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Inside the deadly Joplin tornado

05/23/11 06:14PM

 A YouTube user captured their encounter with the deadly tornado that ripped through Joplin, Missouri last night. In the video, we hear a group of people taking shelter inside a convenience store as the tornado starts, hits, and seems to pass. Through their separate reactions, we are given a peak inside the intense situation.As of this afternoon, the death toll jumped to 116 and at least 1,150 are injured. read more

Tim Pawlenty giving a speech in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday.

Tim Pawlenty enters 2012 race

05/23/11 04:48PM

Tim Pawlenty kicked off his bid for the White House today with a campaign stop in Iowa. The former Minnesota governor, who announced his candidacy yesterday, is billing himself as the guy who’s willing to tell is like it is to the American people."I'm going to try something a little unusual in politics. I'm just going to tell the truth. Washington is broken, our country is going broke, and our long-term financial outlook will make the pain of the recent recession pale in comparison," he said in today’s speech. read more

First Word: May 23, 2011

05/23/11 02:46PM

Here's a look at stories we're following today. What headlines are you clicking on?Tim Pawlenty launches 2012 bid for the White HouseTeam Daniels plots next moveDeath toll rises to nearly 100 in Missouri tornadoScott Brown attacks GOP Medicare plan he recently praisedRapture forecaster "flabbergasted" by the world not endingDonald Trump vastly overestimates America’s post-Apprentice appetite for Donald Trump read more

The Last Word Rapture cocktail

05/20/11 10:18PM

Our lovely msnbc colleague Rachel Maddow mixed the perfect drink for the day after the world doesn't end. And she named it The Last Word, in honor of our coverage on the May 21 doomsday hoax. Cheers!Directions:Mix equal parts gin, fresh lime juice, maraschino liqueur (Rachel recommends Luxardo brand) and green Chartreuse. Shake well with ice for a while, then strain into chilled cocktail glass. read more

Obama and Netanyahu (awkwardly) meet

05/20/11 08:17PM

Just one day after President Obama gave a speech on Israel and the Middle East, things got tense between the President and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House. Sitting next to the President, Netanyahu declared that Israel would not pull its borders back to those from 1967 in order to make way for a Palestinian state. read more

"Last Judgment" by Michaelangelo, Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

Judgment Day in art history

05/20/11 08:05PM

Imagining what the alleged rapture will look like tomorrow? In what is one of his most iconic works, Michaelangelo seemed to think it looked like this. You see someone holding May 2011 calendar anywhere? We certainly don't. read more

Cold open: May 20, 2011

Cold open: May 20, 2011

05/20/11 08:00PM

So with Mike Huckabee finally officially out of the race, which Republican candidates are going to get the evangelical vote? And when do they think the world... watch

Friday night funnies

Friday night funnies

05/20/11 08:00PM

What could possibly be funny about a week that begins with the end of Trump-ism and ends with the end of the world. As MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explains,... watch

First 2012 attack ad aimed at Romney

05/20/11 07:34PM

While the 2012 Republican field emerges at a snail’s pace, a new political group just unleashed one of the first attack ads of the campaign season. Priorities USA Action, a pro-Democrat org, put out a commercial aimed at Mitt Romney over his GOP support for overhauling Medicare and jabs Newt Gingrich for his comments on the plan. Founded by two former aides to President Obama, the group serves as a heavily-funded alternative to the pro-Republican group, American Crossroads. read more