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Bachmann under fire for Tom Petty song

06/28/11 07:32PM

While Michele Bachmann may be the GOP’s hot candidate du jour, the tea party’s best shot at a presidency and Sarah Palin’s "serious" antithesis, but she is no American Girl. At least, according to Tom Petty.The singer issued a cease and desist letter to Bachmann following the use of his hit "American Girl" on the campaign trail in Waterloo, Iowa yesterday. This, however, is not the first time Petty has asked a Republican politician to back away from his creations. In 2000, then candidate George W. read more

Fact-checking Michele Bachmann

06/28/11 03:51PM

If the John Wayne/John Wayne Gacy flub is any indication, Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann has a tendency to use unreliable data when speaking in public. msnbc's Daily Rundown put together a great video fact-checking her claims. read more

First Word: June 28, 2011

06/28/11 03:01PM

A look at stories shaping tonight's rundown.Why President Obama may stall the debt talksA profile on Rep. Michele Bachmann’s thin legislative résuméUnlike Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann shrugs off the attacks and criticismSarah Palin has made up her mind about 2012, Bristol SaysTim Pawlenty faults Obama, Clinton and GOP on foreign policyDems push for DREAM Act without GOP support read more

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Send your questions for Bloomberg

06/27/11 09:20PM

Fresh off New York's marriage equality victory, we've got an exclusive interview with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday. What should Lawrence ask him? Tell us in the comment section below. read more

Blagojevich found guilty

Blagojevich found guilty

06/27/11 08:00PM

NBC's Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff joins The Last Word to hash out the verdict in the Rod Blagojevich retrial, in which the former Illinois governor was found guilty on 17 counts of corruption. watch

Debt talks 2.0

Debt talks 2.0

06/27/11 08:00PM

Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne joins The Last Word to discuss the latest iteration of debt negotiations with President Obama. watch

Bachmann announces 2012 run

Bachmann announces 2012 run

06/27/11 08:00PM

On the heels of Rep. Michele Bachmann's official campaign announcement, The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza and The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman join the Last Word to discuss the state of the GOP field. watch

Wallace sorry for 'flake' question

06/27/11 07:41PM

Newly minted presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann has yet to accept an apology from Chris Wallace. The Fox News host caught the Republican off guard yesterday when he asked her if she was a “flake.” Wallace later apologized for asking Bachmann question. In a web video, he said, “A lot of you were more than perturbed, you were upset and felt that I had been rude to her. And since in the end it’s really all about the answers and not about the questions. I messed up, I’m sorry. read more

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich speaking to the media following a guilty verdict in Chicago on Monday.

Blagojevich guilty of corruption

06/27/11 07:19PM

After deliberating for nine days, Chicago jurors found former Illinois Governor (and star of the now-awkward Wonderful Pistachios ad campaign) Rod Blagojevich guilty on 17 out of 20 counts of corruption, including an attempt to auction off President Obama's vacated Senate seat.In the retrial, Blagojevich pled not guilty to all counts of wire fraud, racketeering, bribery and attempted extortion.Even after the guilty verdict was read, Blago still could not resist the temptation of the microphones, ironically confessing, "Well, among the many lessons I've learned from this whole experience is to read more