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Getting out of Afghanistan

Getting out of Afghanistan

05/24/11 08:00PM

Has Michael Moore found his first bi-partisan issue with calls to bring troops home from Afghanistan? Msnbc’s Lawrence O’Donnell has more with the filmmaker. watch

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responds to the applause after he addressed a joint meeting of Congress in Washington on Tuesday.

Congress likes Bibi not Barry

05/24/11 07:05PM

The Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement has been the preeminent issue defining foreign policy debates for decades. Negotiating a successful peace deal has evaded almost every modern President of the United States and this conundrum has now been even more complicated for President Obama this past week.Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu loudly voiced his strong disdain for President Obama's position that Israel should return to pre-1967 borders, announced in his speech on the Middle East and North Africa last Thursday.This was the first time a U.S. read more

Signatures from the Obamas made during a visit to Westminster Abbey in London on Tuesday

Is Obama living in the past?

05/24/11 06:11PM

Hey, 2008 was undeniably a great year for Barack Obama. It's still very much on his mind, apparently. While visiting Westminster Abbey in London today, Obama mistakenly dated the guest book "24 May 2008." The Obamas are in the UK on a two-day state visit at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth, which included a fancy banquet and meeting with David Cameron to talk policy. read more

Foul ball nearly hits George W. Bush

05/24/11 05:38PM

Who knew baseball could be such a Secret Service nightmare? A foul ball nearly clocked George W. Bush in the head yesterday at Texas Rangers game.White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski ran over to the sideline in attempt to save the ball (and maybe the former president) after it cleared the protective netting. No one was hurt. The pair quickly laugh about right afterwards.Bush has experience dodging flying objects. An Iragi journalist hurled a shoe at him during a speech in 2008, forcing him to duck. read more

First Word: May 24, 2011

05/24/11 03:03PM

Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown. What headlines are you clicking on?The latest example of Paul Ryan’s impact on national politics: today’s special election in NY-26Sarah Palin's team pushes back against new tell-all bookRoyal welcome for the Obamas in BritainNetanyahu speaks to U.S. Congress in rare addressJoplin crews search before new storms roll inPalin 2012 + Rapture on Oct. 21 = not gonna happen read more

Rewrite Newt's $500K jewelry bill

Rewrite Newt's $500K jewelry bill

05/23/11 08:45PM

In tonight's Rewrite, Lawrence asked you to help Rewrite Newt Gingrich's answer to what is now the must-ask Gingrich question: What did he buy for $500,000 at Tiffany's?CBS anchor Bob Schieffer asked Newt that question Sunday morning on "Face the Nation" and Gingrich responded: "We owe nothing. Well, it's — it's a pre— it's — my private life." His answer really was that awkward, and that is the exactly how it reads in the official CBS transcript. I did not spice it up with extra punctuation.So why is this question so hard for Newt? read more

Nixon's Rewrite cameo

05/23/11 07:45PM

 Former President Richard Nixon will be making a cameo in tonight's Rewrite. This is the clip that you'll be seeing. Nixon made these remarks during what became known as his "last" press conference. It includes the well-known quote, "You won't have Nixon to kick around, anymore."Nixon was actually conceding the California gubernatorial race on November 7, 1962, when he said that. That was two years after he lost the White House to Pres. Kennedy and just over six years before he actually became the 37th President of the United States. read more

The May 23 edition

T-Paw announcement gets obit page

05/23/11 07:17PM

Is the Tim Pawlenty presidential campaign already dead? His local newspaper, The St. Paul Pioneer Press, ran the announcement on its obit page this morning. Proving Mother Nature can top all major headlines, his announcement likely got pushed because of the deadly tornadoes throughout the Midwest. (H/T read more

President Obama at pub in Ireland on Monday.

White House denies Guinness-gate

05/23/11 07:03PM

The President enjoyed a proper pint while visiting Ireland today, but some online reports suggested the Guinness didn’t come from the tap. Rumors circulated the web that the Secret Service brought in the brew all the way from the White House like some Medieval taste-testers. The White House assured us this afternoon there’s no truth it.The "O'bamas" raised a glass at a pub in Moneygall, the town where his great-great-great grandfather Falmouth Kearney grew up, as part of a four-nation European tour. And for the record, he downed the whole beer. read more

Inside the deadly Joplin tornado

05/23/11 06:14PM

 A YouTube user captured their encounter with the deadly tornado that ripped through Joplin, Missouri last night. In the video, we hear a group of people taking shelter inside a convenience store as the tornado starts, hits, and seems to pass. Through their separate reactions, we are given a peak inside the intense situation.As of this afternoon, the death toll jumped to 116 and at least 1,150 are injured. read more

Tim Pawlenty giving a speech in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday.

Tim Pawlenty enters 2012 race

05/23/11 04:48PM

Tim Pawlenty kicked off his bid for the White House today with a campaign stop in Iowa. The former Minnesota governor, who announced his candidacy yesterday, is billing himself as the guy who’s willing to tell is like it is to the American people."I'm going to try something a little unusual in politics. I'm just going to tell the truth. Washington is broken, our country is going broke, and our long-term financial outlook will make the pain of the recent recession pale in comparison," he said in today’s speech. read more

First Word: May 23, 2011

05/23/11 02:46PM

Here's a look at stories we're following today. What headlines are you clicking on?Tim Pawlenty launches 2012 bid for the White HouseTeam Daniels plots next moveDeath toll rises to nearly 100 in Missouri tornadoScott Brown attacks GOP Medicare plan he recently praisedRapture forecaster "flabbergasted" by the world not endingDonald Trump vastly overestimates America’s post-Apprentice appetite for Donald Trump read more