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Obama to GOP: 'If not now, when?'

07/11/11 04:57PM

President Obama publicly pressed both Democrats and Republicans, urging them again to make compromises on the nation’s debt.In today’s press conference at the White House, Obama gave off the vibe of grown-up-in-chief, telling lawmakers to "pull off the Band-Aid" and "eat our peas." He said, "it’s not going to get easier; it’s going to get harder. So we might as well do it now."Obama reiterated his stance to find a long-term solution by the August 2 deadline. read more

First Word: July 11, 2011

07/11/11 02:06PM

A look at stories catching our attention today:Obama to GOP on debt deal: Let's go!For John Boehner, lofty budget goals checked by realityBoehner's 'grand bargain' with the House GOPRick Santorum says he was 'taken aback' by so called marriage vowSarah Palin: I can winRepublicans cite Reagan, Thatcher — who raised taxes — in anti-tax jihadFormer British prime minister Gordon Brown reportedly hacked by Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers read more

Remembering Betty Ford

07/08/11 09:36PM

Former first lady Betty Ford, the widow of President Gerald Ford, has died. msnbc anchors Thomas Roberts and Andrea Mitchell have details on her life and legacy. read more

Former Sen. Rick Santorum and Rep. Michele Bachmann (file)

Bachmann and Santorum's 'marriage vow'

07/08/11 08:20PM

Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Sen. Rick Santorum became the first presidential candidates to sign an anti-marriage equality, anti-homosexuality, anti-abortion, anti-Sharia law and anti-porn pledge.The Family Leader, a right-wing religious group in Iowa created "The Marriage Vow — A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family” with the hope that all candidates will sign. In addition to implying African American kids were better off under slavery than they are today, the pledge also asks signers to promise to be faithful to their spouses. read more

Obama’s base fights back

Obama’s base fights back

07/08/11 08:00PM

President of Rebuild the Dream, Van Jones, joins Last Word guest anchor Thomas Roberts to break down the progressive’s stance on budget negotiations in the... watch

Where are the jobs?

Where are the jobs?

07/08/11 08:00PM

After the release of yet another dismal jobs report, Senator Bernie Sanders joins The Last Word to discuss its impact on the debt talks. watch

First Word: July 8

First Word: July 8

07/08/11 08:00PM

I’m Thomas Roberts, in for Lawrence O’Donnell. Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis are 200 miles above the earth right now. But they’re lightyears... watch

George Takei & Nichelle Nichols at the 2009 GLAAD Awards

Space, the final frontier...

07/08/11 07:12PM

We have a very special segment shaping up on tonight's edition of The Last Word. Two cast members from the original Star Trek, George Takei (Captain Sulu) and Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant Uhura), will be joining us to talk about the final NASA shuttle launch. Both have worked with NASA for years helping with recruitment and diversity initiatives. As Mr. Takei told me when I talked to him earlier, "It's funny because they think we're the heroes. read more

Final liftoff for shuttle program

07/08/11 04:59PM

NASA shuttle Atlantis launched into space today, ending America’s 30-year history of spaceflight as we know it. There was a slight delay before lift-off due to a slight camera glitch, but then everything went off smoothly.As for the mission, the four astronauts onboard will deliver supplies and spare parts to the International Space Station. read more

First Word: July 8, 2011

07/08/11 03:09PM

A look at stories we're following today. What headlines are you clicking on?Job growth falters badly, clouding hope for recoveryDemocrats incensed with White House over Social Security, MedicareBoehner: failing to raise debt limit puts economy in great jeopardyNASA's space shuttle Atlantis blasts off for the last timeFormer Cameron aide arrested as phone hacking scandal deepens read more