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First Word: Tuesday, July 19

First Word: Tuesday, July 19

07/19/11 08:00PM

The leader of the Gang of Six is here with the latest plan to break the deadlock on the debt while House Republicans are still using the Rupert Murdoch leadership method: Don’t Blame Me. watch

Gang of Six debt plan gains momentum

Gang of Six debt plan gains momentum

07/19/11 08:00PM

President Obama praised the bipartisan plan to cut the deficit by more than $3.7 trillion over the next 10 years. Gang of Six leader, Sen. Kent Conrad, joins The Last Word to discuss their proposal. watch

The Last Word on the House floor?

The Last Word on the House floor?

07/19/11 07:54PM

Ahead of today’s symbolic House vote on the so-called "Cut, Cap, and Balance" bill, we noticed a familiar line spoken on the House floor.While discussing spending cuts, Congressman Sander Levin of Michigan declared, "the Republicans are trying to repeal the second half of the 20th century."You're preaching to the choir,... read more

Dems throw Reagan in GOP's face

07/19/11 06:22PM

House Democrats reminded the GOP of the importance of raising the debt ceiling — in the words of President Ronald Reagan. He's the president Republicans love to quote, particularly when it comes to economic policy. read more

Wendi Murdoch (in the pink suit) lunges towards a man trying to attack her husband during a meeting with British Parliament in London on Tuesday.

Murdoch eats humble (and foam) pie

07/19/11 05:11PM

In an already dramatic meeting with British Parliament, today a protester hurled a foam pie at embattled media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Luckily for Murdoch, the exec’s wife, Wendi, jumped to his defense by swiftly punching the guy in the head, blocking the full on foam attack. (Check out the slow-mo version). Murdoch walked away with no more than a... read more

First Word: July 19, 2011

07/19/11 03:32PM

Two main themes in tonight's show: debt ceiling and the Murdochs.Obama hails deficit-reduction plan gaining momentum in SenateNBC/WSJ poll: Majority says not raising debt ceiling would be problematicDems use Reagan against GOP on debt ceilingGang Of Six reunites to form new budget proposalVideo: Wendi Murdoch defends husband Rupert Murdoch... read more

Nelson Mandela surrounded by family members in Qunu, South Africa on Monday.

What Mandela wants for his birthday

07/18/11 08:25PM

What do you get the man who changed the course of history? Nelson Mandela, who turned 93, isn't shy about offering a suggestion: your time and selflessness. Mandela is encouraging supporters around the world to take part in "Nelson Mandela Day."It's very simple, as actor Morgan Freeman explained this morning on NBC's... read more

Obama on the art of compromise

07/18/11 07:12PM

The White House wants to hammer home this message of Obama as the adult in the room, the responsible leader. That might explain the delayed, yet calculated release of a new video posted to the White House blog on Friday. The clip was actually taken back in March, when Obama met with a bipartisan group of college kids in Dorchester, Massachusetts... read more

Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at a press conference on Capitol Hill Friday.

Poll: GOP takes hit on debt debate

07/18/11 05:34PM

As top Republicans and Democrats continue to haggle over the debt ceiling, new poll numbers suggest the White House is winning the PR war.The CBS News survey found a whopping 71% disapprove of the way Congressional Republicans have been handling the issue and only 21% approve of their approach. Within the GOP party itself,  51% disapprove of the... read more

First Word: July 18, 2011

07/18/11 02:58PM

A look at stories we're following right now. What headlines have you been clicking on?White House rejects linking debt limit to balanced budget, threatens vetoPoll finds GOP so far losing the debt-ceiling debateMoody's suggests U.S. eliminate debt ceilingNews of the World phone-hacking whistleblower found deadRupert Murdoch struggles... read more

Happy 15th Birthday, MSNBC

Happy 15th Birthday, MSNBC

07/15/11 08:00PM

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell travels back to the network's first day on-air exactly 15 years ago to shed some light on presidential campaign politics and the problems with making predictions so early in the race. watch


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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