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Simpson talks debt deal, Norquist

08/03/11 10:37PM

Former Sen. Alan Simpson, the co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, joined the Last Word to discuss how Obama handled the negotiations and what to expect with the debt super committee.And you can't talk about fixing the debt, without talking about revenues. Grover Norquist, the anti-tax pledge master and second most powerful man in Washington, who, by the way, is not even an elected official, came up quite a few times in this conversation with Lawrence. read more

Huckabee's 9/11 kids video (yes, really)

08/03/11 07:49PM

Former Baptist pastor/Arkansas governor/Republican presidential candidate-turned-FOX News host/web entrepreneur/children's video producer Mike Huckabee has a new release out as part of his Learn Our History DVD collection for kids. This latest cartoon teaches young kids about 9/11.No. You didn't misread that. read more

Romney's b-day gift to Obama

08/03/11 06:17PM

President Obama turns the big 5-0 tomorrow. Ahead of the festivities, he's back in Chicago for a fundraiser tonight.Willard M. Romney gave him an early b-day present. He taunted Obama in a tweet, "welcoming" him back to his hometown. read more

Sixth-graders explain debt deal saga

08/03/11 04:22PM

In a segment on Monday, Lawrence told you about all the words Americans associate with the debt ceiling. When asked to describe their impression of the budget negotiations in one word in a new Washington Post-Pew Research Center Poll, things like "pathetic," "disgusting," "bull," "crazy," and "childish" came to mind.NY Mag's Daily Intel blog went one step further by asking a demo of sixth-graders to weigh in on the "childish" behavior of lawmakers. The 10 and 11-year-old break down the debt ceiling saga in their own way. read more

First Word: August 3, 2011

08/03/11 03:15PM

Happy Wednesday. Tonight, we're shifting gears to look at the new super committee on the debt and the 2012 race. Check out a snippet of headlines we're following.Sarah Palin jabs at Mitt Romney over debt ceilingRomney announces advisory team of 63 lawyersSen. Schumer: GOP is 'holding a gun to our heads' in FAA fightGov. Perry's religious event draws scrutiny, carries potential riskAlaska hair salon made famous by Sarah Palin gets a TLC reality showAshton Kutcher's character on 'Two and a Half Men' will be 'Internet billionaire with a broken heart' read more

D.B. Cooper: dead or alive?

08/02/11 11:23PM

The FBI says it has new information on the man who hijacked a plane 40 years ago, jumped out with $200k and was never seen again. msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell has details. read more