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First Word: August 29, 2011

08/29/11 03:31PM

Lawrence is back tonight. Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown.Michele Bachmann blames God for the earthquake and hurricane, then backtracksPresident Obama taps Alan Krueger as top economic adviserRick Perry jumps to top of another national pollBush on 9/11: He was right to 'project calm'In Memoir, Dick Cheney addresses controversies@ElBloombito mimics Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Spanish on TwitterGadhafi's family flees to Algeria  read more

Irene's furious winds

08/27/11 02:39PM

The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel reports from Nags Head, North Carolina, a short while ago where conditions on the beach are intensifying as Hurricane Irene makes landfall. read more

Rep. Ron Paul

Ron Paul: FEMA not necessary

08/26/11 07:14PM

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul trashed FEMA today, just hours before Hurricane Irene is scheduled to make landfall in the U.S. Approximately 65 million people are in the storm's projected path.While giving a speech in Gilford, New Hampshire, the die-hard libertarian said no national response to Hurricane Irene is needed. "A state can decide," Paul said. read more

First Word: August 26, 2011

08/26/11 03:41PM

We're closely monitoring Irene's track, and we'll bring you all the latest updates at 8pm ET tonight. What headlines are you clicking on this afternoon?Hurricane Irene could affect millions of people in AmericaNYC orders evacuations in low-lying areas ahead of IreneAirlines begin canceling flights as Irene nearsPresident Obama cuts his vacation shortA New York hurricane could be a multibillion-dollar catastropheFormer Gingrich 527 closes its doors read more

Preparing for the worst

Preparing for the worst

08/25/11 08:00PM

John Timoney, the former chief of police in Miami, a city that's not stranger to hurricanes, joins The Last Word to discuss the threat of Irene and how East... watch

Protesting a pipeline

Protesting a pipeline

08/25/11 08:00PM

Something very dangerous -- and preventable -- is happening across the border in Canada involving a manmade method to get more fossil fuel. MSNBC’s Chris... watch

Analyzing the Verizon strike

Analyzing the Verizon strike

08/25/11 08:00PM

Verizon workers are back on the job, because the strike looked like it might threaten the company's bottom line. Joe Burns, author of "Reviving the Strike:... watch

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