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First Word: July 20, 2011

07/20/11 04:02PM

A look at stories we've been checking out today. What headlines are you clicking on?Short-term debt limit extension an option, Obama saysSen. Al Franken takes down anti-gay witness for mischaracterizing study at DOMA hearingPresident Obama summons Democratic leaders to White HouseSpeaker John Boehner seeks votes for debt ceiling deal as Republicans balkDoctors weigh in on Bachmann's headachesWhat James and Rupert Murdoch don’t know read more

Obama backs 'Gang of Six' plan

07/19/11 10:26PM

President Obama praised the bipartisan plan to cut the deficit by more than $3.7 trillion over the next 10 years. Gang of Six leader, Sen. Kent Conrad, joins The Last Word to discuss their proposal. read more

Prepping the cake-toppers.

New York's marriage equality lottery

07/19/11 08:54PM

Here in New York City, officials are holding a new kind of lottery. If you win this one, you don't get money. You get the right to be among the first same-sex couples to be married here in the state when it officially becomes legal on Sunday.After marriage equality was passed in Albany last month, city officials say they were inundated with marriage requests from gay and lesbian couples.Today, city officials said they expect 764 couples will be married on Sunday. read more

Snowe's Maine contender

Snowe's Maine contender

07/19/11 08:00PM

Republican Senator Olympia Snowe has a problem. And his name is, More Conservative Challenger. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explains in the Rewrite. watch

The Last Word on the House floor?

The Last Word on the House floor?

07/19/11 07:54PM

Ahead of today’s symbolic House vote on the so-called "Cut, Cap, and Balance" bill, we noticed a familiar line spoken on the House floor.While discussing spending cuts, Congressman Sander Levin of Michigan declared, "the Republicans are trying to repeal the second half of the 20th century."You're preaching to the choir, buddy. We’ve been saying the same thing since mid-June, which is why we started our on-going web series, Repealing The 20th Century. read more

Dems throw Reagan in GOP's face

07/19/11 06:22PM

House Democrats reminded the GOP of the importance of raising the debt ceiling — in the words of President Ronald Reagan. He's the president Republicans love to quote, particularly when it comes to economic policy. read more

Wendi Murdoch (in the pink suit) lunges towards a man trying to attack her husband during a meeting with British Parliament in London on Tuesday.

Murdoch eats humble (and foam) pie

07/19/11 05:11PM

In an already dramatic meeting with British Parliament, today a protester hurled a foam pie at embattled media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Luckily for Murdoch, the exec’s wife, Wendi, jumped to his defense by swiftly punching the guy in the head, blocking the full on foam attack. (Check out the slow-mo version). Murdoch walked away with no more than a messy suit jacket.Member of Parliament Tom Watson, who was seated on the committee at the time of the incident, was so impressed with Mrs. Deng's reaction he remarked, "Mr. read more

First Word: July 19, 2011

07/19/11 03:32PM

Two main themes in tonight's show: debt ceiling and the Murdochs.Obama hails deficit-reduction plan gaining momentum in SenateNBC/WSJ poll: Majority says not raising debt ceiling would be problematicDems use Reagan against GOP on debt ceilingGang Of Six reunites to form new budget proposalVideo: Wendi Murdoch defends husband Rupert Murdoch from attackerRupert and James Murdoch grilled by British lawmakersExpecting overload on Day 1 of gay marriage, New York City sets 764-wedding limit read more

Nelson Mandela surrounded by family members in Qunu, South Africa on Monday.

What Mandela wants for his birthday

07/18/11 08:25PM

What do you get the man who changed the course of history? Nelson Mandela, who turned 93, isn't shy about offering a suggestion: your time and selflessness. Mandela is encouraging supporters around the world to take part in "Nelson Mandela Day."It's very simple, as actor Morgan Freeman explained this morning on NBC's Today Show. "We'll ask everybody to just take 67 minutes and do something. Do something that's going to help someone. Do something that's going to help make the world a better place, " said Freeman, who portrayed Mandela in the movie "Invictus." Why 67 minutes? read more

Obama on the art of compromise

07/18/11 07:12PM

The White House wants to hammer home this message of Obama as the adult in the room, the responsible leader. That might explain the delayed, yet calculated release of a new video posted to the White House blog on Friday. The clip was actually taken back in March, when Obama met with a bipartisan group of college kids in Dorchester, Massachusetts.In the meeting, Obama cited Abraham Lincoln’s compromises on The Emancipation Proclamation as bi-product of tough leadership choices. read more

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