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The Last Word staff after evacuating the 30 Rock offices.

Last Word earthquake evacuation

08/23/11 05:28PM

An earthquake rattled the East Coast (and our nerves) this afternoon, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate buildings. The 5.8 magnitude quake, centered 40 miles northwest of Richmond, could be felt up from Georgia all the way to New England.Luckily, there have been no reports of major damage or injuries.Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated, along with memorials and monuments on the National Mall in D.C. read more

First Word: August 23, 2011

08/23/11 03:33PM

We're slightly behind schedule today, folks. Our editorial meeting got interrupted by an earthquake, I swear! Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown.Buildings evacuate as earthquake felt across East Libya rebels take control of Gadhafi compound Republicans backtrack on LibyaSouth Carolina tea party chair posts "joke" about killing the ObamasDemocrats to launch payroll tax cut extension campaign Conservative elites pine for 2012 heroTop 17 earthquake tweets  read more

Rebels seize Gadhafi's compound

08/23/11 02:03PM

TRIPOLI, Libya  — Rebel forces gained "full control" over Moammar Gadhafi's fortified Bab al-Aziziya compound in Libya's capital Tuesday, NBC News reported.The compound, which was heavily damaged by NATO airstrikes, had emerged as one of the last centers of government resistance."Strategically, this means that Tripoli has fallen," NBC's Richard Engel said from inside the compound.Several rebels, in a show of contempt for the man who ruled their vast North African nation for more than 40 years, placed a head seized from a statue under their feet and kicked it. read more

Electability of the far-right

08/23/11 12:24AM

While some candidates ratchet up the wacky in the GOP presidential primary, one voice stands out as reasonable. The Huffington Post reporter, Alex Wagner joins the show with more. read more

The payroll tax fight ahead

The payroll tax fight ahead

08/22/11 08:00PM

If you think the GOP is against ever raising taxes, think again. There's one they're fine with. The Last Word guest host Melissa Harris-Perry gets details... watch

GOP embracing the crazy?

GOP embracing the crazy?

08/22/11 08:00PM

While some candidates ratchet up the wacky in the GOP presidential primary, one voice stands out as reasonable. Huffington Post reporter, Alex Wagner joins... watch

Rep. Paul Ryan (file)

Paul Ryan not running for president

08/22/11 05:26PM

One rising star in the Republican Party will not be running for president, at least this go around."While humbled by the encouragement, I have not changed my mind," Rep. Paul Ryan said today in a statement.The Wisconsin congressman added, "I remain hopeful that our party will nominate a candidate committed to a pro-growth agenda of reform that restores the promise and prosperity of our exceptional nation. read more

Awesome Internets: Monday edition

08/22/11 03:58PM

What happens when you put up a podium with a bullhorn in one of the busiest parts of Manhattan with the one instruction: "Say something nice?" The fine people of Improv Everywhere wanted to find out. The result is today's awesome Internets.h/t Mediaite read more