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08/22/11 03:40PM

Khaddafy’s last stand? With news that rebels have seized control of nearly all of Tripoli, all eyes are on Libya and its dictator Moammar Khaddafy. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk joins us from the Tunisia-Libya border with the latest. And Al-Arabiya’s Washington Bureau Chief Hisham Melham is here to report on what happens next. Then, the politics of Libya... read more

Matthews to Obama: 'Keep it simple'

08/19/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with a simple recommendation for the president: keep it simple.The American people need a leader right now. They need to know what the leader wants of them. What can they do, they want to know, to help get this country moving again?What should we do?Should we push the Congress to spend some money on a jobs program? Should... read more

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08/19/11 03:57PM

Giddy up! In just one week, Rick Perry has gone from hemming and hawing over a Presidential bid to galloping to the front of the GOP 2012 field. He’s trampling on the other candidates, including impossible-to-ignore Michele Bachmann, who should have been riding high after her Straw Poll win. But Perry’s leaving them all in the dust. He threw a... read more

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08/19/11 08:11AM

Happy Friday!That didn't take long. Has Rick Perry already lost his luster? Politico's top story this morning is about how Perry's loose talk worries the Republican establishment. Comments like calling President Obama the biggest threat to the country and saying Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is "treasonous"  are already... read more

Why Obama needs to go on the offensive

Why Obama needs to go on the offensive

08/18/11 08:00PM

Author Rick Perlstein and The Huffington Post’s Alex Wagner debate whether President Barack Obama’s jobs speech should be completely partisan to show America how much the Democrats have fought for them in the past. watch

A shift in Republican politics

08/18/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with this dramatic shift in Republican politics. Three years ago, the party ran John McCain for president.  Next year, it looks like they may well run one of three candidates: Michele Bachman, Mitt Romney or Rick Perry.So the odds increasingly favor the Republican Party shifting starkly rightward. I listen to Rick Perry and... read more

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08/18/11 03:36PM

Has far-right fervor captured the establishment, and is the Tea Party the new GOP? And could Rick Perry—who plays up religion and plays down evolution—be the new face of the Republican Party? TIME Editor-at-Large Mark Halperin is here to discuss with radio talk show host Michael Smerconish. Not-so-fun in the sun: President Obama is faced with... read more


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