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Hostage negotiations over debt ceiling

Hostage negotiations over debt ceiling

07/13/11 08:00PM

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell explains why the normally disciplined Congressional Republicans are now in all-out panic mode in the most difficult negotiation they have faced to date with President Barack Obama. watch

First Word: Wednesday, July 13

First Word: Wednesday, July 13

07/13/11 08:00PM

Another tense meeting at the White House tonight where President Obama once again, refused to accept a single Republican proposal. And according to Eric Cantor, this time, it was the president who walked out. watch

Moody's isn't messing around

07/13/11 07:00PM

Another warning shot was fired today against the U.S. over its failure to raise the debt ceiling. Moody's Investors Service threatened to lower America's credit rating  due to the rising risk the government will default on its debt.The credit rating agency said it plans to review the fed’s top triple-A bond rating because lawmakers... read more

The (grand)mother of all lip-dubs

07/13/11 06:17PM

There are plenty of viral videos on the Internet that have become fads like planking, cone-ing, and ghost riding the whip, yes, ghost-riding-the-whip. But one genre that surpasses them all because no matter who it involves, a video of this genre will bring you instant happiness. The lip-dub.Lip-dub noun - A homemade music video, shot in one... read more

Old Glory (file)

Speaking of all these GOP pledges

07/13/11 05:54PM

There are more pledges coming out for Republican candidates to sign. The Last Word has covered candidates signing Grover Norquist's pledge not to raise taxes extensively and today we’re looking again at the "marriage vow" pledge that has caused trouble for Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum. read more

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House on July 4, 2011.

Why is this a headline?

07/13/11 03:56PM

 I'm generally a fan of The Washington Post, its reporters, and commentators... all of it. It's a great newspaper. I went to college inside of its delivery zone and really enjoyed flipping through it over my morning coffee. read more

Grover Norquist and Jack Abramoff (file)

Who's Grover calling greedy?

07/13/11 03:54PM

A lot has been written up lately about Grover Norquist as the debt-limit talks continue to make limited progress. Grover is the man Republicans in Washington continue to stand by as the country inches closer to an economic calamity.Republicans in Congress will not budge on raising revenues knowing that Grover has their original signed copy of... read more

First Word: July 13, 2011

07/13/11 02:46PM

A look at stories shaping tonight's rundown. Tell us what stories you're clicking on.McConnell debt ceiling strategy: "I refuse to help Obama reelection"What was Obama's secret in winning the debt standoff?President Obama team touts grassroots strengthBachmann, Gohmert, King: Obama's advisers lied about debt... read more

Winning the debt ceiling war

07/12/11 10:03PM

Lawrence explains how President Obama continues to outsmart, out-strategize and out-talk the Republicans, in the debt ceiling standoff. Plus, Howard Dean joins The Last Word with more analysis. read more

President Obama meeting with House Majority Leader Cantor, House Minority Leader Pelosi and House Speaker Boehner at the White House on Monday.

Debt ceiling endgame - discuss

07/12/11 08:03PM

Lawrence called Obama's handling of the GOP "the most masterful rope-a-dope ever performed by a president against an opposition party." In your opinion, who has the upper hand in these debt negotiations and why? The comment thread is open, so give us your reaction in section below.Please keep your comments respectful. (Looking at... 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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