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Illinois minority leader quotes Wu-Tang

05/19/11 03:41PM

Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno got a few things off of her chest during her "point of personal privilege" remarks on the state floor yesterday. Although the debate during which Radogno's comments were made had to do with "dolla dolla bills" — the debate was over the Illinois budget crisis — quoting Wu-Tang rapper Raekwon seemed to come out of nowhere.Apparently, Raekwon sent a letter to the Republican, brimming with economic advice. It seemed to strike a chord with the state senator. read more

First Word: May 19, 2011

05/19/11 03:15PM

Here’s a look at stories we’re following right now. What headlines are you clicking on?President Obama presents Mideast peace vision to Arab worldEx-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn indicted by grand jury in alleged sex assaultUnabomber investigated in '82 Tylenol deathsRogue tweet by Secret ServiceRep. Gabby Giffords ‘recovering well’ after skull surgeryReporter discusses breaking the Schwarzenegger storyWhich politicians kept their secret children secret the longest? read more

White House takes on newspaper

05/18/11 09:31PM

Boston is a tough town for politicians, thanks mostly to the Boston Herald. How should the Obama White House deal with the newspaper? msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell has more the Rewrite. read more

If you can't beat 'em...

Obama selling birther swag

05/18/11 09:04PM

For President Obama, one good thing came from Donald Trump and his merry band of birthers: a new source of revenue for the President's re-election bid.In a email to supporters, the Obama campaign team has announced a few additions to its web site. For $25, you can now buy an official T-shirt featuring the President's likeness and the headline "Made in America." And on the back? The long-form birth certificate. Yes, you can now proudly wear the very document that took away whatever was left of Donald Trump's credibility.If that's not your thing, don't worry. read more

Cold open – May 18, 2011

Cold open – May 18, 2011

05/18/11 08:00PM

Tonight the president talked health care reform in Boston and thanked Mitt Romney for leading the way on the individual mandate. Republicans would be attacking Romney right now for the same thing if they weren't still busy destroying Newt Gingrich. watch

Obama restricts The Boston Herald

Obama restricts The Boston Herald

05/18/11 08:00PM

Boston is a tough town for politicians, thanks mostly to the Boston Herald. How should the Obama White House deal with the newspaper? MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell has the Rewrite. watch

Why Sen. Coburn left Gang of Six

Why Sen. Coburn left Gang of Six

05/18/11 08:00PM

Senate bipartisan working group lost one of its six members trying to put together a plan to reduce the deficit and debt. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell talks to The Nation’s Chris Hayes. watch

Newt: Don't quote me on that

05/18/11 07:56PM

Newt Gingrich has had a pretty bad time of things since officially launching his bid for the White House. He's been blasted in editorials in both the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal. He's been pelted with a box of glitter. He's enraged Rush Limbaugh (not that enraging Rush is particularly difficult). And Newt apologized to Rep. Paul Ryan for his statements on the freshman Republican's Medicare plan on Meet the Press. read more

Weirdest GOP ad ever?

05/18/11 07:15PM

The Tim Pawlenty guy must have been busy. Debbie Georgatos, a candidate for Dallas County Republican Party Chair, will blow your mind with her new ad. In the video, she talks slightly off camera (à la Michele Bachmann, but intentionally so) while somber music plays in the background. It cuts to imagery of slummed out buildings in Detroit and sad baby elephants getting sprayed with a hose. She warns voters of "a super massive blue hole, because we all know what that looks like." read more

CDC releases plan for zombie attack

CDC releases plan for zombie attack

05/18/11 04:50PM

Well, well, well, move over Max Brooks. This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a preparation plan for the most wretched judgment day our future may hold. Zombie apocalypse.    We've all seen it in the movies but could it possibly happen? The CDC may think so. A blog post on CDC's website reads, "There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. read more

The jilted bride caught in the nick of time.

Jilted bride saved from suicide jump

05/18/11 03:32PM

Just days before her wedding, a woman in Northeast China tried to jump from her seventh floor apartment when she learned that her fiance had married someone else. The jilted bride, 22-year-old Li-Wan, sat in her wedding dress sobbing on the ledge of her apartment while onlookers watched from below. Luckily,when Li-Wan was about jump, a local police officer caught her by the neck and eventually, with the help of her neighbors, pulled her to safety. Li-Wan was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation. The dramatic ordeal was caught on camera. read more