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Raging Boehner

Raging Boehner

07/28/11 08:00PM

One New York Post headline keeps cropping up on The Last Word. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell explains. watch

Starving the beast

Starving the beast

07/28/11 08:00PM

If the Republicans were really worried about deficit reduction, there's a very simple way to do it. But that isn't what they want to do. The Washington Post... watch

A scene from New Line Cinema's "The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring."

Tonight's Rewrite: Tea party hobbits

07/28/11 07:56PM

Senator John McCain has provoked the ire of some on the right for reading parts of this Wall Street Journal editorial that refers to Tea Party Republicans as hobbits. Yeah... like Lord of the Rings let's go to Mordor and throw this ring in the fire to tick off Sauron hobbits. Here's the passage triggering anger from the right:The idea seems to be that if the House GOP refuses to raise the debt ceiling, a default crisis or gradual government shutdown will ensue, and the public will turn en masse against . . . Barack Obama. read more

GOP's misguided movie choice

07/28/11 07:21PM

Ahead of the now-delayed vote, movie critics the House Republican Caucus gathered together to discuss Speaker John Boehner’s debt ceiling plan. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy decided to play a violent clip from Ben Affleck’s "The Town" as a way to motivate GOP members. And what better way to inspire politicians to back a dept ceiling plan than to show a scene of criminals getting ready to, in Lawrence’s words, “beat the living s*** out of a guy.” Naturally, this landed in the Rewrite.— By Jeff Seymour read more

Sarah Palin (file)

Palin pushing GOP frosh to revolt?

07/28/11 06:33PM

The House just delayed the hotly anticipated vote on Boehner debt plan this evening. While Speaker Boehner’s scrambles for the 216 votes, Sarah Palin tweeted out a message to House freshmen, who are being widely being blamed for the current no-compromise, take no prisoners atmosphere in the debt ceiling debate. (H/T WSJ's Jonathan Weisman).Palin links to her Facebook page, which displays an open letter she wrote to GOP freshmen right after the 2010 midterm election. In the note titled "For Such A Time As This," she added emphasis in the parts she wants frosh to re-consider. read more

First Word: July 28, 2011

07/28/11 03:27PM

Five days to go until the debt ceiling deadline. Here's a look at stories we're following today.White House calls Boehner plan a 'political act'In both houses, fortifying support for rival plansSpeaker Boehner down to the wire on vote countSen. Reid: Senate Dems will kill Boehner plan tonightNew White House talking point: House GOP plan will ruin your ChristmasJohn McCain derides 'tea party hobbits' in debt ceiling fightWhite House ‘Rickrolls’ Twitter followers read more

Debt ceiling deadline approaches

07/27/11 09:28PM

With just days to go until the debt ceiling deadline, Speaker John Boehner is issuing marching orders to the GOP. Tonight, Lawrence took a look at the latest headlines and gave us more of his spot-on analysis of how this will finally all shake out. read more