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Perry launches first campaign video

08/15/11 08:30PM

Rick Perry's campaign has released a web video touting the newly added Republican candidate and his record. It hits all the campaign video musts - spooky imagery, an ominous floating newspaper headline, a promise for a better tomorrow, a reminder that your children's futures are at stake, etc. Oh yeah - and there's video of him... read more

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Lawrence on Tim Pawlenty's exit

08/15/11 08:25PM

Tim Pawlenty became the first Republican candidate to drop out of the 2012 presidential race. He announced his decision yesterday in Iowa, where all the mild-mannered magic began.As you probably know, it was the widely held belief on The Last Word that T-Paw would ultimately bag the nomination. Despite all his talk of "Google tests"... read more

Role of religion in politics

Role of religion in politics

08/15/11 08:00PM

Rick Perry and Bachmann are fighting for the conservative Christian vote. Penn Jillette, magician and author of the new book "God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales" joins the show with his take on the GOP field. watch

Guide to Rick Perry’s record

Guide to Rick Perry’s record

08/15/11 08:00PM

Jim Hightower, former Agriculture Commissioner of Texas, and Erica Grieder, who covers Texas for The Economist, join The Last Word with details on the Texas governor and his stance on the issues. watch

Rick Perry stance on Social Security

Rick Perry stance on Social Security

08/15/11 08:00PM

The Texas Governor Perry believes Social Security violates our founding principles. The Last Word guest host Chris Hayes talks to Matt Yglesias of fellow at the Center for American Progress. watch

First Word: Monday, August 15

First Word: Monday, August 15

08/15/11 08:00PM

The third wealthiest man on the planet says President Obama is right about taxes. Rick Perry says Obama's wrong about that, and everything else. And Penn Jillette is here with why Rick Perry is wrong about God. watch

Summer of discontent in Washington

Summer of discontent in Washington

08/15/11 08:00PM

President Obama faces another angry August, as his poll numbers dip. But turns out there's a group of politicians just down Pennsylvania Avenue setting disapproval records. Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director of the Campaign for Community Change, joins... watch

First Word: August 15, 2011

08/15/11 02:31PM

T-Paw is out, and Rick Perry is in. We'll have more on the GOP field, post-Iowa straw poll tonight. Here's a look at more stories shaping the rundown. What are you clicking on this afternoon?Warren Buffett: I beg you to raise my taxesAfter Iowa, Republicans face a new landscapeObama ditches D.C. to mingle with voters on bus tourKarl... read more

Submissive question: sexist or legit?

08/12/11 10:03PM

It proved to be the most gasp-worthy moment of this week's Republican debate. Was the question to Michele Bachmann over her use of the word "submissive" in relation to her husband sexist, relevant or just plain awkward? Watch the discussion between The Last Word guest host Chris Hayes and Jezebel.com reporter Irin Carmon.What'... read more

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