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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

First Word: Friday, August 12

08/12/11 03:51PM

Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown. What stories are you clicking on right now?Health care law individual mandate ruled unconstitutional by appeals court Ames Straw Poll: Best and worst case scenariosEmail rendezvous entangles state Rep. Phillip HinkleOutside the lines? 9/11 coloring book seeks to tell kids 'truth' about terrorismBehind Michele Bachmann’s debate disappearance read more

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Colbert Super PAC's 'Parry' ads

08/11/11 08:42PM

During last night's Rewrite we showed you the first of Stephen Colbert's ads made with his dirty, filthy Super PAC cash. An ad that we have indeed confirmed with WHO-TV, our NBC affiliate in Des Moines, is really, actually, totally for reals and for serious running on Iowa TV stations. As promised in tonight's Rewrite, you can watch it below. You can also see the second ad that Colbert has made with his dirty, filthy Super PAC cash.The ads are strange, hilarious, and thanks to this 5-4 Supreme Court decision... completely legal. read more

Colbert Super PAC investigation

Colbert Super PAC investigation

08/11/11 08:00PM

Stephen Colbert is using fear-mongering to raise money for his Super PAC. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell reveals what he's really doing with that money in the Rewrite. watch

Sarah Palin heads to Iowa

Sarah Palin heads to Iowa

08/11/11 08:00PM

Why is Sarah Palin is heading to the Iowa State Fair? MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell talks to David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and former chief political columnist for the Des... watch

Post-Republican debate analysis

Post-Republican debate analysis

08/11/11 08:00PM

MSNBC anchors Lawrence O'Donnell, Chuck Todd and Ed Schultz give post-debate analysis along with Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Alter and The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson in a special late edition of The Last Word. watch

GOP race gets a shake-up

GOP race gets a shake-up

08/11/11 08:00PM

The top eight declared Republican presidential candidates are in Iowa this week for a debate and Saturday's Ames straw poll. And Texas Governor Perry is now doing all he can to divert attention from Iowa. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell has more. watch

Fun with corn kernels at the Iowa State Fair on Thursday.

GOP winners, by the corn kernels

08/11/11 07:54PM

Ahead of the debate and straw poll, Iowa voters let their choice for the Republican nominee be known…with corn. Visitors to the Iowa State fair placed single kernels into jars representing their favorite GOP candidate. So far, Michele Bachmann and Willard M. Romney seem to be the corniest — zing!(Forgive me. As a former resident of both Iowa and Illinois, I take pride in dorky jokes involving corn and/or soybeans). read more

Romney faces off with Iowa hecklers

08/11/11 07:17PM

 The days of hiding under the Mittness Protection Program are over. Willard M. Romney faced off with an unruly crowd today at the Iowa State Fair.One heckler repeatedly shouted at the former Massachusetts governor, demanding to know how he would strengthen programs like Social Security and Medicare. Once Romney could get a word in, he finally yelled, "If you don’t like my answer, you can go vote for someone else!"In the same speech, he also told the crowd "corporations are people, my friend" — a soundbite destined to haunt his campaign. read more

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