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First Word: August 15, 2011

08/15/11 02:31PM

T-Paw is out, and Rick Perry is in. We'll have more on the GOP field, post-Iowa straw poll tonight. Here's a look at more stories shaping the rundown. What are you clicking on this afternoon?Warren Buffett: I beg you to raise my taxesAfter Iowa, Republicans face a new landscapeObama ditches D.C. to mingle with voters on bus tourKarl Rove warns GOP presidential candidates against moving too far to the right Gov. Rick Perry calls jobs record a big plus Rep. Darrell Issa disputes report alleging ties between business interests and congressional record read more

Submissive question: sexist or legit?

08/12/11 10:03PM

It proved to be the most gasp-worthy moment of this week's Republican debate. Was the question to Michele Bachmann over her use of the word "submissive" in relation to her husband sexist, relevant or just plain awkward? Watch the discussion between The Last Word guest host Chris Hayes and Jezebel.com reporter Irin Carmon.What's your take — is this topic fair game? Give us your two cents in the comment section below and/or tweet me your response. read more

No more Minnesota nice

No more Minnesota nice

08/12/11 08:00PM

Political columnist for the Des Moines Register, Kathie Obradovich, joins The Last Word to analyze the sparring between Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty. watch

Bachmann: Defender of the light bulb

Bachmann: Defender of the light bulb

08/12/11 08:00PM

Rep. Michele Bachmann told Republican voters she’ll fight tooth and nail, come hell or high water for their right to keep their light bulbs. Slate political reporter Dave Weigel explains on The Last Word. watch

Republican presidential candidates Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich in Ames, Iowa on Thursday.

GOP hopefuls diss super committee

08/12/11 06:35PM

While visiting Iowa, Two Republican presidential candidates took the opportunity to ridicule the newly formed debt super committee.At last night's debate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich declared it "about as dumb an idea as Washington" concocted in his entire "lifetime."T-Paw called it "super stupid" at an event this morning. Pawlenty said, "we have a Congress and we have a president. Do your job."Only former Utah Gov. read more

Republican debate recap

08/12/11 04:05PM

 Watch msnbc's post-debate analysis with anchors Lawrence O'Donnell, Chuck Todd, Ed Schultz, Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Alter and The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson in a special edition of The Last Word.Who emerged from the 2012 pack as a frontrunner? Please give us your own reaction in the comment section below or hit us up on Twitter. read more

First Word: Friday, August 12

08/12/11 03:51PM

Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown. What stories are you clicking on right now?Health care law individual mandate ruled unconstitutional by appeals court Ames Straw Poll: Best and worst case scenariosEmail rendezvous entangles state Rep. Phillip HinkleOutside the lines? 9/11 coloring book seeks to tell kids 'truth' about terrorismBehind Michele Bachmann’s debate disappearance read more

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Colbert Super PAC's 'Parry' ads

08/11/11 08:42PM

During last night's Rewrite we showed you the first of Stephen Colbert's ads made with his dirty, filthy Super PAC cash. An ad that we have indeed confirmed with WHO-TV, our NBC affiliate in Des Moines, is really, actually, totally for reals and for serious running on Iowa TV stations. As promised in tonight's Rewrite, you can watch it below. You can also see the second ad that Colbert has made with his dirty, filthy Super PAC cash.The ads are strange, hilarious, and thanks to this 5-4 Supreme Court decision... completely legal. read more

Sarah Palin heads to Iowa

Sarah Palin heads to Iowa

08/11/11 08:00PM

Why is Sarah Palin is heading to the Iowa State Fair? MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell talks to David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and former chief political columnist for the Des... watch

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