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Retiring Defense Secy. Gates and Pres. Obama share a laugh today in Arlington, Va. during Gates' Armed Forces Farewell Tribute at the Pentagon.

Gates awarded Medal of Freedom

06/30/11 07:17PM

To mark the end of his decades-long career in Washington, today President Obama surprised retiring Defense Secretary Robert Gates by awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom on his very last day in the job. The honor is the highest any civilian can receive in the United States. During his remarks President Obama thanked Gates for his "profound sense of duty." He also called Gates a "humble American patriot" adding that his greatest legacy may likely be helping to save the lives of U.S. troops. read more

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaking to reporters along with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin on Capitol Hill Thursday.

Senate 4th of July break canceled

06/30/11 05:36PM

Senators can kiss those holiday BBQs goodbye. With debt negotiations up in the air, the Senate announced today it cancelled their week long July 4th break to try and stop the government from barreling towards a first-ever default.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the whole caucus needs to be on hand to help deal with the debt talks.“These things get resolved by meetings, people meeting and discussing things,” said Reid in a press conference. “I've had a number of senators both Democrats and Republicans say to me, do we really need to be here? read more

First Word: June 30, 2011

06/30/11 03:27PM

A look at stories shaping our rundown now.House GOP living up to 'Pledge to America'Senate to work next week on debt limit impasseHow you know the debt negotiations have truly failedBill Clinton sizes up GOP fieldStephen Colbert scores campaign finance win in Super PacNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to lift fracturing ban?Jimmy Kimmel presidents 'Michele Bachmann's story of America' read more

Rewriting concept of 'Real America'

06/29/11 09:30PM

A newspaper op-ed from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch mourned the loss of the Republican party as we once knew it. Lawrence gives details and debunks the ring-wing concept of "Real America" in the Rewrite. read more

Obama prods GOP on debt talks

Obama prods GOP on debt talks

06/29/11 08:00PM

Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson, the co-chairman of President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, joins The Last Word to dissect the latest sparring over debt negotiations. watch

Role of revenue in deficit reduction

Role of revenue in deficit reduction

06/29/11 08:00PM

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell talks to Dr. Alice Rivlin, who served as budget director for President Clinton and as the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office, to analyze the Republican approach to balancing the budget. watch

Lindsay Lohan (file)

Fed Reserve policy, by Lindsay Lohan

06/29/11 06:27PM

Who knew Congressman Ron Paul and Lindsay Lohan see eye-to-eye? Yeah, that Lindsay Lohan. The troubled actress, who just finished up 35 days of house arrest today, celebrated her freedom by… discussing the Federal Reserve on Twitter. You would think it would be more along the lines of, "Hey, can’t wait to get a coffee after being trapped in my house for more than a month." Maybe it’s just me.She tweeted, "Have you guys seen food and gas prices lately? U.S. $ will soon be worthless if the Fed keeps printing money!"Turns out the group National Inflation Association sponsored the message. read more

We're coming to your inbox July 1!

We're coming to your inbox July 1!

06/29/11 03:26PM

This Friday, our show formally launches the new Last Word newsletter. The old news alerts will be replaced with a revamped version – with pictures! You can expect a daily delivery of the Rewrites, blog links, plus the most recent video from the previous show.If you already receive our news alerts you don’t need to do anything to get our new emails. (We got your back, lazy bones). read more

First Word: June 29, 2011

06/29/11 02:56PM

Happy Wednesday. We're busy piecing together Obama's press conference on the debt. What headlines are you clicking on this afternoon?President Obama challenges GOP on debtBalanced budget amendment gaining steam with RepublicansFederal appeals court upholds Obama health care lawTea party finds power leads to policy splitsDemocratic Senators: It gets betterWhat do Lindsay Lohan and Ron Paul have in common?Conan O'Brien presents The Michele Bachmann History Channel  read more

Bloomberg on gun show loopholes

06/28/11 09:32PM

In a Last Word exclusive, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg joins Lawrence to discuss how the government can stop terrorists from buying weapons at gun shows. Plus, Bloomberg has some advice for fellow New Yorker, Anthony Weiner. read more

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