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Obama won't accept short-term deal

07/05/11 06:15PM

Speaking before the daily White House briefing, President Obama pushed for Congress to make a deal within the next two weeks on raising the U.S. nation's borrowing limit. Watch video of his remarks and give us your reaction in the comment section below. read more

Calling out the GOP on debt talks

07/05/11 06:08PM

Tonight, Eugene Robinson and David Frum join us at the top of the show to discuss the latest in debt negotiations. President Obama gave a few remarks today on the progress of talks, emphasizing the need to come up with a longer-term solution on the debt ceiling.Obama invited lawmakers to the White House on Thursday to continue negotiations. But will House Republicans play along?An interesting new article in The New York Times by rightie columnist David Brooks actually calls out the GOP for its blanketed refusal to compromise:Many important Democrats are open to a truly large budget deal. read more

Tim Pawlenty speaking in New York on June 28

T-Paw touts shutdown as a good thing

07/05/11 04:16PM

Showcasing a new tagline that could presumably make its way into stump speeches — "Results, not Rhetoric" — a new ad from Tim Pawlenty points back to Minnesota's 2005 state government shutdown (ya know, kind of like the one state's experiencing right now). The ad renders a verdict on that shutdown: Pawlenty won.The New York Times took a look back and collected the facts around that 2005 shutdown:MINNESOTA July 2005LENGTH Nine daysISSUE A projected deficit of $466 million led to a standoff between Gov. read more

First Word: July 5, 2011

07/05/11 02:39PM

A look at stories we've been checking out this afternoon. What stories are you clicking on?David Brooks: GOP 'may longer be a normal party'Casey Anthony found not guilty of first degree murderGov. Rick. Perry breaks with a fellow Texan: George W. BushEugene Robinson: Obama calls the GOP’s bluffMore bad news for Newt Gingrich in fundraising numbersTim Pawlenty shutdown ad: 'Pawlenty won'Senate takes up resolution authorizing military action in Libya read more

Class warfare in debt talks

07/01/11 11:44PM

Republicans in Congress may push the economy over a cliff to protect corporate jet tax breaks. Jared Bernstein, the former chief economist to Vice President Biden and Sally Kohn, the founder of the Movement Vision lab join The Last Word to discuss. read more

Citizens United: Part II

Citizens United: Part II

07/01/11 08:00PM

The Supreme Court's newest Justice, Elena Kagan, issued a blistering dissent in a 5-4 decision this week. She says the high court ruled against free speech.... watch

First Word: Friday, July 1

First Word: Friday, July 1

07/01/11 08:00PM

There was a time when Republicans would have at least pretended that their tax cut obsessions would help the middle class. Now they're just baldly defending... watch

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Can 4th of July turn you Republican?

07/01/11 07:24PM

All those parades and fireworks may have more of a political impact than you think. A new study by Harvard University suggests kids who attend Fourth of July celebrations are more likely to identify themselves as Republicans when they grow up.The "Fourth of July influences people's political preferences and their political behavior. read more

Mitt Romney campaigns in Allentown, Pa. on June 30

Romney's latest flip-floppery

07/01/11 06:58PM

When Willard M. Romney challenged Ted Kennedy for his Massachusetts Senate seat in 1994, Kennedy coined the moniker "Multiple Choice Mitt" to describe a man whose positions didn't merely flip and flop between opposites, but bounced around hither and yon like a pinball. The reputation for flip-floppery stuck, and it hasn't been helped by Romney's recent attempts to be both for and against universal health insurance mandates.Now Romney has managed to reduce the art of self-negation to its sublime essence. Over the past few weeks, he's accused President Obama of making the recession worse. read more

Rough start to the 4th of July weekend in Minnesota.

Bad day for Minnesota campers

07/01/11 06:12PM

As of today, most of Minnesota's government closed for business. State lawmakers couldn’t reach an agreement on the budget, specifically how to deal with taxes and the $5 billion deficit.Much like the debt ceiling fight on the national level, Minnesota Republicans are refusing to raises taxes under any circumstances (somewhere Grover Norquist is smiling), arguing the state should rely on deeper cuts in health and welfare spending. read more

First Word: July 1, 2011

07/01/11 03:25PM

Start your long holiday weekend with us tonight at 8pm ET. Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown.Minnesota braces for government shutdown over taxesTim Pawlenty could get bounce or burn from Minnesota crisisWhite House says Congress needs debt deal by July 22Sen. Schumer: 14th Amendment option "worth exploring"Roger Ailes’ secret Nixon-era blueprint for Fox NewsHow does the NBA lockout get resolved? read more

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