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Perry launches first campaign video

08/15/11 08:30PM

Rick Perry's campaign has released a web video touting the newly added Republican candidate and his record. It hits all the campaign video musts - spooky imagery, an ominous floating newspaper headline, a promise for a better tomorrow, a reminder that your children's futures are at stake, etc. Oh yeah - and there's video of him dressed up in full cowboy mode (as a native Nashvillian, I can spot this from 400 yards). The caption that accompanies the video reads:We will not sit back and accept our current misery... because a great country requires a better direction... read more

Tim Pawlenty (file)

Lawrence on Tim Pawlenty's exit

08/15/11 08:25PM

Tim Pawlenty became the first Republican candidate to drop out of the 2012 presidential race. He announced his decision yesterday in Iowa, where all the mild-mannered magic began.As you probably know, it was the widely held belief on The Last Word that T-Paw would ultimately bag the nomination. Despite all his talk of "Google tests" and lame attempts to appear "hip" by quoting Lady Gaga songs, he was the only candidate who didn't seem to have a fatal flaw. read more

Role of religion in politics

Role of religion in politics

08/15/11 08:00PM

Rick Perry and Bachmann are fighting for the conservative Christian vote. Penn Jillette, magician and author of the new book "God, No! Signs You May Already... watch

First Word: August 15, 2011

08/15/11 02:31PM

T-Paw is out, and Rick Perry is in. We'll have more on the GOP field, post-Iowa straw poll tonight. Here's a look at more stories shaping the rundown. What are you clicking on this afternoon?Warren Buffett: I beg you to raise my taxesAfter Iowa, Republicans face a new landscapeObama ditches D.C. to mingle with voters on bus tourKarl Rove warns GOP presidential candidates against moving too far to the right Gov. Rick Perry calls jobs record a big plus Rep. Darrell Issa disputes report alleging ties between business interests and congressional record read more

Submissive question: sexist or legit?

08/12/11 10:03PM

It proved to be the most gasp-worthy moment of this week's Republican debate. Was the question to Michele Bachmann over her use of the word "submissive" in relation to her husband sexist, relevant or just plain awkward? Watch the discussion between The Last Word guest host Chris Hayes and reporter Irin Carmon.What's your take — is this topic fair game? Give us your two cents in the comment section below and/or tweet me your response. read more