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Gov. Chris Christie speaking at the Iowa Education Summit in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday.

Christie not that into GOP hopefuls

07/27/11 02:52PM

This week, Gov. Christie appeared in Iowa where he, again, denied rumors of a 2012 run. He also stayed quiet on his pick for the GOP nomination.Why would a non-potential candidate appear in a big primary state if he’s not even considering a run for office?Christie says only time will tell. "Here's what I have to say about politics — two months is a long time, let alone five years. I'm not out here to lay any groundwork at all about any kind of future aspiration," he said. "2016 is a long, long way away."’He traveled to Des Moines to attend a fundraiser for Rep. Steve King. read more

First Word: July 27, 2011

07/27/11 02:22PM

Happy Wednesday. Less than one week to go until the debt ceiling deadline. We're going to continue to be all over that story in tonight's show.CBO finds Reid debt plan would save more than Boehner billHope for Boehner? Some House conservatives closing ranks on debt limit billU.S. may have way to cover bills after deadline, for weekTea party leader: ‘Maybe we should see about a new speaker’Ben Affleck movie "The Town" now solving congressional standoffsMitt Romney names VP shortlistThe West Wing explains the debt ceiling read more

Maher talks frustration with Obama

07/26/11 09:27PM

 The bleep button was on standby as Lawrence spoke with Bill Maher, host of HBO's Real Time. The pair chatted about the debt ceiling, the 2012 election and all things in between. (Seriously, what's up with all those flag pins on the lapels of most politicians?). Maher, a fan of President Obama, explained his current frustration with president over the debt negotiations. Maher confessed to being "terribly disappointed" with him, saying "I don't know what's going on in this man's mind." It's a must-see Last Word interview. read more

FAA partially shuts down

FAA partially shuts down

07/26/11 08:00PM

While the dramatic debt negotiations in Washington are far removed from the lives of most Americans, MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell reminds us of one very real consequence of congressional inaction. watch

First Word: Tuesday, July 26th

First Word: Tuesday, July 26th

07/26/11 08:00PM

With competing symbolic plans, with no chance of becoming law, flying around the Capitol, we will retreat from the partisan conflict and ask Bill Maher if he can make sense of it all. But first, let's review how we came to this crisis point. watch

A biased economic recovery?

A biased economic recovery?

07/26/11 08:00PM

The Nation’s Melissa Harris-Perry joins The Last Word to discuss the growing problem of income disparity and its impact on the U.S. economy as it slugs through a slow recovery. watch

The debt ceiling rap

07/26/11 07:41PM

A rap on the debt ceiling — it exists! ReasonTV, the group behind the music video, wrote in a YouTube post, "we may not be able to address our current debt ceiling woes, but we can at least put them to a good beat." The video urges Congress to "make it rain" and "raise da debt ceiling!" It's no Kanye. Those are still better lyrics than the over-used politician folksy phrase, "kick the can down the road." (h/t read more

Rep. David Wu (file)

Congressman Wu steps down

07/26/11 06:05PM

After growing calls for his resignation, Democratic Rep. David Wu announced today he will leave office. The Oregon Congressman has been accused of having an unwanted sexual encounter with an 18-year-old, who was the daughter of one of his friends."With great sadness, I therefore intend to resign effective upon the resolution of the debt ceiling crisis. This is the right decision for my family, the institution of the House, and my colleagues," Wu said in a statement.Wu already stated he wouldn't seek re-election, but that wasn't enough to stop mounting pressure to step down ASAP. read more

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Brief history of debt ceiling increases

07/26/11 04:06PM

National Journal put together a cool graphic a few months ago, illustrating the history of debt ceiling increases. It's not a new thing in Washington. Congress has raised the debt limit 10 times in the past 10 years. What is new, as Lawrence brought up again in last night's rolling coverage, is the fierce debate to raise it. read more

First Word: July 26, 2011

07/26/11 03:21PM

A look at headlines shaping tonight's rundown.Speaker John Boehner presses debt plan opposed by Democrats, IMF urges debt-limit increaseHouse sites, phones inundated after President Obama's call to reach out on debtA fired up Nancy Pelosi tears into GOP deficit planEric Cantor to GOP: Quit whining and voteWealth gap between whites, minorities widens to greatest level in a quarter centuryI'm not a presidential candidate, Chris Christie says in Iowa read more

Watch the dueling debt speeches

07/25/11 10:54PM

President Obama addressed the nation from the White House regarding ongoing debt ceiling negotiations between Democrats and Republicans. He called for an end to the stalemate, and urged immediate action. "The American people may have voted for divided government, but they didn't vote for a dysfunctional government," the president said tonight's speech.Minutes later, House Speaker John Boehner offered a response to Obama's speech. He said the GOP will not give Obama a "blank check" on the debt.You can watch both of their remarks below. Give us your reaction in the comment section below. read more