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First Word: June 3, 2011

06/03/11 03:08PM

A look at stories shaping tonight's rundown. Tell us what headlines you're clicking on this afternoon in the comment section below.John Edwards indicted by federal grand jury over campaign finance violationsHow John Edwards' $400 haircut lead to alleged illegal donationsEmployers add fewest jobs in eight months, unemployment jumps to 9.1 percentThe rough economic news continues for the White HouseSarah Palin's bus tour a rolling menaceDeath toll climbs in European E. coli outbreakJack "Dr. Death" Kevorkian dead at 83 with no assistance read more

GOP infighting gets worse

GOP infighting gets worse

06/02/11 08:00PM

In an exclusive interview, former McCain campaign adviser Steve Schmidt joins The Last Word for a closer look at the fight for the 2012 Republican... watch

First Word: June 2, 2011

First Word: June 2, 2011

06/02/11 08:00PM

If you're a former investment banker where do you announce your campaign for president? I know, how about pretending you are a farmer, a New Hampshire farmer. watch

The economic threat in 2012

06/02/11 07:44PM

In tonight’s show, we’ll be talking a lot about the increasingly sluggish economy. One New York Times piece, in particular, got us all thinking about how this issue will impact the 2012 election.The article tosses out some political trivia to its readers: "No American president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has won a second term in office when the unemployment rate on Election Day topped 7.2 percent."Right now, we’re pushing a 9 percent unemployment rate. I’m no mathematician, but basically, Obama needs to get cracking on the jobs or he could be in major trouble. read more

DNC on Palin stealing the spotlight

06/02/11 07:40PM

The DNC sent out this new video today, highlighting the fact Sarah Palin is stealing the spotlight from Mitt Romney. This morning, Palin was not only stampeding through his territory in Massachusetts, she also threw a punch at the health-care mandate Romney signed back in 2006.Palin said, "In my opinion, any mandate coming from government is not a good thing, so obviously ... read more

Gov. Chris Christie at press conference in Denville, N.J. on Thursday.

Gov. Christie to reimburse tax-payers

06/02/11 07:17PM

Governor Chris Christie announced today he plans to refund the New Jersey $2,100 for using a state helicopter to attend his son’s baseball game. The Republican remained unapologetic and agreed to pay back money to help minimize the distraction from real problems facing New Jersey."I've got a lot of important work to do. read more

Sarah Palin along with her young daughter Piper.

Piper Palin's 'family vacation'

06/02/11 05:45PM

While in Philadelphia yesterday, Piper Palin shoved a reporter out of the way and told TIME correspondent Jay Newton-Small and photographer Dima Gavrysh, "Thanks for ruining our family vacation."  It is completely wrong when parents trick their children to believe they're going somewhere when they're actually headed somewhere else. I mean for me, it was my mom saying, "Ron, we're going to the mall." She knew I hated going shopping with her and I would cry and pout and eventually get in the car, but once we pulled into the movie theatre parking lot, I knew she was fooling me the whole time! read more

Romney's tribute to Obama

06/02/11 04:21PM

I just want to give a quick shout out and thanks to Mitt Romney, who is rolling out his announcement for president with a video  of people holding corporate-looking signs with hand-scribbled notes on them.He could have gone in the over-the-top movie trailer direction to make a personality-deficient candidate appear totally bad ass. Republican Tim Pawlenty's video was a true innovation in presidential campaign videos, an important contribution to the canon, thanks to this former Hillary Clinton supporter.But Romney decided, instead, to pay homage to Barack Obama. read more

First Word: June 2, 2011

06/02/11 03:57PM

A look at headlines we're following this afternoon. Goldman Sachs receives subpoena over financial crisisProgressives take Medicare fight to New Hampshire RepublicanMitt Romney kicks off 2012 presidential campaign with blast at ObamaSarah Palin fires shot at Romney at Bunker HillGov. Chris Christie reimburses state for helicopter flights read more