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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

Bachmann's hubby got Medicaid payout

06/28/11 08:12PM

Tonight, some breaking news on our show. NBC News National Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff is reporting Michele Bachmann’s husband got $137,00 in Medicaid funds. Here’s an excerpt from his story:While Rep. read more

Bloomberg talks gun loopholes

Bloomberg talks gun loopholes

06/28/11 08:00PM

In a Last Word exclusive, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg joins MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss how the government can stop terrorists from buying weapons at gun shows. watch

The Bachmann economic plan

The Bachmann economic plan

06/28/11 08:00PM

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell talks to former chief economist to Vice President Biden, Jared Bernstein to evaluate the congresswoman’s plan for job creation. watch

Bachmann and Palin crowd Iowa

Bachmann and Palin crowd Iowa

06/28/11 08:00PM

With Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin both vying for Iowans’ attention today, The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart joins The Last Word with analysis on who’s got the edge in the Hawkeye State. watch

Bristol Palin (file)

Bristol Palin gossips on mom's 2012 run

06/28/11 07:57PM

The Palin family has a secret, and they’re not telling. Bristol Palin, daughter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, said her mother “definitely knows” what she will be doing in regards to a run for the presidency. Palin blabbed these remarks today on Fox. read more

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