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Progress in debt talks

Progress in debt talks

07/20/11 08:00PM

David Frum, founder of, 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

Obama backs 'Gang of Six' plan

07/19/11 10:26PM

President Obama praised the bipartisan plan to cut the deficit by more than $3.7 trillion over the next 10 years. Gang of Six leader, Sen. Kent Conrad, joins The Last Word to discuss their proposal. read more

Prepping the cake-toppers.

New York's marriage equality lottery

07/19/11 08:54PM

Here in New York City, officials are holding a new kind of lottery. If you win this one, you don't get money. You get the right to be among the first same-sex couples to be married here in the state when it officially becomes legal on Sunday.After marriage equality was passed in Albany last month, city officials say they were inundated with marriage requests from gay and lesbian couples.Today, city officials said they expect 764 couples will be married on Sunday. read more

Snowe's Maine contender

Snowe's Maine contender

07/19/11 08:00PM

Republican Senator Olympia Snowe has a problem. And his name is, More Conservative Challenger. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explains in the Rewrite. watch

The Last Word on the House floor?

The Last Word on the House floor?

07/19/11 07:54PM

Ahead of today’s symbolic House vote on the so-called "Cut, Cap, and Balance" bill, we noticed a familiar line spoken on the House floor.While discussing spending cuts, Congressman Sander Levin of Michigan declared, "the Republicans are trying to repeal the second half of the 20th century."You're preaching to the choir, buddy. We’ve been saying the same thing since mid-June, which is why we started our on-going web series, Repealing The 20th Century. read more

Dems throw Reagan in GOP's face

07/19/11 06:22PM

House Democrats reminded the GOP of the importance of raising the debt ceiling — in the words of President Ronald Reagan. He's the president Republicans love to quote, particularly when it comes to economic policy. read more

Wendi Murdoch (in the pink suit) lunges towards a man trying to attack her husband during a meeting with British Parliament in London on Tuesday.

Murdoch eats humble (and foam) pie

07/19/11 05:11PM

In an already dramatic meeting with British Parliament, today a protester hurled a foam pie at embattled media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Luckily for Murdoch, the exec’s wife, Wendi, jumped to his defense by swiftly punching the guy in the head, blocking the full on foam attack. (Check out the slow-mo version). Murdoch walked away with no more than a messy suit jacket.Member of Parliament Tom Watson, who was seated on the committee at the time of the incident, was so impressed with Mrs. Deng's reaction he remarked, "Mr. read more