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Watch Obama's Afghanistan speech

06/22/11 07:58PM

In a speech at the White House tonight, President Obama detailed plans for the withdrawal of 33,000 surge troops from Afghanistan no later than September 2012. Give us your reaction in the comment section below. read more

End of the road for Palin's bus tour?

End of the road for Palin's bus tour?

06/22/11 07:27PM

Former half-term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin resumed her role as America’s Tweeter-in-Chief this afternoon, refudiating repudiating a (gasp) Fox News report that she has put her One Nation bus tour indefinitely on hold.  Palin, in her typical 140-character format, took the opportunity to jab her current employer. read more

Santorum rewrites Huntsman ad

06/22/11 06:56PM

Rick Santorum did his own Rewrite of fellow presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman.Über conservative Santorum took on the former Utah governor’s nonsensical dirt bike ad over his stance on abortion. The original shows a person (more details on that in tonight’s show) riding through the desert. No voice-overs. Just folksy music playing in the background with text-on-screen reading “In 4 days” and “Has seven children, one from India, one from China.”The Santorum version shows a rider in a similar landscape, riding along to country music, then finally crashing. read more

Source: Amy Belasco, "The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11"

Context of Obama's troop withdrawal

06/22/11 05:14PM

At 8pm ET, President Obama is scheduled to address the nation on the war in Afghanistan. According to The New York Times, he’s expected to outline plans to bring roughly 30,000 American troops home by next summer.These drastic reductions — not recommended by Obama’s top military commanders — signal the mounting political and economic pressure to drawdown immediately. ThinkProgress made a great chart illustrating troop levels throughout the dragged out war effort. read more

First Word: June 22, 2011

06/22/11 03:11PM

Big show tonight. At 8pm ET, Lawrence and Rachel will bring you live coverage and analysis of President Obama's speech on Afghanistan. We'll also tell you about the other top political headlines.Afghan strategy has loomed over Obama presidencyAfghanistan presents GOP candidates with identity crisisDemocrats explicitly call out GOP for sabotaging the economic recoveryMitch McConnell: GOP more willing to be isolationist because there's a Democratic presidentJon Huntsman’s first step toward oblivionSarah Palin's bus tour takes extended pits stop read more

The socialism of Bachmann

06/21/11 11:21PM

In the Rewrite, msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell reminds GOP presidential hopefuls Bachmann and Pawlenty that their pork-barrel handouts conflict with their free market message read more

Labor laws under attack?

06/21/11 09:28PM

Here’s an interesting read from The Cap Times about the repeal of Wisconsin’s 20th Century labor laws.The current Republican lawmakers have a different game plan. As he opened debate on the budget bill, the Republican speaker said that nearly half of his caucus are first-term legislators who have pledged to enact a revolutionary agenda regardless of the damage it may do to their re-election prospects. read more

GOP obstructs job bill

GOP obstructs job bill

06/21/11 08:00PM

Barbara Boxer, chairwoman of the Senate Ethics Committee, joins MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss the future of job creation in America. watch