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What were they thinking on debt?

What were they thinking on debt?

07/25/11 08:00PM

Raising the debt ceiling used to be a non-controversial Washington routine. But this year, Washington has used the debt ceiling to create a new phenomenon in our politics. Elizabeth Drew, a contributor to The New York Review of Books, joins The Last Word. watch

Debt ceiling stalemate

Debt ceiling stalemate

07/25/11 08:00PM

House Democratic Whip, Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer joins The Last Word with reaction to the latest proposals on the debt ceiling. watch

Unchartered territory in debt debate

Unchartered territory in debt debate

07/25/11 08:00PM

The Republican debt plan would keep the fight over the debt limit going into the next year, affecting the economy and the President's re-election campaign. Jared Bernstein, the former chief economist to Vice President Biden, joins The Last Word. watch

The politics of bad faith

The politics of bad faith

07/25/11 08:00PM

David Frum of FrumForum.com and The Nation’s Ari Melber joins The Last Word with analysis on how each political party has been handling of the debt negotiations. watch

Debt ceiling pre-mortem

07/25/11 07:12PM

President Obama is scheduled to discuss the debt ceiling stalemate at 9pm ET. Lawrence will anchor live coverage of his speech, along with special editions of The Last Word at 8pm and 11pm ET.With no deal in plan view, two dueling proposals emerged today. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered up a plan which would increase the nation's debt limit by $2.7 trillion, matched dollar-for-dollar with spending cuts and no revenues. Note: that's everything the House Republicans originally wanted. read more

Romney ad attacks Obama on jobs

07/25/11 06:54PM

While politicians in Washington continue to focus on the looming debt ceiling disaster, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney switched gears by focusing directly on the job front in a new attack ad. He's mostly avoided the debt ceiling fray, except last week when he tweeted, "collapse in debt talks yet another failure of leadership by Barack Obama." read more

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg officiating the marriage ceremony of Jonathan Mintz and John Feinblatt at Gracie Mansion in New York on Sunday.

Lawsuit against marriage equality law

07/25/11 04:55PM

Wedding bells are still ringing for same-sex couples in New York State, despite efforts by one conservative group to overturn the new marriage equality law.New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms filed a lawsuit today in state court, claiming state lawmakers didn't follow proper procedures to get the bill passed. read more

First Word: July 25, 2011

07/25/11 02:16PM

A look at stories we've been clicking on this afternoon.What were they thinking?Lawmakers pursue rival budget plans Speaker John Boehner's big gambleMarkets' patience wears thinCongressman David Wu faces ethics probe for sexual misconductAnti-gay marriage group files legal challenge to New York's lawPortraits from the New York City marriage bureau read more

Analysis on the debt talk break down

07/22/11 09:55PM

msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell has details on yet another major collapse in the debt ceiling negotiations. NBC's Kristen Welker and msnbc's Andrea Mitchell join The Last Word with the latest developments. read more

Expert panel weighs in

Expert panel weighs in

07/22/11 08:00PM

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell parses through the Obama and Boehner press conferences today with MSNBC political analyst Richard Wolffe, Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn and David Frum, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush. watch

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