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The Last Word staffers Ronnie Polidoro, Anthony Reyes and I on our set. Note the Sorting Hat in the foreground.

Gone with the wand

07/15/11 05:10PM

Last night at midnight marked the end of a very magical era. The final installment in the Harry Potter films,  "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" premiered across the U.S. and raked in a record-breaking $43.5 million from just the midnight showings.As you might have learned from some of our past blogs, there are a TON of Harry Potter fans on The Last Word staff. read more

First Word: July 15, 2011

07/15/11 03:07PM

A look at stories shaping our rundown.'Decision time' on budget, President Obama tells leadersObama publicly backs means-testing MedicareSpeaker Boehner: No debt limit solution until after vote on balanced budget amendmentMarcus Bachmann says his clinics are not anti-gayRupert Murdoch apologizes for phone hacking, Rebekah Brooks resignsFinal 'Harry Potter' film sets record for most tickets sold during midnight screenings read more

Closing a debt ceiling deal

07/15/11 08:21AM

As the clock continues to tick down on the debt ceiling deadline, as the Republican retreat and disarray demonstrates, the president's power only increases. Lawrence has the latest details, plus he offers his own quick solution to getting a debt ceiling bill passed. read more

The Eric Cantor problem

The Eric Cantor problem

07/14/11 08:00PM

As the clock continues to tick down on the debt ceiling deadline, as the Republican retreat and disarray demonstrates, the president's power only increases.... watch

Debt negotiations: Day 5

Debt negotiations: Day 5

07/14/11 08:00PM

MSNBC Political Contributor Richard Wolffe joins The Last Word to weigh in on the latest debt negotiations between The White House and top lawmakers. watch

Un-aired Kennedy ad against Romney

07/14/11 06:59PM

Since his passing in 2009, Teddy Kennedy's legacy has left a lasting impact on U.S. politics. Elected officials and citizens alike are often reminded of his steadfast commitment to affordable healthcare, while his 2008 DNC speech in support of Barack Obama still has the ability to send chills up spines.A new article in Politico today reminds us of Kennedy’s extreme political savvy. Apparently, his opposition research team knew Mitt Romney's weaknesses 17 years ago. In his 1994 Senate campaign against none other than Willard M. read more

How to tongue tie Cantor

07/14/11 05:55PM

There are various reports out there about the tension between President Obama and Rep. Eric Cantor at the White House debt-limit talks. According to Cantor, the president was not very friendly to him last night, and according to Democratic aides, Cantor was not polite to the president.Even Lawrence has tried to have a productive conversation with House Majority Leader Cantor. Check out this video clip, circa March 2009, where he and Cantor go head-to-head. The fun starts around the four-minute mark. read more

Repression therapy in comedy

07/14/11 05:17PM

Earlier this week, Lawrence told you about the Christian-based therapy clinic presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann co-owns with her husband. Truth Wins Out, a gay rights group, went undercover at the counseling center, and a video shows that staffers are using prayer and Bible scriptures to help “cure” people of homosexuality.Marcus Bachmann has denied their clinic tries turn gay people straight. But he has called gay people "barbarians" in the past. read more

Partisan fail.

Twitter whale meets partisan fail

07/14/11 03:52PM

Flickr user “colarusso” saw similarities between the doomed fail whale on Twitter and the current divide between politicians, both of which tend to aggravate people when they aren't working properly.The photo caption reads, "I wanted a visual expression of my frustration with partisan gridlock in Washington, and this is what I came up with. It was sparked by the talks surrounding the debt ceiling."Maybe it's symbolic of hope — those bald eagles (of Liberty?) are managing to carry the heavy load in spite of everything. read more

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