appearance at the RLC due to a coldThe U.S. says it will hunt down new al-Qaida chief Ayman al-ZawahriStrauss-Kahn tried to claim immunity during his arrestN.J Senate panel approves plan for public employees to pay more for benefits | Thousands protestU.S. read more