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Cold open: April 26, 2011

Cold open: April 26, 2011

04/26/11 08:00PM

Republicans running for President are hoping to campaign on a platform of solid business know-how. That's going to be pretty hard if House Republicans cause... watch

Rep. Ron Paul

Rep. Ron Paul closer to 2012 bid

04/26/11 05:55PM

Rep. Ron Paul announced today he's forming a campaign exploratory committee, potentially seeking the Republican nomination for president.The Texas Congressman spread the word in Iowa. He told a small audience at a hotel in Des Moines he was eager to promote his views about reducing the scope of government, in particular.Tea Party supporters heart him. But if he goes for the GOP nom, he could split the votes even more.Iowa will hold the nation's first presidential caucuses in February. Paul ran for president in 2008 and finished fifth in the Iowa caucuses. read more

Royal wedding dos and don'ts

04/26/11 04:21PM

Royal wedding guests need to be on their best behavior (that’s behaviour to the Brits). The guys at How To Do Everything answer your burning questions, like what to do if the Queen catches on fire or comes under siege from angry mob of mosquitoes. And we were worried about what dessert fork to use! Whatever you do, do not, I repeat, do not use the word "toilet." read more

Levi Johnston (file)

Help rewrite Levi Johnston book title

04/26/11 02:42PM

Not to be outdone by his baby momma, Levi Johnston promises to “tell the truth” about his rocky relationship with the Palin clan in a brand new book.Touchstone Publishing plans to publish the tell-all book, Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin's Crosshairs, later this fall.In a statement released by his publisher, the former future son-in-law of Sarah Palin (and friend of this show) said the book addresses his “sense of Sarah” and his “perplexing fall from grace.” The 20-year-old knocked up Bristol Palin, the daughter of the former Alaska governor, when they were only teenagers.Johns read more

Beer ad takes on DADT repeal

04/26/11 01:05PM

Who doesn’t like beer? Who doesn't like soldiers? Why not put them together in a beer commercial? A new Budweiser beer commercial will have a lot of people asking, wait a minute, why did that soldier call that guy first and not his mom, girlfriend, or sister to tell them he was coming home? And why is that guy he called the person making all the coming home party arrangements? And why is that guy with the facial hair that is just too conveniently in between scruffy and styled the first person that the soldier gives a big hug?Well, at least two blogs are askin' but ain't nobody tellin'. read more

First Word: April 26, 2011

04/26/11 12:08PM

Here's a look at stories we're following. What headlines are you clicking on?Speaker John Boehner: no promises on debt vote.With Gov. Haley Barbour out, new questions for 2012 Republican field.Speaker John Boehner opens door to cutting U.S. oil tax breaks.Gov. Jan Brewer: Birther issue leading country "down a path of destruction."Levi Johnston writing a Palin family tell-all.Law & Order: LA filming a Gabrielle Giffords-inspired episode. read more

Details on 'the People's Budget'

04/25/11 10:24PM

An alternative to the Paul Ryan budget plan is emerging from the sidelines, and the math indicates it might actually make a dent in the deficit. In a plan titled "the People's Budget," the Congressional Progressive Caucus promised to balance the budget by 2014, create a surplus by 2021, and preserve Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. read more

Norquist responds to Sen. Coburn

04/25/11 10:04PM

Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, says Sen. Coburn broke a pledge on taxes. In a msnbc exclusive, Lawrence talked to Norquist about this public dispute and got his take on how to balance the budget. Hint: it doesn't involve raising taxes. read more

Cold open: April 25, 2011

Cold open: April 25, 2011

04/25/11 08:00PM

China's economy is growing so fast that the International Monetary Fund has now named the date when it will surpass the United States 2016. So which... watch

Norquist talks debt fight

Norquist talks debt fight

04/25/11 08:00PM

Msnbc’s Lawrence O’Donnell talks to Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, about balancing the budget and his public dispute... watch