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First Word: June 22, 2011

06/22/11 03:11PM

Big show tonight. At 8pm ET, Lawrence and Rachel will bring you live coverage and analysis of President Obama's speech on Afghanistan. We'll also tell you about the other top political headlines.Afghan strategy has loomed over Obama presidencyAfghanistan presents GOP candidates with identity crisisDemocrats explicitly call out GOP for sabotaging the economic recoveryMitch McConnell: GOP more willing to be isolationist because there's a Democratic presidentJon Huntsman’s first step toward oblivionSarah Palin's bus tour takes extended pits stop read more

The socialism of Bachmann

06/21/11 11:21PM

In the Rewrite, msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell reminds GOP presidential hopefuls Bachmann and Pawlenty that their pork-barrel handouts conflict with their free market message read more

Labor laws under attack?

06/21/11 09:28PM

Here’s an interesting read from The Cap Times about the repeal of Wisconsin’s 20th Century labor laws.The current Republican lawmakers have a different game plan. As he opened debate on the budget bill, the Republican speaker said that nearly half of his caucus are first-term legislators who have pledged to enact a revolutionary agenda regardless of the damage it may do to their re-election prospects. read more

GOP obstructs job bill

GOP obstructs job bill

06/21/11 08:00PM

Barbara Boxer, chairwoman of the Senate Ethics Committee, joins MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss the future of job creation in America. watch

The spotlight dimming on Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich (file)

Gingrich campaign death watch

06/21/11 07:23PM

After the mass exodus to freedom from Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign (and how could we really blame them?), more staffers just quit today. Campaign Spokesman R.C. Hammond confirmed to NBC News two members of the finance team, fundraising director Jody Thomas and fundraising consultant Mary Heitman, left the campaign."Newt 2012 continues reorganization which is a grass roots driven, substantive solution orientated campaign. read more

GOP, Lady Gaga & marriage equality

06/21/11 07:06PM

Republican New York State Senator and recent marriage equality hero James Alesi gave a riveting speech at a rally in Albany today, introducing himself with a nod to none other than Lady Gaga.Alesi proudly declared, "I’m a Republican — I was born that way!"As the first Republican Senator to publically support the pending marriage equality bill in New York, Alesi noted in his speech that he  “lost what I thought were a lot of good friends, people that supported me,” but remains “committed to giving people that live in America what every American wants.” Amidst cheers from the crowd, Ale read more

The  new Last Word newsletter

The new Last Word newsletter

06/21/11 05:12PM

We’re giving our Last Word news alert a makeover. The old newsletter just got replaced with a fancier version — with colored pictures, might I add! You can expect a daily delivery of blog links, the Rewrites along with all the most recent video from the show. Lawrence may even do a couple of web extras just to keep you on your toes.We’re basically delivering a recap of the whole show straight to your inbox.If you already receive our news alerts you don’t need to do anything to get our new emails — newsletters will be delivered to your inbox weekday afternoons beginning July 1. read more

Everything Weiner DID NOT do

06/21/11 03:10PM

Today is Anthony Weiner's last official day on the job. The Speaker's office received a copy of his resignation letter yesterday. Unlike his circus-like press conferences, his letter was short and simple:"I hereby resign as a member of the House of Representatives for New York's Ninth Congressional District, effective at midnight, June 21, 2011. It has been an honor to serve the people of Queens and Brooklyn."In this Last Word web extra, Lawrence adds some much-needed perspective to this ending saga. read more