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First Word: May 12, 2011

05/12/11 01:22PM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What headlines are you clicking on today?President Obama is asking Congress to extend term of F.B.I Chief Robert Muller.Mitt Romney will give address on health care today at 2:00 pm ET in Michigan.In an speech on Senate floor today, John McCain said that torture did not lead to death of Osama Bin Laden.Ron Paul says he will make a "major announcement" on Friday.Sen. John Ensign's ethics case comes to the Senate floor today.Former Nazi prison guard, 91-year-old John Demjanjuk was found guilty of 28,060 counts of being an accessory to murder. read more

Right wing vs. Common(sense)

05/12/11 01:39AM

Melissa Harris-Perry joins The Last Word to discuss why Karl Rove and others on the right are stoking controversy over rapper Common's appearance at a White House poetry event. read more

Newt is in

Newt is in

05/11/11 08:00PM

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has announced via Twitter that he is officially running for President of the United States in 2012. The Nation’s... watch

Getting out of Afghanistan

Getting out of Afghanistan

05/11/11 08:00PM

On Capitol Hill, there’s a growing bipartisan call to get out of Afghanistan. One lawmaker leading the push, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, joins msnbc’s Lawrence O... watch

Debt and the Deficit

Debt and the Deficit

05/11/11 08:00PM

Msnbc contributor Ezra Klein talks about how the Bush tax cuts are the biggest cause of the deficit the threat they pose to America’s continued economic... watch

Debt ceiling disaster looms

Debt ceiling disaster looms

05/11/11 08:00PM

With Republicans like Rep. Eric Cantor refusing to acknowledge how economically not raising the debt ceiling would be, Pres. Obama met with Senate Democrats... watch

Some lawmakers to see bin Laden death photos

Some lawmakers to see bin Laden death photos

05/11/11 07:38PM

As we noted in today's First Word, the CIA is now allowing members of the House and Senate Armed Services and Intelligence committees to view the classified pictures showing Osama bin Laden after he was killed in last week's raid.  The decision on whether to actually look at the photographs has been split... read more

Sean Astin in new political role

Sean Astin in new political role

05/11/11 04:21PM

Sean Astin is no stranger to helping heroes in their effort to save the world, as he did playing "Sam" in Lord of the Rings. Now Astin is taking on an even bigger challenge as campaign manager for Dan Adler in his first congressional bid.Adler, who is running as one of 16 candidates in a special election for the 36th Congressional District in the western part of Los Angeles County, is currently an entertainment industry executive according to the Associated Press.Astin and Adler have fittingly chosen to run on an outsider/underdog campaign strategy. read more

Amazing parody alert: Vader as Obama

Amazing parody alert: Vader as Obama

05/11/11 02:48PM

The photos sell this amazing parody that's all over the Internets better than any words I could write. But to really appreciate just how well done this is you have to read the entire Galactic Empire Times story and compare it to the real New York Times version. read more

Thirteen stripes for thirteen...?!??

05/11/11 02:48PM

Stephen Colbert loves the American Flag. He loves it so much that his flag, named Flagworth of course, is the sole beneficiary of his life insurance policy. He also knows you don't have to know why it has thirteen stripes (spoiler alert: thirteen colonies) to love it. One such patriot who's fought for the flag in the past without knowing why it has thirteen stripes... you guessed it, Trump. read more

First Word: May 11, 2011

05/11/11 02:46PM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What headlines are you clicking on today?The CIA has invited U.S. senatorsto view the photo of deceased Osama Bin Laden.President Obama is planning a major speech on political change in the Middle East.Newt Gingrich will officially announce today that he will seek the Republican nomination for president.Galleon Group chief Raj Rajaratnam was found guilty today of 14 counts of fraud and conspiracy.The White House is standing by their decision to invite rapper Common to poetry slam tonight. read more

The Trump Slump Gets Worse

05/10/11 09:17PM

Donald Trump's slump continues with a disastrous showing in a new Public Policy Polling survey and increasingly bad ratings for his show, "The Celebrity Apprentice." Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart joined The Last Word to survey the Republican 2012 field. read more

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