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Sarah Palin (file)

Palin stealing the (Rolling) Thunder?

05/27/11 05:08PM

Sarah Palin’s planned visit to a Memorial Day motorcycle rally in DC came as an unwelcome surprise to organizers. One leader of Rolling Thunder, a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to helping prisoners of war and veterans, made it clear she will not be allowed to speak or bring her bus.In an interview with msnbc’s Andrea Mitchell today, Rolling Thunder National Legislative Director Ted Shpak said her visit would be a "big distraction" from their purpose and she wasn't invited. read more

Our GLAAD Award

Our GLAAD Award arrives

05/27/11 03:47PM

We got a great start to the Memorial Day weekend at The Last Word headquarters. Our GLAAD Award finally arrived (though still waiting one more item in the mail).The staff has been anxiously taking turns holding the statue (it’s super heavy, in case you're wondering) and it’s now found a permanent home on Lawrence’s desk.We won for Outstanding TV Journalism Segment category for our “Fort Worth Speech” segment with Joel Burns, a city councilman in Fort Worth, and his teary plea to gay teens. His advice: it will get better. read more

First Word: May 27, 2011

05/27/11 02:19PM

Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown. What headlines are you following right now?President Obama signs Patriot Act extension in EuropeSarah Palin and Michele Bachmann size each other upBachmann plans to announce 2012 plans in IowaSenator Tom Coburn speaks out in Ensign case, says he's 'proud of what I did' Texas Governor Rick Perry may seek GOP nominationJudge rules against U.S. ban on direct corporate donations to candidates read more

Former Vice President Dick Cheney (file)

Dick Cheney: I 'worship' Paul Ryan

05/26/11 07:00PM

Back away slowly, Paul Ryan. Do not run or panic. Just stay calm and pretend like one of the most polarizing figures in our nation’s history — often compared to Darth Vader — didn’t just endorse you.Dick Cheney showered the congressman with praise, according to the Houston Chronicle. "I worship the ground" that "Paul Ryan walks on," said the former vice president in a public appearance. “I hope he doesn’t run for president because that would ruin a good man who has a lot of work to do.”Such as selling his plan to get rid of Medicare. read more

Sarah Palin hits the road on a bus tour

05/26/11 05:00PM

Further fueling rumors she running in 2012, Sarah Palin announced today she's heading on a nationwide bus tour. Starting this weekend in Washington, the former Alaska governor plans to swing by New Hampshire — her first time back in the state since her stint as the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee. She'll also make pit-stops at historical hot-spots along the East Coast, including Gettysburg, Antietam and the Liberty Bell in Philly.  read more

First Word: May 26, 2011

05/26/11 03:13PM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What headlines are you clicking on?Speaker John Boehner offers first reaction to GOP’s NY-26 defeatDick Cheney: 'I worship the ground Paul Ryan walks on'John Edwards rolls the diceSenate clears way to extend terror-fighting bill Wisconsin judge strikes down anti-union law, but measure go still go into effectPalin's exploratory campaign: A nationwide bus tour read more

Rewriting hysteria over Israel speech

05/25/11 09:13PM

 Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu feigned outrage over President Obama's suggestion that Israel and Palestine borders should be based on 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps. Then in Netanyahu's congressional address yesterday, he made that same suggestion. msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell has more in the Rewrite. read more

Republican won't let Warren leave room

05/25/11 08:58PM

We have video that illustrates as well as anything the ugly battle being waged by Republicans who want to stifle the consumer protection agency signed into law by President Obama and unofficially managed by TARP veteran Elizabeth Warren.Yesterday, during a House oversight subcommittee hearing, Chairman and Republican Congressman Patrick McHenry accused Warren of misleading lawmakers about her role in giving advice to states dealing with mortgage lenders who wrongly foreclosed on homeowners. read more

Sarah Palin would like to thank the Academy

Sarah Palin on the big screen

05/25/11 06:16PM

Years after Sarah Palin failed to make it to the White House, she continues to succeed in staying in the spotlight. She commissioned Stephen Bannon to make a documentary about saving the environment herself.The film, perhaps over-looking her national defeat as a vice-presidential nominee, is titled The Undefeated, and it debuts soon in Iowa and other early primary states. It addresses her controversial decisions, like deciding to end her term as governor a year-and-a half early. read more

Cable news dream: Bachmann 2012

05/25/11 05:05PM

The dream for all of us who work in cable news might come true: Michele Bachmann 2012!There are reports out today that Rep. Bachmann might announce her run for the Republican nomination as soon as this Thursday at an Iowa fundraiser. read more

Michelle Obama representing it London.

Michelle's fashion rocks the UK

05/25/11 04:46PM

During President Obama’s trip in Europe, Michelle Obama is proving yet again she's not only the first lady of the United States but also the first lady of fashion.Today, she was looking sleek and divine in black and with an out-of-control necklace. Earlier, she joined British Prime Minister David Cameron’s wife Samantha serving UK and US military families at a barbeque. read more

PSA: Stop saying the R-word

05/25/11 03:34PM

As you may or may not know depending on if you're a "Gleek," last night was the season finale of FOX's Glee (read more about that here if you don't mind spoilers). From the beginning, the show has contained messages about acceptance and tolerance. But during last night's show, one of those messages actually appeared during a commercial break. A new PSA entitled "Not Acceptable" features Glee co-stars Jane Lynch and Lauren Potter. read more

First Word: May 25, 2011

05/25/11 02:41PM

Here's a look at stories we're following today. What headlines are you clicking on?How to spin Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan: A guide for fence-sitting RepublicansDemocrat wins New York Congressional raceAfter NY race, GOP faces public opinion fightNetanyahu on Obama: 'We agree on a lot more than meets the eye'John Edwards seeking plea dealSarah Palin commissioned full-length movie about herselfOprah Winfrey Show ends after 25 years read more

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