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First Word: Monday, August 8

First Word: Monday, August 8

08/08/11 08:00PM

The president today said that Standard & Poors didn't doubt America's financial ability to pay its debts, "they doubted our political system's ability to act.” The president is absolutely right, and Standard and Poors is absolutely wrong. watch

Bachmann Newsweek cover raises red flags

Bachmann Newsweek cover raises red flags

08/08/11 08:00PM

The National Organization for Women is defending Michele Bachmann, calling her Newsweek cover photo sexist. MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer for The Washington Post, joins The Last Word with details. watch

Rick Perry running for president?

Rick Perry running for president?

08/08/11 08:00PM

Will Texas Gov. Rick Perry challenge Michele Bachmann as the choice for the true believers vote? MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell gets analysis from The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman. watch

Pressure on the debt super committee

Pressure on the debt super committee

08/08/11 08:00PM

After the S&P downgrade, do the decisions of the all-important super committee become even more high stakes now? MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell talks with Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. watch

Nation remembers the fallen

08/08/11 07:57PM

People from across the country are paying tribute to the 30 Americans, including 22 Navy SEALs, killed in Afghanistan on Saturday. Their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed while on a mission to reinforce troops trying to capture a Taliban leader in a longtime Taliban stronghold. It's believe their helicopter was hit with a rocket-propelled grenade fired by Taliban fighters.NBC News Chief Pentagon Correspondent Jim Miklaszewski looks at some of the stories behind these dedicated servicemen. read more

The Kennedy family in the early 1960s.

Inside the secret Jackie O tapes

08/08/11 06:16PM

A few months after the presidential assassination in 1963, Jackie Kennedy Onassis secretly sat down with historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. to record her thoughts. She then requested the tapes be made available to the public 50 years after her death.The Kennedy Library granted ABC News access to these never-before-heard interviews with the former first lady. read more

State of education in America

08/08/11 04:42PM

The issue of education in America and abroad is a reoccurring theme on this show. Along with UNICEF, last year Lawrence started the K.I.N.D. fund to deliver desks to school kids in Malawi. Just last week, Lawrence stood up for teachers who have been under attack by ring-wing extremists.Now, deep spending cuts to education under the new debt deal have caught our attention at The Last Word and all of msnbc. This poses a slew of challenges in our nation’s schools. Though, many strides are still being made.  read more

First Word: August 8, 2011

08/08/11 03:03PM

Should we care about the S&P downgrade? We'll be addressing that in tonight's show. Until then, here's a look at some of the headlines shaping tonight's rundown.Obama: US will always be AAA-rated, despite downgradeS & P downgrade: The politics of anxietySEALs killed in Afghanistan were answering a call for helpAmes straw poll will test strength of 2012 candidatesHuntsman runs on his name, and his father'sMichele Bachmann’s radical reading listContents of 'explosive' Jackie O. tapes under debate read more

U.S. loses top credit rating

08/05/11 09:30PM

The S&P just cut the long-term U.S. credit rating by one notch to AA-plus on concerns about growing budget deficits. U.S. Treasuries, once seen as the safest investment in the world are now rated lower than bonds issued by the UK, Germany, France and Canada. The Washington Post's Ezra Klein and CNBC's John Harwood joined The Last Word to discuss the economic impact of Standard & Poor's downgrade on the country. read more

Richard Belzer's permanent sign of devotion.

Belzer's Jerry Lewis tat revealed!

08/05/11 09:23PM

When Richard Belzer stopped by to chat with Lawrence tonight about his mentor Jerry Lewis' departure from the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon after nearly 45 years, Richard tried to show Lawrence the tattoo he sports of the comic legend. Unfortunately, the very dapper Belzer couldn't get his suit and shirt sleeve rolled up far enough for our TV viewers to see for themselves.Fortunately, our blog is here to save the day. Here's Belzer's Jerry Lewis artwork in the flesh. read more

Why Romney can't win in 2012

08/05/11 07:52PM

Mitt Romney hasn't stopped raking in cash for his quiet presidential campaign. But where is that money coming from, and how will news of his shady cash flow play out with voters? Lawrence discussed the issue with Paul Goldman, former chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party and the co-author of the Politico op-ed "Why Romney Can't Win." read more

Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Backlash against Perry's prayer rally

08/05/11 07:06PM

Houston's Reliant Stadium will host to more than 8,000 guests tomorrow at Texas Gov. Rick Perry's mega religious rally called "The Response: A call to prater for a nation in crisis."The controversial event, Perry's brain-child, is being described as a day of prayer and fasting. read more

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