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Sarah Palin during a recent tour of Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pa.

Dem asks Park Service about Palin

06/08/11 06:55PM

Tonight, Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon joins us for a segment on Sarah Palin. He’s got a bone to pick with the National Park Services over how federal resources were used in conjunction with the fake presidential contender’s personal publicity tour /family vacation.In a letter to National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, Rep. Blumenauer wrote, "Many of the press accounts of stops included in this tour, which provided personal and political benefits to former Gov. read more

Hermain Cain giving a speech in D.C. on Saturday.

Hermain Cain's three-page rule

06/08/11 05:59PM

Apparently, life to Herman Cain hinges on the ability to avoid reading any piece of legislation longer than three-pages. At the Family Leader Presidential Lecture Series in Pella, Iowa, the Republican hopeful began his hypothetical presidency by imposing a strict three-page limit on all legislation."Engage the people. Don’t try to pass a 2,700 page bill — and even they didn’t read it! You and I didn’t have time to read it. We’re too busy trying to live — send our kids to school. That’s why I am only going to allow small bills — three pages. read more

Paul Ryan confronted over Ayn Rand

06/08/11 03:44PM

Republicans may need to pick sides between the Ayn Rand model of capitalism and evangelical Christian values. One Wisconsin congressman learned you can’t always have it both ways.Shortly after his appearance at the 2011 Faith and Freedom Conference in D.C. on Friday, a Bible-waving protester accosted Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan. read more

First Word: June 8, 2011

06/08/11 02:46PM

A look at stories shaping tonight's rundown.Rep. Weiner faces calls to resign and tries to make amendsIt gets worse: Opie and Anthony post alleged raw picture of Weiner’s penisMitt Romney more competitive with Obama in poll, but religion remains sticking pointHerman Cain would impose bizarre three-page limit on legislationStars collide: Michele Bachmann vs. Sarah PalinWisconsin recall could hint at 2012 racesAlec Baldwin eyes run for NYC MayorRanger than fiction: Palin's park visits draw criticism read more

History of surviving a sex scandal

06/07/11 10:29PM

Could Bill Clinton's first scandal have survived the same new media scrutiny Anthony Weiner is now facing? We travel back in time to January 27, 1992 in the first ever The Last Word historical re-enactment segment we like to call, "The Media Circus That msnbc Missed." read more

Viewer reaction to Weinergate

06/07/11 08:02PM

We asked for you thoughts on Congressman Anthony Weiner’s Twitter drama and the political fallout. We got tons of responses, here are just a few of our favorites:“I wish our elected officials could use a little more discretion. I'm sorry, but I think he should go. I don't see how anyone could take him seriously ever again."—Nick-2845092 via The Last Word blog"Even though I value Rep Weiner as a Congressperson, he's totally undermined himself in terms of his trustworthiness. He needs to resign, just like Rep Lee and Eliot Spitzer. read more

First Word: June 7, 2011

First Word: June 7, 2011

06/07/11 08:00PM

On January 27th, 1992, a political sex scandal became a chaotic media circus at a press conference in a New York hotel, atmospherically similar to what we... watch

Reactions to Weiner scandal

Reactions to Weiner scandal

06/07/11 08:00PM

The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman and The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson weigh in on the possibility of an ethics investigation, as well as Rep. Weiner... watch

How to survive a scandal

How to survive a scandal

06/07/11 08:00PM

In the immediate aftermath of a political sex scandal, it’s easy to predict doom for those involved. Jonathan Alter and Margaret Carlson join The Last Word... watch

Going retro in new segment

06/07/11 07:25PM

We’re debuting a brand new segment tonight. Lawrence just gave a tiny clue by tweeting, "Weiner 'scandal' perspective. We will go back in time and imagine how msnbc would cover the Clinton '92 sex scandal."Don’t want to give away too many details. Just to get you in the mood, you might remember listening to this song on your brand new Discman. It was a time when Color Me Badd was blazing on the Billboard charts and Roseanne was the most popular show on television. read more

Did they really need to go there?

The Weiner sale

06/07/11 06:48PM

This was bound to happen. Spirit Airlines is now cashing in on the Weiner Twitter scandal. "The Weiner sale" offers "fares too HARD to resist," according to the airline's website. The ad encourages passengers, "hurry to book now before this sale gets hacked!" The sale ends Wednesday. No word on the expiration date of Weiner's political career — huzzah! (I'll be here all week, folks). read more

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