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Top Talker: Politico reports - House Dems unite on Afghanistan exit

Top Talker: Politico reports - House Dems unite on Afghanistan exit

05/31/11 07:26AM

For the first time, House Democrats are showing solidarity in pressuring Obama on Afghanistan. Politico is reporting this morning that a majority of Democrats are reportedly backing demands for plans to accelerate the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country and hoping to reach a settlement with interested parties - including the Taliban.An amendment narrowly failed last week, but it highlighted a potential shift in the party, going into the 2012 elections.Read more at Politico. read more

Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 31

05/31/11 06:00AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he would no longer allow NATO airstrikes on houses because they have caused too many civilian casualties.The president names Army General Martin Dempsey to head the Joint Chiefs of Staff.Does Rudy have a chance in 2012?The House votes on the debt limit today.Already a new Dominique Strauss-Kahn? read more

Henry Kissinger discusses exercise and decaf coffee

05/27/11 11:30AM

Ladies and gentleman, feel free to thank us for this any time you like. Consider it your little Friday moment of Zen before the lovely, long weekend.Quick bit of background: If you've visited our site lately, you've noticed our fine selection of green room interviews. Since we get up at ungodly hours for the show, we like to live vicariously through our guests by asking them about their morning routines. Generally they don't get up at 1 a.m. the way we do, and for that we're infinitely envious. Sometimes we ask our guests which books they're reading. read more

Pawlenty: I will have my own budget plan soon

05/27/11 10:36AM

2012 presidential  hopeful Tim Pawlenty was on Morning Joe this morning. Below are highlights of what he said on the show.On his statements saying he'd sign the Paul Ryan budget planTim Pawlenty: Where is the president on this plan? You have the leader of the nation basically absent from the debate. He should step up.Secondly, I will have my own plan announced relatively soon and will have differences from the Ryan plan. That's the one I will propose and work towards and like to sign as president. As president, my choices are something like Barack Obama's plan, which is nothing. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for May 27, 2011

05/27/11 08:00AM

Here are today's top editorial and opinion columns.THE MIDEAST PEACE PROCESS: NO PLAN FOR TALKS  EDITORIALNEW YORK TIMES Alito warns that a large prisoner release in California might lead to a “grim roster of victims.” Of course, nearly all prisoners are eventually released after serving their time. We are only debating the pace. And it is absurd and outrageous to treat them like animals while hoping they return to us as responsible citizens.HUNTSMAN-BACHMANN IN 2012!  BY ED ROGERSWASHINGTON POSTRepublicans need to do something radical. read more

A plume of smoke rises to a sky after an airstrike in Tripoli, Libya.

Top Talker: Khaddafy's hideout

05/27/11 06:48AM

A fresh wave of NATO airstrikes hit Tripoli, as explosions rocked the base of Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Khaddafy last night. In response to the intensified bombings, Khaddafy is reportedly on the run and hiding in hospitals. According to the British papers, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph, a senior UK official says that Khaddady is "increasingly paranoid" and is moving from hospital to hospital - targets NATO would avoid bombing.Libya is taking center stage at the G-8 Summit in France. read more

Morning headlines: Friday, May 27

05/27/11 05:58AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Save the date -- with MittSecretary of State Clinton makes a surprise trip to Pakistan.President Obama signs four-year Patriot Act extensions.A new round of storms hits AtlantaMladic will face war crimes trialThe Supreme Court upholds an Arizona law that penalizes businesses for hiring workers who are in the U.S. illegally. read more

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