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End of the road for Palin's bus tour?

End of the road for Palin's bus tour?

06/22/11 07:27PM

Former half-term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin resumed her role as America’s Tweeter-in-Chief this afternoon, refudiating repudiating a (gasp) Fox News report that she has put her One Nation bus tour indefinitely on hold.  Palin, in her typical 140-character format, took the opportunity to jab her current employer. read more

Santorum rewrites Huntsman ad

06/22/11 06:56PM

Rick Santorum did his own Rewrite of fellow presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman.Über conservative Santorum took on the former Utah governor’s nonsensical dirt bike ad over his stance on abortion. The original shows a person (more details on that in tonight’s show) riding through the desert. No voice-overs. Just folksy music playing in the background with text-on-screen reading “In 4 days” and “Has seven children, one from India, one from China.”The Santorum version shows a rider in a similar landscape, riding along to country music, then finally crashing. read more

Source: Amy Belasco, "The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11"

Context of Obama's troop withdrawal

06/22/11 05:14PM

At 8pm ET, President Obama is scheduled to address the nation on the war in Afghanistan. According to The New York Times, he’s expected to outline plans to bring roughly 30,000 American troops home by next summer.These drastic reductions — not recommended by Obama’s top military commanders — signal the mounting political and economic pressure to drawdown immediately. ThinkProgress made a great chart illustrating troop levels throughout the dragged out war effort. read more

First Word: June 22, 2011

06/22/11 03:11PM

Big show tonight. At 8pm ET, Lawrence and Rachel will bring you live coverage and analysis of President Obama's speech on Afghanistan. We'll also tell you about the other top political headlines.Afghan strategy has loomed over Obama presidencyAfghanistan presents GOP candidates with identity crisisDemocrats explicitly call out GOP for sabotaging the economic recoveryMitch McConnell: GOP more willing to be isolationist because there's a Democratic presidentJon Huntsman’s first step toward oblivionSarah Palin's bus tour takes extended pits stop read more

The socialism of Bachmann

06/21/11 11:21PM

In the Rewrite, msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell reminds GOP presidential hopefuls Bachmann and Pawlenty that their pork-barrel handouts conflict with their free market message read more

Labor laws under attack?

06/21/11 09:28PM

Here’s an interesting read from The Cap Times about the repeal of Wisconsin’s 20th Century labor laws.The current Republican lawmakers have a different game plan. As he opened debate on the budget bill, the Republican speaker said that nearly half of his caucus are first-term legislators who have pledged to enact a revolutionary agenda regardless of the damage it may do to their re-election prospects. read more

GOP obstructs job bill

GOP obstructs job bill

06/21/11 08:00PM

Barbara Boxer, chairwoman of the Senate Ethics Committee, joins MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss the future of job creation in America. watch

The spotlight dimming on Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich (file)

Gingrich campaign death watch

06/21/11 07:23PM

After the mass exodus to freedom from Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign (and how could we really blame them?), more staffers just quit today. Campaign Spokesman R.C. Hammond confirmed to NBC News two members of the finance team, fundraising director Jody Thomas and fundraising consultant Mary Heitman, left the campaign."Newt 2012 continues reorganization which is a grass roots driven, substantive solution orientated campaign. read more

GOP, Lady Gaga & marriage equality

06/21/11 07:06PM

Republican New York State Senator and recent marriage equality hero James Alesi gave a riveting speech at a rally in Albany today, introducing himself with a nod to none other than Lady Gaga.Alesi proudly declared, "I’m a Republican — I was born that way!"As the first Republican Senator to publically support the pending marriage equality bill in New York, Alesi noted in his speech that he  “lost what I thought were a lot of good friends, people that supported me,” but remains “committed to giving people that live in America what every American wants.” Amidst cheers from the crowd, Ale read more

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