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First Word: August 11, 2011

08/11/11 03:19PM

Lots of headlines coming out of Iowa today, as Republican presidential hopefuls are gathering for a debate and straw poll. Check out some of the stories we're following now and tell us what you're clicking on in the comment section below.Mitt Romney heckled in Iowa, say 'corporations are people'Romney dodges S&P... read more

Colbert rewrites Rick 'Parry'

08/10/11 11:33PM

Stephen Colbert's Super PAC is throwing its money behind Rick Parry. Illegal, you say? Not if you misspell Perry. msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell has more in the Rewrite. read more

Palin to eat fried butter in Iowa

08/10/11 11:12PM

The Sarah Palin “One Nation” publicity bus tour rolls into Iowa later in the week. While not running for president, she plans to join fellow Republicans who have descended upon The Hawkeye state for a visit to the Iowa State Fair (I’m sure actual candidates will love that).Team Palin released a teaser trailer of sorts today on her travel plans,... read more

First Word: Wednesday, August 10

First Word: Wednesday, August 10

08/10/11 08:00PM

We now know most of the members of the new congressional super committee and there is nothing Democratic about it. I don't mean Democratic as in party, I mean Democratic as in democracy. watch

What Wisconsin recall means for 2012

What Wisconsin recall means for 2012

08/10/11 08:00PM

A disappointment for Democrats in Wisconsin after recall elections fail to turn the state senate in their favor. What are the national implications? MSNBC anchor Ed Schultz joins The Last Word with details. watch

Super committee members announced

Super committee members announced

08/10/11 08:00PM

Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and Howard Fineman of The Huffington Post join The Last Word with analysis on the lawmakers selected for the special bi-partisan group. watch

Super committee co-chairs Sen. Patty Murray (file) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (file)

Debt super committee takes shape

08/10/11 05:24PM

Congressional leaders appointed nearly all of the members on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. We're still waiting on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's three appointees. Those are expected to come in soon.Comprised of 12 members, the bi-partisan committee is equally divided between Democrats and Republicans and each... read more

First Word: August 10, 2011

08/10/11 03:16PM

More names are starting to trickle in on the debt super committee. Plus, we'll have more on the Wisconsin recall election results tonight. Here's a look at stories shaping the Wednesday rundown so far.Boehner, McConnell announce picks for deficit super committeeFor Tim Pawlenty, it's Ames or bustMichele Bachmann repeatedly sought... read more

Obama campaign on the offense

08/09/11 09:19PM

Politico reported the Obama campaign has a new tactic: Make people think Mitt Romney is weird and socially awkward. msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell discusses this strategy with msnbc contributor Jonathan Alter. read more

A smartly dressed customer enters an Apple store. (file)

World's most valuable company?

08/09/11 08:21PM

For a short time today, Apple's rising stock price pushed its value past Exxon Mobil making it — for a time — the most valuable company on the planet. According to our colleagues over at CNBC, just before 2pm ET Apple's stock price hit $365.10 bringing the company's total market cap close to a whopping $338 billion. read more

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About The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

Lawrence O’Donnell brings his extraordinary background in politics and entertainment to “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” airing weeknights on MSNBC. Drawing upon his experience as a former chief of staff on the Senate Finance Committee and as an Emmy-winning executive producer and writer of “The West Wing,” O’Donnell gives the last word and rewrites the most compelling stories of the day.

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