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Rep. Anthony Weiner surrounded by reporters near his house in the Queens borough of New York on Thursday.

Weiner's constituents: fuggedaboutit!

06/09/11 07:17PM

A new poll shows voters in New York’s 9th congressional district still support Congressman Anthony Weiner despite his Twitter sex scandal involving no actual sex. According to the NY1-Marist poll conducted on Wednesday, 56 percent of his constituents do not think he should resign, while only 33 percent are in favor of his immediate resignation.It varied slightly between men and women. read more

Cruising for a bruising on the campaign trail

Gingrich staff jumps ship en masse

06/09/11 04:22PM

Newt Gingrich is probably wishing he was back on vacation. Fresh off a long cruise to the Greek Isles (because that’s what you do when you’re running for president if you’re Newt Gingrich), the Republican presidential hopeful got some bad news at the office.Top members of his staff jumped ship today, potentially sinking his already troubled campaign. read more

First Word: June 9, 2011

06/09/11 03:15PM

Here's a look at stories we're following this afternoon. What headlines are you clicking on?Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign aides resign en masse10 Years Later: how Bush-era tax cuts changed AmericaMitt Romney defends himself in Michigan over auto bailoutRick Santorum calls the idea of climate change a "liberal conspiracy" Anthony Weiner’s seat could be scrambled in redistrictingAlec Baldwin, potential NYC mayoral candidate, weighs in on Weiner read more

Did Palin violate laws on bus tour?

06/08/11 09:22PM

Has Sarah Palin's publicity stunt wasted Federal Park funding? Rep. Earl Blumenauer discusses his complaint letter to the National Parks Service with msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell. Plus, Blumenauer explains why he thinks fellow Democrat Anthony Weiner should resign. read more

Rep. Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin (file)

Pressure mounts on Weiner to resign

06/08/11 08:13PM

Kicking Rep. Anthony Weiner while he’s down, today several Democrats joined the chorus of Republicans calling for the New York congressman to resign.Former DNC chair Tim Kaine was the first to publicly come out against Weiner, followed by Rep. Allyson Schwartz, Rep. Mike Michaud, Sen. Mark Pryor, Rep. Mike Ross, Rep. Niki Tsongas, Rep. read more

Saying no to Norquist

Saying no to Norquist

06/08/11 08:00PM

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell reminds potential Republican candidates of the only pledge that matters to the American people in the Rewrite. watch

Palin v. Bachmann: frenemies?

Palin v. Bachmann: frenemies?

06/08/11 08:00PM

Tea Party favorites Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann are beginning to trade blows, while Mitt Romney appears to be pulling ahead. New York Magazine’s John... watch

First Word: June 8, 2011

First Word: June 8, 2011

06/08/11 08:00PM

I want to talk about the budget crisis, the debt ceiling. And I hoped we were done with this Anthony Weiner thing. I hate these sex scandal stories. But just... watch

Sarah Palin during a recent tour of Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pa.

Dem asks Park Service about Palin

06/08/11 06:55PM

Tonight, Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon joins us for a segment on Sarah Palin. He’s got a bone to pick with the National Park Services over how federal resources were used in conjunction with the fake presidential contender’s personal publicity tour /family vacation.In a letter to National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, Rep. Blumenauer wrote, "Many of the press accounts of stops included in this tour, which provided personal and political benefits to former Gov. read more

Hermain Cain giving a speech in D.C. on Saturday.

Hermain Cain's three-page rule

06/08/11 05:59PM

Apparently, life to Herman Cain hinges on the ability to avoid reading any piece of legislation longer than three-pages. At the Family Leader Presidential Lecture Series in Pella, Iowa, the Republican hopeful began his hypothetical presidency by imposing a strict three-page limit on all legislation."Engage the people. Don’t try to pass a 2,700 page bill — and even they didn’t read it! You and I didn’t have time to read it. We’re too busy trying to live — send our kids to school. That’s why I am only going to allow small bills — three pages. read more

Paul Ryan confronted over Ayn Rand

06/08/11 03:44PM

Republicans may need to pick sides between the Ayn Rand model of capitalism and evangelical Christian values. One Wisconsin congressman learned you can’t always have it both ways.Shortly after his appearance at the 2011 Faith and Freedom Conference in D.C. on Friday, a Bible-waving protester accosted Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan. read more