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The US would be better under Hillary: Sizing up the idea

09/02/11 01:38PM

Rebecca Traister, the New York Times: “The fantasy that we would’ve been happier right now with Hillary as president is a fantasy. And I don’t think it does us a lot good. Especially at this moment when there’s so much to talk about and so much to worry about with our current president.Joe Scarborough: “Why do you think it’s a fantasy?”Traister: “Cast your mind back to 2008. The very things we’re yearning for now..the ferocity with which she would have taken on the Tea Party, for instance. The fact that she knew the system. Think about how those things were talked about back in 2008. read more

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 21: Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger holds aloft the trophy after winning the FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester United 5-4 on penalty's at The Millennium Stadium on May 21, 2005 in Cardiff, Wales.

Untitled: A Defense of Arsene Wenger

09/02/11 10:23AM

by Steven Pearson (@scpearson28) and Joey Scarborough (@joeyscarborough)A week ago, Arsene Wenger's career stood on the brink. Entering the second leg of a Champions League qualifier against Italian side Udinese, reports circulated that Wenger's position would come under review if Arsenal failed to qualify. Gunner nation endured a nervy sixty minutes, but eventually their superior class shown through.But Wenger's proverbial exhale lasted a mere four days. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for September 2, 2011

09/02/11 08:35AM

THE VIGOROUS VIRTUES  BY DAVID BROOKSNEW YORK TIMESSome problems are exacerbated by government regulations and could be eased if government pulled back. But most of them have nothing to do with government and are related to globalization, an aging society, cultural trends and the nature of technological change. Republicans have done almost nothing to grapple with and address these deeper structural problems. Tackling them means shifting America’s economic model — tilting the playing field ... away from entitlement spending and more toward investment ... read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, Sept. 2nd

09/02/11 05:56AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?A jobs report preview for AugustGulf braces for rain from tropical depressionU.S. set to sue big banks over bad mortgagesLibya rebels poised for final fight against Gadhafi strongholdU.S. marks first month with no troop deaths in IraqMore N.J. counties pushing for hurricane disaster aid read more

How does 1981 compare to 2011?

How does 1981 compare to 2011?

09/01/11 08:00PM

How does the recession of the early 1980s compare to what we're going through now as a country? How did Ronald Reagan turn around his approval numbers from a low of 35 percent in 1983? "60 Minutes" reporter Lesley Stahl joins the Morning Joe panel to... watch

Does the establishment GOP like Perry?

Does the establishment GOP like Perry?

09/01/11 08:00PM

As NBC News and Politico prepare for an upcoming GOP debate, NBC's Chuck Todd and Kelly O'Donnell join Morning Joe to discuss Rick Perry's stance on Social Security and if the GOP establishment likes or can even stop Rick Perry. watch

White House expects 9 percent unemployment...

White House expects 9 percent unemployment in '12

09/01/11 08:00PM

Top Talkers: The White House budget office expects unemployment will stay at 9 percent through 2012. The Morning Joe panel – including Peter Alexander, the New York Daily News' Mort Zuckerman, the Huffington Post's Sam Stein, and Time's Michael Crowley... watch

Tales from the Way Too Early Emails

09/01/11 11:05AM

Every morning I scan the Way Too Early inboxes for the most bizarre and bleary-eyed tweets, texts and emails.  I'm always able to find a few so unique that they bear reading to Willie at the end of the program.  But this week Willie was on vacation, so NBC's Peter Alexander fell prey to my selections. read more

President Barack Obama walks to the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011.

Top Talker: President Obama moves Jobs address from Wednesday to Thursday

09/01/11 10:16AM

 After a day of back and forth political rhetoric, the White House agreed late last night to re-schedule President Obama's jobs address to Congress until next Thursday, September 8th...the same night as the nationally-televised NFL season kick- off on NBC.  Today's Wall Street Journal headline sums it up, saying "At the Capitol, a Face-Off over Face Time."  The controversy started yesterday when President Obama requested to unveil his jobs plan next Wednesday evening... read more