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Debt ceiling stalemate

Debt ceiling stalemate

07/25/11 08:00PM

House Democratic Whip, Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer joins The Last Word with reaction to the latest proposals on the debt ceiling. watch

Debt ceiling pre-mortem

07/25/11 07:12PM

President Obama is scheduled to discuss the debt ceiling stalemate at 9pm ET. Lawrence will anchor live coverage of his speech, along with special editions of The Last Word at 8pm and 11pm ET.With no deal in plan view, two dueling proposals emerged today. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered up a plan which would increase the nation's debt limit by $2.7 trillion, matched dollar-for-dollar with spending cuts and no revenues. Note: that's everything the House Republicans originally wanted. read more

Romney ad attacks Obama on jobs

07/25/11 06:54PM

While politicians in Washington continue to focus on the looming debt ceiling disaster, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney switched gears by focusing directly on the job front in a new attack ad. He's mostly avoided the debt ceiling fray, except last week when he tweeted, "collapse in debt talks yet another failure of leadership by Barack Obama." read more

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg officiating the marriage ceremony of Jonathan Mintz and John Feinblatt at Gracie Mansion in New York on Sunday.

Lawsuit against marriage equality law

07/25/11 04:55PM

Wedding bells are still ringing for same-sex couples in New York State, despite efforts by one conservative group to overturn the new marriage equality law.New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms filed a lawsuit today in state court, claiming state lawmakers didn't follow proper procedures to get the bill passed. read more

First Word: July 25, 2011

07/25/11 02:16PM

A look at stories we've been clicking on this afternoon.What were they thinking?Lawmakers pursue rival budget plans Speaker John Boehner's big gambleMarkets' patience wears thinCongressman David Wu faces ethics probe for sexual misconductAnti-gay marriage group files legal challenge to New York's lawPortraits from the New York City marriage bureau read more

Analysis on the debt talk break down

07/22/11 09:55PM

msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell has details on yet another major collapse in the debt ceiling negotiations. NBC's Kristen Welker and msnbc's Andrea Mitchell join The Last Word with the latest developments. read more

Expert panel weighs in

Expert panel weighs in

07/22/11 08:00PM

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell parses through the Obama and Boehner press conferences today with MSNBC political analyst Richard Wolffe, Mother Jones Washington... watch

Boehner: Obama moved goal posts

07/22/11 07:55PM

House Speaker John Boehner responded to criticism voiced by President Obama about walking out of the debt talks. Though, Boehner remains confident a deal can be reached between lawmakers to avoid a default on government loans.Boehner accused Obama of "moving the goal posts" by demanding $400 billion in tax increases on top of about $800 billion in revenues in a last-minute push for a big deal. read more

Boehner walks out of debt talks

07/22/11 06:49PM

Just a short time ago, President Obama addressed the current state of debt talks, announcing that House Speaker John Boehner officially pulled out of negotiations.Obama said he expects congressional leaders to explain to him how they intend to avoid the default on the nation's debt."This was an extraordinary fair deal," said the president. "If it was unbalanced, it was unbalanced in the direction of not enough revenue."You can watch the whole statement here. Tonight, Lawrence will be anchoring msnbc's special two-hour live coverage on the latest collapse in the debt talks. read more

FAA control tower at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport (file)

FAA to partially shutdown

07/22/11 06:41PM

At the stroke of midnight, The Federal Aviation Administration will go into partial shutdown mode.You can thank Congress. The House and Senate couldn’t reach an agreement on how to fund the FAA’s operating authority, even temporarily. So just they went home for the weekend.Air traffic controllers and safety inspectors will still be on duty, so people can still fly. The FAA says 4,000 workers will be furloughed and airlines will stop collecting Federal taxes on tickets. Airport construction projects backed by Federal funds will be put on hold. read more