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First Word: Wednesday, August 10

First Word: Wednesday, August 10

08/10/11 08:00PM

We now know most of the members of the new congressional super committee and there is nothing Democratic about it. I don't mean Democratic as in party, I mean Democratic as in democracy. watch

Super committee co-chairs Sen. Patty Murray (file) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (file)

Debt super committee takes shape

08/10/11 05:24PM

Congressional leaders appointed nearly all of the members on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. We're still waiting on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's three appointees. Those are expected to come in soon.Comprised of 12 members, the bi-partisan committee is equally divided between Democrats and Republicans and each... read more

First Word: August 10, 2011

08/10/11 03:16PM

More names are starting to trickle in on the debt super committee. Plus, we'll have more on the Wisconsin recall election results tonight. Here's a look at stories shaping the Wednesday rundown so far.Boehner, McConnell announce picks for deficit super committeeFor Tim Pawlenty, it's Ames or bustMichele Bachmann repeatedly sought... read more

Obama campaign on the offense

08/09/11 09:19PM

Politico reported the Obama campaign has a new tactic: Make people think Mitt Romney is weird and socially awkward. msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell discusses this strategy with msnbc contributor Jonathan Alter. read more

A smartly dressed customer enters an Apple store. (file)

World's most valuable company?

08/09/11 08:21PM

For a short time today, Apple's rising stock price pushed its value past Exxon Mobil making it — for a time — the most valuable company on the planet. According to our colleagues over at CNBC, just before 2pm ET Apple's stock price hit $365.10 bringing the company's total market cap close to a whopping $338 billion. read more

Rewriting Fox and Santorum

Rewriting Fox and Santorum

08/09/11 08:00PM

FOX is barring a gay candidate from its Republican presidential debate, meanwhile GOP hopeful Rick Santorum tries to draw a comparison between napkins and marriage. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explains in the Rewrite. watch

Bachmann’s response to criticism

Bachmann’s response to criticism

08/09/11 08:00PM

Why does Michele Bachmann know to stay on message when faced with weird magazine covers and other byproducts of running for president? Dana Milbank, opinion writer for The Washington Post joins The Last Word with analysis. watch

What should President Obama do?

What should President Obama do?

08/09/11 08:00PM

The right-wing and the left-wing have decided this economy is President Obama's fault. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell analyze this argument with Washington Post columnist EJ Dionne. watch

Obama’s strategy to stop Romney

Obama’s strategy to stop Romney

08/09/11 08:00PM

Politico reported the Obama campaign has a new tactic: Make people think Mitt Romney is weird and socially awkward. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell discusses this strategy with MSNBC contributor Jonathan Alter. watch

Wishing for a downgrade?

Wishing for a downgrade?

08/09/11 08:00PM

Speaker John Boehner was not the only one who got 98 percent of what he wanted out of the debt deal. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explains why Fox News got exactly what they asked for. watch

Santorum on marriage and napkins

08/09/11 06:19PM

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum got all "metaphysical” when trying to explain why he thinks marriage equality should not exist in this country. Speaking at a grocery store in Iowa, the right-winger cited a napkin as an example to somehow prove his point. He likened marriage to a napkin, though that’s not be confused with... read more

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