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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.

Location:

NY

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MSNBC

NBC News

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Federal judge fears Trump involvement in DOJ cases could make U.S. a 'banana republic'

2/15/2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Accusations grow that Attorney General Bill Barr is using the Department of Justice to help Trump in criminal cases. Also, Fmr. Gov. Bill Weld joins Ali to discuss the growing crisis at the Justice Department and the current state of the GOP primary race. Plus, Michael Moore returns to discuss how strong Trump’s re-election chances are. And Democratic voters share their thoughts on the state of the race in Nevada. Neal Katyal, Zerlina Maxwell and Cristina Beltran...

Duration:00:45:47

Attorney General Barr says Trump makes his job harder

2/13/2020
Tonight on the Last Word: AG William Barr defends helping convicted Trump aide Roger Stone while criticizing Trump’s tweets. Also, Sen. Elizabeth Warren responds to Mike Bloomberg’s past comments on redlining and the 2008 housing market collapse. Plus, Democrats look ahead to the Nevada caucuses. And a former Ohio State wrestler claims Rep. Jim Jordan asked him to deny allegations of sexual abuse by an OSU doctor. Dahlia Lithwick, Joyce Vance, Matt Miller, Maria Teresa Kumar and John...

Duration:00:44:13

Trump cheers DOJ intervention in Roger Stone case

2/12/2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Four prosecutors withdraw after the Department of Justice steps in to overrule Roger Stone’s sentencing recommendation. Also, Sen. Richard Blumenthal calls for the resignation of Attorney General William Barr over the Roger Stone case. Plus, Gene Sperling and Jason Johnson talk to Lawrence about the results of the New Hampshire primary and what could happen if the delegates continue to be split among three or more candidates. And Lawrence discusses the...

Duration:00:45:35

Dems make final push before New Hampshire primary

2/10/2020
Tonight on the Last Word: The Democratic presidential candidates make their closing arguments ahead of the New Hampshire primary. Sen. Elizabeth Warren talks to Lawrence about Trump’s proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Plus, Sen. Amy Klobuchar reacts to AG Barr confirming that the DOJ is receiving information from Rudy Giuliani about Ukraine. And a new Quinnipiac poll shows all the top tier Democratic candidates ahead of Trump in one-on-one matchups. James Pindell, Joy Reid and John...

Duration:00:44:24

Trump's prayer breakfast rant shows he doesn't understand what love is

2/6/2020
Tonight on The Last Word: President Trump turned today’s National Prayer Breakfast – an event meant for reflection and empathy – into an opportunity to lash out at his political foes, including Speaker Pelosi, who explained during a presser why she tore up Trump’s speech after the State of the Union. Lawrence explains how Trump’s rants today show that he does not understand the concept of love. Plus, with 100% reporting, the Iowa caucuses are still too close to call, with both Bernie Sanders...

Duration:00:45:33

47 Dems, 1 Republican vote to convict Trump

2/5/2020
Tonight on the Last Word: The Senate acquits Trump on both impeachment charges. Sen. Doug Jones tells Lawrence that the senators who voted to convict Trump will ultimately be on the right side of history. Also, Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Elizabeth Warren join Lawrence to discuss the impeachment vote and how to defeat Trump in November. And Mitt Romney becomes the first U.S. senator to vote to convict a president of his own party. John Heilemann, Amb. Wendy...

Duration:00:46:11

Senate blocks motion to call witnesses

1/31/2020
Tonight on the Last Word: The Senate votes 51-49 to block new witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial. Also, the New York Times reports that Trump directed John Bolton to call Ukraine’s President Zelenskiy to ensure he would meet with Rudy Giuliani. Plus, Geoff Bennett joins Lawrence to look ahead to the next phase of the Senate impeachment trial. And Lawrence explains why tonight’s vote in the Senate was anti-democratic. Ron Klain, Glenn Kirschner, Maya Wiley, Rick Stengel, Chuck Rosenberg...

Duration:00:47:44

Reports: McConnell lacks votes to block witnesses

1/29/2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren returns to discuss Mitch McConnell acknowledging that he doesn’t yet have enough votes to block witnesses in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. Also, a new poll shows 75 percent of registered voters support having witnesses in the trial. Plus, Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe talks to Lawrence about Trump’s legal defense and the growing calls for John Bolton to testify. And Lawrence looks ahead to the next phase of the...

Duration:00:46:35

INTRODUCING: So You Wanna Be President? with Chris Matthews

1/27/2020
Lesson one: win Iowa. An astounding number of Democrats and Republicans won their party's nomination after winning first in the Iowa caucuses—but America's first battleground hasn't always been a priority for campaigns. Jimmy Carter was the first to realize that a win there could propel a candidate into the national spotlight. Chris Matthews examines Carter's approach to the 1972 campaign with Gerry Rafshoon, who handled political advertising for the candidate, and veteran journalist Judy...

Duration:00:33:02

Wondery Presents The Next Big Idea

1/21/2020
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...

Duration:00:09:24

The Eve of Trump on Trial

1/20/2020
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
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
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
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

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

1/13/2020
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
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
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

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

1/8/2020
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
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
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