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First Word: May 11, 2011

05/11/11 02:46PM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What headlines are you clicking on today?The CIA has invited U.S. senatorsto view the photo of deceased Osama Bin Laden.President Obama is planning a major speech on political change in the Middle East.Newt Gingrich will officially announce today that he will seek the Republican nomination for president.Galleon Group chief Raj Rajaratnam was found guilty today of 14 counts of fraud and conspiracy.The White House is standing by their decision to invite rapper Common to poetry slam tonight. read more

The Trump Slump Gets Worse

05/10/11 09:17PM

Donald Trump's slump continues with a disastrous showing in a new Public Policy Polling survey and increasingly bad ratings for his show, "The Celebrity Apprentice." Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart joined The Last Word to survey the Republican 2012 field. read more

John Kerry heading to Pakistan

John Kerry heading to Pakistan

05/10/11 08:18PM

Coming up, NBC News National Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff joins Lawrence to discuss the escalating tension between Pakistan and the U.S. in the aftermath of the Osama bin Laden raid.  The AP is reporting Sen. John Kerry (D) Massachusetts, will travel to Pakistan in the coming days.  Kerry's visit would be the first such trip by a senior lawmaker since the bin Laden operation.Kerry has been a champion of U.S. aid to Pakistan and the Obama administration has in the past asked him to smooth tensions with Islamabad. Kerry chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. read more

Trump slump?

Trump slump?

05/10/11 08:00PM

Donald Trump's slump continues with a disastrous showing in a poll he considers “a big deal.” Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart joins The Last Word to survey the GOP field. watch

Pakistan: friend or foe?

Pakistan: friend or foe?

05/10/11 08:00PM

The killing of Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan opened up new rifts between the U.S. and its longtime ally. NBC News National Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff discusses the latest developments, including news that one of bin Laden’s sons went... watch

Who needs Medicare?

Who needs Medicare?

05/10/11 08:00PM

The DNC used Rep. Aaron Shock’s Men’s Health magazine cover to point out his vote on dismantling Medicare for seniors. watch

Debt ceiling politics

Debt ceiling politics

05/10/11 08:00PM

Huffington Post senior political editor Howard Fineman joins The Last Word to talk about the politics and realities of the budget negotiations. watch

The Palin we never knew

The Palin we never knew

05/10/11 08:00PM

As governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin consistently defied her Republican base, fought big oil companies and even vetoed a bill banning benefits for same-sex partners of state workers. How then did she become the face of right-wing ideology? The Atlantic’s... watch

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

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