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Reid bill calls GOP bluff on debt circus

Reid bill calls GOP bluff on debt circus

07/25/11 08:00PM

Howard Fineman of The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post's Ezra Klein discuss how the Republican rejection of the Harry Reid proposal for lowering the deficit exposes their real goal of resurrecting the fight in six months as an election stunt. 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... 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... 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... 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

Boehner walks, debt talks break down

Boehner walks, debt talks break down

07/22/11 08:00PM

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell has details on yet another, and perhaps the final, collapse in the debt ceiling negotiations. NBC’s Kristen Welker and MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell join The Last Word with the latest developments. watch

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

Boehner: Obama moved goal posts

07/22/11 07:55PM

House Speaker John Boehner responded to criticism voiced by President Obama about walking out of the debt talks. Though, Boehner remains confident a deal can be reached between lawmakers to avoid a default on government loans.Boehner accused Obama of "moving the goal posts" by demanding $400 billion in tax increases on top of about ... read more