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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

Rewriting Cantor’s tax record

Rewriting Cantor’s tax record

07/14/11 08:00PM

MSNBC’s Lawrence's O’Donnell revisits a TV debate he had with Eric Cantor in 2009, reminding us the man currently holding up grave debt talks once voted with Rep. Kucinich on a tax increase. watch

Teddy Kennedy's anti-Romney ads

Teddy Kennedy's anti-Romney ads

07/14/11 08:00PM

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank joins The Last Word to discuss Teddy Kennedy's blistering challenge of Romney's jobs record in a previously un-aired 1994 campaign ad. watch

Debunking debt ceiling myths

Debunking debt ceiling myths

07/14/11 08:00PM

What would happen if the government defaults? MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell debunks the various myths surrounding the debt ceiling with columnist for the Washington Post Ezra Klein. watch

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. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell has details. 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

First Word: July 14, 2011

07/14/11 02:40PM

A look at stories we're following right now.With no debt deal, Obama would face tough choices Aug. 3 about what bills to payS&P warns lawmakers on debt limit downgradeDemocrats bash Eric Cantor over debt talksSilver bullet? Reid and McConnell hatch back-up plan to avoid defaultFinger pointing follows tense debt negotiationsThe bain of Mitt Romney’s campaignAmid Minnesota shutdown crisis, Pawlenty faces scrutiny read more

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