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First Word: Tuesday, July 12

First Word: Tuesday, July 12

07/12/11 08:00PM

President Obama has Republicans close to surrender. Rupert Murdoch is going to have to surrender what he knew and when he knew it. And Michele Bachmann's husband sure knows a lot about gay sex. watch

Bachmann’s clinic under fire

Bachmann’s clinic under fire

07/12/11 08:00PM

Why did gay activists target Michele Bachmann's husband for an undercover investigation. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell has more with Wayne Besen, founder and executive director of Truth Wins Out. watch

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at a news conference in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

McConnell punts on debt ceiling

07/12/11 06:12PM

Boxed in by President Obama’s strategy, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tossed out his own "back-up plan" today on the debt ceiling. The Republican floated the idea of making Obama the main authority to raise the debt limit. read more

First Word: July 12, 2011

07/12/11 04:12PM

A look at stories catching our attention now. What headlines have you been clicking on today?Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell proposes giving Obama debt ceiling powerSpeaker John Boehner: "This debt limit increase is Obama’s problem"President Obama says he "cannot guarantee" Social Security checks if U.S. defaultsRupert... read more

Backing away from the ‘marriage vow’

Backing away from the ‘marriage vow’

07/11/11 08:00PM

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell talks to Washington Post Editorial Writer Jonathan Capehart on recent developments regarding the controversial pledge signed by GOP presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum. watch

First Word: Monday, July 11

First Word: Monday, July 11

07/11/11 08:00PM

John Boehner became speaker of the house with help from tea partiers like Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, and with help from Rupert Murdoch's media empire. Wonder why he's having a tough time governing? watch

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