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First Word: August 2, 2011

08/02/11 03:23PM

After months of drama, the debt is done deal. But is it a good one? We'll be addressing that tonight. Are we missing any big stories?Debt bill passes Senate, President Obama signs it Obama and McConnell: Debt ceiling gives GOP's great dismantler his momentWhat will the debt deal mean for tax reform?Somalis waste away as insurgents block escape from famineNetanyahu Rewrites himself: 1967 border now OK, with conditionsFBI: Lead suspect in D.B. Cooper case died 10 years agoMurdoch pie thrower jailed read more

Winners and losers of debt deal

08/01/11 10:43PM

msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell talks to The Nation's Ari Melber and msnbc political analyst Jonathan Alter on the politics of the debt ceiling deal, and why people are comparing it to "Satan sandwiches." read more

Your last word on the debt deal

Your last word on the debt deal

08/01/11 08:34PM

 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver referred to the debt deal as "a sugar-coated Satan sandwich" in a tweet. He warned, "If you lift the bun, you will not like what you see."What’s your take? The comment thread is open. read more

Giffords returns to vote on debt deal

08/01/11 08:18PM

The already dramatic debt vote in the House ended with a surprise appearance by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. She returned to Congress today, casting her vote in favor of the debt plan. The entire floor erupted in a standing ovation upon news of her arrival. This is her first visit back since suffering a massive head wound in the Tucson shooting.In a 269-161 vote, the House passed the largest deficit reduction package in history. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill tomorrow at noon. read more

Giffords returns to Congress

Giffords returns to Congress

08/01/11 08:00PM

Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords made a surprise return to the House floor to cast her vote in support of the debt ceiling deal. NBC's Luke Russert joins... watch

Race against debt disaster

Race against debt disaster

08/01/11 08:00PM

Democratic Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts, Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, joins The Last Word to explain why he voted... watch

Details of the debt deal

Details of the debt deal

08/01/11 08:00PM

Jared Bernstein, the former chief economist to VP Biden, and Robert Greenstein, founder of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, joins The Last Word to... watch

Osama bin Laden's former compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

New details on bin Laden raid

08/01/11 07:30PM

"Nine years, seven months, and twenty days after September 11, an American was a trigger pull from ending bin Laden's life." Such describes the pivotal moment in the now infamous Osama Bin Laden raid in Pakistan, as written by Nicholas Schmidle, appearing in the latest edition of the New Yorker. Due to the ongoing debt crisis, this article will likely receive far less attention than it deserves, but here at The Last Word, we took notice. read more

Debt ceiling debate? Talk to the hand.

Romney out of hiding on debt deal

08/01/11 05:46PM

After weeks of contentious negotiations in Washington, Willard M. Romney managed to stay relatively quiet on the debt ceiling debate. (So much so that The Daily Caller, quite brilliantly, put him on the back of milk carton).Now, just hours before the deadline, the GOP frontrunner finally gave a hint of what he would do in the debt ceiling debate, if he were in charge."As president, my plan would have produced a budget that was cut, capped and balanced — not one that opens the door to higher taxes and puts defense cuts on the table," said the former Massachusetts governor in a statement. read more

First Word: August 1, 2011

08/01/11 04:02PM

We're inching closer to a possible deal on the debt ceiling. A vote is expected to take place later today. Here's a look at stories we're following this afternoon.Pleasing few, debt deal to go to voteU.S. government: Insurers must cover birth control with no copays Getting bin Laden: What happened that night in AbbottabadWinners and losers of debt deal: policy editionDebt deal complicates liberals supportRunning for grown-up: Mitt Romney vs. Jon HuntsmanRomney may pay for going AWOL on debt debate read more

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