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First Word: June 14, 2011

06/14/11 02:48PM

Here's a look at stories catching our attention this afternoon. What headlines are you clicking on today?Republicans in debate unite to attack ObamaMichele Bachmann’s evolution: From Carter volunteer to conservative unsettling 2012 GOP raceGingrich's charity paid money to Gingrich's businessRep. Nancy Pelosi reiterates push for Weiner's resignation, Boehner adds to callsJon Huntsman 2012 campaign for president set to launchGroup files ethics complaint against Speaker John BoehnerDan Savage talks Google bombing Rick Santorum read more

Obama nudges Weiner to resign

06/13/11 10:58PM

After Minority Leader Pelosi and DNC Chair Wasserman-Schultz called for his resignation over the weekend, President Obama is now weighing in on the Weiner Twitter controversy. Lawrence has the story. Plus, The Huffington Post's Howard Fineman and the Washington Bureau Chief for Mother Jones join the show with analysis. read more

New Romney ad goes after Obama

06/13/11 08:13PM

Willard M. Romney's campaign has released a new video that ignores his Republican rivals, and goes directly after President Obama. The ad takes exception with a comment the President made about the economic recovery when he said there will be "bumps in the road."The people in the ad, all said to be Romney supporters and not actors, stand up to say that they're not "bumps in the road." But as has been noted by ThinkProgress and others... Romney didn't exactly do the best job creating jobs when he was in charge of things in Massachusetts. read more

Obama's golf summit

Obama's golf summit

06/13/11 08:00PM

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell talks to The Washington Post's Dana Milbank about the connection between Obama’s economic message in 2012 and Speaker Boehner’s... watch

President Obama (file) and Speaker Boehner (file)

Obama and Boehner's golf summit

06/13/11 07:48PM

The foursome is complete for what is being billed as the ultimate "golf summit." Joining President Obama, Vice President Biden, and House Speaker Boehner will be Republican Governor John Kasich of Ohio.“Joining POTUS and VPOTUS for golf on June 18; the 4th will be Gov. @JohnKasich. read more

The Pentagon Papers released

06/13/11 06:41PM

The National Archives finally released the full declassified and un-redacted version of the Pentagon Papers today, 40 years to the date of the New York Times’ groundbreaking publication. read more

Boehner cracks Weiner joke

06/13/11 05:40PM

House Speaker John Boehner cracked an Anthony Weiner joke while giving the commencement address at Ohio State University. During yesterday’s speech, Boehner (that’s pronounced "Bay-ner") used his own last name while musing over the topic of mispronunciation when meeting with voters.He then said with assertiveness, "Thank God it's not Weiner." Huh huh.It's both a nod to the political fallout over the congressman's use of Twitter and payback for Weiner’s joke at this year’s Correspondents Dinner. read more

President Obama at Cree headquarters in Durham, North Carolina on Monday.

Obama talks jobs in North Carolina

06/13/11 04:31PM

President Obama hit the campaign trail today, speaking at a manufacturing center in North Carolina. The theme: jobs, jobs and jobs. He’s trying to re-assure Americans he’s focused on their top concern of the economy."Today, the single most serious economic problem we face is getting people back to work," the president said at a LED lighting plant in Durham. "We stabilized the economy, we prevented a financial meltdown and an economy that was shrinking is now growing. We've added more than 2 million private sector jobs over the last 15 months alone, but I'm still not satisfied. read more

First Word: June 13, 2011

06/13/11 02:50PM

A look at stories we're following this afternoon. What headlines are you clicking on?Rep. Weiner agrees to get treatment as calls for resignation intensifyLatest explicit photos of Weiner taken in congressional gymHouse aides: No leave notice received yet from WeinerNew York Gov. Cuomo seeking vote on gay marriage by end of the weekThe Pentagon Papers released in full to the public read more

Mitt Romney in a meeting with supporters in Detroit, Michigan on Thursday.

Romney skipping Iowa straw poll

06/10/11 08:02PM

Mitt Romney is picking his battles differently than his 2008 run for the White House. After this week’s release of promising poll results, the former Massachusetts governor announced last night he won't participate in the Iowa Republican straw poll set for August 13."We respect the straw poll process. In the last presidential campaign we were both strengthened as an organization and learned some important lessons by participating in them," Romney campaign spokesman Matt Rhoades said in a written statement. read more