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First Word: May 31, 2011

First Word: May 31, 2011

05/31/11 08:00PM

I'm Chris Hayes in for Lawrence O'Donnell. Poor Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty are desperately trying to get attention for their campaigns. Romney even... watch

Trump and Palin pizza summit

Trump and Palin pizza summit

05/31/11 08:00PM

Msnbc Contributor and editorial writer for The Washington Post, Jonathan Capehart, joins The Last Word to discuss the Palin media circus and its impact on... watch

The Romney problem

The Romney problem

05/31/11 08:00PM

Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for the New Yorker, tracks how Romney's healthcare legislation came about and how it influenced the White House. watch

Bashir: Palin's riding a 'cash bus'

05/31/11 07:38PM

As Sarah Palin's bus tour of whatever nothingness continues to roll on (including its stop at Trump Tower), speculation continues from some in the political media that she could be preparing to launch a run at the White House.  Lawrence already told you last week what he thinks of all this (spoiler alert: Palin isn't running). And several other members of the political press have also seen Palin's quest for publicity for what it is. One of them is our msnbc colleague, Martin Bashir, who took a few minutes to give his thoughts at the end of his show today during his segment, "Clear the Air." read more

The Trump/Palin pizza summit

The Trump/Palin pizza summit

05/31/11 06:40PM

UPDATE 7:34 P.M. ET: Breaking political (and pizza) news...NBC News has confirmed Donald Trump and Sarah Palin are chowing down at La Famiglia on 50th and Broadway near Times Square. Trump and wife Melania are there along with Palin and her daughter Piper. We can confirm Pepperoni was ordered. If you're so inclined, here's the menu they have to choose from.Two frequent stars of the Rewrite, Sarah Palin and Donald Trump, are reportedly dining together in New York City. read more

Today's debt ceiling vote all show

05/31/11 05:33PM

The new tradition of blatant one-upmanship continues on the House floor with a vote on the debt ceiling. Congress is scheduled to hold its first vote on debt ceiling this evening. They’re voting on a “clean bill,” brought to the floor by the GOP, to raise the debt limit $2.4 trillion without any federal spending cuts whatsoever.That’s what most Democrats want. The GOP brought it to the floor. Everybody sing kumbaya and hold hands, right?The GOP fully expects the outcome of this vote to fail — it’s just for show. read more

Romney a Twihard at heart

05/31/11 04:20PM

Mitt Romney has the swagger of a seasoned politician. As we learned this morning, he has the pop culture tastes of a teenager.The 64-year-old Republican presidential hopeful confessed to liking Twilight and American Idol on The Today Show."I like silly stuff too, I like the Twilight series. I thought that was fun." He got into it, per the suggestion of his granddaughter. "I don’t like vampires personally, I don’t know any." (Though, no word on how he would handle a possible zombie apocalypse).He’s into American Idol. “This year with Scotty winning, that was terrific. read more

First Word: May 31, 2011

05/31/11 02:34PM

Here's a look at stories we're following today. What headlines are you clicking on?First debt limit vote today as GOP looks to divide DemsIowa donors in New Jersey to court Gov. Chris ChristieSarah Palin a no-show for fans at Civil War battlefieldFreedomWorks gives freshman Republicans tips for dealing with Medicare at town hallsNY Rep. Anthony Weiner hires lawyer after alleged Twitter hackingConservative columnist says 'Sesame Street' promotes liberal politics read more

Mitt Romney tweeted this photo of a deliveryman on his way to the Obama's HQ in Chicago

Special delivery from Mitt Romney

05/27/11 07:03PM

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney sent leftover pizza to Obama’s re-election headquarters while visiting Chicago yesterday.He tweeted, "Great deep dish at @ginoseast. Sending the extra slices to @barackobama and his Chicago HQ team.”Was this an attempt at humor? Revenge is a dish best served cold? I, for one, have never met a free pizza I didn’t like, even if it’s cold.His campaign director told TPM he was just being friendly. read more

Sarah Palin (file)

Palin stealing the (Rolling) Thunder?

05/27/11 05:08PM

Sarah Palin’s planned visit to a Memorial Day motorcycle rally in DC came as an unwelcome surprise to organizers. One leader of Rolling Thunder, a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to helping prisoners of war and veterans, made it clear she will not be allowed to speak or bring her bus.In an interview with msnbc’s Andrea Mitchell today, Rolling Thunder National Legislative Director Ted Shpak said her visit would be a "big distraction" from their purpose and she wasn't invited. read more

Our GLAAD Award

Our GLAAD Award arrives

05/27/11 03:47PM

We got a great start to the Memorial Day weekend at The Last Word headquarters. Our GLAAD Award finally arrived (though still waiting one more item in the mail).The staff has been anxiously taking turns holding the statue (it’s super heavy, in case you're wondering) and it’s now found a permanent home on Lawrence’s desk.We won for Outstanding TV Journalism Segment category for our “Fort Worth Speech” segment with Joel Burns, a city councilman in Fort Worth, and his teary plea to gay teens. His advice: it will get better. read more

First Word: May 27, 2011

05/27/11 02:19PM

Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown. What headlines are you following right now?President Obama signs Patriot Act extension in EuropeSarah Palin and Michele Bachmann size each other upBachmann plans to announce 2012 plans in IowaSenator Tom Coburn speaks out in Ensign case, says he's 'proud of what I did' Texas Governor Rick Perry may seek GOP nominationJudge rules against U.S. ban on direct corporate donations to candidates read more

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