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First Word: August 23, 2011

08/23/11 03:33PM

We're slightly behind schedule today, folks. Our editorial meeting got interrupted by an earthquake, I swear! Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown.Buildings evacuate as earthquake felt across East Libya rebels take control of Gadhafi compound Republicans backtrack on LibyaSouth Carolina tea party chair posts "... read more

Rebels seize Gadhafi's compound

08/23/11 02:03PM

TRIPOLI, Libya  — Rebel forces gained "full control" over Moammar Gadhafi's fortified Bab al-Aziziya compound in Libya's capital Tuesday, NBC News reported.The compound, which was heavily damaged by NATO airstrikes, had emerged as one of the last centers of government resistance."Strategically, this means that Tripoli... read more

Extreme makeover: Mitt edition

Extreme makeover: Mitt edition

08/22/11 08:00PM

In between his speeches on fixing the economy and getting Americans back to work, Mitt Romney has evidently been working on construction plans to build a new 11,000-square foot mansion. Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post, joins The Last Word. watch

GOP embracing the crazy?

GOP embracing the crazy?

08/22/11 08:00PM

While some candidates ratchet up the wacky in the GOP presidential primary, one voice stands out as reasonable. Huffington Post reporter, Alex Wagner joins the show with more. watch

The payroll tax fight ahead

The payroll tax fight ahead

08/22/11 08:00PM

If you think the GOP is against ever raising taxes, think again. There's one they're fine with. The Last Word guest host Melissa Harris-Perry gets details from Washington Post columnist, Ezra Klein. watch

Rep. Paul Ryan (file)

Paul Ryan not running for president

08/22/11 05:26PM

One rising star in the Republican Party will not be running for president, at least this go around."While humbled by the encouragement, I have not changed my mind," Rep. Paul Ryan said today in a statement.The Wisconsin congressman added, "I remain hopeful that our party will nominate a candidate committed to a pro-growth agenda... read more

Awesome Internets: Monday edition

08/22/11 03:58PM

What happens when you put up a podium with a bullhorn in one of the busiest parts of Manhattan with the one instruction: "Say something nice?" The fine people of Improv Everywhere wanted to find out. The result is today's awesome Internets.h/t Mediaite read more

First Word: August 22, 2011

08/22/11 03:01PM

We're following the situation in Libya closely. Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown. What are you reading now?US believes Gadhafi may still be in Tripoli amid clashesMcCain and Graham say US should have pushed harder for fall of GadhafiJon Huntsman calls his rivals "unelectable"What does Norquist think of... read more

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About The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

Lawrence O’Donnell brings his extraordinary background in politics and entertainment to “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” airing weeknights on MSNBC. Drawing upon his experience as a former chief of staff on the Senate Finance Committee and as an Emmy-winning executive producer and writer of “The West Wing,” O’Donnell gives the last word and rewrites the most compelling stories of the day.

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