Rep. Charlie Rangel would like President Obama to offer a better explanation for why the Justice Department collected phone records for the Associated Press.
Superstorm Sandy got a second wind in the news cycle today as the coastal areas devastated by the storm continue to grapple with recovery efforts six months after the historic event. "We can't forget about so many people still hurting," said Joe Scarborough this morning, standing with his "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, N.J. "Please remember, six months later, so many people still suffering after Sandy."
On "Morning Joe" today, Sens. Chuck Schumer and John McCain, the "odd couple" of a brewing bipartisan bill on immigration reform, talked about how they'll sell the bill to skeptical Republicans and to the White House.
Among the Republicans who publicly doubted Nate Silver's projections in the weeks before the election was Joe Scarborough, the host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," who bet Silver $2,000 that his forecast of President Obama's chances was overly rosy.
"I think when we turned sideways, was like a week and a half out, when you were putting it at about 74 percent," said Scarborough, who hosted Silver on this show this morning, to say he had paid on the bet (to charity) and discuss the results.
Governor Chris Christie made some news this morning when he became the latest Republican governor to disavow Mitt Romney's contention that President Obama won the race with "gifts" to minority constituencies.
"You can't expect to be a leader of all the people and be divisive, okay?" he said on "Morning Joe."
"You have to talk about themes, policies that unite people. And play to their aspirations and their goals and their hopes for their family and their neighbors.(2)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg decried America's levels of infrastructure investment today on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
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In the weeks following the Aurora shooting massacre, Michael Bloomberg, the contemporary face of the gun control movement, appeared on one national T.V. show after another denouncing the political cowardice of the nation's leaders and the weak gun regulations resulting from it.(8)
After very publicly sandbagging the Obama campaign's initial attacks on Bain Capital, financier and former administration car czar Steven Rattner said this morning that he thinks the president has struck the right tone on the relevance of Mitt Romney's business experience.
On "Morning Joe" this morning, Joe Scarborough asked Representative Peter King, a Republican, whether the "working guys out on Long Island in New York's third district" were excited about "Willard Mitt Romney."
"So far they're not," said King, the son of a cop who grew up in Sunnyside and represents a district in Nassau County. "I mean I can tell you there's a lot of dissatisfaction with President Obama, and people are still waiting on Governor Romney. And that's why I'm saying, if Mitt Romney can show that he can get the job done, he has a very good chance of winning.
Appearing on "Morning Joe" today for what was supposed to have been an attack on super PACs, Senator Charles Schumer found himself defending his own contributions from Wall Street, saying it wasn't fair to compare his fund-raising to the new unregulated system, and that the financial-services sector isn't giving him much these days anyway.(1)
This is what Senator Charles Schumer looks like when he sees there's big trouble coming for Washington—in this case, potential fallout over the collapsed compromise payroll tax cut—and he wants to inoculate his party from the worst of it.
With House Republicans threatening to buck a bipartisan deal, which passed the Senate 89-10 on Saturday, Schumer took to "Morning Joe" this morning to see to it that John Boehner's caucus gets a share of the blame commensurate with its role in scuttling the deal.
Though the speech had the trappings of some of Bloomberg's other big centrist gestures—criticism of both parties in Congress, and the White House, and "Washington"—the approach the mayor outlined is a decidedly progressive one in the context of the ongoing debate between Republicans and Democrats on the congressional "super committee" over budget priorities, and conflicts violently with current G.O.P. doctrine on taxation.
This morning on MSNBC, the mayor expanded on the points he made in the speech, while also calling for the lowering of corporate tax rates.