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FAA partially shuts down

FAA partially shuts down

07/26/11 08:00PM

While the dramatic debt negotiations in Washington are far removed from the lives of most Americans, MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell reminds us of one very real consequence of congressional inaction. watch

The debt ceiling rap

07/26/11 07:41PM

A rap on the debt ceiling — it exists! ReasonTV, the group behind the music video, wrote in a YouTube post, "we may not be able to address our current debt ceiling woes, but we can at least put them to a good beat." The video urges Congress to "make it rain" and "raise da debt ceiling!" It's no Kanye. Those are... read more

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Congressman Wu steps down

07/26/11 06:05PM

After growing calls for his resignation, Democratic Rep. David Wu announced today he will leave office. The Oregon Congressman has been accused of having an unwanted sexual encounter with an 18-year-old, who was the daughter of one of his friends."With great sadness, I therefore intend to resign effective upon the resolution of the debt... read more

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Brief history of debt ceiling increases

07/26/11 04:06PM

National Journal put together a cool graphic a few months ago, illustrating the history of debt ceiling increases. It's not a new thing in Washington. Congress has raised the debt limit 10 times in the past 10 years. What is new, as Lawrence brought up again in last night's rolling coverage, is the fierce debate to raise it. read more

First Word: July 26, 2011

07/26/11 03:21PM

A look at headlines shaping tonight's rundown.Speaker John Boehner presses debt plan opposed by Democrats, IMF urges debt-limit increaseHouse sites, phones inundated after President Obama's call to reach out on debtA fired up Nancy Pelosi tears into GOP deficit planEric Cantor to GOP: Quit whining and voteWealth gap between whites,... read more

Watch the dueling debt speeches

07/25/11 10:54PM

President Obama addressed the nation from the White House regarding ongoing debt ceiling negotiations between Democrats and Republicans. He called for an end to the stalemate, and urged immediate action. "The American people may have voted for divided government, but they didn't vote for a dysfunctional government," the president... read more

The politics of bad faith

The politics of bad faith

07/25/11 08:00PM

David Frum of FrumForum.com and The Nation’s Ari Melber joins The Last Word with analysis on how each political party has been handling of the debt negotiations. watch

T-Paw goes on the offense

T-Paw goes on the offense

07/25/11 08:00PM

As Tim Pawlenty's campaign begins to get some traction in Iowa, his campaign goes on offense -- but not against presumed Republican frontrunner, Willard M. Romney. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explains in the Rewrite. watch

Reid bill calls GOP bluff on debt circus

Reid bill calls GOP bluff on debt circus

07/25/11 08:00PM

Howard Fineman of The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post's Ezra Klein discuss how the Republican rejection of the Harry Reid proposal for lowering the deficit exposes their real goal of resurrecting the fight in six months as an election stunt. watch

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