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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

Wondery Presents The Next Big Idea

1/21/2020
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Presidential Candidate, Andrew Yang, asks what you would do with an extra $1,000 of FREE MONEY every single month? Would you start a savings account for retirement? Would you go back and finish your degree? Or would you just spend it on your dream vacation? In The Next Big Idea’s Episode entitled “FREE MONEY” Andrew Yang makes his case for Universal Basic Income or UBI, and why it might be the best plan to grow America’s economy and bolster its shrinking middle class. Listen to The Next Big...

Duration:00:09:24

The Eve of Trump on Trial

1/20/2020
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Lawrence O’Donnell talks to his expert guests about the rules Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to use to govern the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Senator Richard Blumenthal tells Lawrence that it is a race against the clock for the Republicans because new evidence comes out against Trump daily. David Frum looks at the new rules and says he sees McConnell as vulnerable since his rules are visibly unfair. Lawrence also discusses impeachment with Glenn Kirschner, Paul...

Duration:00:43:59

House releases new texts, audio, pics from Parnas

1/17/2020
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Tonight on the Last Word: The House Judiciary Committee releases new impeachment documents ahead of the Senate trial. Also, Republican presidential candidate Fmr. Gov. Bill Weld talks to Ali about how Trump’s impeachment trial is a consequential time for Republican senators. Plus, Zerlina Maxwell and Jennifer Rubin join Ali to discuss a new book that documents how Trump lashed out at generals trying to educate him on foreign policy. And Fred Hochberg explains the consequences of Trump’s...

Duration:00:44:40

New Parnas info as Senate trial starts

1/16/2020
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Tonight on the Last Word: Some senators want to hear more from Lev Parnas after his revealing interview with Rachel Maddow. Also, Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe talks to Lawrence about his former student John Roberts. Plus, presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar looks ahead to the impeachment trial after being sworn in as a juror. And Lev Parnas claims Trump wanted the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine fired a year before she was actually fired. John Heilemann, Joyce Vance, Matt Miller and...

Duration:00:46:42

Parnas: Trump “knew exactly what was going on”

1/15/2020
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Tonight on the Last Word: Rachel Maddow breaks down her exclusive interview with Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani. Also, Neal Katyal returns to discuss how the last 24 hours impacts the case against Trump. Plus, the House votes to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate and Speaker Nancy Pelosi names the House’s impeachment managers. And former Amb. Dana Shell Smith talks to Lawrence about the reported surveillance of Amb. Yovanovitch. Barbara McQuade, David Corn,...

Duration:00:49:05

House Dems release additional evidence ahead of Senate impeachment trial

1/14/2020
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Tonight on the Last Word: The House Intelligence Committee releases a new batch of impeachment inquiry evidence, including information turned over by Lev Parnas, the indicted former associate of Rudy Giuliani. Also, Sen. Chris Van Hollen joins Ali to talk about reports of Trump talking to Mar-a-Lago guests about the airstrike on Iranian general Qasam Soleimani before it happened. Plus, Malcolm Nance returns to discuss what the reported Russian cyberattack on a Ukrainian company at the heart...

Duration:00:45:24

NYT: Russia hacked Ukrainian gas company at center of Trump impeachment scandal

1/13/2020
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Tonight on the Last Word: The New York Times reports that Russia hacked Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company that is central to the impeachment of Trump. Also, presidential candidate Sen. Michael Bennet joins Lawrence to discuss potentially being a juror in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. Plus, Nancy Pelosi prepares to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. And Rep. Lauren Underwood debunks Trump’s claims about pre-existing conditions. Nicole Perlroth, Rep. Peter Welch, Frank...

Duration:00:46:09

Pelosi expected to deliver articles to Senate next week

1/10/2020
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Tonight on the Last Word: Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces that the House will consider a resolution next week to appoint impeachment managers and transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Also, Sen. Jeff Merkley talks to Ali about new questions concerning Trump’s strike on Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. Plus, Michael Moore returns to discuss impeachment and Trump’s actions in Iran. And wildfires continue to torch Australia. Zerlina Maxwell, Rick Wilson and Michael Mann also join...

Duration:00:44:29

Pelosi: I’ll send over impeachment articles 'when I’m ready'

1/10/2020
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Tonight on the Last Word: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won’t budge on sending impeachment articles to the Senate. Also, the House of Representatives passed a new war powers resolution to restrict military actions against Iran. Plus, Frank Rich talks to Lawrence about what might happen after Trump vacates the Oval Office. And Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer joins Lawrence to discuss making the cut for the next Democratic debate and impeachment. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Jason Johnson,...

Duration:00:46:53

Trump tries to dial back Iran crisis he created

1/9/2020
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Tonight on the Last Word: Former Secretary of State John Kerry joins Lawrence for an exclusive interview to discuss Trump’s self-made crisis with Iran. Also, Republicans and Democrats are divided over the closed-door Iran briefing. Plus, Republican Senator Mitt Romney wants to hear from John Bolton in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. And Nancy Pelosi isn’t ready to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Joy Reid, Ned Price, Neal Katyal and Jonathan Alter also join Lawrence...

Duration:00:46:53

Iran fires missiles at U.S. forces at Iraqi base

1/8/2020
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Tonight on the Last Word: Iranian forces launch more than a dozen ballistic missiles against Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops, claiming the attack is retaliation for killing Qasem Soleimani. Also, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar reacts to Iran’s retaliatory airstrike and the current impeachment standstill. Plus, Rep. Jason Crow uses his combat experience in Iraq to assess the aftermath of Iran’s airstrike. Ali Arouzi, Richard Engel, Courtney Kube, Amb. Wendy...

Duration:00:53:09

NYT: Trump presented with options for Iran strike, officials “flabbergasted” he picked most extreme

1/7/2020
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Tonight on the Last Word: Fmr. National Security Advisor Susan Rice joins Lawrence to discuss the repercussions of Trump’s decision to kill Qasam Soleimani. Also, John Bolton claims he is willing to testify in the Senate impeachment trial if he is subpoenaed. Plus, Congressman Seth Moulton explains how Trump is the “most reckless commander in chief in American history.” Former CIA Director John Brennan evaluates the Trump administration’s claims about the necessity of killing Soleimani. And...

Duration:00:44:48

Trump defends decision to kill Iranian general

1/3/2020
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Tonight on the Last Word: President Trump justifies his decision to carry out an airstrike against an Iranian general by claiming it was an act of self-defense. Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer speak about Trump’s impeachment trial on the Senate floor. Also, the New York Times reports that the White House is withholding emails between two Trump aides about the freeze of Ukraine’s military aid. Plus, Ali Soufan joins Ali to analyze Trump’s Iran war strategies. And Yamiche Alcindor and Rick...

Duration:00:44:18

Pentagon says U.S. strike killed top Iranian revolutionary guard commander

1/2/2020
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Tonight on the Last Word: The Pentagon confirms that a top Iranian general has been killed in a U.S. missile strike at Baghdad airport. Also, Senate Foreign Relations Committee member and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker reacts to the developments in Iraq. Andrea Mitchell, Cal Perry, Amb. Wendy Sherman, Ned Price, Hallie Jackson, Jonathan Alter and Daniel Benaim also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Duration:00:56:48

State Dept. aide testifies he heard Trump call with Sondland the day after 7/25 Trump-Zelenskiy call

11/15/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: David Holmes testifies he heard Trump ask Gordon Sondland if Ukraine was “going to do the investigation,” referring to Ukraine investigating Trump’s political rival. Also, Glenn Kirschner, Mieke Eoyang, and Fmr. Amb. Wendy Sherman return to discuss the impact of David Holmes’ testimony on the impeachment investigation. Plus, Laurence Tribe reacts to Trump live-tweeting his own impeachment hearing and attacking Marie Yovanovitch during her testimony. And Trump’s...

Duration:00:42:18

Pelosi accuses Trump of “obstructing” firsthand witnesses from testifying in impeachment inquiry

11/14/2019
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Joy Reid fills in for Lawrence O’Donnell tonight on The Last Word: Republicans complain there aren’t firsthand witnesses in the impeachment hearing but it is President Trump who is blocking the testimony his defenders are asking for. Public testimony continues tomorrow with former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s appearance as well as a closed-door deposition from the aide who overheard the phone call in the Kyiv restaurant between Donald Trump and Gordon Sondland. The Trump...

Duration:00:45:27

First day of impeachment hearings ties Trump more directly to Ukraine pressure campaign

11/13/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump's top envoy to Ukraine, William Taylor, reveals new details about a phone call that happened a day after the president spoke with Ukrainian President Zelenskiy, which led to the impeachment inquiry. Also, Rep. Peter Welch and Neal Katyal return to discuss possible perjury jeopardy for Gordon Sondland. Plus, John Brennan explains the national security risks in the actions at the heart of the impeachment inquiry. And Howell Raines and Eugene Robinson talk to...

Duration:00:47:37

House Dems hone in on bribery as possible impeachment charge

11/12/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff claims there is a case for impeaching Trump for bribery. Also, Stephanie Ruhle joins Ari to discuss John Bolton revealing damaging information about Trump ahead of the first public impeachment hearings. Plus, Andrew Prokop and Glenn Kirschner talk about Rick Gates’s testimony, which contrasts with the written answers Trump submitted to Robert Mueller about WikiLeaks. And Malcolm Nance returns to talk to Ari about how Russia...

Duration:00:44:19

Pentagon Official: Ukrainians knew about Ukraine aid freeze before public reports

11/11/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: According to the recently released transcript of Laura Cooper’s deposition testimony to impeachment investigators, Ukrainian officials apparently knew that Trump was withholding military aid to them before the hold was made public in news reports. Also, Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney plans to file his own lawsuit challenging a congressional subpoena for testimony in the impeachment inquiry. Plus, Republicans submitted their witness list for the public impeachment...

Duration:00:45:15

Key impeachment witnesses testify Ukraine quid pro quo was coordinated by Acting Chief of Staff Mulvaney

11/8/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Newly released transcripts from two key witnesses in the impeachment inquiry detail the “explicit” push by the Trump administration to investigate Trump’s political rivals in exchange for military aid. Also, Dan Friedman and Natasha Bertrand join Ali to discuss Steve Bannon testifying that Trump’s 2016 campaign considered Roger Stone as the “access point” to WikiLeaks. Plus, Republicans are struggling to prepare their strategy to defend Trump in the impeachment...

Duration:00:44:32