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Remembering Lawrence's mother

08/25/11 05:55PM

 As most of you know by now, Lawrence has been taking some time off after the death of his mother, Frances. She passed away in her home surrounded by her children and grandchildren nearly two weeks ago. She was 93.The Boston Globe wrote up a nice piece about her role as the matriarch of the O'Donnell family and interviewed our very own Last Word host. Here's an excerpt:"In our family, my mother was the sophisticate," said her son Lawrence O'Donnell Jr. of Santa Monica, Calif., who hosts "The Last Word" on msnbc. "She was the one who always went to the Boston Ballet and took us to the theater. read more

The most powerful gay man in America?

The most powerful gay man in America?

08/25/11 04:11PM

Earlier this month, Apple surpassed ExxonMobil as the nation's most valuable company. Seriously, Apple has more cash on hand than the U.S. government. Apple could even operate as its own country, as Rick Perry can relate, I'm sure.The news of Steve Jobs' resignation at Apple must be unsettling for the anti-gay wing of the Republican party. Tim Cook's ascension to CEO of Apple now makes him one of the most powerful men the in the world. read more

First Word: August 25, 2011

08/25/11 03:44PM

The East Coast braces for its second natural disaster in less than a week. We're tracking Irene, along with these other stories. Tell us what you're clicking on today.Tips on how to brace for Hurricane IreneTim Cook tells employees 'Apple is not going to change'Photos reveal Gadhafi's diplo-crush on RiceDick Cheney says he encouraged Bush to bomb suspected nuke site in SyriaMitt Romney suddenly not so sure about climate change anymoreObituary: Lawrence's mother, Frances O’Donnell, 93, guided her family's success read more

Steve Jobs (file)

Steve Jobs steps down from Apple

08/24/11 07:42PM

The man who brought us the iPod, iPad and those tiny white "buds" that snugly tuck inside ears is stepping down from his position as Apple CEO. Steve Jobs formally announced his resignation today, sending shock-waves through the tech and business world.Jobs turned Apple from a nearly broke computer company into one of the most powerful companies in the world. He has suffered from ill health on-and-off in recent years, which required extended medical leave to undergo treatment for pancreatic cancer and a liver transplant.Tim Cook, the company's Chief Operating Officer is taking over as CEO. read more

Screengrab of Geroge Pataki's presidential website

Hint of George Pataki presidential run

08/24/11 06:57PM

George Pataki may be more ready than ever to take the presidential plunge. The former New York governor has been flirting with the idea, and it seems committed to building a website for the occasion.The Observer discovered a beta site, which was briefly published by accident. D'oh! It's been scrubbed from public view since the report. But, the screengrab exists. (A perfect reminder to us all that once something's online, it's in the Internet ether forever). read more

Perry's boots walk all over GOP field

Perry's boots walk all over GOP field

08/24/11 05:24PM

A new Republican front-runner emerged today in the race for the White House, according to a new Gallup poll. Rick Perry's been in the race for less than two weeks, and he’s already crowding out other presidential contenders. All that anti-science talk certainly makes one stand out.The poll shows the Texas governor leading the pack at 29 percent, followed by Willard M. Romney at 13 percent, Ron Paul coming in at 13 percent and Michele Bachmann trailing at 10 percent among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. read more

First Word: August 24, 2011

08/24/11 03:46PM

Chris Hayes will be sitting in the anchor chair tonight. Here's a look at headlines shaping tonight's rundown.Defiant Gadhafi vows to keep fighting, journalists freed.Rebuilding the poor oil-rich country of LibyaJeb Bush to Republican candidates: 'You can't just be against the president' George Pataki briefly publishes vice-presidential campaign websiteGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel tops the Forbes 'Most Powerful Women' listNorman Rockwell painting sends rare White House message on race read more

Fixing the lack of civility in politics

08/23/11 09:23PM

Is the anonymity of the Internet and the accessibility to false information leading to a breakdown in civil discourse? The Last Word guest host Melissa Harris-Perry discusses the issue of ugly rhetoric with former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, her opponent — not her enemy. read more

First Word: August 23, 2011

First Word: August 23, 2011

08/23/11 08:00PM

There are now reports just in minutes ago that Moammar Gadhafi has spoken on the Radio in Libya, vowing Victory or Martyrdom. That's stealing the attention... watch

Earthquake rocks East Coast

Earthquake rocks East Coast

08/23/11 08:00PM

Minor damage was reported, but there’s major worry after the biggest earthquake to strike the East coast in 67 years. The Last Word guest host Melissa Harris... watch