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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

Class warfare of debt showdown

Class warfare of debt showdown

07/01/11 08:00PM

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. 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 the dignity of our long-suffering private-jet owning overlords. Only losers fly commercial. watch

Minnesota government shuts down

Minnesota government shuts down

07/01/11 08:00PM

Much like the debt fight on the national level, Minnesota Republicans are refusing to raises taxes under any circumstances. Steve Kornacki, political columnist for Salon.com, joins The Last Word with analysis. watch

Nixon-era blueprint for Fox News

Nixon-era blueprint for Fox News

07/01/11 08:00PM

Did Roger Ailes outline his vision for FOX News nearly 40 years ago? The Last Word examines the memo entitled "A Plan For Putting the GOP on TV News" with historian Rick Perlstein. watch

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. Slate senior editor and Supreme Court correspondent, Dahlia Lithwick, joins the show with details. 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

Meet the world's luckiest squirrel

07/01/11 03:11PM

Sometimes you find something on the Internets that has nothing to do with anything, but is so great you simply must share it. Filed under The Friday Awesome (a heading I shamelessly stole from the cool kids over at The Maddow Blog), I give you the world's luckiest squirrel.h/t Jalopnik and toastforbrekkie read more

Republican backlash on debt ceiling

Republican backlash on debt ceiling

06/30/11 08:00PM

With tensions between the Capitol and the White House rising to a fever pitch, columnist for the Washington Post Ezra Klein joins The Last Word to discuss how debt talks can progress. watch

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