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First Word: August 1, 2011

08/01/11 04:02PM

We're inching closer to a possible deal on the debt ceiling. A vote is expected to take place later today. Here's a look at stories we're following this afternoon.Pleasing few, debt deal to go to voteU.S. government: Insurers must cover birth control with no copays Getting bin Laden: What happened that night in AbbottabadWinners... read more

McConnell refusing to work with Reid

07/29/11 09:35PM

Sen. Kent Conrad broke some news on The Last Word tonight. According to him, Sen. Mitch McConnell told Majority Leader Harry Reid he will not negotiate with him anymore — only with President Obama.This continues the rollercoaster standoff on the debt ceiling between top U.S. lawmakers."I've been here for 25 years. I have never heard... read more

Friday funnies: debt ceiling

Friday funnies: debt ceiling

07/29/11 08:00PM

There's nothing funny about global economic calamity, that is unless you're a late night comedy writer. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell bring you the Friday Funnies. watch

Can Obama fall back on the 14th?

Can Obama fall back on the 14th?

07/29/11 08:00PM

Can President Obama just raise the debt limit citing the 14th Amendment to the Constitution? MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell asks UCLA law professor Jonathan Zasloff. watch

First Word: July 29, 2011

First Word: July 29, 2011

07/29/11 08:00PM

The House of Representatives has now passed a tea party fantasy that will never become law. Once again, leaving the job of working out a realistic compromise to the United States Senate. watch

Boehner bill dead on arrival

Boehner bill dead on arrival

07/29/11 08:00PM

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell talks to The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein and Time’s Jay Newton Small with the breaking news on the debt votes. watch

A tiny sampling of today's tweets.

Obama spam or genius tweets?

07/29/11 06:32PM

This week, President Obama has been urging the American people to contact their representatives and senators in Washington on the debt deal. After his grass roots call to action Monday night, many House websites and servers crashed. Today, the president tapped into social media, telling Americans to tweet their reps.Going one step further, his... read more

'Almost out of time' in debt talks

07/29/11 05:08PM

 President Obama stepped back into the fray this morning, urging Republicans and Democrats to resolve the debt ceiling issue. "We're almost out of time" before the country defaults on its loans, making the increasingly shaky markets that much worse."The power to solve this is in our hands on a day when we've been... read more

First Word: July 29, 2011

07/29/11 03:36PM

Four days left until the debt ceiling deadline. We'll be all over this story again at 8pm ET. Here are a few stories shaping tonight's rundown.President Obama: Any debt solution must be bipartisanAs debt ceiling deadline looms, default or compromise?Speaker Boehner's plan to get a vote on FridayTwitter ambush! White House calls on... read more

Lawrence talks debt debate in live chat

07/29/11 12:31PM

msnbc host Lawrence O'Donnell answered questions in a live chat earlier today about the latest in the negotiations over raising the debt ceiling. With four days left to reach a deal, negotiations are still at a stalemate.From 1989 to 1992, Lawrence O’Donnell served as a senior advisor to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan. read more

White House reaction to vote delay

07/28/11 10:37PM

In a Last Word exclusive interview, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney joins the show with reaction on the postponed debt vote in the House and what happens next if no deal can be reached. read more

House delays vote on Boehner's plan

07/28/11 08:28PM

Republican leaders delayed tonight's vote on the revised Budget Control Act because they don't have the votes needed to pass the bill.In a press conference today, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi promised "it will not pass." She said voters "can just kiss Medicare goodbye" under Speaker John Boehner's... 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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