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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

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (file)

Gov. Barbour a no-go for 2012

04/25/11 06:34PM

Governor Harley Barbour, also frequent Rewrite guest star, decided to bow out of a 2012 presidential bid.The Republican from Mississippi issued a statement today, saying point blank he "will not be a candidate for president next year."Barbour said he lacked the "absolute fire in the belly" and "total certainty" that a presidential candidate needed to succeed in the race. Defending a segregationist group a few months ago didn’t exactly help his chances either.He plans to keep his day job and help elect governors across the country. read more

Norquist-Coburn spat continues

04/25/11 05:46PM

Tonight’s guest Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, is at the center of a very public battle over a no-tax hike pledge with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn. Norquist told Politico the Oklahoma Senator “lied his way” into office:The pledge that Tom Coburn signed was to the citizens of Oklahoma. He made that promise in campaigning for Senate in Oklahoma.Coburn said on national TV today that he lied his way into office and will vote to raise taxes if he damn well feels like it, never mind what he promised the citizens of Oklahoma. Sen. read more

New Lean Forward ads

04/25/11 03:42PM

 Lawrence believes our current healthcare policy didn’t go far enough and speaks candidly about the need for a global solution. He also weighs in on other issues affecting the underprivileged, such as our public educational system and immigration policy. Watch the videos online.  read more

First Word: April 25, 2011

04/25/11 02:50PM

Here's a look at some stories we're following today. What headlines are you clicking on?Supreme Court rejects Virginia request for immediate review Of Obama health care law.De Niro to Trump: Don’t say things unless you can back it up.Conservative lawyer resigns after firm drops DOMA defense.The House Progressive budget.Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to attend shuttle launch.Some bunny to love at the White House Easter Egg Roll.The comic stylings of Brian Williams. read more

Even Trump kitteh would make a better president than The Donald

Last Word week in review

04/22/11 09:19PM

The Big HeadlinesAmericans are not happy with D.C.Congress wants some answers from Apple about iPhone trackingRepublicans' dangerous game with the debt ceilingObama answers to the baseSen. John Ensign announces resignationThe budget fight and what it means for MedicareObama: Facebook the nationObama's role in the budget battleUnited they (the Republicans, that is) stand (on taxes)Understanding the debt ceilingBreaking down the deficit fightArizona Gov. Jan Brewer's surprising vetoesThe truth about Trump's fake possible runTrump vs. Seinfeld (and Bret Michaels)Trump vs. TrumpDonald Trump vs. read more