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'The winner gets nuclear weapons!'

08/18/11 08:16PM

 Friend of the show, Ezra Klein (in fact, he's on the air as I write this), sat in for Martin Bashir today. During the show's segment, Clear the Air, he drew an interesting distinction between campaign trail gaffes. His point: the media should pay more attentions to the gaffes that really matter. Why? Because the winner of the election gets nuclear weapons, of course! read more

Obama’s quest for leverage

Obama’s quest for leverage

08/18/11 08:00PM

How can the president get his agenda through an obstructionist Congress? The Last Word guest host Melissa Harris-Perry talks to Washington Post columnist... watch

Obama against the World

Obama against the World

08/18/11 08:00PM

You think you had a bad day? President Obama can’t seem to catch a break lately. Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post joins The Last Word with analysis... watch

GOP backlash against the EPA

GOP backlash against the EPA

08/18/11 08:00PM

What do the Republican frontrunners have against the Environmental Protection Agency, an organization created by a Republican president? Rep. Ed Markey joins... watch

Jon Huntsman (file)

Huntsman zings Perry over science

08/18/11 07:23PM

Republican Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman took a swipe at fellow candidate Gov. Rick Perry over his controversial views on global warming and evolution.Huntsman let the sarcasm fly by tweeting "To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy."At a campaign event yesterday, Perry (no relation to Last Word guest host Melissa Harris-Perry) expressed his doubts on global warming to a crowd of New Hampshire voters. read more

Goodwill game gone wrong in China

08/18/11 06:04PM

A nasty brawl broke out earlier today between Georgetown men's basketball team and the Bayi Rockets in Beijing, coinciding with Vice President Joe Biden's visit to China. (Geez Joe, can't take you anywhere).In the fourth quarter, two players threw a couple of shoves after a call. It quickly erupted into a full-blown scuffle: guys on both teams threw out punches, tossed chairs, tackled one another. (What is this, football?) The crowd threw water bottles as the Hoyas team. (What is this, European football?) Not the kind of stuff you want to see at a goodwill game. read more

First Word: August 18, 2011

08/18/11 04:05PM

Here's a look at stories we're following now. What headlines are you clicking on?Did Koch Brothers bankroll segregation in North Caroline school district?Bashing EPA is new theme in GOP raceRick Perry and Mitt Romney assail President Obama on SyriaJon Huntsman on evolution, global warming: 'Call me crazy'Wall Street sell-off: Stocks plunge as more signs of economic weakness emergeMichele Bachmann camp's sharp elbowsSen. Tom Coburn says some very re-writable things read more

Questions over patriotism not equal

08/17/11 09:41PM

In 2008, Michelle Obama was criticized for saying for the first time in her adult life, she was proud of her country. Last weekend, Michele Bachmann said essentially the same thing and no one said peep. The Last Word guest host Melissa Harris Perry has the story. read more

President Obama golfing on Martha's Vineyard in 2010.

Obama, Romney hitting The Vineyard

08/17/11 09:20PM

Willard M. Romney mocked President Obama today for his upcoming vacation on Martha's Vineyard.When discussing Obama's soon-to-be-released economic plan, the former Massachusetts governor called it "too little too late" but added, "we appreciate the fact that he's going to devote some time to it. read more

Crashing the tea party

Crashing the tea party

08/17/11 08:00PM

Has the Tea Party finally worn out its welcome among mainstream Americans? Slate reporter Dave Weigel joins The Last Word with details. watch

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