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Must Read Op-Eds for June 13, 2011

06/13/11 11:32AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.MEDICARE SAVES MONEY  BY PAUL KRUGMANNEW YORK TIMESPrivatizing health insurance for seniors, which is what Mr. Lieberman is in effect proposing — and which is the essence of the G.O.P. plan — hurts rather than helps the cause of cost control. read more

Jobs on the mind of Wyoming voters

06/13/11 11:25AM

Tom Brokaw: "What else is on their minds in Wyoming these days?"Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.: "The economy, the debt, jobs, spending, the fact we’re borrowing $2 million a minute for our country. We are leaving our kids a mountain of debt. We are a big energy production state. We worry that the president's policies are throwing a heavy, wet blanket of over our economy by making energy more expensive, by sending jobs overseas because of energy difficulty, getting permits to explore for energy. read more

Romney goes after Obama jobs record in new ad

06/13/11 11:15AM

 Mitt Romney hits Obama this morning with a new YouTube ad blasting the president over jobs and the country's economic recovery. It's a little...well...quite dramatic with people on a desert floor standing up and proclaiming "I am an American; I am not a bump in the road."What do you think? Over the top? Just right? Is Mitt right about the job numbers? read more

Top Talker: 2012 Weekend Roundup

Top Talker: 2012 Weekend Roundup

06/13/11 09:49AM

Republicans are gearing up for the first major debate in the race for the 2012 presidential nomination tonight in New Hampshire. It comes after a weekend of political jabs at President Obama and each other.Tim Pawlenty, who is scheduled to participate in the debate, slammed the President and fellow GOP contender Mitt Romney on health care yesterday. He said, "President Obama said that he designed Obamacare after Romneycare and basically made it Obamneycare. And so, we now have the same features -- essentially the same features. read more

Morning headlines: Monday, June 13

06/13/11 05:57AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Mavs beat the HeatWill Weiner resign? He announced Saturday he planned on seeking treatment. New pics surfaced yesterday.There's a GOP debate tonight in New HampshireU.S. said to turn back N. Korea missile shipmentFirst pictures of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords have been released'Book of Mormon' wins big at the 65th annual TonysThe E. Street Band's Clarence Clemons has suffered a stroke read more

Newt Gingrich as Axl Rose

Newt Gingrich as Axl Rose

06/10/11 02:39PM

It's Friday, so go with us on this!By now you've probably heard of Newt Gingrich's serious campaign woes/potential fatal blow. And if you haven't, here's the short of it: His top aides including spokesman Rick Tyler, campaign manager Rob Johnson, and strategists Dave Carney and Sam Dawson resigned on Thursday. In addition, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is defecting to Pawlenty's camp.And if you find Tyler's exit somewhat interesting after his staunch defense to the Huffington Post's Michael Calderone, you're probably not alone. read more

Broadcast from Crenshaw High School: The day in twitpics

Broadcast from Crenshaw High School: The day in twitpics

06/10/11 01:33PM

  Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., her son and Crenshaw High alum and coach, Ed Waters, and Crenshaw principal Carrie Harris Allen join Morning Joe to discuss how the school is succeeding because of the students, teachers, parents and administrators.. The school has various academies that offer students a variety of education experiences." Wach the video.Is Secretary of Education Arne Duncan right? Can we educate our way to a better economy? read more

Must Read Op-Eds for June 10, 2011

06/10/11 08:08AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.RULE BY RENTIERS  BY PAUL KRUGMANNEW YORK TIMESThe only real beneficiaries of Pain Caucus policies (aside from the Chinese government) are the rentiers: bankers and wealthy individuals with lots of bonds in their portfolios...Creditor-friendly policies are crippling the economy. This is a negative-sum game, in which the attempt to protect the rentiers from any losses is inflicting much larger losses on everyone else. read more

Defense Secretary nominee, CIA Director Leon Panetta, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 9, 2011, before the Senate Armed Service Committee hearing on his nomination.

Top Talker: Panetta offers few details on drawdown in Afghanistan

06/10/11 07:24AM

During his confirmation hearing yesterday, President Obama's Defense Secretary nominee Leon Panetta gave up few details on his take on the troop drawdown in Afghanistan. He said, "If I'm confirmed, I'll have to obviously arrive at a decision myself that I'll ultimately have to report to the President, but I'm not in that position now. That decision really does rest with General Petraeus, and Secretary Gates, and the President. Obviously, I have tremendous admiration for Secretary Gates. read more

Morning headlines: Friday, June 10

06/10/11 05:59AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Newt's senior campaign team resignsRomney to skip Iowa straw pollA whole bunch of Sarah Palin e-mails will be released todayHillary looking to be the next World Bank president?Alabama governor signs nation's toughest immigration lawArizona residents flee as wildfires continue to burnDefense Secretary Gates warns NATO of a 'dim' futureMavs pull away in the fourth quarter to beat Heat read more