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Tim Pawlenty giving a speech in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday.

Tim Pawlenty enters 2012 race

05/23/11 04:48PM

Tim Pawlenty kicked off his bid for the White House today with a campaign stop in Iowa. The former Minnesota governor, who announced his candidacy yesterday, is billing himself as the guy who’s willing to tell is like it is to the American people."I'm going to try something a little unusual in politics. I'm just going to tell the truth. Washington is broken, our country is going broke, and our long-term financial outlook will make the pain of the recent recession pale in comparison," he said in today’s speech. read more

First Word: May 23, 2011

05/23/11 02:46PM

Here's a look at stories we're following today. What headlines are you clicking on?Tim Pawlenty launches 2012 bid for the White HouseTeam Daniels plots next moveDeath toll rises to nearly 100 in Missouri tornadoScott Brown attacks GOP Medicare plan he recently praisedRapture forecaster "flabbergasted" by the world not endingDonald Trump vastly overestimates America’s post-Apprentice appetite for Donald Trump read more

The Last Word Rapture cocktail

05/20/11 10:18PM

Our lovely msnbc colleague Rachel Maddow mixed the perfect drink for the day after the world doesn't end. And she named it The Last Word, in honor of our coverage on the May 21 doomsday hoax. Cheers!Directions:Mix equal parts gin, fresh lime juice, maraschino liqueur (Rachel recommends Luxardo brand) and green Chartreuse. Shake well with ice for a while, then strain into chilled cocktail glass. read more

Obama and Netanyahu (awkwardly) meet

05/20/11 08:17PM

Just one day after President Obama gave a speech on Israel and the Middle East, things got tense between the President and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House. Sitting next to the President, Netanyahu declared that Israel would not pull its borders back to those from 1967 in order to make way for a Palestinian state. read more

"Last Judgment" by Michaelangelo, Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

Judgment Day in art history

05/20/11 08:05PM

Imagining what the alleged rapture will look like tomorrow? In what is one of his most iconic works, Michaelangelo seemed to think it looked like this. You see someone holding May 2011 calendar anywhere? We certainly don't. read more

Evangelicals’ pick for president

Evangelicals’ pick for president

05/20/11 08:00PM

With evangelical candidate Mike Huckabee gone from the race, how will the remaining Republican hopefuls position themselves to capture their votes? The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart joins The Last Word with more. watch

Cold open: May 20, 2011

Cold open: May 20, 2011

05/20/11 08:00PM

So with Mike Huckabee finally officially out of the race, which Republican candidates are going to get the evangelical vote? And when do they think the world is going to end? watch

Friday night funnies

Friday night funnies

05/20/11 08:00PM

What could possibly be funny about a week that begins with the end of Trump-ism and ends with the end of the world. As MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explains, the writing staffs of the late night comedy shows had a good week. watch

First 2012 attack ad aimed at Romney

05/20/11 07:34PM

While the 2012 Republican field emerges at a snail’s pace, a new political group just unleashed one of the first attack ads of the campaign season. Priorities USA Action, a pro-Democrat org, put out a commercial aimed at Mitt Romney over his GOP support for overhauling Medicare and jabs Newt Gingrich for his comments on the plan. Founded by two former aides to President Obama, the group serves as a heavily-funded alternative to the pro-Republican group, American Crossroads. read more

First Word: May 20, 2011

05/20/11 02:29PM

Just one more day until the fake Rapture. Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown.Tim Pawlenty to make 2012 candidacy official next weekModerate Jon Huntsman, possible 2012 candidate, tests the presidential waters Jon Huntsman's moves trouble UtahFirst ad of 2012 takes aim at Mitt RomneyDem to FEC: If 'Republican Super PAC' can coordinate with candidates, we will tooFor first time, majority of Americans favor legal gay marriageJohn Lithgow reads Newt Gingrich’s press release as it was meant to be read read more