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President Obama and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey in the first ever Twitter Town Hall at the White House on Wednesday.

GOP takes on Obama in Twitter event

07/06/11 04:42PM

Today, President Obama hosted the first ever Twitter town hall at the White House. Users tweeted questions to the president — under the 140 characters count, naturally — using the #AskObama tag. The social networking site picked all 18 questions and Obama responded verbally without any restrictions.The event focused on jobs and the economy. And top Republican leaders took the chance to slide in their own snarky questions for the president:  read more

First Word: July 6, 2011

07/06/11 03:03PM

A look at stories shaping tonight's Last Word rundown. Chris Hayes joins us as a guest host.Social media take on role of presidential questioner in Twitter town hallObama cites progress in deficit reduction talksLawmakers head to White House on Thursday in effort to break debt stalemateFreshman Republicans lobby federal agencies for millions amid spending critiquesDavid Cameron promises News of the World phone hack probeNews of the World went after cell phones of 7/7 victims’ familiesNBA disputes Forbes' profit estimates read more

The never-ending debt talks

07/06/11 12:31AM

Editor of Frum Forum, David Frum, and Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson join The Last Word to break down today's developments in the debt ceiling negotiations. read more

First Word: Tuesday, July 5

First Word: Tuesday, July 5

07/05/11 08:00PM

I never thought I'd see the day when the Republican Party managed to alienate the Washington Establishment. But it looks like we've reached that point. watch

D.C. debt politics

D.C. debt politics

07/05/11 08:00PM

Editor of Frum Forum, David Frum, and Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson join The Last Word to break down today’s developments in the debt ceiling... watch

The do-nothing Congress?

The do-nothing Congress?

07/05/11 08:00PM

The L.A. Times and Politico both point out the 112th Congress is on pace to be one of the least productive Congresses in more than 60 years. Rep. Jim Clyburn... watch

Casey Anthony verdict circus

Casey Anthony verdict circus

07/05/11 08:00PM

The most watched trial since O.J. ended this afternoon. What do those verdicts, and our reactions to them, say about the justice system in America? Guest... watch

Obama won't accept short-term deal

07/05/11 06:15PM

Speaking before the daily White House briefing, President Obama pushed for Congress to make a deal within the next two weeks on raising the U.S. nation's borrowing limit. Watch video of his remarks and give us your reaction in the comment section below. read more

Calling out the GOP on debt talks

07/05/11 06:08PM

Tonight, Eugene Robinson and David Frum join us at the top of the show to discuss the latest in debt negotiations. President Obama gave a few remarks today on the progress of talks, emphasizing the need to come up with a longer-term solution on the debt ceiling.Obama invited lawmakers to the White House on Thursday to continue negotiations. But will House Republicans play along?An interesting new article in The New York Times by rightie columnist David Brooks actually calls out the GOP for its blanketed refusal to compromise:Many important Democrats are open to a truly large budget deal. read more

Tim Pawlenty speaking in New York on June 28

T-Paw touts shutdown as a good thing

07/05/11 04:16PM

Showcasing a new tagline that could presumably make its way into stump speeches — "Results, not Rhetoric" — a new ad from Tim Pawlenty points back to Minnesota's 2005 state government shutdown (ya know, kind of like the one state's experiencing right now). The ad renders a verdict on that shutdown: Pawlenty won.The New York Times took a look back and collected the facts around that 2005 shutdown:MINNESOTA July 2005LENGTH Nine daysISSUE A projected deficit of $466 million led to a standoff between Gov. read more

First Word: July 5, 2011

07/05/11 02:39PM

A look at stories we've been checking out this afternoon. What stories are you clicking on?David Brooks: GOP 'may longer be a normal party'Casey Anthony found not guilty of first degree murderGov. Rick. Perry breaks with a fellow Texan: George W. BushEugene Robinson: Obama calls the GOP’s bluffMore bad news for Newt Gingrich in fundraising numbersTim Pawlenty shutdown ad: 'Pawlenty won'Senate takes up resolution authorizing military action in Libya read more

Class warfare in debt talks

07/01/11 11:44PM

Republicans in Congress may push the economy over a cliff to protect corporate jet tax breaks. Jared Bernstein, the former chief economist to Vice President Biden and Sally Kohn, the founder of the Movement Vision lab join The Last Word to discuss. read more