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First Word: Friday, September 9

09/09/11 05:10PM

Sorry for the tardiness of this entry. We were having some computer troubles at 30 Rock! Here's what we are looking at for tonight's show. What stories are you interested in today?President Obama spoke this morning at the University of Richmond, a college located in Rep. Eric Cantor's district. Officials are warning of a "credible but uncorroborated" terrosist threat to New York and Washington, DC this weekend. Security measures have been heightened in both cities for the 9/11 anniversary. A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Vancouver this afternoon. read more

Obama: 'Stop the political circus'

09/09/11 12:24AM

Missed the speech? In front of a joint session of Congress, President Obama introduced his "American Jobs Act" — a reported $450 billion dollar bill that he says would "provide a jolt to an economy that has stalled."   read more

Will GOP accept Obama’s plan?

Will GOP accept Obama’s plan?

09/08/11 08:00PM

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney joins Lawrence O’Donnell to weigh whether Republicans listened to President Obama’s speech with open minds and a willingness to consider his plan. watch

First Word: Thursday, September 8

09/08/11 01:51PM

Tonight, we'll bring you President Obama's address to Congress on jobs along with post-speech analysis. Here's a look at headlines we're following now. What about you?President Obama jobs speech comes with high stakesMichele Bachmann to unofficially rebut Obama’s speech, againRick Perry and Willard M. Romney twist records in debateSome in GOPers seem open to Obama's call for payroll tax cutAppeals court tosses out health care lawsuits in Virginia read more

GOP debate video highlights

09/07/11 08:52PM

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economyWe'll add more as we get them. Give us your reaction to the debate in the comment section below. read more

Is Huntsman ready to rumble?

Is Huntsman ready to rumble?

09/07/11 05:56PM

The countdown to the NBC News/Politico Republican Presidential Debate has pundit-world anticipating which Republican party will be presented to voters tonight. Earlier debates showcased extreme right-wing positions candidates have adopted on the economy and science to placate their fervent tea party base.Jon Huntsman refuses to be a part of that. read more

First Word: Wednesday, September 7

09/07/11 04:14PM

There's no Last Word tonight due to the special Republican debate at 8pm ET on msnbc. Instead, Lawrence will be giving post-game analysis. You won't want to miss that, or the list of good reads below.The Gipper's ghost haunts GOP-ers as they head to Reagan Library debateWill Rick Perry and Willard Romney mix it up at tonight's debate?President Obama jobs speech venue part of election strategyObama plan: 100s of billions for jobsWho is falling out of the middle class, in one chartTea Party zombie game is totally not funny to conservative blogs read more