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Happy Monday

12/19/11 08:29AM

Welcome back from your weekends! In what we thought would be a slow week leading up to the holiday, there's a lot of news out there to talk about:With 2 weeks to go, Mitt-mentum is growing and is it too early to say that Newt's campaign is on the decline? A number of polls have Gingrich dropping to third place... Ron Paul in first. It's a race for the top 3 -- but it's also a race for the bottom 3 still in it. The main takeaway? No one knows what's going to happen until the first votes are cast.Speaking of people having no clue... Congress is still debating the payroll tax cut. read more

What Just Happened?!

12/16/11 01:55PM

It's the giving season in Washington -- insults, deceit and dysfunction!  But the best gift of all? A Herman Cain holiday song...check out what just happened?!  read more

NOW Today

12/16/11 06:49AM

In addition to covering most of the stories that we noted are trending this morning, we've got this week's installment of "What Just Happened?"  And there's some great holiday music paired with it.  Joining the show today is this illustrious panel:> Jacob Weisberg, Chairman, Slate Group (@jacobwe)> Richard Wolffe, msnbc Political Analyst (@richardwolffedc)> Ben White, POLITICO (@morningmoneyben)> S.E. Cupp, NY Daily News Columnist (@secupp)  read more

Trending NOW

12/16/11 06:46AM

Good Friday morning.  Here's the news Americans are looking for this morning:Magid CPI: GOP Debate: Gingrich, Romney set sights on Obama in Iowa debate; Vanity Fair essayist Christopher Hitchens dead at 62; Deals to avoid shutdown, extend tax cut nearedGoogle: christopher hitchens; republican debate; joe arpaioTwitter: Christopher Hitchens; Finally Friday; #TGIFYouTube Politics: Important Money Bomb Message from Ron Paul ( We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris) - Rihanna; Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO; Good Feeling - Flo Rida read more

Super PACs spend 4x more

Super PACs spend 4x more

12/15/11 07:00PM

If well-heeled Super PACs are behind candidates, does it even matter how much money candidates can raise themselves? Richard Wolffe, Jacob Weisberg, Ben... watch

Obama Can't Wait

12/15/11 11:09AM

Rather than waiting around for Congress to move, the President is issuing another "we can't wait" initiative. Here is part of the release ahead of his 12p announcement (and yes, the President is again speaking in our hour):The White House today will announce new rules proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor that would provide minimum wage and overtime protections for nearly two million workers who provide in-home care services for the elderly and infirmed. read more

NOW Today

12/15/11 06:57AM

Power panel this Thursday - with the added bonus of John Heilemann who will join us from Des Moines.> Jimmy Williams, msnbc Contributor/Sr. Strategist, United Republic (@jimmyspolitics)> Hugo Lindgren, Editor, The New York Times Magazine (@hugolindgren)> Steve Schmidt, msnbc Political Analyst/McCain-Palin 2008> Joy-Ann Reid, Contributor (@thereidreport)> Guest: John Heilemann, National Affairs Editor/msnbc Political Analyst (@jeil)  read more