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The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

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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,’ Lawrence O’Donnell examines the compelling and impactful political stories of the day. O’Donnell convenes diverse panels of guests, including a variety of politicians and cultural voices, to offer unique viewpoints and perspective. In his signature style, O’Donnell goes into depth on the latest news developments and offers his take on the political stories driving the national conversation.

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,’ Lawrence O’Donnell examines the compelling and impactful political stories of the day. O’Donnell convenes diverse panels of guests, including a variety of politicians and cultural voices, to offer unique viewpoints and perspective. In his signature style, O’Donnell goes into depth on the latest news developments and offers his take on the political stories driving the national conversation.
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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,’ Lawrence O’Donnell examines the compelling and impactful political stories of the day. O’Donnell convenes diverse panels of guests, including a variety of politicians and cultural voices, to offer unique viewpoints and perspective. In his signature style, O’Donnell goes into depth on the latest news developments and offers his take on the political stories driving the national conversation.

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Episodes

Rpt: Trump “apoplectic” after Giuliani interviews

1/22/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Giuliani continues to change his story on Trump’s involvement in Trump Tower Moscow negotiations. McConnell is bringing two bills to a vote in the Senate, one supported by Trump, the other supported by Pelosi. And new reporting that “The Apprentice” producer Mark Burnett sought to arrange a meeting between a Trump advisor and a banker with ties to Putin’s inner circle. Tim O’Brien, Mimi Rocah, Ron Klain, Matt Viser, Evan McMullin and Norm Ornstein all join Lawrence...

Duration:00:43:39

Giuliani reveals confusing new Trump Moscow timeline

1/21/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Giuliani contradicts Trump’s statement that he had no business with Russia during the 2016 campaign. Trump lashes out after Democrats reject his offer to fund the wall for temporary protections for some immigrants. Plus, Kamala Harris announces president run as fellow presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand barnstorms Iowa. John Heilemann, Glenn Kirschner, Francesca Chambers, Jerry Zremski, Jonathan Capehart and Kurt Andersen all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Duration:00:44:13

Buzzfeed stands by Cohen article after Special Counsel disputes parts of report

1/18/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: The Special Counsel's Office has disputed parts of a BuzzFeed report that claimed Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress but we don’t know what part. Many experts suspect much of the story is true. Lawrence explores what lessons can be learned from reporting in the Watergate era. Plus, Trump will make an announcement on the government shutdown Saturday from the White House. And a new Atlantic cover story makes the case that Congress should not wait for...

Duration:00:44:04

Buzzfeed reporter: President Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress

1/17/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Breaking news reported by Buzzfeed, that President Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower project according to according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter. Plus, Melania Trump took a military place to Florida as Trump blocks Pelosi’s flight to visit U.S. troops. And Giuliani contradicts his position on collusion. John Heilemann, Sam Stein, Jill Wine-Banks, Anthony Cormier and Rep. Eric...

Duration:00:51:41

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez searches for McConnell as shutdown continues

1/16/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Speaker Pelosi, siting State of the Union security concerns, tells Trump to address Congress in writing or make his speech from the Oval Office. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez went looking for Mitch McConnell to pressure him into voting to re-open the government. Also, according to a source, Michael Cohen will describe Trump as a “madman” in public testimony next month. And a House resolution to censure Steve King is referred to the Ethics Committee. Ron Klain, Fmr. Sen. Claire...

Duration:00:44:02

News that Trump wants out of NATO won’t help suspicions he’s backing Putin

1/15/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: The New York Times is reporting that President Trump suggesting pulling the U.S. out of NATO several times throughout 2018, which a former NATO commander says would be the “gift of the century for Putin.” William Barr, Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, began his confirmation hearings today, and Democratic senators zeroed in on whether he would recuse himself from the Mueller investigation and what he would do with Mueller’s final report. Helene Cooper, Evelyn...

Duration:00:45:01

Trump’s historic Russia denial will follow him forever

1/14/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: President Trump made an historic denial when he said he never secretly worked for Russia. That statement will likely follow him forever after the Washington Post reported the President concealed details of his encounters with Putin from his staff. Will the House subpoena Trump’s interpreters? Plus, a Trump advisor seems to liken the government shutdown to a vacation for furloughed federal workers. And Trump attacks Michael Cohen’s family ahead of his coming public...

Duration:00:43:58

Report: FBI opened probe into whether Trump secretly worked for Russia

1/11/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: The New York Times has an explosive report that the FBI, days after James Comey was fired, opened a counterintelligence investigation into President Trump. And the government shutdown reaches record length as Trump continues to demand wall funds. David Corn, Glenn Kirschner, Frank Montoya, Neera Tanden, Malcolm Nance, John Harwood, John McLaughlin and Rep. Joaquin Castro all join Ali Velshi.

Duration:00:47:00

Trump threatening to declare national emergency over wall

1/10/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Federal workers across the U.S. protest to end the government shutdown, as Trump continues to threaten to declare a national emergency over his border wall. Plus, Michael Cohen has agreed to testify publicly before congress. And new photos obtained by NBC News show vulnerability in Trump’s border wall prototype. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Jennifer Rubin, Stuart Stevens, Jill Wine-Banks, Neal Katyal and Jacob Soboroff all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Duration:00:43:39

GOP fears Trump shutdown chaos

1/9/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump stormed out of a meeting with Democrats on the shutdown after Nancy Pelosi rejected his demands on the border wall. The White House beefs up legal team as investigations loom. And Rod Rosenstein reportedly intends to stay on until Mueller's investigation is done. John Heilemann, Charlie Sykes, Sam Stein, Joyce Vance, Ezra Klein and Matt Miller all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Duration:00:44:51

Trump addresses nation amid new Russia revelations

1/9/2019
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Tonight on the Last Word: Trump's Oval Office speech came with a pair of fundraising pleas to Trump supporters. The Democratic response reminded voters that Trump shut down the government after failing to get Mexico to pay for his border wall. Plus, Paul Manafort is accused of sharing polling data with a Russian intelligence-linked businessman and the Russian lawyer at the 2016 Trump Tower meeting faces charges. Steve Schmidt, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Eugene Robinson, George Will, Maria Teresa...

Duration:00:49:59

Nadler: ‘I expect the president to lie to the American people’

1/7/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Rep. Nadler said that he expects the president to lie to the American people tomorrow during his prime-time address on the border wall. The government shutdown is on track to be the longest in U.S. history. And Senator Elizabeth Warren talked to voters while exploring a presidential campaign in Iowa. Maria Teresa Kumar, Jason Johnson, Tim O’Brien, David Frum and Adam Reilly all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Duration:00:44:08

2019 could be Trump’s worst year yet

1/3/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Democrats have officially retaken control of the House of Representatives today, electing Nancy Pelosi as the Speaker of the House. Now, Trump faces multiple obstacles, from possible investigations to possible impeachment, as well as the ongoing shutdown, which could make this year the worst year of his presidency. House Democrats wasted no time voting to reopen the government- with no funding for Trump’s wall. Plus, the stock market continues to drop as Trump’s...

Duration:00:44:29

Trump holds bizarre cabinet meeting as shutdown drags on

1/2/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Day 12 of the Trump shutdown with no end in sight. Romney says Trump lacks the "honesty and integrity" needed to be President and former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says you can’t negotiate with someone ‘weird’ like Trump. Plus, new reports that a former Russian spy pressured Paul Manafort to pay back financial debts he owed to Russians tied to Putin. And Elizabeth Warren launches a 2020 exploratory committee. Jennifer Palmieri, Adam Jentleson,...

Duration:00:43:45

Shutdown enters second week, no end in sight

12/28/2018
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Tonight on The Last Word: The White House claims confidence in the border wall fight, but behind the scenes the WH offered to slash its ask in half- which Democrats rejected. Democrats on key House committees assure Trump the probes of his Administration will not be hindered by the shutdown. And a remarkable report about how the mother of a murdered woman has responded to attempts to politicize her daughter’s death. Eugene Robinson, Yamiche Alcindor, Jonathan Alter, Rep. Steve Cohen and...

Duration:00:43:39

Trump approval at record low as country blames him for shutdown

12/27/2018
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Tonight on The Last Word: Polls say Pres. Trump is to blame for the shutdown as his approval matches an all-time low. Giuliani said that Trump will not answer any more questions from Mueller just one day after he confirmed that negotiations for further questioning was still open. The Obamas are voted Americas most admired man and woman. And new developments in the uncalled NC-09 race. Jason Johnson, Mara Gay, Jennifer Rubin, Joyce Vance, Aisha Moodie-Mills and Gerry Cohen all join Ari Melber.

Duration:00:43:32

Trump visits troops as shutdown continues

12/26/2018
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump makes his first visit to U.S. troops in a combat zone amid criticism about the Mattis resignation. The government shutdown continues with Trump saying, “whatever it takes” U.S. is “going to have a wall.” A second migrant child from Guatemala has died in U.S. custody this month; now House Democrats are vowing to investigate. And a secret case that may be tied to the Mueller investigation has hit the Supreme Court. Malcolm Nance, David Jolly, Eleanor Clift, John...

Duration:00:42:59

Trump facing sweeping oversight in new year

12/24/2018
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The day after Donald Trump was inaugurated, millions rose up in resistance to his presidency. Two years later, Democratic control of the House, the Mueller probe ramping up to its conclusion, and sweeping oversight is what Donald Trump has to look forward too. Lawrence O'Donnell discusses with Joy Reid, Neera Tanden, and Jonathan Capehart.

Duration:00:43:40

Mattis quits in protest over Trump’s policies

12/20/2018
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Tonight on The Last Word: Secretary of Defense James Mattis resigns in protest over Trump policies. The House passed a government funding bill that includes $5 billion for Trump’s border wall, but a shutdown looms as the bill is not expected to pass the Senate. New reporting that Mueller could submit his report by mid-February. And acting AG Matt Whitaker disregarded the recommendation from a Department of Justice Ethics official that he should recuse himself from the Mueller Probe. And...

Duration:00:50:26

Another Trump Cohort possibly closer to indictment

12/19/2018
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The Washington Post reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller requested an official transcript of Roger Stone's testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. Experts speculate that Stone could be closer to charges since Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress. And the Senate has passed a short-term funding bill to keep the government open but in a victory for Nancy Pelosi, there was no money for ‘The Wall.’ John Heilemann, Ron Klain, Kimberly Atkins, Daniel Goldman and Jed...

Duration:00:44:00