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First Word: June 7, 2011

First Word: June 7, 2011

06/07/11 08:00PM

On January 27th, 1992, a political sex scandal became a chaotic media circus at a press conference in a New York hotel, atmospherically similar to what we... watch

Reactions to Weiner scandal

Reactions to Weiner scandal

06/07/11 08:00PM

The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman and The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson weigh in on the possibility of an ethics investigation, as well as Rep. Weiner... watch

How to survive a scandal

How to survive a scandal

06/07/11 08:00PM

In the immediate aftermath of a political sex scandal, it’s easy to predict doom for those involved. Jonathan Alter and Margaret Carlson join The Last Word... watch

Going retro in new segment

06/07/11 07:25PM

We’re debuting a brand new segment tonight. Lawrence just gave a tiny clue by tweeting, "Weiner 'scandal' perspective. We will go back in time and imagine how msnbc would cover the Clinton '92 sex scandal."Don’t want to give away too many details. Just to get you in the mood, you might remember listening to this song on your brand new Discman. It was a time when Color Me Badd was blazing on the Billboard charts and Roseanne was the most popular show on television. read more

Did they really need to go there?

The Weiner sale

06/07/11 06:48PM

This was bound to happen. Spirit Airlines is now cashing in on the Weiner Twitter scandal. "The Weiner sale" offers "fares too HARD to resist," according to the airline's website. The ad encourages passengers, "hurry to book now before this sale gets hacked!" The sale ends Wednesday. No word on the expiration date of Weiner's political career — huzzah! (I'll be here all week, folks). read more

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor

Cantor gets serious on debt ceiling

06/07/11 05:59PM

With the August 2 deadline rapidly approaching, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is reversing his view on the nation’s debt ceiling.In an interview this week Cantor said, “Secretary Geithner feels August 2 is his deadline…I don’t question the Secretary of the Treasury other than to say we’re trying to get in place real spending reductions — trillions of dollars of spending reductions — if the president wants us to increase the credit limit of this country by trillions of dollars.” Cantor has been denying of the severity of a default for quite some time. read more

Tim Pawlenty speaking at the University of Chicago on Tuesday.

Tim Pawlenty's Google test

06/07/11 04:42PM

Republican Tim Pawlenty proposed a brand new economic policy today based upon the Internets. While giving a speech in Chicago, the former Minnesota governor touted a little thing he likes to call the “Google Test.”Basically, if you can Google it, then the government should cut it."We can start by applying what I call 'The Google Test.' If you can find a good or service on the Internet, then the federal government probably doesn't need to be doing it," said Pawlenty. read more

First Word: June 7, 2011

06/07/11 03:12PM

Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown.Rep. Weiner faces mounting legal and ethics questions over sexting scandalDemocrats shy from Weiner as GOP seizes on scandalGOP chairman demands Weiner resignA brief history of the sex scandal press conferenceObama's post-bin Laden bounce comes to an endSarah Palin's revisionist ride read more

Rewriting the Edwards case

06/06/11 09:26PM

In tonight's Rewrite, Lawrence explained why John Edwards should be prosecuted for trying to use a million dollars of unreported money to keep his presidential campaign alive and why he should not go to prison. read more

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