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Boehner: Tax hikes 'off the table'

05/10/11 07:17PM

This morning in a TODAY Show interview, House Speaker John Boehner talked to Matt Lauer about several topics including the relationship between the United States and Pakistan, the death of bin Laden, and the debate over the looming debt ceiling. On that last point, Speaker Boehner said Republicans would not consider any tax increases in negotiations over a debt ceiling deal. In fact, his exact words were: "It is off the table." Lawrence will give his take on all this tonight on the show with our guests Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) and msnbc political analyst Howard Fineman. read more

A graduate waves an American flag at the University of Michigan undergraduate commencement on April 30, 2011.

Michigan Law grads walk out of graduation

05/10/11 03:46PM

Over 100 students, almost one third of the University of Michigan Law School's graduating class, walked out in protest over their speaker Senator Rob Portman's (R-OH) anti-gay record at their own commencement ceremony Saturday. Students were protesting the choice of Portman who has a substantial anti-gay voting history.       One of those graduates and protest organizer, Andrew Selbst explains his protest decision as being part of a larger American audience where there is no longer a place for discrimination of any group. read more

First Word: May 10, 2011

05/10/11 01:31PM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What headlines are you clicking on today?A statement from Bin Laden's sons say that the U.S. violated international law by killing an unarmed man.On the Today show this morning, John Boehner said he thinks both Chris Christie and Mitch Daniels should seek the Republican nomination for President.Newt Gingrich is expected to announce his run for President tomorrow. Here is a great article from the New York Times about his wife Calista's role in the campaign. read more

Andrew Card was Pres. George W. Bush's Chief of Staff during the "Mission Accomplished" speech. (May 1, 2003 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln)

Bush official takes swipe at Obama

05/09/11 09:15PM

Does the name Andrew Card ring a bell? He was the Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush until April of 2006. Card is the guy who whispered into Pres. Bush's ear on September 11, 2001 while Pres. Bush was reading to school children in Florida telling him the nation was under attack. He was also the Chief of Staff for Pres. Bush during the now-infamous "Mission Accomplished" speech on May 1, 2003. You know... the one where Pres. Bush piloted an airplane onto the USS Abraham Lincoln. Yeah, that one.Well, the man who was Pres. Bush's Chief of Staff during that speech thinks Pres. read more

"Aerial Recon," one of the kid-friendly CIA characters.

CIA: Bad for Osama, fun for kids!

05/09/11 08:28PM

While doing some research for one of tonight's segments, I found something rather surprising on the CIA web site (not the first time we've found something going on over at  Round up the kids!  No, really, it's okay, because the team that gathered the intel to find the world's most wanted terrorist has also made time to build an entire section of its site just for the kiddies.  It's even broken up by age groups. read more

Bin Laden's bedside

Bin Laden's bedside

05/09/11 08:00PM

One fact about what was found by bin Laden's bedside is interpreted very, very differently by two New York City papers. watch