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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

Cylon and Spidey chat on the fancy new Last Word videophones

They should never give us new toys

08/05/11 06:57PM

The handy and helpful folks from NBCUniversal telecommunications have been in and out of our offices for the past few weeks with the promise of new phones. I didn't think much of it. I don't think any of us did, really. But then we got to work today. These new phones have video chat. read more

Following in Jerry's footsteps

08/05/11 05:04PM

For the first time since 1966, America will not be hanging out with Jerry Lewis this coming Labor Day weekend. On Wednesday, The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced they dropped the 85-year-old comedian as host of their annual telethon and national chairman. Details surrounding the ouster are still a bit hazy.Over the years, Lewis helped raise nearly $2.5 billion for the cause. Now many fellow comedians who have been inspired by the legend are coming to his defense.So tonight, we'll hear from actor Richard Belzer. read more

First Word: August 5, 2011

08/05/11 03:39PM

Another Last Word first tonight. We've got a guest Rewriter on set with Lawrence tonight. In the meantime, here's a look at stories we're following right now.US posts stronger job gains amid fearEconomy stabilizing into a crisisJury convicts five officers in Katrina shootings Will Rick Perry’s Prayerpalooza backfire?CBS/NYT poll: Congressional disapproval at all-time highSenate approves FAA bill, ending agency shutdownRick Santorum in Iowa ahead of 2012: 'Schools indoctrinate our children' read more