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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

Texas Gov. Rick Perry at his prayer rally Saturday in Houston.

Rick Perry running for president

08/11/11 04:57PM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running for president, NBC News can confirm. Perry (and that’s Perry with an 'E' not an 'A') plans to make the formal announcement this Saturday. He's making visits to early primary states South Carolina and New Hampshire.Fellow GOP hopefuls made the pilgrimage to Iowa for tonight's big debate and the Ames Straw Poll on Saturday. Though, Sarah Palin just schlepped it to the Hawkeye State for the fried food at the state fair. (And can we blame her? Fried butter-on-a-stick, people).So just who is Perry? read more

First Word: August 11, 2011

08/11/11 03:19PM

Lots of headlines coming out of Iowa today, as Republican presidential hopefuls are gathering for a debate and straw poll. Check out some of the stories we're following now and tell us what you're clicking on in the comment section below.Mitt Romney heckled in Iowa, say 'corporations are people'Romney dodges S&P questionFour storylines to watch in the GOP debateNancy Pelosi names Clyburn, Van Hollen and Becerra to deficit super committeeMichele Bachmann's inaccurate recounting of the debt-ceiling sagaFlashback: In 1990 campaign ad, Sen. read more

Palin to eat fried butter in Iowa

08/10/11 11:12PM

The Sarah Palin “One Nation” publicity bus tour rolls into Iowa later in the week. While not running for president, she plans to join fellow Republicans who have descended upon The Hawkeye state for a visit to the Iowa State Fair (I’m sure actual candidates will love that).Team Palin released a teaser trailer of sorts today on her travel plans, tossing out Midwestern imagery like Abe Lincoln, corn fields and combines. In an email to SarahPAC supporters and on her Facebook page, she confirmed it.“We are very happy to jump back on the bus for another leg of our "One Nation Tour"! read more

First Word: Wednesday, August 10

First Word: Wednesday, August 10

08/10/11 08:00PM

We now know most of the members of the new congressional super committee and there is nothing Democratic about it. I don't mean Democratic as in party, I mean Democratic as in democracy. watch

What Wisconsin recall means for 2012

What Wisconsin recall means for 2012

08/10/11 08:00PM

A disappointment for Democrats in Wisconsin after recall elections fail to turn the state senate in their favor. What are the national implications? MSNBC anchor Ed Schultz joins The Last Word with details. watch

Super committee members announced

Super committee members announced

08/10/11 08:00PM

Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and Howard Fineman of The Huffington Post join The Last Word with analysis on the lawmakers selected for the special bi-partisan group. watch

Super committee co-chairs Sen. Patty Murray (file) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (file)

Debt super committee takes shape

08/10/11 05:24PM

Congressional leaders appointed nearly all of the members on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. We're still waiting on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's three appointees. Those are expected to come in soon.Comprised of 12 members, the bi-partisan committee is equally divided between Democrats and Republicans and each chamber. They've got until Thanksgiving to figure out at least $1.2 trillion dollars in government savings.Today, House Majority Leader John Boehner appointed Rep. Jeb Hensarling to serve as a co-chair. He's also the Republican Conference Chairman. read more

First Word: August 10, 2011

08/10/11 03:16PM

More names are starting to trickle in on the debt super committee. Plus, we'll have more on the Wisconsin recall election results tonight. Here's a look at stories shaping the Wednesday rundown so far.Boehner, McConnell announce picks for deficit super committeeFor Tim Pawlenty, it's Ames or bustMichele Bachmann repeatedly sought stimulus, EPA, other government fundsDemocrats fall short in Wisconsin recall elections Poll: Record low inclined to reelect congressional representativesOverriding a key education law read more

Obama campaign on the offense

08/09/11 09:19PM

Politico reported the Obama campaign has a new tactic: Make people think Mitt Romney is weird and socially awkward. msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell discusses this strategy with msnbc contributor Jonathan Alter. read more