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First Word: July 8

First Word: July 8

07/08/11 08:00PM

I’m Thomas Roberts, in for Lawrence O’Donnell. Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis are 200 miles above the earth right now. But they’re lightyears... watch

George Takei & Nichelle Nichols at the 2009 GLAAD Awards

Space, the final frontier...

07/08/11 07:12PM

We have a very special segment shaping up on tonight's edition of The Last Word. Two cast members from the original Star Trek, George Takei (Captain Sulu) and Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant Uhura), will be joining us to talk about the final NASA shuttle launch. Both have worked with NASA for years helping with recruitment and diversity initiatives. As Mr. Takei told me when I talked to him earlier, "It's funny because they think we're the heroes. read more

Final liftoff for shuttle program

07/08/11 04:59PM

NASA shuttle Atlantis launched into space today, ending America’s 30-year history of spaceflight as we know it. There was a slight delay before lift-off due to a slight camera glitch, but then everything went off smoothly.As for the mission, the four astronauts onboard will deliver supplies and spare parts to the International Space Station. read more

First Word: July 8, 2011

07/08/11 03:09PM

A look at stories we're following today. What headlines are you clicking on?Job growth falters badly, clouding hope for recoveryDemocrats incensed with White House over Social Security, MedicareBoehner: failing to raise debt limit puts economy in great jeopardyNASA's space shuttle Atlantis blasts off for the last timeFormer Cameron aide arrested as phone hacking scandal deepens read more

Hoyer rejects 85:15 spending cuts

07/07/11 10:31PM

In an exclusive interview with Chris Hayes on The Last Word, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer rejected the 85:15 spending cuts/revenue increases ratio reportedly on the table. "I believe the Bowles-Simpson commission gave an excellent report — that doesn't mean that I agree with everything they had in there, nor did they expect everybody to agree to it. But they had about a 2.5 to 1 spending cuts to revenues ratio," said Hoyer on the show. read more

Approaching a debt deal

Approaching a debt deal

07/07/11 08:00PM

The Last Word gives an insider update on debt negotiations with Democratic Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, who met with Obama at the White House today. watch

First Word: Thursday, July 7

First Word: Thursday, July 7

07/07/11 08:00PM

I'm Chris Hayes, in for Lawrence O'Donnell. In England it's the End of the World as we know it. In Washington it's business as usual. That is, permanent crisis. watch

T-Paw drops the Lady Gaga line

07/07/11 06:40PM

Put your T-Paws up! Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty turned the tables on a group of pop culture bloggers yesterday in Iowa. During an interview, he asked them about their fave Lady Gaga song. (Because why would you want to talk about your leadership record of a state that’s currently closed for business?)In a blatant effort to appear “hip” and “connected with the youth,” T-Paw started rambling on and on about how the awesomeness of Mother Monster.“Well you know, in terms of the beat, I like ‘Bad Romance,’” Pawlenty said. read more

Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe at the world premiere of "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part II" in London on Thursday.

Final Harry Potter film premieres

07/07/11 04:45PM

Next Friday marks the U.S. opening date of the final installment of the Harry Potter films, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II." However, just a few hours ago in London's Trafalgar Square, the cast gathered for the world premiere of the much-anticipated final film. Harry Potter author J.K. read more

Debt Ceiling Cat has all eyes on you, Congress.

The lame waiting game in debt talks

07/07/11 04:28PM

We'll need to wait even longer for an agreement to be reached on the debt ceiling between the White House and Congress. After today's "constructive" meeting President Obama observed "people were frank" as they discussed compromises both parties would make in order to raise the debt ceiling. Congressional leadership and White House officials will continue hammering out "painful details" throughout the weekend and meet again on Sunday.Just imagine sitting in the Cabinet Room today. Listening in on the possible fates of important entitlement programs and the national tax code. read more