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First Word: July 29, 2011

First Word: July 29, 2011

07/29/11 08:00PM

The House of Representatives has now passed a tea party fantasy that will never become law. Once again, leaving the job of working out a realistic compromise to the United States Senate. watch

A tiny sampling of today's tweets.

Obama spam or genius tweets?

07/29/11 06:32PM

This week, President Obama has been urging the American people to contact their representatives and senators in Washington on the debt deal. After his grass roots call to action Monday night, many House websites and servers crashed. Today, the president tapped into social media, telling Americans to tweet their reps.Going one step further, his... read more

'Almost out of time' in debt talks

07/29/11 05:08PM

 President Obama stepped back into the fray this morning, urging Republicans and Democrats to resolve the debt ceiling issue. "We're almost out of time" before the country defaults on its loans, making the increasingly shaky markets that much worse."The power to solve this is in our hands on a day when we've been... read more

First Word: July 29, 2011

07/29/11 03:36PM

Four days left until the debt ceiling deadline. We'll be all over this story again at 8pm ET. Here are a few stories shaping tonight's rundown.President Obama: Any debt solution must be bipartisanAs debt ceiling deadline looms, default or compromise?Speaker Boehner's plan to get a vote on FridayTwitter ambush! White House calls on... read more

Lawrence talks debt debate in live chat

07/29/11 12:31PM

msnbc host Lawrence O'Donnell answered questions in a live chat earlier today about the latest in the negotiations over raising the debt ceiling. With four days left to reach a deal, negotiations are still at a stalemate.From 1989 to 1992, Lawrence O’Donnell served as a senior advisor to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan. read more

House delays vote on Boehner's plan

07/28/11 08:28PM

Republican leaders delayed tonight's vote on the revised Budget Control Act because they don't have the votes needed to pass the bill.In a press conference today, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi promised "it will not pass." She said voters "can just kiss Medicare goodbye" under Speaker John Boehner's... read more

Starving the beast

Starving the beast

07/28/11 08:00PM

If the Republicans were really worried about deficit reduction, there's a very simple way to do it. But that isn't what they want to do. The Washington Post's Ezra Klein explains. watch

What happens next?

What happens next?

07/28/11 08:00PM

The Huffington Post's Howard Fineman and Sam Stein join The Last Word to talk who's winning, who's losing and what happens after the August 2 debt deadline. watch

First Word: July 28, 2011

First Word: July 28, 2011

07/28/11 08:00PM

The Speaker of the House John Boehner delayed bringing his bill to the floor because he doesn't have the votes to pass it -- not yet any way. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and Chuck Schumer are to explain what happens next. watch

Boehner bill delayed

Boehner bill delayed

07/28/11 08:00PM

In a Last Word exclusive interview, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney joins the show with reaction on the postponed vote and what happens next. watch

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About The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

Lawrence O’Donnell brings his extraordinary background in politics and entertainment to “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” airing weeknights on MSNBC. Drawing upon his experience as a former chief of staff on the Senate Finance Committee and as an Emmy-winning executive producer and writer of “The West Wing,” O’Donnell gives the last word and rewrites the most compelling stories of the day.

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