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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

Bono, former 'Spider-man' director Julie Taymor, & The Edge at tonight's opening

Lights up (finally) for Spidey

06/14/11 08:30PM

For Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark, it's turn on the lights... finally. Opening night has finally come for the most expensive Broadway show ever in the history of ever ending the longest preview period for any Broadway show... you guessed it, ever in the history of ever.The price tag has now hit $70 million dollars (but even with all the problems, preview tickets have been selling like crazy). The show has been in development for about a decade. After a long slog - one too long to relay in a blog entry - it finally made it to the Great White Way for previews last fall. read more

GOP debate recap

GOP debate recap

06/14/11 08:00PM

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell gets analysis from former McCain adviser Nicolle Wallace and The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart. watch

First Word: June 14, 2011

First Word: June 14, 2011

06/14/11 08:00PM

What happens if six people who are not going to be the Republican nominee for president debate with a man who might be the Republican nominee for president... watch

GOP stances on economy

GOP stances on economy

06/14/11 08:00PM

What does a Republican economic expert think of the Republican presidential candidates' plans for the economy? Not much. Bruce Bartlett joins The Last Word. watch

Boehner’s ethic complaint

Boehner’s ethic complaint

06/14/11 08:00PM

Melanie Sloan of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington joins The Last Word to discuss the ethics complaint they filed against Speaker John... watch

Rep. Frank talks Rep. Weiner

Rep. Frank talks Rep. Weiner

06/14/11 08:00PM

Congressman Barney Frank, who has a better idea of what Anthony Weiner is going through than most members of Congress, spoke out on the Weiner scandal. MSNBC... watch

Rep. Allen West scuba diving on Sunday.

Did Rep. West break flag code?

06/14/11 07:26PM

Happy Flag Day, America! Tea party Congressman Allen West celebrated a bit early this year, and proudly waved Old Glory while scuba diving trip off the Florida coast on Sunday. In doing so, however, West seems to have violated federal Flag Code under Title 4, Section 8. The law specifically states, "The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise."Sorry, under water kind of counts. West probably didn’t intentionally desecrate the flag he served to defend.He’s not alone. read more

House Speaker John Boehner (file)

Boehner slapped with ethics complaint

06/14/11 06:18PM

A watchdog group filed an ethics complaint against Republican House Speaker John Boehner today over how he spent funds to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington claims he violated the Antideficiency Act, a law designed to stop officials from overspending.In a response, Boehner's office called CREW’s action “stupid” in a statement."This 'complaint' is off-base and stupid to the point that it creates the appearance of partisanship by CREW. read more

DNC responds to debate

06/14/11 03:49PM

Republicans stand united against President Obama on pretty much everything these days. That came across loud and clear in last night’s GOP debate in New Hampshire, and Democrats took notice.Today, the DNC released a response video titled, "What in the world are they talking about?" The ad accused the GOP of focusing on issues that don’t really matter. It also pointed Republican hopefuls never uttered the words “middle class” or “education” in any speech.Who won the debate in your eyes? Please tell us in the comment section below. read more

First Word: June 14, 2011

06/14/11 02:48PM

Here's a look at stories catching our attention this afternoon. What headlines are you clicking on today?Republicans in debate unite to attack ObamaMichele Bachmann’s evolution: From Carter volunteer to conservative unsettling 2012 GOP raceGingrich's charity paid money to Gingrich's businessRep. Nancy Pelosi reiterates push for Weiner's resignation, Boehner adds to callsJon Huntsman 2012 campaign for president set to launchGroup files ethics complaint against Speaker John BoehnerDan Savage talks Google bombing Rick Santorum read more

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