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Former Gov. Buddy Roemer at an event in Bedford, N.H. on Wednesday.

Buddy Roemer enters 2012 race

07/21/11 06:14PM

"You don't want to miss this campaign. It will be something else." With those promising words, Buddy Roemer made his White House bid official earlier today, making his announcement at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.Now the eleventh GOP candidate to enter the race, Buddy Roemer, the former four-term congressman and one-time Louisiana governor identified major problems in other candidates' campaigns. read more

T-Paw skating on thin ice

07/21/11 05:05PM

Lady Gaga-loving Tim Pawlenty compares himself to the Miracle on Ice in a brand new ad. For all you non-sporting buffs, that’s the legendary U.S. hockey team that went on to beat the all-mighty Soviet Union for the Olympic gold in 1980. Many still consider it one of the greatest games of all time.In the video, which began airing in the Hawkeye State yesterday, T-Paw sets the scene by narrating from inside a skating rink. "Out here, you're tested. You face an opponent experts say can't be beat. You fight. You bleed. read more

First Word: July 21, 2011

07/21/11 03:46PM

A look at stories shaping tonight's rundownWhite House refutes reports of debt breakthroughPizza night: Boehner dines with froshAs rivals stir, Mitt Romney sticks to playing it safeJon Huntsman's campaign manager Susie Wiles resignsSarah Palin wants 'to help' mainstream media' Group glitterbombs Marcus Bachmann’s clinic read more

Bachmann issues doctor's note

Bachmann issues doctor's note

07/20/11 08:01PM

Tonight, we’re talking Republican headaches in both the literal and figurative form. After growing questions over her newly revealed battle with migraine headaches, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann tried to squash concerns over her ability to serve in the White House.She asked Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician for Congress, to write her a formal doctor’s note stating her solid-standing health.Surprisingly, most of the pressure on Bachmann is coming from within the GOP from the likes of Karl Rove. Is this a sign they are trying to stop her surge in the polls? read more

DOMA repeal efforts begin

DOMA repeal efforts begin

07/20/11 08:00PM

Executive Director of the Family Equality Council Jennifer Chrisler joins The Last Word to summarize the lively debate in the Senate Judiciary Committee... watch

Bachmann's newest headache

Bachmann's newest headache

07/20/11 08:00PM

Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann is trying to squash concerns from within the Republican party over her ability to serve in the White House. Washington... watch

Progress in debt talks

Progress in debt talks

07/20/11 08:00PM

David Frum, founder of FrumForum.com, joins The Last Word to analyze a few possible outcomes of the dramatic debt ceiling negotiations currently consuming... watch

New threat to disadvantaged students

New threat to disadvantaged students

07/20/11 07:00PM

In today's New York Times, the editorial staff called out House Republicans for their latest effort to "repeal the 20th century." This time their target is Title I, a federal law dating back to the '60s which secures extra money for disadvantaged schoolchildren.Last week, a House committee approved the State and Local Funding Flexibility Act which, in the words of the Times editorial, would let school districts "spend money earmarked for impoverished children on almost any educational purpose they chose." Republican Congressman John Kline sponsored the bill.Title I was created in the Johnson a read more

Rebekah Brooks 'Friday' mash-up

07/20/11 05:59PM

A News of The World parody video has been in heavy rotation among Last Word staffers this afternoon. It’s "Friday," Rebekah Brooks-style.Based off of The Worst Song In The History Of Mankind by teen songbird Rebecca Black, this Internet gem focuses on the ousted U.K. tabloid chief. read more

Franken confronts Focus on the Family

07/20/11 05:18PM

With just five days until same-sex couples may legally marry in New York State, today the Senate Judiciary Committee held the first congressional hearings on the proposal to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.Things got lively when Senator Al Franken took on Tom Minnery of Focus on the Family for mischaracterizing a study on so-called “nuclear” families. read more

First Word: July 20, 2011

07/20/11 04:02PM

A look at stories we've been checking out today. What headlines are you clicking on?Short-term debt limit extension an option, Obama saysSen. Al Franken takes down anti-gay witness for mischaracterizing study at DOMA hearingPresident Obama summons Democratic leaders to White HouseSpeaker John Boehner seeks votes for debt ceiling deal as Republicans balkDoctors weigh in on Bachmann's headachesWhat James and Rupert Murdoch don’t know read more

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