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In this Feb. 16, 2012, file photo House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., holds up a copy of President Barack Obama's fiscal 2013 federal budget during the budget committee's hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. After a few months of...

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

03/19/12 06:41PM

Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will unveil his fiscal budget tomorrow. It's expected to set discretionary spending at more than $1 trillion in 2013. Will that sit well with the Tea Party? We'll ask him to explain the magic behind his numbers tomorrow. Incidentally, we'll also have co-founder of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition Michael Patrick Leahy to weigh in on the Ryan plan. Does it satisfy the movement's core principles? read more

Actor Adrien Brody on the set of Morning Joe

Adrien Brody on the set of Morning Joe

03/19/12 11:50AM

Last week, Oscar-winner Adrien Brody joined Morning Joe to discuss his latest film "Detachment," which is about a substitute teacher in the New York City public school system.Here he is on-set just before his chat with Mika, Mike and the rest of the crew. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Monday, March 19, 2012

03/19/12 10:34AM

THE WRONG WAY TO SHAKE UP CONGRESSEDITORIALNEW YORK TIMESPolitical entrenchment is a problem in a Congress where 90 percent of the districts are dominated by a single party and incumbents can often take their re-election for granted. Those who want to change that can better spend their money supporting nonpartisan redistricting in state legislatures. They can also oppose state attempts to limit voter turnout, and use their money to encourage voter registration and participation in both primary and general elections. read more

Rick Santorum: Mitt Romney is a big government heavyweight

03/19/12 08:50AM

This morning, in advance of Tuesday's Illinois primary, 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum joined us from the state to update us on his campaign.Over the weekend, Santorum's competitor Mitt Romney picked up a win in the Puerto Rico GOP primary and took home the 20 delegates offered there. As of now, Romney has a total of 521 delegates and Santorum has 253. read more

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at a campaign rally at Herrin High School Saturday, March 17, 2012 in Herrin, Ill.

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

03/18/12 10:49PM

Is it a matter of math or momentum? We'll ask Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who currently stands with 184 delegates, after his loss to rival Mitt Romney in Puerto Rico. Can he catch up to the former MA governor, who's sitting pretty with 443? Santorum claims all he has to do is win states that he's "not supposed to win" to nab the nomination. With all this confidence, maybe that's why he's found the time to get some R&R. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) also wants this guy to step down from his post as Acting Director for the Federal Housing Finance Agency. read more