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America at critical crossroads

09/12/11 06:06PM

America's become the couch potatoes of innovation, phoning it in since the days of the cold war according to Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum. Their new book, That Used to be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back, argues this country is on a downward spiral because of four factors: globalization, the information technology revolution, mounting deficits and energy consumption. read more

A flower sitting on one of the panels displaying names of victims at the 9/11 memorial in New York on Monday.

9/11 memorial opens to the public

09/12/11 04:05PM

The new 9/11 memorial plaza opened to the public this morning in New York. For the past decade, officials kept the area, better known as "ground zero," closed off to visitors after the collapse of the World Trade Center.Two reflecting pools now sit in the WTC footprints and a bronze plaque around the edges lists the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died that tragic morning. Electronic directories are on hand to help locate names of lost loved ones. read more

First Word: Monday, September 12

09/12/11 02:18PM

Here's a look at stories we're following this afternoon. What headlines are you clicking on now?President Obama sending jobs bill to CongressObama proposes raising taxes on the wealthy to pay for $447 billion jobs bill9/11 memorial plaza opens to the public Death penalty answer follows Rick PerryTim Pawlenty endorses Mitt Romney for presidentLooking for Ronald Reagan — and not finding him read more

Mayor Michael Bloomberg riding the NYC subway.

Bloomberg refuses to be intimidated

09/09/11 05:19PM

In last night's press conference about the "credible but uncorroborated" terrorist threat in New York City and Washington DC, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that everyone should go about their business as usual. The mayor also added that he was planning on taking the subway to work, as he does every morning.About a half an hour ago, Mayor Bloomberg tweeted "the best thing we can do to fight terror is to refuse to be intimidated by it." He also posted a photo of him riding the subway this morning, just like he promised. Who ever thought a photo of a mayor's morning commute could be so inspiring? read more

First Word: Friday, September 9

09/09/11 05:10PM

Sorry for the tardiness of this entry. We were having some computer troubles at 30 Rock! Here's what we are looking at for tonight's show. What stories are you interested in today?President Obama spoke this morning at the University of Richmond, a college located in Rep. Eric Cantor's district. Officials are warning of a "credible but uncorroborated" terrosist threat to New York and Washington, DC this weekend. Security measures have been heightened in both cities for the 9/11 anniversary. A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Vancouver this afternoon. read more

Obama: 'Stop the political circus'

09/09/11 12:24AM

Missed the speech? In front of a joint session of Congress, President Obama introduced his "American Jobs Act" — a reported $450 billion dollar bill that he says would "provide a jolt to an economy that has stalled."   read more

Will GOP accept Obama’s plan?

Will GOP accept Obama’s plan?

09/08/11 08:00PM

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney joins Lawrence O’Donnell to weigh whether Republicans listened to President Obama’s speech with open minds and a willingness to consider his plan. watch

First Word: Thursday, September 8

09/08/11 01:51PM

Tonight, we'll bring you President Obama's address to Congress on jobs along with post-speech analysis. Here's a look at headlines we're following now. What about you?President Obama jobs speech comes with high stakesMichele Bachmann to unofficially rebut Obama’s speech, againRick Perry and Willard M. Romney twist records in debateSome in GOPers seem open to Obama's call for payroll tax cutAppeals court tosses out health care lawsuits in Virginia read more

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