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04/19/11 08:00PM

Msnbc's Lawrence O’Donnell explains why Donald Trump keeps getting cornered on his political stances. watch

One of these days I'm going to clean my desk...

America's (other) most powerful man

04/19/11 07:44PM

This is a look at my desk at 6:41 ET, today. After poring over all this material with Lawrence, both of us wielding our own all-important highlighter, I was putting the finishing touches on tonight's Rewrite. It's a Rewrite we've been discussing since last week, and one in which you will meet the most powerful man in America "who does not sleep in the White House," to borrow a line from the script. He's a man who controls our government's most important domestic power. read more

Michelle Obama

FLOTUS plane forced to abort landing

04/19/11 06:11PM

The Washington Post is reporting a plane carrying Michelle Obama had to make an emergency landing today after it came dangerously close to a 200-ton military cargo jet.Federal officials said pilots had to abort their planned landing at Andrews Air Force Base due to an air traffic controller’s error.Reportedly staffers at Andrews feared the C-17 would not clear the runway in time with the first lady's Boeing 737 quickly approaching. They ordered Obama’s plane to do a series of turns in order to keep them at a safe distance. read more

Gov. Jan Brewer speaking at a luncheon in Phoenix Tuesday.

Gov. Jan Brewer's 180 on birther bill

04/19/11 04:45PM

The unexpected came from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. The Republican better known for being all anti-immigration, all pro-gun, all the time, shot down two controversial bills late yesterday. Brewer vetoed one requiring proof of U.S. citizenship before appearing on the presidential ballot and another one allowing guns on college campuses."I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for president of the greatest and most powerful nation on Earth to submit their ‘early baptismal circumcision certificates' among other records to the Arizona secretary of state. read more

First Word: April 19, 2011

04/19/11 02:40PM

Here's a look at stories we're following this afternoon. What headlines are you clicking on?Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoes birther bill.Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says he supports a birther bill.Huntsman exploring 2012 White House bid.The Donald trumped on abortion question?House Republicans paying outside counsel $500K to uphold Defense Of Marriage Act.Rand Paul files for re-election to US Senate.McJob fair: unemployed flocking to McDonald's on first National Hiring Day.Pay attention to Sarah Palin! read more

Exclusive: Who is David Barton?

04/18/11 08:39PM

He's a favorite historian among conservatives like Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee and Michele Bachmann. Newt Gingrich even plans to use him for advice on his 2012 election bid.But who is this man, beloved by the ring-wing?In tonight's show, Lawrence spoke with Peter Montgomery, a Senior Fellow at People for the American Way Foundation and Advisory Council member for Religion Dispatches. He wrote an in-depth expose on Barton. As we learn in the article, Barton's on a mission to warp American history and force his religious views down American's throats. read more

Cold open: April 18, 2011

Cold open: April 18, 2011

04/18/11 08:00PM

An unprecedented warning from Standard & Poor's today that it might lower the U.S. credit rating if Congress doesn't find a way to start repaying its debt... watch

Why David Barton matters

Why David Barton matters

04/18/11 08:00PM

In an exclusive interview, Msnbc’s Lawrence O’Donnell talks to Peter Montgomery, the author of the People For the American Way report on why conservatives... watch

GOP back-tracking on deficit?

GOP back-tracking on deficit?

04/18/11 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry, Princeton professor and msnbc analyst, joins The Last Word with more on the GOP’s reaction to the S&P report and the on-going deficit... watch

Tea party karaoke

04/18/11 07:44PM

Sharron Angle’s Tax Day treat to you: a song. The failed Senate candidate gave an impromptu performance of "God Bless the USA" at a tea party rally in Vegas on Friday. She sings it loud, and sings it proud.  read more

Gov. Walker testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday.

Fiscal martial law in Wisconsin?

04/18/11 07:07PM

First, Michigan approved a sweeping financial statute declaring financial martial law over the state. Now there are reports circulating that Wisconsin might follow suit.Governor Scott Walker denied claims he plans to push for a financial martial law in Wisconsin. The controversial Republican called these reports “absolutely false” on a Milwaukee-based radio show this morning."The interesting part is that it's false in both contexts," said Walker. "One: There's nobody on my staff, nobody in my administration, I'm certainly not working anything even remotely close to that. read more