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Bachmann issues doctor's note

Bachmann issues doctor's note

07/20/11 08:01PM

Tonight, we’re talking Republican headaches in both the literal and figurative form. After growing questions over her newly revealed battle with migraine headaches, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann tried to squash concerns over her ability to serve in the White House.She asked Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician for Congress, to write her a formal doctor’s note stating her solid-standing health.Surprisingly, most of the pressure on Bachmann is coming from within the GOP from the likes of Karl Rove. Is this a sign they are trying to stop her surge in the polls? read more

DOMA repeal efforts begin

DOMA repeal efforts begin

07/20/11 08:00PM

Executive Director of the Family Equality Council Jennifer Chrisler joins The Last Word to summarize the lively debate in the Senate Judiciary Committee... watch

Bachmann's newest headache

Bachmann's newest headache

07/20/11 08:00PM

Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann is trying to squash concerns from within the Republican party over her ability to serve in the White House. Washington... watch

Progress in debt talks

Progress in debt talks

07/20/11 08:00PM

David Frum, founder of FrumForum.com, joins The Last Word to analyze a few possible outcomes of the dramatic debt ceiling negotiations currently consuming... watch

New threat to disadvantaged students

New threat to disadvantaged students

07/20/11 07:00PM

In today's New York Times, the editorial staff called out House Republicans for their latest effort to "repeal the 20th century." This time their target is Title I, a federal law dating back to the '60s which secures extra money for disadvantaged schoolchildren.Last week, a House committee approved the State and Local Funding Flexibility Act which, in the words of the Times editorial, would let school districts "spend money earmarked for impoverished children on almost any educational purpose they chose." Republican Congressman John Kline sponsored the bill.Title I was created in the Johnson a read more

Rebekah Brooks 'Friday' mash-up

07/20/11 05:59PM

A News of The World parody video has been in heavy rotation among Last Word staffers this afternoon. It’s "Friday," Rebekah Brooks-style.Based off of The Worst Song In The History Of Mankind by teen songbird Rebecca Black, this Internet gem focuses on the ousted U.K. tabloid chief. read more

Franken confronts Focus on the Family

07/20/11 05:18PM

With just five days until same-sex couples may legally marry in New York State, today the Senate Judiciary Committee held the first congressional hearings on the proposal to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.Things got lively when Senator Al Franken took on Tom Minnery of Focus on the Family for mischaracterizing a study on so-called “nuclear” families. read more

First Word: July 20, 2011

07/20/11 04:02PM

A look at stories we've been checking out today. What headlines are you clicking on?Short-term debt limit extension an option, Obama saysSen. Al Franken takes down anti-gay witness for mischaracterizing study at DOMA hearingPresident Obama summons Democratic leaders to White HouseSpeaker John Boehner seeks votes for debt ceiling deal as Republicans balkDoctors weigh in on Bachmann's headachesWhat James and Rupert Murdoch don’t know read more

Obama backs 'Gang of Six' plan

07/19/11 10:26PM

President Obama praised the bipartisan plan to cut the deficit by more than $3.7 trillion over the next 10 years. Gang of Six leader, Sen. Kent Conrad, joins The Last Word to discuss their proposal. read more

Prepping the cake-toppers.

New York's marriage equality lottery

07/19/11 08:54PM

Here in New York City, officials are holding a new kind of lottery. If you win this one, you don't get money. You get the right to be among the first same-sex couples to be married here in the state when it officially becomes legal on Sunday.After marriage equality was passed in Albany last month, city officials say they were inundated with marriage requests from gay and lesbian couples.Today, city officials said they expect 764 couples will be married on Sunday. read more

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