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Gov. Rick Perry speaking at a press conference with state and local emergency personnel in Austin, Texas on Tuesday.

Rick Perry's big debate debut

09/06/11 07:16PM

Rick Perry is sticking to the plan, making his first appearance on the national debate stage tomorrow."He plans to be there," Perry spokesman Mark Miner told The Hill.com this afternoon. There have questions on whether or not he would end up making the scheduled trip to the Reagan Presidential Library in California for the Republican debate, which is co-sponsored by NBC and Politico.Over the weekend, Perry skipped out on a few campaign stops in South Carolina and New Hampshire to deal with the raging wildfires back in his home state. read more

Obama hits new low in NBC/WSJ poll

09/06/11 05:15PM

President Obama's approval ratings dropped to an all-time low, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. With exactly 14 months to go until the presidential election, only 44 percent of Americans approve of Obama's job performance. His rating first dipped below the 50 percent line in December 2009. read more

First Word: Tuesday, September 6

09/06/11 04:00PM

Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown. What headlines are you clicking on this afternoon?President Obama hits all-time low in new NBC News/Wall Street Journal pollRick Perry: The reluctant debaterWillard M. Romney to unveil plan for jobs, economyMichele Bachmann's campaign manager steps asideUN officials say famine is widening in Somalia  read more

Lose something, Superman? Like maybe your red shorts?

Superman's disappearing pants

09/02/11 09:02PM

I know, I know... there are many more important things going on, today. The Dow was down 253 points today (my 401K hurts). The latest jobs report shows a net gain of zero jobs. Tropical Storm Lee is causing problems for the Gulf Coast. The federal government is suing 17 major banks over the housing crisis. And Standard & Poors is reportedly still giving subprime mortgage-backed securities a AAA rating (seriously?).You should go and read about all of those things because they're all important...Ok. read more

Twin Towers movie cameos

Twin Towers movie cameos

09/02/11 08:00PM

The New York City skyline was tragically rewritten ten years ago on 9/11. But they were a hit in Hollywood. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explains in the Rewrite. watch

Rick Perry’s own worst enemy

Rick Perry’s own worst enemy

09/02/11 08:00PM

The best way to predict potential lines of attack on Rick Perry at the debate might be to read Rick Perry's own book. Politico’s Maggie Haberman joins The Last Word with more. watch

Tropical Storm Lee brewing

Tropical Storm Lee brewing

09/02/11 08:00PM

Tropical Storm Lee is expected to make landfall this weekend and the Mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu is not taking any chances. The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel has details. watch

Zero jobs growth in August

Zero jobs growth in August

09/02/11 08:00PM

Robert Reich, former labor secretary in the Clinton administration and Ezra Klein, Washington Post columnist and MSNBC contributor, discuss the economic standstill with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. watch

Dick Cheney (file) and Sarah Palin (file)

Cheney doesn't get why Palin quit either

09/02/11 06:55PM

Even Dick Cheney’s, like, WTF Sarah Palin. Why did you quit?During an appearance today on Laura Ingraham's radio show to promote his new book, Dick Cheney was asked whether Sarah Palin had what it takes to hold to the office of vice president."You do need to have a thick skin. You’ll be the subject of a lot of criticism," said Cheney. He added, "I've never gotten around the question of her having left the governorship of Alaska midterm.  I've never heard that adequately explained."If you recall, Palin walked off the job as Alaska governor in 2009. read more

First Word: Friday, September 2

09/02/11 04:34PM

Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown. What headlines are grabbing your attention?Zero jobs growth but not necessarily recessionPresident Obama pulls back proposed smog standards in victory for businessMitt Romney says his jobs plan 'radically restructures the American economy'Rick Perry's book a treasure trove for foesAnalyzing two Rick Perry speeches: 1998 vs. 2011Palin moves puzzle some fans read more

Channeling FDR in 2012 election

09/01/11 11:31PM

Michael Scherer, White House correspondent for Time magazine, joins The Last Word to discuss Obama's new plan on jobs and how FDR handled a similar economic predicament while facing re-election. read more

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