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First Word: Friday, August 12

08/12/11 03:51PM

Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown. What stories are you clicking on right now?Health care law individual mandate ruled unconstitutional by appeals court Ames Straw Poll: Best and worst case scenariosEmail rendezvous entangles state Rep. Phillip HinkleOutside the lines? 9/11 coloring book seeks to tell kids 'truth' about terrorismBehind Michele Bachmann’s debate disappearance read more

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Colbert Super PAC's 'Parry' ads

08/11/11 08:42PM

During last night's Rewrite we showed you the first of Stephen Colbert's ads made with his dirty, filthy Super PAC cash. An ad that we have indeed confirmed with WHO-TV, our NBC affiliate in Des Moines, is really, actually, totally for reals and for serious running on Iowa TV stations. As promised in tonight's Rewrite, you can watch it below. You can also see the second ad that Colbert has made with his dirty, filthy Super PAC cash.The ads are strange, hilarious, and thanks to this 5-4 Supreme Court decision... completely legal. read more

GOP race gets a shake-up

GOP race gets a shake-up

08/11/11 08:00PM

The top eight declared Republican presidential candidates are in Iowa this week for a debate and Saturday's Ames straw poll. And Texas Governor Perry is now... watch

Sarah Palin heads to Iowa

Sarah Palin heads to Iowa

08/11/11 08:00PM

Why is Sarah Palin is heading to the Iowa State Fair? MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell talks to David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at... watch

Fun with corn kernels at the Iowa State Fair on Thursday.

GOP winners, by the corn kernels

08/11/11 07:54PM

Ahead of the debate and straw poll, Iowa voters let their choice for the Republican nominee be known…with corn. Visitors to the Iowa State fair placed single kernels into jars representing their favorite GOP candidate. So far, Michele Bachmann and Willard M. Romney seem to be the corniest — zing!(Forgive me. As a former resident of both Iowa and Illinois, I take pride in dorky jokes involving corn and/or soybeans). read more

Romney faces off with Iowa hecklers

08/11/11 07:17PM

 The days of hiding under the Mittness Protection Program are over. Willard M. Romney faced off with an unruly crowd today at the Iowa State Fair.One heckler repeatedly shouted at the former Massachusetts governor, demanding to know how he would strengthen programs like Social Security and Medicare. Once Romney could get a word in, he finally yelled, "If you don’t like my answer, you can go vote for someone else!"In the same speech, he also told the crowd "corporations are people, my friend" — a soundbite destined to haunt his campaign. read more

Texas Gov. Rick Perry at his prayer rally Saturday in Houston.

Rick Perry running for president

08/11/11 04:57PM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running for president, NBC News can confirm. Perry (and that’s Perry with an 'E' not an 'A') plans to make the formal announcement this Saturday. He's making visits to early primary states South Carolina and New Hampshire.Fellow GOP hopefuls made the pilgrimage to Iowa for tonight's big debate and the Ames Straw Poll on Saturday. Though, Sarah Palin just schlepped it to the Hawkeye State for the fried food at the state fair. (And can we blame her? Fried butter-on-a-stick, people).So just who is Perry? read more

First Word: August 11, 2011

08/11/11 03:19PM

Lots of headlines coming out of Iowa today, as Republican presidential hopefuls are gathering for a debate and straw poll. Check out some of the stories we're following now and tell us what you're clicking on in the comment section below.Mitt Romney heckled in Iowa, say 'corporations are people'Romney dodges S&P questionFour storylines to watch in the GOP debateNancy Pelosi names Clyburn, Van Hollen and Becerra to deficit super committeeMichele Bachmann's inaccurate recounting of the debt-ceiling sagaFlashback: In 1990 campaign ad, Sen. read more

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