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Private sector vs. public sector

Private sector vs. public sector

09/15/11 08:35PM

Where are the jobs? Does the public sector really put many people to work? Plenty of Republicans like to say the answer is no, and they say the private sector is the only place people get put to work.But The Economist wanted to know what the reality is, so they did some research and found some facts and put together this handy dandy graphic. On it the top ten biggest employers on the whole entire planet are ranked. And (not really a) surprise!! Seven of ten are government-run entities and only three are private sector businesses. The Economist blog post goes on to tell us:... read more

Boehner talks Obama’s jobs plan

Boehner talks Obama’s jobs plan

09/15/11 08:00PM

In a speech to the Economic Club of Washington, House Speaker John Boehner responded to the jobs bill. The Washington Post Ezra Klein’s and former senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House, Bruce Bartlett join The Last Word to discuss his reaction. watch

Dems unity on Obama’s jobs bill?

Dems unity on Obama’s jobs bill?

09/15/11 08:00PM

Some Democrats publicly criticized the president's jobs plan. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell talks to The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman on how the president is working to get all Democrats on board. watch

Samuel L. Jackson as "Neville Flynn" in "Snakes On A Plane."

The GOP's snakes in a plan

09/15/11 07:44PM

Snakes are the key to saving the economy, according to some House Republicans. Yesterday, GOP members of The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee addressed a proposal to restrict transportation and importation of snakes. In the new report, "Broken Government: How the Administrative State has Broken President Obama's Promise of Regulatory Reform," Republicans claim these regulations on reptiles ultimately kill thousands of jobs.Florida Sen. Bill Nelson has been pushing for the rules as a way to protect the native species in the Everglades. read more

Drinking the Ron Paul juice

09/15/11 05:22PM

One drunk Ron Paul supporter in Montana tried to convince cops he didn't need to take a breath test because he believes in the Constitution. While eventually getting arrested for a DUI, the guy continued to yell, "Constitution! and "Ron Paul 2012!" It was all caught on tape for The National Geographic show, Frontier Force. read more

Author on life next door to the Palins

09/15/11 04:12PM

Best-selling author Joe McGinniss made a career out of his political writings. When he moved next door to the Palins in Wasilla, he became part of the storyline.In an exclusive interview with Today's Savannah Guthrie this morning, he discussed his bomb-shelled filled book, The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, and gave a scathing account of life living next door to the most famous family in Alaska. ("Hey kid, get off my lawn!")McGinniss interviewed about 200 of Palin's former associates and friends during his four months renting the house. read more

First Word: Thursday, September 15

09/15/11 02:56PM

Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown. What headlines are you clicking on?Speaker Boehner says no new taxes for debt panel in economic speechSome Democrats are balking at Obama's jobs billPresident Obama's blue-state bluesMichele Bachmann feels the sting from shot at Rick Perry on HPV vaccineEx-Marine who saved dozens to receive Medal of HonorThe 'Rogue' author calls Sarah Palin an 'utter fraud,' suggests she's an absentee mom read more

What would Rick Perry do?

09/14/11 10:01PM

Rick Perry can't stop talking about being a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. But he is as devoted a follower of Pontius Pilate. msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell has more in the Rewrite. read more

Awesome Internets: Wednesday edition

09/14/11 08:11PM

Whale watchers off the coast of Southern California are getting a very close-up look at blue whales, the largest animals on earth. A pod of these creatures has been seen only a few miles off shore, in search of krill, their main food source. NBC News' Miguel Almaguer reports. read more

Bad signs for Obama in 2012

Bad signs for Obama in 2012

09/14/11 08:00PM

Political history was made in New York City in an election outcome that has Democrats worrying more than ever about their party's and their president's election prospects next year. Democratic Congressman from New York, Eliot Engel joins The Last Word... watch