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Weiner resigns from Congress

06/16/11 02:54PM

After weeks of mounting pressure, Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned from office today. Weiner made the announcement just a short time ago in his home district of Brooklyn, New York.He said he couldn’t stay in office because of the large “distraction” over his sexting scandal and apologized again for "the embarrassment that I have caused."Weiner recently admitted to sending sexually explicit messages to several women via his Twitter account.It’s unclear what he’ll do next. read more

First Word: June 16, 2011

06/16/11 02:31PM

A look at stories we're following right now. What headlines are you clicking on?Rep. Anthony Weiner to announce his resignation todayDoes Weiner's punishment fit his crime?Mitt Romney — net worth over $200 Million — tells unemployed people ‘I’m also unemployed’Senate Republicans clash with Grover NorquistSome Republican freshmen in Congress hold major debt, disclosure forms showRep. Gabrielle Giffords released from hospitalStephen Colbert's advice to Republicans looking for the youth vote read more

Cable and poverty

Cable and poverty

06/15/11 08:00PM

Cable television executives are getting really, really nervous about a decision you may soon be forced to make. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes has the story. watch

First Word: June 15, 2011

First Word: June 15, 2011

06/15/11 08:00PM

I'm Chris Hayes in for Lawrence O'Donnell. Republicans are apparently afraid that none of their presidential candidates are strong enough to beat President... watch

Most. Offensive. Ad. Ever.

Most. Offensive. Ad. Ever.

06/15/11 08:00PM

MSNBC contributor Melissa Harris Perry joins The Last Word to get to the bottom of this inexplicably tasteless campaign ad aimed at Democratic House... watch

Rep.Michele Bachmann speaking at the GOP debate in Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday.

The ideology of Michele Bachmann

06/15/11 07:22PM

In tonight’s show, we’re going to take a closer look at Rep. Michele Bachmann and her unabashed extremism that’s giving her a grip over evangelicals in this country.Author Michelle Goldberg joins us as a guest to discuss her new Daily Beast profile on the congresswoman. The piece reveals the depth of Bachmann’s born-again belief system and its impact over secular politics. Plus, there was an incident in Bachmann’s past involving a lesbian and a nun in a bathroom.Join us at 8pm ET for details. read more

Tea party camp: every child's dream

Tea party camp: every child's dream

06/15/11 05:21PM

Summer has finally come and if you're a kid that means fun in the sun, cookouts and using hard candies to buy summertime sweets. What — using hard candy as currency to symbolize the gold standard wasn't part of your summer experience growing up? Then you weren't one of the lucky few to go to Tampa Liberty tea party camp. Thanks to the Tampa 912 Project, an organization under the tea party sphere, your children can experience a week-long seminar on our nation's guiding principles. read more

Tim Pawlenty (file)

The Tim Pawlenty theory

06/15/11 05:08PM

As frequent viewers of this show know, Lawrence is placing his bets on Tim Pawlenty in 2012. What makes him The Last Word's official pick to win the Republican nomination for president? Lawrence explained his theory in-depth on last night’s show. Basically, it comes down to a few main factors.Simple process of elimination: The former Minnesota governor could be the last man standing based upon the simple fact the pool of contenders is weaker than elections past. To Lawrence, “there's something seriously wrong with every other Republican candidate. read more

First Word: June 15, 2011

06/15/11 03:08PM

These stories are shaping the discussions we'll have on our show tonight. What other headlines are you clicking on now?Pakistan arrests CIA informants in bin Laden raidA look at Michele Bachmann's unrivaled extremismNorth Carolina GOP overrides veto, axes Planned Parenthood fundingAfter Muslim remark, Rep. Ellison tells Herman Cain to review the Pledge of AllegianceDems cry foul over GOP interference with Medicare mailersThe most offensive political ad ever, this hour read more

Sen. Coburn: Norquist 'old news'

06/14/11 11:21PM

The days Grover Norquist's sway over Republican Party tax policy — and by default, American tax policy — may be over.A bill, introduced by Republican Senator Tom Coburn today, proposes to end $6 billion in ethanol tax subsidies. If passed, this would end corporate tax breaks for companies in the ethanol business.This proposal naturally outraged Grover Norquist. read more

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