The 11th Hour with Brian Williams

40 Episodes

By: Brian Williams, MSNBC

Join Brian Williams as he delivers the latest updates on evolving news stories and places the major political events of the day into context.

Day 106: Biden says GOP having a 'mini-revolution' as effort to oust Liz Cheney heats up
Today at 5:14 AM

With a growing number of Trump-loyal Republicans looking to throw her out of House leadership, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney penned an opinion piece blasting her party and warning them for their devotion to Trump's 'Big Lie' that he won the 2020 election. Plus, Facebook decides - for now at least - to keep its ban on Trump in place. We discuss that and more with Carol Leonnig, David Jolly, Jen Golbeck, Eugene Robinson, Bill Kristol, and Dr. Nahid Bhadelia.

Day 105: Liz Cheney may lose GOP leadership role for refusing to back Trump's big lie
Yesterday at 5:05 AM

The rift within the Republican Party over Liz Cheney's full-throated attacks on Trump's big election lie is reaching a boiling point as the top Republican in the House, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, is caught bad-mouthing Cheney on a hot mic. We discuss that and much more with Yamiche Alcindor, Dr. Irwin Redlener, Denver Riggleman, fmr. Sen. Harry Reid, Juanita Tolliver, Tim Miller, and John McWhorter - plus, get a report from Afghanistan from Richard Engel.

Day 104: Trump tries to rebrand Biden's legit 2020 win as the big lie
Last Tuesday at 4:56 AM

Trump reemerged on Monday to again attack the 2020 election results calling Biden's legitimate 2020 election win 'the big lie' using the phrase Trump's critics use to describe his attacks on his race with Biden. Plus, what are the chances the U.S. won't hit herd immunity? We discuss that and more with Ashley Parker, A.B. Stoddard, Melissa Murray, Cornell Belcher, Michael Steele, and Michael Osterholm.

Day 101: The FBI warned Giuliani he was the target of Russian spies in 2019
Last Saturday at 5:00 AM

Rudy Giuliani is denying reports that the FBI warned him all the way back in 2019 that he was the target of a Russian intelligence effort. Plus, Biden takes his push to sell his infrastructure plan to Pennsylvania. We discuss that and much more with Jeremy Bash, Eugene Daniels, Dr. Kavita Patel, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Matt K. Lewis, and Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Day 100: Biden takes his agenda on the road as the Feds close in on Giuliani
Last Friday at 5:30 AM

The Feds have raided the apartment and office of Rudy Giuliani which raises questions about whether Rudy Giuliani will flip on Trump. Plus, Biden takes his agenda on the road to a rally in Georgia. We discuss that and more with Jonathan Lemire, Neal Katyal, Katie Benner, Cindy McCain, Jason Johnson, Bill Kristol, and a special report from Richard Engel.

Day 99: Biden lays out sweeping agenda on the eve of his 100th day in office

Touting progress on the economy and the pandemic, Pres. Joe Biden laid out his agenda on infrastructure, police reform, racial justice, jobs, health care, foreign affairs, and much more in a sweeping speech to a joint session of Congress. Plus, the FBI has raided the home and office of fmr. Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani. We discuss it all with Philip Rucker, Alicia Menendez, Eugene Robinson, A.B. Stoddard, James Carville, Daniel Goldman, and Michael Beschloss.

Day 98: Biden set to address racial justice and policing in speech to Congress

White House sources are telling NBC News that when Biden gives his address to a joint session of Congress that key portions will speak to racial justice and policing in America. Plus, we make sense of the CDC's new guidelines for wearing masks outdoors and more. Joining the program are Ashley Parker, Carol Leonnig, Melissa Murray, Dr. Irwin Redlener, Mark McKinnon, and David Plouffe.

Day 97: More police shootings pose a difficult challenge to Biden's DOJ

With more police departments in America facing tough questions after police shootings, Biden and his Justice Department face some tough policy and legal choices. Plus, we discuss Biden recognizing the Armenian genocide with System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian. Also joining the program are Peter Baker, Joyce Vance, Cedric Alexander, Juanita Tolliver, Matthew Dowd, and Dr. Murtaza Akhter.

Day 94: Federal health officials give J&J's vaccine the go-ahead once again

Federal health officials have again approved Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine after it was paused for potential safety concerns. What are the medical and political implications? We discuss that and much more with Jonathan Lemire, Susan Page, Dr. Kavita Patel, Melissa Ryan, Melissa Murray, Keith Mayes, & Dr. Stephen Sample.

Day 93: Biden marks Earth Day as national conversation on policing continues

Daunte Wright's tragic death was mourned at his funeral in Minnesota as police reform activists push for Congress to act. Meanwhile, Biden marks Earth Day with a White House summit pledging to make climate change a priority for his administration. We discuss that and much more with Sen. Mazie Hirono, Philip Rucker, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Kristen Gibbons Feden, Sam Stein, Michael Steele, and Dr. Vin Gupta.

Day 92: Chauvin verdict pushes police reform to the forefront

Biden is pushing Congress to act on police reform as two new police shootings - in Ohio and North Carolina - as well as the Derek Chauvin trial verdict prompt a renewed national conversation on police use of force. Peter Baker, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, CK Hoffler, Eugene Robinson, Mike Murphy, and Dr. Nahid Bhadelia all join the program.

DAY 91: Derek Chauvin found guilty of murdering George Floyd

After just over 10 hours of deliberation, the jury found Derek Chauvin guilty on all 3 charges in the murder of George Floyd. Following the verdict, Floyd’s family and protesters expressed relief, but renewed calls for systemic police reform. Pres. Biden encouraged Congress to take up the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, saying the guilty verdict alone is “not enough.” Ashley Parker, Paul Butler, Marilyn Mosby, Carmen Best, Chuck Rosenberg, Baratunde Thurston and Jason Johnson join.

Day 90: Jury deliberation begins in Chauvin trial

Closing arguments in the Derek Chauvin case give way to the first night of jury deliberation. President Biden says he is “willing to compromise” on infrastructure at a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers. Plus, the president urges those 16 and older to get the vaccine, as eligibility opens up in all 50 states. And Former Vice President Walter Mondale died today at the age of 93. Yamiche Alcindor, Cythia Alksne, Marilyn Mosby, James Carville, Tim Miller and Dr. Michael Osterholm all join.

Day 87: Biden faced with new mass shooting as he attempts to carry out agenda

Biden calls gun violence a “national embarrassment” after eight people were killed in shooting at an Indiana FedEx facility. Demonstrations continue over fatal police shootings. Pelosi calls for a special commission to investigate the January 6th Capitol riot. And far-right Republican lawmakers are forming the “America First Caucus” to protect "Anglo-Saxon political traditions." Eugene Daniels, Carol Leonnig, Cynthia Alksne, Bill Kristol, Caroline Randall Williams and Michael Beschloss join.

Day 86: Protests continue over the killing of Dante Wright

Day 86: Protests continue over the killing of Dante Wright Protests in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota continue for a fifth night, following the shooting of Daunte Wright by a police officer. In nearby Minneapolis, the murder trial of Derek Chauvin is nearing an end. And in Chicago, newly released body camera footage of a police officer shooting a 13-year-old sparks grief and outrage. Meanwhile, the Biden Administrations imposes harsh sanctions on Russia. Peter Baker, Yamiche Alcindor, Paul Butler, Eddie Glaude Jr., Tim Miller and Dr. Kavita Patel join to discuss that and more.

Day 85: Biden details plans to get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan

Pres. Biden has announced his plans to get the U.S. military out of Afghanistan and end America's longest war. Plus, police broke up protests for a fourth night in Brooklyn Center, MN, following the shooting death of Daunte Wright. The officer who resigned after the shooting now faces second degree manslaughter. We discuss that and more with Philip Rucker, Jeremy Bash, CK Hoffler, Cal Perry, Eugene Robinson, Matt K. Lewis, and Dr. Nahid Bhadelia.

Day 84: Protests for a third night outside Minneapolis following Daunte Wright killing

Protesters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, clashed with police ahead of a 10PM local curfew on the third night following the police shooting death of Daunte Wright, a 20 year old Black man killed in a routine traffic stop. Plus, federal health authorities put a temporary pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We discuss that and much more with Cal Perry, Ashley Parker, Katie Benner, Melissa Murray, Wesley Lowery,  Adm. William McRaven, and Dr. John Torres.

Day 83: Death of Daunte Wright puts police use of force in focus again

The Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center saw a second night of protests and some small clashes with police after an officer shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. The police chief says the officer meant to use a taser. We also look at the latest testimony in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, plus all the latest political headlines. Joining the show are Channa Lloyd, Carmen Best, Jason Johnson, Claire McCaskill, Michael Steele, and Dr. Irwin Redlener.

Day 80: A defiant Matt Gaetz said he won't be intimidated & extorted

Rep. Matt Gaetz made his first public appearance since news broke about a federal investigation involving possible sex trafficking, and claimed the media is lying and the claims about him are 'conspiracy theories.'  Plus, Biden unveils key details about his upcoming agenda and the jury in the Derek Chauvin murder trial heard new testimony from medical experts. We discuss that and more with Peter Baker, Eugene Daniels, Danny Cevallos, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Jason Johnson, and Bill Kristol.

Day 79: Gaetz associate may plead guilty and provide information to the Feds

New reporting indicates Joel Greenberg, the arrested associate of Matt Gaetz facing felony charges, may flip on Gaetz sharing information with investigators. Plus we see some of the most dramatic testimony in the Derek Chauvin murder trial yet as Biden takes executive action on gun violence. Katie Benner, Jonathan Lemire, Cynthia Alksne, Maria Hinojosa, Cornell Belcher, and Mark McKinnon all join the program.

Day 78: The Feds are looking into Gaetz's Bahamas travel for possible trafficking NBC News sources say

NBC News sources confirm that, as part of their investigation into GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz, federal authorities are looking into his travel to the Bahamas and whether women were paid to travel for sex. We also look at Biden's push to get his infrastructure bill passed, the latest testimony in the Chauvin murder trial, and much more. Joining the show are Philip Rucker, Errin Haines, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Joyce Vance, Melissa Murray, Eugene Robinson, and Mike Murphy.

Day 77: Gaetz denies NYT report that he sought a blanket pardon from Trump

The New York Times is reporting that before Trump left office, Rep. Matt Gaetz - who is now embroiled in scandal - sought a blanket pardon from the White House. But a spokesperson for the embattled Florida Republican is denying that the congressman ever made such a request.  Plus, we look at the latest testimony in the Derek Chauvin murder trial and much more. Ashley Parker, Katie Benner, Stephanie Ruhle, Yodit Tewolde, Paul Butler, David Plouffe, Tim Miller, and Dr. Rob Davidson.

Day 76: Biden pushes infrastructure & Gaetz pushes back as his controversy grows

With concerns growing over the Covid pandemic, the president is still pushing Congress for support of his infrastructure plan. Also on Capitol Hill, Congressman Matt Gaetz is pushing back as the controversy around him continues to grow. We discuss that and more with Michael Schmidt, Julie Pace, Dr. Irwin Redlener, Jami Hodge, Nekima Levy Armstrong, Kimberly Atkins, and A.B. Stoddard.

Day 73: Deadly attack steps away from the U.S. Capitol

A vehicle attack on the north side of the Capitol building killed one U.S. Capitol Police officer and injured another. It also reignited debate over Capitol security, coming only a few weeks after the extra security fencing following the Jan. 6 riot was removed. And the first week of the Chauvin trial in Minneapolis came to a close. Susan Page, Yamiche Alcindor, Frank Figliuzzi. Channa Lloyd, Bill Kristol, David Jolly and Dr. Vin Gupta join.

Day 72: DOJ's Gaetz inquiry is focused on payments made to women New York Times reports

The New York Times reports that DOJ is looking at payments from GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz and an associate to women and the possibility they recruited women online and paid them for sex.  Plus, Thursday testimony in the Derek Chauvin trial focused on use-of-force policy. Joining the show to discuss that and more is Katie Benner, Ashley Parker, Paul Butler, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, and Stuart Stevens.

Day 71: Biden goes big on infrastructure as GOP deals with Gaetz controversy.

The president unveiled his $2.2 trillion infrastructure plan, but Republicans are already pushing back because of the price tag and his plan to pay for it with tax increases. Meanwhile, the Hill is still reacting to the Matt Gaetz controversy and more emotional testimony is given in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis. We discuss that and more Peter Baker, A.B. Stoddard, Chuck Rosenberg, Justin Hansford, Baratunde Thurston, and Mark McKinnon.

Day 70: Witnesses detail the final moments of George Floyd's life

The second day of testimony in the Derek Chauvin trial sees heart-wrenching testimony from witnesses who saw George Floyd's death. Plus, Rep. Matt Gaetz is alleging extortion and denying wrongdoing in the wake of a bombshell New York Times report that states he faces an inquiry involving allegations of paid travel and sex with a 17-year-old girl. We discuss that and more with Joyce Vance, Eugene Daniels, Holly Bailey, Katie Benner, Caroline Randall Williams, and Michael Steele.

Day 69: Biden & CDC Chief warn America that the Covid threat isn't over

With Covid cases spiking in dozens of states, the president and the director of the CDC warned the nation to keep taking precautions as officials work to get Americans vaccinated as quickly as possible. Plus, the jury in the Derek Chauvin case hears the first day of testimony. We discuss that and more with Philip Rucker, Melissa Murray, Ali Velshi, Jason Johnson, Tim Miller, and Dr. Stephen Sample.

Day 66: Biden blasts Republican efforts to block the vote

The president responded to Republicans in Georgia passing a hugely restrictive voter law. Meanwhile, Republicans are continuing to use the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border to attack the Biden administration. We discuss that and much more with Julie Pace, Eugene Daniels, Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, Robert Gibbs, Matt K. Lewis, and Jon Meacham.

Day 65: No Covid questions as border takes focus at Biden press conference

After announcing a new Covid vaccine goal of 200 million shots in his first 100 days, Biden spent his first news conference as president fielding questions on the border, the filibuster, foreign policy, and more. Plus, GOP Gov. Brian Kemp has signed a hugely restrictive voting bill in Georgia that opponents are calling "Jim Crow 2.0." We discuss that and more with Andy Slavitt, Kristen Welker,  Peter Baker, Jeremy Bash, James Carville, and Mike Murphy.

Day 64: Biden's agenda runs headlong into reality

Biden came into office laser-focused on the Covid pandemic and fixing a sluggish economy. However, two mass shootings and a political fight over the border have forced the White House to - at least partially - shift its focus. We discuss that and more with Julia Ainsley, Jonathan Lemire, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Kris Brown, Eugene Robinson, and Bill Kristol.

Day 63: Senate argues over gun control hours after Colorado mass shooting

In a nation reeling from two mass shootings in just six days, senators are already arguing over gun control as Biden is pushing lawmakers to finally pass some legislation. We discus that and more with Colorado Governor Jared Polis, Parkland shooting survivor Sam Zeif, Philip Rucker, Courtney Subramanian, Carmen Best, Al Franken, and Dr. Irwin Redlener.

Day 62: Ten killed in a tragic supermarket shooting in Boulder, Colorado

A shooting in a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, killed at least ten people including one police officer. Frank Figliuzzi, Jim Cavanaugh, Ashley Parker, Rep. Joe Neguse, State Senator Stephen Fenberg, Dan Gelber, Sam Stein, and Tim Miller all join the program.

Day 59: Biden and Harris condemn anti-Asian hate saying "We have to speak out"

In the wake of the horrific shootings at a string of Asian-owned spas around Atlanta, the president and vice president traveled to Georgia to meet with Asian-American leaders and condemn the rise in anti-Asian violence and hate happening in America. We discuss that and more with Susan Page, Josh Wingrove, Dr. Michelle Au, Neal Katyal, Jason Johnson, Tim Miller, and Adm. James Stavridis.

Day 58: A Republican lawmaker invoked lynchings during a hearing about anti-Asian hate

As Biden and Harris get ready to travel to Atlanta in the wake of the deadly shootings there, tensions flared during a House hearing on anti-Asian violence and racism. Plus, we take a hard look at the issue of Covid vaccine hesitancy - which is more prevalent among Republicans. Joining the program are Peter Baker, Carol Leonnig, Kurt Bardella, Baratunde Thurston, Mark McKinnon, Ellison Barber, and Dr. Vin Gupta.

Day 57: Biden reacts to Atlanta shootings & uptick in violence against Asian Americans

Biden and Vice President Harris were among those speaking out against anti-Asian violence in America in the wake of the deadly shootings targeting multiple spas around Atlanta. We discuss that, the latest news about the pandemic, and more with Jonathan Karl, Dr. Kativa Patel, Frank Figliuzzi, Dr. Michelle Au, Eugene Robinson, and Bill Kristol.

Day 56: U.S. intel shows Russia tried to help Trump win again

Newly revealed U.S. intelligence shows that Putin favored Trump over Biden in 2020 and Moscow tried to influence Trump allies in an attempt to sway the election. Plus, there's new about when kids could be approved for the Covid vaccine. We discuss that and more with Philip Rucker, Claire McCaskill, Malcolm Nance, Dr. Irwin Redlener, Walter Isaacson, and Ambar Keluskar.

Day 55: CDC pleads with U.S. to take Covid precautions to stop another spike

With spring break coming up for many students and Covid variants showing up nationwide, the CDC is begging Americans not to stop taking precautions against the pandemic before the vaccines can get ahead of the virus. MSNBC's Brian Williams has details. Plus, we get new details of GOP efforts to restrict voting, the January 6 Capitol riot, and much more. Ashley Parker, A.B. Stoddard, Dr. Murtaza Akhter, David Plouffe, Matt K. Lewis, and Frank Figliuzzi all join the program.

Day 52: Biden and Democrats celebrate passage of Covid relief bill

President Biden and Vice President Harris launched a campaign today to sell the relief bill to Americans. The White House also says it wants vaccinations available to all Americans by May 1st. Shannon Pettypiece, Josh Wingrove, Susan Del Percio, Michael Beschloss, Eugene Robinson, and Ann Langenfeld all join.

Day 51: Biden pledges faster vaccines and normalcy in primetime speech

In his first primetime address to the nation, President Biden directed states to make every U.S. adult vaccine eligible by May 1 and said America could see some normalcy again by July 4. We discuss that and more with Jonathan Lemire, Susan Page, Eugene Daniels, Dr. Vin Gupta, James Carville, and Mike Murphy.