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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 when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. watch

Did Palin violate laws on bus tour?

Did Palin violate laws on bus tour?

06/08/11 08:00PM

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. watch

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

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

First Word: June 8, 2011

06/08/11 02:46PM

A look at stories shaping tonight's rundown.Rep. Weiner faces calls to resign and tries to make amendsIt gets worse: Opie and Anthony post alleged raw picture of Weiner’s penisMitt Romney more competitive with Obama in poll, but religion remains sticking pointHerman Cain would impose bizarre three-page limit on legislationStars collide: Michele Bachmann vs. Sarah PalinWisconsin recall could hint at 2012 racesAlec Baldwin eyes run for NYC MayorRanger than fiction: Palin's park visits draw criticism read more

History of surviving a sex scandal

06/07/11 10:29PM

Could Bill Clinton's first scandal have survived the same new media scrutiny Anthony Weiner is now facing? We travel back in time to January 27, 1992 in the first ever The Last Word historical re-enactment segment we like to call, "The Media Circus That msnbc Missed." read more

Viewer reaction to Weinergate

06/07/11 08:02PM

We asked for you thoughts on Congressman Anthony Weiner’s Twitter drama and the political fallout. We got tons of responses, here are just a few of our favorites:“I wish our elected officials could use a little more discretion. I'm sorry, but I think he should go. I don't see how anyone could take him seriously ever again."—Nick-2845092 via The Last Word blog"Even though I value Rep Weiner as a Congressperson, he's totally undermined himself in terms of his trustworthiness. He needs to resign, just like Rep Lee and Eliot Spitzer. read more

How to survive a scandal

How to survive a scandal

06/07/11 08:00PM

In the immediate aftermath of a political sex scandal, it’s easy to predict doom for those involved. Jonathan Alter and Margaret Carlson join The Last Word for more on the bombshell story on January 27, 1992. watch

Media circus that MSNBC missed

Media circus that MSNBC missed

06/07/11 08:00PM

Could Bill Clinton's first scandal have survived the same new media scrutiny Anthony Weiner is now facing? We travel back in time to January 27, 1992 in the first ever The Last Word historical re-enactment. watch

Romney, Obama face off on economy

Romney, Obama face off on economy

06/07/11 08:00PM

As Mitt Romney continues to slam Obama’s economic recovery while touting his own experience in the private sector, Msnbc’s Lawrence O’Donnell talks to former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to help determine who’s got the edge. watch

First Word: June 7, 2011

First Word: June 7, 2011

06/07/11 08:00PM

On January 27th, 1992, a political sex scandal became a chaotic media circus at a press conference in a New York hotel, atmospherically similar to what we saw yesterday at a press conference in a New York hotel. I wasn't the only one who was certain... watch

Reactions to Weiner scandal

Reactions to Weiner scandal

06/07/11 08:00PM

The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman and The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson weigh in on the possibility of an ethics investigation, as well as Rep. Weiner’s political future on The Last Word. watch

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