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First Word: July 19, 2011

07/19/11 03:32PM

Two main themes in tonight's show: debt ceiling and the Murdochs.Obama hails deficit-reduction plan gaining momentum in SenateNBC/WSJ poll: Majority says not raising debt ceiling would be problematicDems use Reagan against GOP on debt ceilingGang Of Six reunites to form new budget proposalVideo: Wendi Murdoch defends husband Rupert Murdoch... read more

Nelson Mandela surrounded by family members in Qunu, South Africa on Monday.

What Mandela wants for his birthday

07/18/11 08:25PM

What do you get the man who changed the course of history? Nelson Mandela, who turned 93, isn't shy about offering a suggestion: your time and selflessness. Mandela is encouraging supporters around the world to take part in "Nelson Mandela Day."It's very simple, as actor Morgan Freeman explained this morning on NBC's... read more

Obama on the art of compromise

07/18/11 07:12PM

The White House wants to hammer home this message of Obama as the adult in the room, the responsible leader. That might explain the delayed, yet calculated release of a new video posted to the White House blog on Friday. The clip was actually taken back in March, when Obama met with a bipartisan group of college kids in Dorchester, Massachusetts... read more

Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at a press conference on Capitol Hill Friday.

Poll: GOP takes hit on debt debate

07/18/11 05:34PM

As top Republicans and Democrats continue to haggle over the debt ceiling, new poll numbers suggest the White House is winning the PR war.The CBS News survey found a whopping 71% disapprove of the way Congressional Republicans have been handling the issue and only 21% approve of their approach. Within the GOP party itself,  51% disapprove of the... read more

First Word: July 18, 2011

07/18/11 02:58PM

A look at stories we're following right now. What headlines have you been clicking on?White House rejects linking debt limit to balanced budget, threatens vetoPoll finds GOP so far losing the debt-ceiling debateMoody's suggests U.S. eliminate debt ceilingNews of the World phone-hacking whistleblower found deadRupert Murdoch struggles... read more

Happy 15th Birthday, MSNBC

Happy 15th Birthday, MSNBC

07/15/11 08:00PM

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell travels back to the network's first day on-air exactly 15 years ago to shed some light on presidential campaign politics and the problems with making predictions so early in the race. watch

Marcus Bachmann defends clinic

Marcus Bachmann defends clinic

07/15/11 08:00PM

The husband of Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann has come forward to defend his Christian counseling center. Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out joins MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell to discuss. watch

Obama holds his ground

Obama holds his ground

07/15/11 08:00PM

Bloomberg View columnist Jonathan Alter joins The Last Word to discuss the various deficit reduction plans presented by the president and members of Congress. watch

Happy Birthday to us!

07/15/11 07:51PM

msnbc premiered 15 years ago today. Lawrence was actually there from day one, on set in Fort Lee, New Jersey. He was on a panel discussion with Laura Ingram to talk about the recent poll numbers between Bill Clinton and Bob Dole. Seriously, Bill Clinton and Bob Dole! Everybody has The Friends haircut, it’s a total VHS time warp. We’ll show you... read more

Statement issued today by News Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch

Apologies all around from News Corp

07/15/11 07:23PM

Another News Corp exec bit the dust today over the U.K. hacking scandal. Les Hinton, the CEO of Dow Jones & Co., resigned, saying in a statement it was the right thing to do. He said was "ignorant of what apparently happened" but apologized for the hurt caused by the actions News of the World staffers.Just earlier in the day,... read more

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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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