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Morning EDition: July 7, 2011

07/07/11 10:55AM

Obviously, today's big political story is whether Pres. Obama is really willing to crack the frontline defenses of America's social safety net -- or whether he just wants to look like he is to woo independents and marginalize the Republicans. Either way, debate is raging over whether this is the right way to go. read more

Health care for all

Health care for all

07/06/11 08:00PM

MSNBC and the Ed Show are teaming up with the National Association of Free Clinics-- to learn more, go to watch


07/06/11 02:31PM

Here's my list of today's underbuzzed stories. Add your own in the comments, as always.Even including Pres. Obama's twitter town hall today, I think the day's most telling tweet came from Speaker Boehner (R-OH). He said, asking of the president:Will you outline a plan #4jobs - other than more spending - for the American people? #askobama GOP plan:'s so telling about this is that Boehner implicitly acknowledges that spending is a plan 4jobs. And then rules it out. Why? Because the deficit is more important? But then why the refusal to raise taxes? read more

The Wednesday Outlook: Proximity and Paranoia

07/06/11 01:07PM

The Tea Party's fiscal disconnect between spending on themselves and cutting spending on others isn't hypocrisy. It's not even disingenuous. But it is vital to understanding the mentality that has paralyzed our ability to manage our national affairs at the moment.Sam Stein has an absolutely essential piece up at Huffington Post. He'll be on tonight to talk about it, too, so make sure you don't miss it. What he found out was that lots of freshman Republicans are cutting national spending on the one hand, while also seeking more spending for their own districts. read more

Morning EDition: July 6, 2011

07/06/11 11:46AM

Here's today's Morning Edition. Full day in Washington today. The default clock's ticking one day louder.Check back later for today's Underbuzzed and Outlook.TODAYPres. Obama holds a twitter town hall this afternoon.House debates defense-spending bill. BUDGET / ECONOMY read more