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The war on drugs: a lost cause?

06/17/11 05:24PM

We’re devoting tonight’s D-block to the subject of drugs. President Nixon launched the war on drugs 40 years ago. But a new report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy — composed of former presidents, prime ministers and other worldwide leaders — suggests these crackdowns have done more harm than good. The report says usage has actually increased in from 1998 to 2008 alone: opiate use is up 34.5 percent, cocaine use is up 27 percent and marijuana is up 8.5 percent. read more

Lawrence hosting 'Erasing Hate' doc

06/17/11 04:20PM

Can someone who has known nothing but violence and bigotry, change his life when the evidence of his past is permanently etched on his face? Lawrence will host this new msnbc documentary, "Erasing Hate," on Sunday June 26 at 9 pm ET.The piece chronicles Bryon Widner, a former skinhead. While most skinheads are known for sporting tattoos, Bryon’s head-to-toe ink made his appearance especially menacing.After years of extreme violence against minorities in the name of the white race, Bryon’s life changed forever when he became a husband and father in 2006. read more

First Word: June 17, 2011

06/17/11 03:22PM

A look at stories catching our attention. What headlines are you clicking on today?Progressives ‘break up’ with ObamaWhite House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer defends record to NetrootsJimmy Carter: call off the global drug warDid AARP agree to put Social Security on the chopping blockTim Pawlenty goes after Mitt Romney, part twoConservative group launches TV ad defending the Ryan budget planAnthony Weiner offered role on HBO show read more

Republicans revolt on taxes

Republicans revolt on taxes

06/16/11 08:00PM

We’re seeing the first crack in the wall that Grover Norquist has built to prevent Republicans from ever raising taxes. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell discusses... watch

Anthony Weiner leaves office

Anthony Weiner leaves office

06/16/11 08:00PM

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell talks to The Huffington Post’s Alex Wagner and Politico’s Maggie Haberman about the resignation and the circus atmosphere... watch

Mitt Romney, bad comedian (file)

Romney: 'I am also unemployed'

06/16/11 07:57PM

Megamillions Mitt Romney told a group of unemployed people he’s one of them."I should tell my story,” the Republican presidential hopeful said at coffee shop in Tampa. "I’m also unemployed."Romney spoke with a small group of out-of-work Floridians today about their struggles to land a new job.One job seeker asked him if he was on LinkedIn, the professional social networking site."I’m networking," said woe-is-me Romney. "I have my sight on a particular job."Democrats pounced on his bad joke immediately. read more

Repealing the 20th Century

Repealing the 20th Century

06/16/11 07:09PM

Killing Medicare? Privatizing Social Security? Stripping Workers’ Rights? If it seems like progress made in 20th Century America is being Repealed, you’re right. read more

House passes bill to cut food aid

06/16/11 05:23PM

Despite bipartisan effort to reduce farm subsidies, today the Republican-controlled House passed a controversial food and farm-spending bill. This measure calls for deep cuts in food aid, both at home and abroad.The bill slid by in a 217-203 vote. It would give the Ag Department and the FDA  $17.3 billion for day-to-day operations. read more

Weiner resigns from Congress

06/16/11 02:54PM

After weeks of mounting pressure, Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned from office today. Weiner made the announcement just a short time ago in his home district of Brooklyn, New York.He said he couldn’t stay in office because of the large “distraction” over his sexting scandal and apologized again for "the embarrassment that I have caused."Weiner recently admitted to sending sexually explicit messages to several women via his Twitter account.It’s unclear what he’ll do next. read more