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Slow clap for Congress

Slow clap for Congress

08/02/11 08:00PM

The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman calls Sen. McConnell the "Great Dismantler.” He joins The Last Word to explain the toxic climate in Washington, D.C. watch

Famine in Somalia

Famine in Somalia

08/02/11 08:00PM

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell talks to the President of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Caryl Stern, about the dire situation in east Africa, and mentions ways to help. watch

Jason Bourne loves teachers

08/02/11 07:58PM

Because the debt ceiling debate almost created a black hole that would have destroyed everything everywhere ever dominated the news cycle all weekend, a certain event in Washington basically got no media coverage. Thousands of concerned parents, teachers, and activists held a rally and march near the White House called Save Our Schools.The rally caught the attention of several leaders in the field of education. A spokesperson from Save Our Schools tells us that Jon Stewart sent the group a video to play at the rally. read more

Congress gets a slow clap on debt deal

08/02/11 07:40PM

The Internet weighed in on the debt deal — and the months of agony that accompanied it — with the dreaded slow clap. The new site,, reads sarcastically in bold, "Dear Congress, for your leadership, your maturity, and your inspiring ability to perform the basic duties of your job, we applaud you."No encore, Congress — please! read more

A severely-malnourished boy resting inside a makeshift tent at a refugee camp near Mogadishu, Somalia.

Helping famine victims in Somalia

08/02/11 07:06PM

A dire famine in East Africa has caught the attention of the White House. They are loosing up some restrictions on organizations to help the severely drought-stricken area. The U.N. says more than 11 million people in the region need food assistance, and tens of thousands have already died from starvation.Somalia has been the hardest hit. But not much help has been getting to people on the ground because of the al-Qaeda-linked militant group, al-Shabab, which controls large portions of the country. read more

Signed, sealed and delivered

08/02/11 05:02PM

America squeaked past a default on loans today, as President Obama quickly signed the newly passed debt deal into law. Cobbled together last-minute, this measure cleared through the House of Representatives last night and through the Senate this afternoon, only hours before the deadline.The new legislation increases the nation’s debt ceiling limit and promises more than $2 trillion in spending cuts over the upcoming decade.“Voters may have chosen divided government, but they sure didn't vote for dysfunctional government. They want us to solve problems. read more

First Word: August 2, 2011

08/02/11 03:23PM

After months of drama, the debt is done deal. But is it a good one? We'll be addressing that tonight. Are we missing any big stories?Debt bill passes Senate, President Obama signs it Obama and McConnell: Debt ceiling gives GOP's great dismantler his momentWhat will the debt deal mean for tax reform?Somalis waste away as insurgents block escape from famineNetanyahu Rewrites himself: 1967 border now OK, with conditionsFBI: Lead suspect in D.B. Cooper case died 10 years agoMurdoch pie thrower jailed read more

Winners and losers of debt deal

08/01/11 10:43PM

msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell talks to The Nation's Ari Melber and msnbc political analyst Jonathan Alter on the politics of the debt ceiling deal, and why people are comparing it to "Satan sandwiches." read more

Your last word on the debt deal

Your last word on the debt deal

08/01/11 08:34PM

 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver referred to the debt deal as "a sugar-coated Satan sandwich" in a tweet. He warned, "If you lift the bun, you will not like what you see."What’s your take? The comment thread is open. read more

Giffords returns to vote on debt deal

08/01/11 08:18PM

The already dramatic debt vote in the House ended with a surprise appearance by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. She returned to Congress today, casting her vote in favor of the debt plan. The entire floor erupted in a standing ovation upon news of her arrival. This is her first visit back since suffering a massive head wound in the Tucson shooting.In a 269-161 vote, the House passed the largest deficit reduction package in history. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill tomorrow at noon. read more

Giffords returns to Congress

Giffords returns to Congress

08/01/11 08:00PM

Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords made a surprise return to the House floor to cast her vote in support of the debt ceiling deal. NBC's Luke Russert joins... watch