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Barney Frank: I won't be most disliked person in US if Newt is POTUS

12/05/11 12:07PM

During the Bloomberg/Washington GOP debate, Newt Gingrich suggested Barney Frank and Chris Dodd should be put in jail for putting the country in trouble.Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.,: “Can I just say one thing about my going to jail? I take consolation from one thing about you, Joe. I don’t think Newt’s going to be president, but I do know if Newt... read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Monday, December 5, 2011

12/05/11 09:06AM

OUT OF AFRICA AND INTO IOWA  BY MAUREEN DOWDNEW YORK TIMESNewt Gingrich's mind is in love with itself. It has persuaded itself that it is brilliant when it is merely promiscuous. This is not a serious mind. Gingrich is not, to put it mildly, a systematic thinker. His mind is a jumble, an amateurish mess lacking impulse control. He plays air... read more

An excerpt from Mark Ribowsky's new book on Howard Cosell

An excerpt from Mark Ribowsky's new book on Howard Cosell

12/05/11 06:22AM

INTRODUCTIONA GIFTED ONEIn endless variations and permutations, jokes about Howard Cosell’s outsized ego and nonstop verbosity proliferated during much of his lifetime. It may be surprising to those who were not alive then, or were too young to know, but his presence so dominated popular American culture that it was virtually impossible not to... read more

Could Rick Perry have a second act?

Could Rick Perry have a second act?

12/04/11 07:00PM

Rick Perry appeared to be a formidable candidate when he first entered the GOP race. But what happened? How did he fall apart so dramatically in debates? But could Rick rise again in Iowa or South Carolina? Vanity Fair's Bryan Burrough joins the... watch

Debating LSU, Alabama rematch

Debating LSU, Alabama rematch

12/04/11 07:00PM

ESPN's Chris Fowler joins Morning Joe to discuss a rematch in the Bowl Championship Series title game between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama, and who is the favorite for this year's Heismann Trophy. watch

Todd: How many GOP moderates win primaries?

Todd: How many GOP moderates win primaries?

12/04/11 07:00PM

Newt Gingrich leads the GOP presidential field in Iowa with 26 percent, according to a new NBC News/Marist Poll. And Gingrich's lead grows in the same poll without Herman Cain. NBC News' Chuck Todd joins Morning Joe to discuss Gingrich's rise in the... watch

Are Newt & Mitt 'too risky' to nominate?

Are Newt & Mitt 'too risky' to nominate?

12/04/11 07:00PM

Must-Read Op-Eds: Mika Brzezinski reads from a Maureen Dowd NYT column on why Newt Gingrich "plays air guitar with ideas, producing air ideas." Brzezinski also reads from a George Will WaPo column on why both Romney and Gingrich are "too risky" to... watch

Rattner on jobs report: We need 300K jobs...

Rattner on jobs report: We need 300K jobs per month

12/04/11 07:00PM

Top Talkers: The U.S. went into the weekend feeling somewhat good about the November jobs report, where 120,000 new jobs were created and the unemployment rate dipped to 8.6 percent. Financier Steven Rattner brings charts and digs a bit deeper into the... watch

Will Gingrich benefit from Cain suspending...

Will Gingrich benefit from Cain suspending campaign?

12/04/11 07:00PM

Top Talkers: As Herman Cain suspends his campaign, the remaining GOP '12 candidates rush in for his votes. Time's Mark Halperin thinks this could be a boon for Newt Gingrich. The Morning Joe panel – also including financier Steven Rattner – discusses... watch

Must Read Op-Eds for Friday, December 2, 2011

12/02/11 09:47AM

MITT VS. NEWT  BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMERWASHINGTON POSTMy own view is that Republicans would have been better served by the candidacies of Mitch Daniels, Paul Ryan or Chris Christie. Unfortunately, none is running. You play the hand you’re dealt. This is a weak Republican field with two significantly flawed front-runners contesting an immensely... read more

What makes the 'erratic' Newt Gingrich tick

What makes the 'erratic' Newt Gingrich tick

12/01/11 07:00PM

All week Morning Joe has been looking at what makes 2012 GOP candidate Newt Gingrich tick. And Former Press Secretary to House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rich Galen, joins Morning Joe to explain some of Gingrich's recent comments. watch

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