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Romney a Twihard at heart

05/31/11 04:20PM

Mitt Romney has the swagger of a seasoned politician. As we learned this morning, he has the pop culture tastes of a teenager.The 64-year-old Republican presidential hopeful confessed to liking Twilight and American Idol on The Today Show."I like silly stuff too, I like the Twilight series. I thought that was fun." He got into it, per the suggestion of his granddaughter. "I don’t like vampires personally, I don’t know any." (Though, no word on how he would handle a possible zombie apocalypse).He’s into American Idol. “This year with Scotty winning, that was terrific. read more

First Word: May 31, 2011

05/31/11 02:34PM

Here's a look at stories we're following today. What headlines are you clicking on?First debt limit vote today as GOP looks to divide DemsIowa donors in New Jersey to court Gov. Chris ChristieSarah Palin a no-show for fans at Civil War battlefieldFreedomWorks gives freshman Republicans tips for dealing with Medicare at town hallsNY Rep. Anthony Weiner hires lawyer after alleged Twitter hackingConservative columnist says 'Sesame Street' promotes liberal politics read more

Mitt Romney tweeted this photo of a deliveryman on his way to the Obama's HQ in Chicago

Special delivery from Mitt Romney

05/27/11 07:03PM

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney sent leftover pizza to Obama’s re-election headquarters while visiting Chicago yesterday.He tweeted, "Great deep dish at @ginoseast. Sending the extra slices to @barackobama and his Chicago HQ team.”Was this an attempt at humor? Revenge is a dish best served cold? I, for one, have never met a free pizza I didn’t like, even if it’s cold.His campaign director told TPM he was just being friendly. read more

Sarah Palin (file)

Palin stealing the (Rolling) Thunder?

05/27/11 05:08PM

Sarah Palin’s planned visit to a Memorial Day motorcycle rally in DC came as an unwelcome surprise to organizers. One leader of Rolling Thunder, a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to helping prisoners of war and veterans, made it clear she will not be allowed to speak or bring her bus.In an interview with msnbc’s Andrea Mitchell today, Rolling Thunder National Legislative Director Ted Shpak said her visit would be a "big distraction" from their purpose and she wasn't invited. read more

Our GLAAD Award

Our GLAAD Award arrives

05/27/11 03:47PM

We got a great start to the Memorial Day weekend at The Last Word headquarters. Our GLAAD Award finally arrived (though still waiting one more item in the mail).The staff has been anxiously taking turns holding the statue (it’s super heavy, in case you're wondering) and it’s now found a permanent home on Lawrence’s desk.We won for Outstanding TV Journalism Segment category for our “Fort Worth Speech” segment with Joel Burns, a city councilman in Fort Worth, and his teary plea to gay teens. His advice: it will get better. read more

First Word: May 27, 2011

05/27/11 02:19PM

Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown. What headlines are you following right now?President Obama signs Patriot Act extension in EuropeSarah Palin and Michele Bachmann size each other upBachmann plans to announce 2012 plans in IowaSenator Tom Coburn speaks out in Ensign case, says he's 'proud of what I did' Texas Governor Rick Perry may seek GOP nominationJudge rules against U.S. ban on direct corporate donations to candidates read more

Former Vice President Dick Cheney (file)

Dick Cheney: I 'worship' Paul Ryan

05/26/11 07:00PM

Back away slowly, Paul Ryan. Do not run or panic. Just stay calm and pretend like one of the most polarizing figures in our nation’s history — often compared to Darth Vader — didn’t just endorse you.Dick Cheney showered the congressman with praise, according to the Houston Chronicle. "I worship the ground" that "Paul Ryan walks on," said the former vice president in a public appearance. “I hope he doesn’t run for president because that would ruin a good man who has a lot of work to do.”Such as selling his plan to get rid of Medicare. read more

Sarah Palin hits the road on a bus tour

05/26/11 05:00PM

Further fueling rumors she running in 2012, Sarah Palin announced today she's heading on a nationwide bus tour. Starting this weekend in Washington, the former Alaska governor plans to swing by New Hampshire — her first time back in the state since her stint as the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee. She'll also make pit-stops at historical hot-spots along the East Coast, including Gettysburg, Antietam and the Liberty Bell in Philly.  read more

First Word: May 26, 2011

05/26/11 03:13PM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What headlines are you clicking on?Speaker John Boehner offers first reaction to GOP’s NY-26 defeatDick Cheney: 'I worship the ground Paul Ryan walks on'John Edwards rolls the diceSenate clears way to extend terror-fighting bill Wisconsin judge strikes down anti-union law, but measure go still go into effectPalin's exploratory campaign: A nationwide bus tour read more

Rewriting hysteria over Israel speech

05/25/11 09:13PM

 Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu feigned outrage over President Obama's suggestion that Israel and Palestine borders should be based on 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps. Then in Netanyahu's congressional address yesterday, he made that same suggestion. msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell has more in the Rewrite. read more

Republican won't let Warren leave room

05/25/11 08:58PM

We have video that illustrates as well as anything the ugly battle being waged by Republicans who want to stifle the consumer protection agency signed into law by President Obama and unofficially managed by TARP veteran Elizabeth Warren.Yesterday, during a House oversight subcommittee hearing, Chairman and Republican Congressman Patrick McHenry accused Warren of misleading lawmakers about her role in giving advice to states dealing with mortgage lenders who wrongly foreclosed on homeowners. read more

Sarah Palin would like to thank the Academy

Sarah Palin on the big screen

05/25/11 06:16PM

Years after Sarah Palin failed to make it to the White House, she continues to succeed in staying in the spotlight. She commissioned Stephen Bannon to make a documentary about saving the environment herself.The film, perhaps over-looking her national defeat as a vice-presidential nominee, is titled The Undefeated, and it debuts soon in Iowa and other early primary states. It addresses her controversial decisions, like deciding to end her term as governor a year-and-a half early. read more