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First Word: August 17, 2011

08/17/11 03:54PM

A look at stories shaping tonight's rundown. What stories are you clicking on?Gov. Rick Perry's big donors fare well in TexasObama to lay out new jobs plan in September speechWhite House paints rivals with tea party brush A state-backed miracle in TexasChris Christie aide denies 2012 bid reportRick Perry calls climate change a hoax drummed up by scientistsCantor calls on House GOP to avoid government shutdown brinksmanshipStephen Colbert loses treasurer to Rick PerryAloha, Mr. Gingrich! read more

Perry takes heat over Fed comments

08/16/11 09:29PM

It took only three days for Rick Perry to unleash. Texas governor got nasty at a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids Iowa last night by calling Fed Chair Ben Bernanke's emergency economic policies "almost treasonous." Everyone from liberals to Karl Rove fired back at these comments.The Last Word guest host Chris Hayes discussed the the political backlash of this thuggish rhetoric with Alex Wagner of The Huffington Post. read more

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Awkward Willard: Tuesday edition

08/16/11 08:33PM

It's another day, and another chance for Willard M. Romney to be awkward. With the straw poll and the state fair of Iowa well behind him, today the assumed Republican frontrunner was in New Hampshire. The Boston Globe reports that during a stop at an elevator company, Romney talked with workers a bit.And then things got... well, awkward.As Romney began to leave the company after his hourlong visit, he looked at... Ellen Boss, the girlfriend of the company’s general counsel, Cory Hussey.“Nice,” Romney said as she blushed. “Nice choice. Just like me."Wait... what? read more

Impact of Federal Reserve on jobs

Impact of Federal Reserve on jobs

08/16/11 08:00PM

Mike Konczal, a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, who writes the economic blog Rortybomb, joins The Last Word to break down the impact of the Federal Reserve on economics and policy. watch

First Word: Monday, August 16

First Word: Monday, August 16

08/16/11 08:00PM

In the last 24 hours, Rick Perry has accused the Chairman of the Federal Reserve of Treason, questioned the president's patriotism and blown Mitt Romney a kiss. watch

Veterans fighting for jobs

Veterans fighting for jobs

08/16/11 08:00PM

Jonathan Raab, spokesman for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, joins The Last Word to discuss the jobless rate, which is currently more than 12 percent for veterans. watch

All eyes on Bachmann

All eyes on Bachmann

08/16/11 08:00PM

Last Word guest host Chris Hayes shares the new Internet meme involving Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. watch

New order for democracy for sale

New order for democracy for sale

08/16/11 08:00PM

Former Louisiana governor and current Republican presidential candidate Buddy Roemer explains why his campaign refuses to accept PAC money or individual donations greater than $100 on The Last Word. watch

Bachmann eyes in new meme

Bachmann eyes in new meme

08/16/11 07:17PM

Steve Buscemi just got some competition. Newsweek magazine's controversial cover photo of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann inspired a little fun with the ol' Photoshop. The new tumblr page, Bachmann-eyezed, shows that glossy stare transplanted onto all kinds of famous faces. read more

First Word: Tuesday, August 16

08/16/11 03:58PM

Here's a look at stories that caught our attention today. What headlines are you clicking on?Karl Rove piles on Rick Perry: Bernanke line ‘not a presidential statement’Mitt Romney doesn't want to talk about Gov. Rick PerryObama, tea party supporters get in heated exchange in IowaVoters go to polls in Wisconsin's two final recallsPhone hacking: News Of The World reporter's letter allegedly reveals cover-upRussell Armstrong, Real Housewives husband, dead of apparent suicide read more

A closer look at Perry's record

08/15/11 11:51PM

Jim Hightower, former Agriculture Commissioner of Texas, and Erica Grieder, who covers Texas for The Economist, join The Last Word with details on the Texas governor and his stance on the issues. read more

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