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08/04/11 08:29AM

Good Thursday morning, and Happy Birthday President Obama... The President is in Chicago -- his political true north -- raising money for his re-election campaign and celebrating the big 5-0. Back in Washington, Politico's Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen take an in-depth look at all the things dragging down the president's chances for re-election. read more

Helping Somalia

08/03/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with a part of the world that is having a truly horrible time.Right now the region of Somalia - you can't truly call it a country - is experiencing one East Africa's worst droughts of modern times. The fact that there is no real national government - hasn't been in a generation - adds to the desperate situation. The area of worst drought in under the control of forces loyal to al-Qaida makes it a triple whammy of devastation.Anyway, the U.S. read more

Obama moves to the center

Obama moves to the center

08/03/11 08:00PM

MSNBC political analyst Jonathan Alter and The Huffington Post’s Alex Wagner debate what happened to Barack Obama, the 2008 progressive candidate. watch

Helping Somalia

Helping Somalia

08/03/11 08:00PM

Hardball’s Chris Matthews talks about the devastating drought in East Africa and how Americans can help. watch

Will the economy fall to ruins?

Will the economy fall to ruins?

08/03/11 08:00PM

While the debt ceiling deal may have appealed most to Republicans, are the policies put in place through the deal the best way to deal with a teetering economy? Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., discusses. watch

Coming up on Hardball...

08/03/11 02:45PM

It’s Them against Us. Since President Obama set foot in the White House, critics have made political, ideological, religious, ethnic and even racist claims against him. Remember The Donald’s Trumped-up birther charges? Huckabee’s Mau Mau Revolution reference? The 2008 Jeremiah Wright controversy? GOP and Tea Party mouthpieces have been falling into line, with Rush Limbaugh admitting he wants Obama to fail, and Mitch McConnell openly stating his “political priority…to deny President Obama a second term.” Them against Us. What’s happening to this country? read more

Let Me Start...

08/03/11 08:30AM

Good morning...Now that the debt ceiling fight is in the rear view -- at least for now -- Washington can move on to the next battle. And it already has one -- the stalemate over the Federal Aviation Authority. read more

Matthews: The GOP continues to 'mug' Obama

08/02/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with this bad experience we've all been through.What we saw - what I saw at least - was one guy with a knife and the other guy trying to avoid being cut.  It was a thug attacking a victim.  It was a mugging. Now the good news - the "relief" is a better word - is that the victim got through it.  The bad news is that the mugger got what he wanted.  He got the wallet. Now I put to you the most important question of the week, of the month, of the year, of this presidency, of our time? read more

A good deal gone bad?

A good deal gone bad?

08/02/11 08:00PM

Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., explains why he voted “no” to raise the debt ceiling and shares his concerns about the deal’s effect on local and city governments. watch

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