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First Word: May 20, 2011

05/20/11 02:29PM

Just one more day until the fake Rapture. Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown.Tim Pawlenty to make 2012 candidacy official next weekModerate Jon Huntsman, possible 2012 candidate, tests the presidential waters Jon Huntsman's moves trouble UtahFirst ad of 2012 takes aim at Mitt RomneyDem to FEC: If 'Republican Super PAC' can coordinate with candidates, we will tooFor first time, majority of Americans favor legal gay marriageJohn Lithgow reads Newt Gingrich’s press release as it was meant to be read read more

The cautionary fail of Newt

05/20/11 12:18AM

The Republican campaign for president still cannot get started. Instead, it has become the week of the disaster called Newt Gingrich. New York Magazine's John Heileman joins The Last Word with more. read more

Only 48 hours until The (fake) Rapture

Only 48 hours until The (fake) Rapture

05/19/11 08:59PM

Are you planning for The Rapture this Saturday evening? Neither are we! But the May 21st Doomsday movement continues. Lawrence has already told you what he thinks about all this. But on tonight's edition of The Last Word, Lawrence discussed why some people believe this nonsense with Professor Barbara Rossing of the Lutheran School of Theology. Their discussion also covered the more serious ramifications of what I'll affectionately refer to as The Rapture, Inc. read more

The rapture racket

The rapture racket

05/19/11 08:00PM

New Testament professor at the Lutheran School of Theology, Barbara Rossing, gets the last word on the outlandish end of the world prediction. watch

O’Reilly/Stewart debate

O’Reilly/Stewart debate

05/19/11 08:00PM

In the Rewrite, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell gives the surprising results of the rigged Fox News/O'Reilly instant poll on who won the O'Reilly/Stewart Debate. watch

The Governator (file)

Arnold's acting career on hold

05/19/11 07:28PM

He’ll be back — maybe. Arnold Schwarzenegger's taking a break from his acting career. Today, his entertainment lawyer issued this statement:"At the request of Arnold Schwarzenegger we asked Creative Artists Agency to inform all his motion picture projects currently underway or being negotiated to stop planning until further notice. Governor Schwarzenegger is focusing on personal matters and is not willing to commit to any production schedules or timelines. This includes Cry Macho, The Terminator franchise and other projects under consideration. read more

Obama talks vision for Mideast policy

05/19/11 05:34PM

President Obama endorsed a key Palestinian demand in today’s highly anticipated speech on U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa.Obama called upon Israel to go back to its 1967 borders, which once occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. read more

Illinois minority leader quotes Wu-Tang

05/19/11 03:41PM

Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno got a few things off of her chest during her "point of personal privilege" remarks on the state floor yesterday. Although the debate during which Radogno's comments were made had to do with "dolla dolla bills" — the debate was over the Illinois budget crisis — quoting Wu-Tang rapper Raekwon seemed to come out of nowhere.Apparently, Raekwon sent a letter to the Republican, brimming with economic advice. It seemed to strike a chord with the state senator. read more

First Word: May 19, 2011

05/19/11 03:15PM

Here’s a look at stories we’re following right now. What headlines are you clicking on?President Obama presents Mideast peace vision to Arab worldEx-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn indicted by grand jury in alleged sex assaultUnabomber investigated in '82 Tylenol deathsRogue tweet by Secret ServiceRep. Gabby Giffords ‘recovering well’ after skull surgeryReporter discusses breaking the Schwarzenegger storyWhich politicians kept their secret children secret the longest? read more

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