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Global warming debate heats up race

08/19/11 07:50PM

Out of all the topics that are effecting Americans this year — the economy, jobs, health care to name a few — who knew that global warming and evolution would heat up the 2012 race?As we mentioned yesterday, Perry told a young boy in New Hampshire, who asked about evolution after being prompted by his mother, his thoughts on what should be taught in schools. "Evolution is a theory that's out there. read more

"American Girl in Italy" photo

An 'American girl in Italy' looks back

08/19/11 05:05PM

Almost 60 years ago, a camera captured the moment every young girl has experienced while living abroad. Amidst cat calls and gawking Italian men, a young American woman tries to walk down the street with her head held high. With a little luck and an expertly timed snap, Ruth Orkin created an icon.On Monday, "American Girl in Italy" turns 60 and the subject — Ninalee Craig, now 83 — is speaking out about the image.It's easy to see how the picture of a young girl surrounded by men can be taken as a symbol of harassment. read more

Romney: Businesses are also people

08/19/11 03:21PM

Following in the "corporations are people" vein, Willard M. Romney presented a business-friendly theme in a new web video released today. He's trying to own his previous comment, which sometimes poses a challenge for him, and run with it.The clip, "Mitt on the Road: A Week in New Hampshire," shows the Republican hopeful meeting with workers and small business owners across the early primary state.Soylent Green "Businesses are comprised of people," Romney clarifies in the folksy video. "I'm talking about repair shops, and gas stations, and beauty salons, and restaurants. read more

First Word: August 19, 2011

08/19/11 01:43PM

Happy Friday. Here are a few stories that caught our eye. What are you guys reading right now?Democrats' road tour strikes back at GOP's stance against raising taxesChristine (no relation) O'Donnell: Morgan's questions were 'creepy'Obama isn't the only one to take a breakObama gets no bounce from Silicon Valley boomRelatives of Norway victims to visit scene of massacre Store's rejection of lesbian bride inspires hundreds of negative yelp reviews  read more

The fight for diversity in schools

08/18/11 11:34PM

North Carolina's Wake County boasts one of the most diverse and successful school districts in the country. Now their conservative school board is changing that. The Last Word guest host Melissa Harris-Perry has details. read more

'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 Ezra Klein. 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 on his job performance and approval ratings. 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 The Last Word to discuss. watch

First Word: Thursday, August 18

First Word: Thursday, August 18

08/18/11 08:00PM

Remember your worst day of high school? When your friends talked about you behind your back, your economics teacher threw in a surprise exam? But at least you had summer vacation? Yeah, Politics is just like high school. watch

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