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Death by poverty

Death by poverty

09/13/11 06:38PM

Cheering for death sentences seems to be the latest craze at Republican presidential debates. Last week audience members rooted for Rick Perry's Texas-style executions and last night peopled shouted at Ron Paul to let a willfully uninsured man die away — it was a hypothetical. These cheerleaders of death might have something else to applaud. The Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging held a hearing today asking, "Is poverty a death sentence?"This question arises as the nation comes to terms with the staggering poverty figures released by the Census Bureau today. read more

Jay Carney loses his fancy frames

Jay Carney loses his fancy frames

09/13/11 05:16PM

In yesterday's White House press briefing, the biggest news wasn't the fact President Obama had just spoken in the Rose Garden or he was about to hit the road touting his new jobs plan. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and his glasses stole the show.Jay Carney took the political media world by storm last week when he debuted his hipster-riffic glasses at press briefing on August 29. When one reporter asked if his glasses were new, Carney replied that yes, he had to get a new prescription and decided to throw in some spiffy new frames. read more

Last night's GOP debate in 75 seconds

09/13/11 04:55PM

Last night the Republican presidential candidates met for yet another debate (yes, really). I know a lot you didn't see it because it was on another network you were still sated from the amazingness that was last week's NBC News/POLITICO Republican Debate (see highlights here). In fact, viewership for last night's debate was down considerably from that debate last week.So in case you missed it, the fine folks at BuzzFeed have given us the 75 second version. Lawrence will also have plenty to say about the debate on tonight's edition of The Last Word. read more

Is voting GOP voting to repeal?

Is voting GOP voting to repeal?

09/13/11 04:40PM

Washington Post columnist Steven Pearlstein joined The Last Word choir. His new op-ed, "The magical world of voodoo 'economists,'" touches on the "kooky" ideas of GOP candidates to dismantle the federal government. Turning their backs on progress made in the 20th century, the current batch of Republicans want to take away the EPA, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Clean Air Act, The Clean Water Act, among other programs. His article hones in on their take on economic policies, which vary drastically from bi-partisan experts:Not every candidate embraces every one of these kooky ideas. read more

First Word: Tuesday, September 13

09/13/11 02:57PM

Lawrence is anchoring back in New York tonight. Here's a look stories shaping tonight's rundown.Obama would sign parts of jobs bill, push for restMichele Bachmann continues to seize on HPVRick Perry 'taken aback' by let them die cheer at debatePoverty rate hits 18-year high as median income fallsAs Perry rises, GOP elite look toward RomneyRick Perry's pain is Mitt Romney's gain read more

Rewriting Haley’s ‘little girl’ remark

Rewriting Haley’s ‘little girl’ remark

09/12/11 08:00PM

Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has done something that even she thinks is inappropriate to a little girl. So why does the governor refuse to apologize? MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell has more in the Rewrite. watch

Can America get its groove back?

Can America get its groove back?

09/12/11 08:00PM

As the United States struggles to turn back a 9.1 percent unemployment rate, Thomas Friedman's new book says there is a way back to greatness, but we need to start making the tough decisions now. He’s joins The Last Word. watch

Democrats struggle to keep Weiner's seat

Democrats struggle to keep Weiner's seat

09/12/11 08:00PM

It's been almost three months since New York Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned over his Twitter photo scandal. In the special election for his congressional seat this week, Democrat David Weprin is trailing in the polls. He gets the last word. watch

Searching for Ronald Reagan

Searching for Ronald Reagan

09/12/11 08:00PM

Ronald Reagan's daughter Patti Davis isn't endorsing any GOP candidates after watching them debate at her father's presidential library. She joins The Last Word in an exclusive interview to explain what the current GOP field doesn’t understand about... watch

President Obama discussing the "American Jobs Act" in the Rose Garden on Monday with Vice President Biden at his side.

Obama jobs bill sent, and we wait

09/12/11 07:58PM

The fate of the American Jobs Act now rests in the hands of Congress. President Obama revealed details of his long-awaited jobs plan today during a speech in the Rose Garden.The president wants high-income earners, corporate jet owners, hedge fund managers and oil companies to pay more in taxes to help foot the cost of the $447 billion piece of legislation. The proposal aims to create millions of jobs through employee payroll tax cuts, extending unemployment benefits and increasing infrastructure spending.Warren Buffett's all for raising taxes on the über wealthy, like himself. read more

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