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First Word: July 14, 2011

07/14/11 02:40PM

A look at stories we're following right now.With no debt deal, Obama would face tough choices Aug. 3 about what bills to payS&P warns lawmakers on debt limit downgradeDemocrats bash Eric Cantor over debt talksSilver bullet? Reid and McConnell hatch back-up plan to avoid defaultFinger pointing follows tense debt negotiationsThe bain of Mitt Romney’s campaignAmid Minnesota shutdown crisis, Pawlenty faces scrutiny read more

The debt ceiling panic mode

07/13/11 10:04PM

Lawrence explains why the normally disciplined Congressional Republicans are now in all-out panic in the most difficult negotiation they have faced to date with President Obama. read more

Moody's isn't messing around

07/13/11 07:00PM

Another warning shot was fired today against the U.S. over its failure to raise the debt ceiling. Moody's Investors Service threatened to lower America's credit rating  due to the rising risk the government will default on its debt.The credit rating agency said it plans to review the fed’s top triple-A bond rating because lawmakers haven’t been able to reach a deal over increasing the nation's $14.3 trillion borrowing limit to avoid a default. (Hate to mention it, but it's not turning out so well for Greece, Ireland and Portugal).We technically hit this magic debt marker back in May. read more

The (grand)mother of all lip-dubs

07/13/11 06:17PM

There are plenty of viral videos on the Internet that have become fads like planking, cone-ing, and ghost riding the whip, yes, ghost-riding-the-whip. But one genre that surpasses them all because no matter who it involves, a video of this genre will bring you instant happiness. The lip-dub.Lip-dub noun - A homemade music video, shot in one take. The result of lip syncing and audio dubbing. Yesterday, we made a lip-dub with the whole town.Our friends over at Today have mastered the art form, and hey it's where we learned to do the BWilliams. read more

Old Glory (file)

Speaking of all these GOP pledges

07/13/11 05:54PM

There are more pledges coming out for Republican candidates to sign. The Last Word has covered candidates signing Grover Norquist's pledge not to raise taxes extensively and today we’re looking again at the "marriage vow" pledge that has caused trouble for Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum. read more

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House on July 4, 2011.

Why is this a headline?

07/13/11 03:56PM

 I'm generally a fan of The Washington Post, its reporters, and commentators... all of it. It's a great newspaper. I went to college inside of its delivery zone and really enjoyed flipping through it over my morning coffee. read more

Grover Norquist and Jack Abramoff (file)

Who's Grover calling greedy?

07/13/11 03:54PM

A lot has been written up lately about Grover Norquist as the debt-limit talks continue to make limited progress. Grover is the man Republicans in Washington continue to stand by as the country inches closer to an economic calamity.Republicans in Congress will not budge on raising revenues knowing that Grover has their original signed copy of the Americans for Tax Reform pledge locked up in a fireproof vault. Ninety-five percent of Republicans in Congress signed it and Grover's iron grip on all of them has never been so fully on display, therefore gaining a lot more scrutiny in the media. read more

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