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How to tongue tie Cantor

07/14/11 05:55PM

There are various reports out there about the tension between President Obama and Rep. Eric Cantor at the White House debt-limit talks. According to Cantor, the president was not very friendly to him last night, and according to Democratic aides, Cantor was not polite to the president.Even Lawrence has tried to have a productive conversation with House Majority Leader Cantor. Check out this video clip, circa March 2009, where he and Cantor go head-to-head. The fun starts around the four-minute mark. read more

Repression therapy in comedy

07/14/11 05:17PM

Earlier this week, Lawrence told you about the Christian-based therapy clinic presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann co-owns with her husband. Truth Wins Out, a gay rights group, went undercover at the counseling center, and a video shows that staffers are using prayer and Bible scriptures to help “cure” people of homosexuality.Marcus Bachmann has denied their clinic tries turn gay people straight. But he has called gay people "barbarians" in the past. read more

Partisan fail.

Twitter whale meets partisan fail

07/14/11 03:52PM

Flickr user “colarusso” saw similarities between the doomed fail whale on Twitter and the current divide between politicians, both of which tend to aggravate people when they aren't working properly.The photo caption reads, "I wanted a visual expression of my frustration with partisan gridlock in Washington, and this is what I came up with. It was sparked by the talks surrounding the debt ceiling."Maybe it's symbolic of hope — those bald eagles (of Liberty?) are managing to carry the heavy load in spite of everything. read more

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

Hostage negotiations over debt ceiling

Hostage negotiations over debt ceiling

07/13/11 08:00PM

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell explains why the normally disciplined Congressional Republicans are now in all-out panic mode in the most difficult negotiation they have faced to date with President Barack Obama. watch

First Word: Wednesday, July 13

First Word: Wednesday, July 13

07/13/11 08:00PM

Another tense meeting at the White House tonight where President Obama once again, refused to accept a single Republican proposal. And according to Eric Cantor, this time, it was the president who walked out. watch

Obama’s base opens its pockets

Obama’s base opens its pockets

07/13/11 08:00PM

Barack Obama could shatter his own fundraising expectations by raking in $86 million, even in the midst of deficit negotiations spiraling out of control. The Nation’s Ari Melber joins The Last Word with details. watch

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