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First Word: August 3, 2011

08/03/11 03:15PM

Happy Wednesday. Tonight, we're shifting gears to look at the new super committee on the debt and the 2012 race. Check out a snippet of headlines we're following.Sarah Palin jabs at Mitt Romney over debt ceilingRomney announces advisory team of 63 lawyersSen. Schumer: GOP is 'holding a gun to our heads' in FAA fightGov. Perry... read more

The whereabouts of D.B. Cooper

The whereabouts of D.B. Cooper

08/02/11 08:00PM

The FBI says it has new information on the man who hijacked a plane 40 years ago, jumped out with $200k and was never seen again. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell has details. watch

Slow clap for Congress

Slow clap for Congress

08/02/11 08:00PM

The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman calls Sen. McConnell the "Great Dismantler.” He joins The Last Word to explain the toxic climate in Washington, D.C. watch

Famine in Somalia

Famine in Somalia

08/02/11 08:00PM

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell talks to the President of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Caryl Stern, about the dire situation in east Africa, and mentions ways to help. watch

Romney out of hiding on debt deal

Romney out of hiding on debt deal

08/02/11 08:00PM

Mitt Romney earned the new political phrase, "Mittness Protection Program," for his absence on the issues. Joshua Green, Senior Political Editor for The Atlantic, joins The Last Word to discuss. watch

Jason Bourne loves teachers

08/02/11 07:58PM

Because the debt ceiling debate almost created a black hole that would have destroyed everything everywhere ever dominated the news cycle all weekend, a certain event in Washington basically got no media coverage. Thousands of concerned parents, teachers, and activists held a rally and march near the White House called Save Our Schools.The rally... read more

Congress gets a slow clap on debt deal

08/02/11 07:40PM

The Internet weighed in on the debt deal — and the months of agony that accompanied it — with the dreaded slow clap. The new site,, reads sarcastically in bold, "Dear Congress, for your leadership, your maturity, and your inspiring ability to perform the basic duties of your job, we applaud you."No encore,... read more

A severely-malnourished boy resting inside a makeshift tent at a refugee camp near Mogadishu, Somalia.

Helping famine victims in Somalia

08/02/11 07:06PM

A dire famine in East Africa has caught the attention of the White House. They are loosing up some restrictions on organizations to help the severely drought-stricken area. The U.N. says more than 11 million people in the region need food assistance, and tens of thousands have already died from starvation.Somalia has been the hardest hit. But... read more

Signed, sealed and delivered

08/02/11 05:02PM

America squeaked past a default on loans today, as President Obama quickly signed the newly passed debt deal into law. Cobbled together last-minute, this measure cleared through the House of Representatives last night and through the Senate this afternoon, only hours before the deadline.The new legislation increases the nation’s debt ceiling... read more

First Word: August 2, 2011

08/02/11 03:23PM

After months of drama, the debt is done deal. But is it a good one? We'll be addressing that tonight. Are we missing any big stories?Debt bill passes Senate, President Obama signs it Obama and McConnell: Debt ceiling gives GOP's great dismantler his momentWhat will the debt deal mean for tax reform?Somalis waste away as insurgents... read more


About The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

Lawrence O’Donnell brings his extraordinary background in politics and entertainment to “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” airing weeknights on MSNBC. Drawing upon his experience as a former chief of staff on the Senate Finance Committee and as an Emmy-winning executive producer and writer of “The West Wing,” O’Donnell gives the last word and rewrites the most compelling stories of the day.

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