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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

The whereabouts of D.B. Cooper

The whereabouts of D.B. Cooper

08/02/11 08:00PM

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... watch

Slow clap for Congress

Slow clap for Congress

08/02/11 08:00PM

The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman calls Sen. McConnell the "Great Dismantler.” He joins The Last Word to explain the toxic climate in Washington, D.C. watch

Famine in Somalia

Famine in Somalia

08/02/11 08:00PM

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell talks to the President of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Caryl Stern, about the dire situation in east Africa, and mentions ways to help. watch

Jason Bourne loves teachers

08/02/11 07:58PM

Because the debt ceiling debate almost created a black hole that would have destroyed everything everywhere ever dominated the news cycle all weekend, a certain event in Washington basically got no media coverage. Thousands of concerned parents, teachers, and activists held a rally and march near the White House called Save Our Schools.The rally caught the attention of several leaders in the field of education. A spokesperson from Save Our Schools tells us that Jon Stewart sent the group a video to play at the rally. read more

Congress gets a slow clap on debt deal

08/02/11 07:40PM

The Internet weighed in on the debt deal — and the months of agony that accompanied it — with the dreaded slow clap. The new site, slowclapforcongress.com, reads sarcastically in bold, "Dear Congress, for your leadership, your maturity, and your inspiring ability to perform the basic duties of your job, we applaud you."No encore, Congress — please! read more

A severely-malnourished boy resting inside a makeshift tent at a refugee camp near Mogadishu, Somalia.

Helping famine victims in Somalia

08/02/11 07:06PM

A dire famine in East Africa has caught the attention of the White House. They are loosing up some restrictions on organizations to help the severely drought-stricken area. The U.N. says more than 11 million people in the region need food assistance, and tens of thousands have already died from starvation.Somalia has been the hardest hit. But not much help has been getting to people on the ground because of the al-Qaeda-linked militant group, al-Shabab, which controls large portions of the country. read more

Signed, sealed and delivered

08/02/11 05:02PM

America squeaked past a default on loans today, as President Obama quickly signed the newly passed debt deal into law. Cobbled together last-minute, this measure cleared through the House of Representatives last night and through the Senate this afternoon, only hours before the deadline.The new legislation increases the nation’s debt ceiling limit and promises more than $2 trillion in spending cuts over the upcoming decade.“Voters may have chosen divided government, but they sure didn't vote for dysfunctional government. They want us to solve problems. read more

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