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First Word: August 15, 2011

08/15/11 02:31PM

T-Paw is out, and Rick Perry is in. We'll have more on the GOP field, post-Iowa straw poll tonight. Here's a look at more stories shaping the rundown. What are you clicking on this afternoon?Warren Buffett: I beg you to raise my taxesAfter Iowa, Republicans face a new landscapeObama ditches D.C. to mingle with voters on bus tourKarl Rove warns GOP presidential candidates against moving too far to the right Gov. Rick Perry calls jobs record a big plus Rep. Darrell Issa disputes report alleging ties between business interests and congressional record read more

Submissive question: sexist or legit?

08/12/11 10:03PM

It proved to be the most gasp-worthy moment of this week's Republican debate. Was the question to Michele Bachmann over her use of the word "submissive" in relation to her husband sexist, relevant or just plain awkward? Watch the discussion between The Last Word guest host Chris Hayes and reporter Irin Carmon.What's your take — is this topic fair game? Give us your two cents in the comment section below and/or tweet me your response. read more

No more Minnesota nice

No more Minnesota nice

08/12/11 08:00PM

Political columnist for the Des Moines Register, Kathie Obradovich, joins The Last Word to analyze the sparring between Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Gov.... watch

Republican presidential candidates Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich in Ames, Iowa on Thursday.

GOP hopefuls diss super committee

08/12/11 06:35PM

While visiting Iowa, Two Republican presidential candidates took the opportunity to ridicule the newly formed debt super committee.At last night's debate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich declared it "about as dumb an idea as Washington" concocted in his entire "lifetime."T-Paw called it "super stupid" at an event this morning. Pawlenty said, "we have a Congress and we have a president. Do your job."Only former Utah Gov. read more

Republican debate recap

08/12/11 04:05PM

 Watch msnbc's post-debate analysis with anchors Lawrence O'Donnell, Chuck Todd, Ed Schultz, Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Alter and The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson in a special edition of The Last Word.Who emerged from the 2012 pack as a frontrunner? Please give us your own reaction in the comment section below or hit us up on Twitter. read more