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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

First Word: July 13, 2011

07/13/11 02:46PM

A look at stories shaping tonight's rundown. Tell us what stories you're clicking on.McConnell debt ceiling strategy: "I refuse to help Obama reelection"What was Obama's secret in winning the debt standoff?President Obama team touts grassroots strengthBachmann, Gohmert, King: Obama's advisers lied about debt limitGrover Norquist is in "regular contact" with GOP leadership during debt debateRomney campaign slams "undignified and inappropriate" marriage pledge from Iowa groupNews Corporation withdraws bid for BSkyB read more

Winning the debt ceiling war

07/12/11 10:03PM

Lawrence explains how President Obama continues to outsmart, out-strategize and out-talk the Republicans, in the debt ceiling standoff. Plus, Howard Dean joins The Last Word with more analysis. read more

President Obama meeting with House Majority Leader Cantor, House Minority Leader Pelosi and House Speaker Boehner at the White House on Monday.

Debt ceiling endgame - discuss

07/12/11 08:03PM

Lawrence called Obama's handling of the GOP "the most masterful rope-a-dope ever performed by a president against an opposition party." In your opinion, who has the upper hand in these debt negotiations and why? The comment thread is open, so give us your reaction in section below.Please keep your comments respectful. (Looking at you, trolls). Let's show these politicians how it's done. read more

Why Obama is winning the debt war

Why Obama is winning the debt war

07/12/11 08:00PM

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explains how President Obama continues to outsmart, out-strategize and out-talk the Republicans, in the debt ceiling standoff. Plus, Howard Dean joins The Last Word with more analysis. watch

First Word: Tuesday, July 12

First Word: Tuesday, July 12

07/12/11 08:00PM

President Obama has Republicans close to surrender. Rupert Murdoch is going to have to surrender what he knew and when he knew it. And Michele Bachmann's husband sure knows a lot about gay sex. watch

Bachmann’s clinic under fire

Bachmann’s clinic under fire

07/12/11 08:00PM

Why did gay activists target Michele Bachmann's husband for an undercover investigation. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell has more with Wayne Besen, founder and executive director of Truth Wins Out. watch

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at a news conference in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

McConnell punts on debt ceiling

07/12/11 06:12PM

Boxed in by President Obama’s strategy, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tossed out his own "back-up plan" today on the debt ceiling. The Republican floated the idea of making Obama the main authority to raise the debt limit. read more

First Word: July 12, 2011

07/12/11 04:12PM

A look at stories catching our attention now. What headlines have you been clicking on today?Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell proposes giving Obama debt ceiling powerSpeaker John Boehner: "This debt limit increase is Obama’s problem"President Obama says he "cannot guarantee" Social Security checks if U.S. defaultsRupert Murdoch summoned by British Parliament as BSkyB bid implodesRep. Ron Paul won’t run for re-election A New York clerk resigns after refusing to sign same-sex licenses read more