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First Word: July 26, 2011

07/26/11 03:21PM

A look at headlines shaping tonight's rundown.Speaker John Boehner presses debt plan opposed by Democrats, IMF urges debt-limit increaseHouse sites, phones inundated after President Obama's call to reach out on debtA fired up Nancy Pelosi tears into GOP deficit planEric Cantor to GOP: Quit whining and voteWealth gap between whites, minorities widens to greatest level in a quarter centuryI'm not a presidential candidate, Chris Christie says in Iowa read more

Watch the dueling debt speeches

07/25/11 10:54PM

President Obama addressed the nation from the White House regarding ongoing debt ceiling negotiations between Democrats and Republicans. He called for an end to the stalemate, and urged immediate action. "The American people may have voted for divided government, but they didn't vote for a dysfunctional government," the president said tonight's speech.Minutes later, House Speaker John Boehner offered a response to Obama's speech. He said the GOP will not give Obama a "blank check" on the debt.You can watch both of their remarks below. Give us your reaction in the comment section below. read more

Debt ceiling stalemate

Debt ceiling stalemate

07/25/11 08:00PM

House Democratic Whip, Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer joins The Last Word with reaction to the latest proposals on the debt ceiling. watch

The politics of bad faith

The politics of bad faith

07/25/11 08:00PM

David Frum of FrumForum.com and The Nation’s Ari Melber joins The Last Word with analysis on how each political party has been handling of the debt... watch

T-Paw goes on the offense

T-Paw goes on the offense

07/25/11 08:00PM

As Tim Pawlenty's campaign begins to get some traction in Iowa, his campaign goes on offense -- but not against presumed Republican frontrunner, Willard M.... watch

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