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Morning Headlines: Monday, August 15th

08/15/11 05:54AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Three-way race takes shape after IowaT-Paw, we hardly knew yePresident Obama's vision problemThe president also begins a bus tour todayThis is as his approval rating hits an all-time lowWarren Weinstein, American man, abducted in eastern PakistanPerry and Bachmann face off in IowaAttacks kill 22 in Afghan provinceThis is just terribleAt least 48 die in wave of attacks across IraqJapan marked the 66th anniversary of its surrender in World War II read more

Todd: GOP race could allow for one more

Todd: GOP race could allow for one more

08/14/11 08:00PM

NBC's Chuck Todd joins Morning Joe to discuss the aftermath of the Ames Straw Poll. Todd says that a top tier for the GOP candidates has emerged, but he also says that since Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the race, there may be an opening for one more... watch

Why sweatpants matter in talking about UK...

Why sweatpants matter in talking about UK riots

08/14/11 08:00PM

Monocle's Tyler Brule joins Morning Joe to discuss a recent Financial Times piece, which takes a sartorial look at the British riots. Brule noted that a portion of the rioters were wearing sweatpants, and Brule sees this as exemplifying "hopelessness"... watch

How to fix the country’s ‘optimism gap’?

How to fix the country’s ‘optimism gap’?

08/14/11 08:00PM

The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan and NBC’s Tom Brokaw join Morning Joe use the results of the Iowa Ames Straw Poll to assess where the country is politically. Recent polls show a greater dissatisfaction with Washington and Americans have less... watch

Wes Moore on being a new father

Wes Moore on being a new father

08/14/11 08:00PM

U.S. Army veteran Wes Moore talks with Morning Joe’s Louis Burgdorf about the joys of being a new dad, why he likes being on Morning Joe, and what book he recommends. watch

Scarborough: Bachmann is a joke

08/12/11 01:27PM

Joe Scarborough: “It’s like this conspiracy. It’s the base of both parties, but namely the Republican Party in Iowa pushing somebody that is never going to win. Never gonna get close to winning the presidential nomination. Never get close to being a Vice President. Never gonna be close to being relevant a year from now…Michele Bachmann is a joke. She is a joke…Her answer is a joke. Her candidacy is a joke, and anybody that sits here and says she has any chance of winning anything is out of their mind. read more

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EPL Preview and Predictions: The Drogter Is In

08/12/11 09:40AM

by Morning Joe soccer analysts Steven Pearson (@scpearson28) and Joey Scarborough (@joeyscarborough)This Saturday the world's greatest league returns in what is expected to be one of the tightest title races in history. United look to have a slight edge, but Manchester City have validated themselves and proven again how narrow the gap is. read more

Republican presidential candidates from left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum; businessman Herman Cain; Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.; former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty; former...

Top Talkers: Republican Presidential Debate in Iowa

08/12/11 08:38AM

 With the Ames straw poll in Iowa just a day, another Republican is jumping into the 2012 presidential race.  A spokesman for Rick Perry says the Texas Governor will officially announce that he is running for President tomorrow in South Carolina.It comes after the top 8 declared Republican candidates were in Iowa last night for a debate.  The group was asked if Governor Perry was “outsmarting” them by not participating. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for August 12, 2011

08/12/11 08:36AM

THE HIJACKED CRISIS  BY PAUL KRUGMANNEW YORK TIMESFor the fact is that right now the economy desperately needs a short-run fix. When you’re bleeding profusely from an open wound, you want a doctor who binds that wound up, not a doctor who lectures you on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle as you get older. read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, August 12th

08/12/11 05:56AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann exchange blows at Republican debateGOP race crowded, uncertain following debateIt's Romney vs. the hecklersStocks swing up in wild weekPolice in UK to have power to shut down social networks, remove hoodies and facial coverings, while looters could lose homes and benefitsBachmann asked if she is 'submissive wife' at Iowa GOP debateOh hey, Christine O'Donnell is backC.I.A. is disputed on civilian toll in drone strikes read more