The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell

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By: Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC

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. Join him every weeknight.

House cancels tomorrow’s session over security threats
Yesterday at 4:49 AM

Tonight on the Last Word: The Senate is finalizing its version of President Biden’s COVID relief bill. Also, Donald Trump is served with a civil rights lawsuit for inciting the Capitol riot. Plus, Andrew Weissmann talks to Lawrence about Trump’s legal troubles in New York and Georgia. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes his first public comments about the sexual harassment allegations against him. And the House passes a police reform bill named in honor of George Floyd. Beto O’Rourke, Rep. Jason Crow, Luis Ferre-Sadurni and Rep. Mondaire Jones also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Wray: Jan. 6 riot included violent extremists who advocate for superiority of white race
Last Wednesday at 4:32 AM

Tonight on the Last Word: FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Capitol riot. Also, the Supreme Court hears a case on a key section of the Voting Rights Act. Plus, New York lawmakers agree to strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his pandemic-related emergency powers. And President Biden says the U.S. is on track to have enough Covid-19 vaccines for every adult by the end of May. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Chuck Rosenberg, Neal Katyal, Matt Flegenheimer, Eugene Robinson and Dr. Rob Davidson join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Progressive Dems call on VP Harris to overrule Sen. Parliamentarian on minimum wage provision
Last Tuesday at 4:28 AM

Tonight on the Last Word: Senate Democrats plan to use “reconciliation” to pass the COVID relief bill. Also, the Republican-controlled Georgia House passes a bill that would limit voting access. Plus, Johnson & Johnson begins shipping the one-dose Covid-19 vaccine. And a third woman accuses New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment. Jim Manley, Jason Johnson, Rep. Colin Allred, Dr. Peter Hotez and Jesse McKinley join Lawrence O’Donnell.


House voting tonight on Biden COVID relief bill
Last Saturday at 4:17 AM

Tonight on the Last Word: Democrats look to “plan b” to increase the federal minimum wage. Also, the New York Times reports that the FBI has singled out a potential suspect in the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.  Plus, the death toll rises in Texas amid the food and water crises. The Biden administration releases a CIA assessment holding Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman responsible for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. And 19 bills in the Arizona State Legislature are aimed at restricting voting rights. Jared Bernstein, Paul Butler, Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, Michael McFaul and Arizona Secretary of St...


Biden authorizes first military action of presidency
02/26/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: The Capitol police chief says the response to the Jan. 6 riot was a “multi-tiered failure.”  Also, the Senate Parliamentarian rules that an increase to the federal minimum wage cannot be included in the Covid-19 relief bill. Plus, the U.S. launches airstrikes against Iranian-backed militias in Syria. And the Manhattan District Attorney obtains Donald Trump’s tax returns. Rep. Jason Crow, Rep. Mikie Sherrill, John Heilemann, Alex Wagner, Ben Rhodes and Tim O’Brien join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Klain: VP Harris would not overrule Senate Parliamentarian on minimum wage increase
02/25/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: Progressives fight to keep the minimum wage hike in the COVID bill. Also, Rep. Gerry Connolly slams Republicans who voted to overturn the election. Plus, the many questions unasked and unanswered in the attack on the Capitol.  And Rep. Raul Ruiz talks to Lawrence about vaccinating rural, underserved communities. Rep. Ro Khanna, Adam Jentleson, Jennifer Palmieri and Frank Figliuzzi also join Lawrence O’Donnell. 


Capitol Police Capt. gives harrowing testimony in Senate hearing
02/24/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: The Senate holds the first hearing on the security failures that helped lead to the Capitol riot. Also, the fate of the federal minimum wage increase is still unknown. Plus, GOP Sen. Ron Johnson spreads lies at the Capitol riot hearing. Georgia Republicans push forward restrictive voter bills. And professional golfer Tiger Woods is out of surgery after a terrifying car crash. Rep. Tim Ryan, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Zerlina Maxwell, Michael Steele, Lauren Groh-Wargo and Steve Patterson join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Senate holds first hearing for Merrick Garland to become A.G.
02/23/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland says the insurrection probe will be a top priority. Also, the House Budget Committee passes President Biden’s COVID relief bill. Plus, the U.S. reaches 500,000 deaths from Covid-19. The Supreme Court ends Donald Trump’s bid to shield his tax returns. And Texans are hit with high energy bills amid the power outage crisis. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Rep. Katie Porter and Andrew Weissmann and Beto O’Rourke join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Republicans in Texas face backlash for response to humanitarian crisis
02/20/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: Democratic Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher of Texas talks to Jonathan Capehart about the kind of leadership Texans desperately need. Also, Democratic Texas State Representative Chris Turner and the president of the San Antonio Food Bank, Eric Cooper, discuss the increasing human toll in Texas. Plus, House Democrats unveil the 591-page text of President Biden's coronavirus aid package, getting one step closer to having much-needed relief in the hands of Americans. Dr. Uché Blackstock addresses the inequities of the Covid vaccine distribution. And, Mother Jones writer Ari Berman analyzes the Republican efforts to stop people from votin...


13+ million in Texas face water problems amid power crisis
02/19/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: Sen. Ted Cruz flew to Cancún for vacation while Texans scrambled for shelter. Also, former Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis talks to Lawrence about the devastating aftermath of the winter storm in Texas. Plus, the New York Times reports that the Manhattan District Attorney recruited a new prosecutor to help lead the investigation of Donald Trump. Severe weather delays COVID vaccine distribution nationwide. And DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison discusses restrictive GOP voting bills. Julián Castro, Rep. Joaquin Castro, Andrew Weissmann and Dr. Peter Hotez also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Pres. Biden says Americans “want everything” in his Covid relief plan
#5
02/18/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: President Joe Biden is not backing down on getting Covid relief for the American people. Also, Democratic Congressman Colin Allred of Texas joins Lawrence O’Donnell from Dallas as millions in Texas remain without power in freezing temperatures, and prominent Republicans falsely blame renewable energy. Plus, former Republican Congressman Tom Coleman explains why Congress must invoke the 14th Amendment to stop Donald Trump from running for office again. And Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson returns to The Last Word as Republican lawmakers in battleground states seek to enact voting laws that could suppress Black an...


Pres. Biden pushes Covid relief in Wisconsin during first presidential trip
#4
02/17/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: President Biden goes to Wisconsin in his first official trip since taking office to convince voters to support his Coronavirus relief package. Symone Sanders, senior advisor for Vice President Kamala Harris, joins Lawrence O’Donnell. Also, Pennsylvania State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta returns to The Last Word to discuss the fallout against Republican Senator Pat Toomey, who voted to convict Donald Trump. Plus, Neal Katyal examines the NAACP lawsuit on behalf of Congressman Bennie Thompson accusing Donald Trump of conspiring with extremist groups to incite the Capitol riot. And actor and civil rights activist George Ta...


McConnell slams Trump’s 'dereliction of duty' after acquittal
02/16/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: Seven Republican senators break with the party and vote to convict Donald Trump. Also, President Biden pushes for COVID relief after Trump’s impeachment trial. Plus, Trump’s criminal probes expand in Georgia and New York. A study identifies seven new COVID variants in the U.S. And Elizabeth Drew talks to Lawrence about how party politics has changed the impeachment process. Rep. David Cicilline, John Heilemann, David Frum, Chuck Rosenberg and Dr. Ashish Jha also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Report: Trump refused to call off rioters during January 6th shouting match with Kevin McCarthy
02/13/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: The Senate could vote Saturday on whether to convict Donald Trump. Also, Democratic and Republican senators expose gaps in Trump’s defense. Plus, GOP Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler confirms the McCarthy-Trump shouting match on January 6th and calls on other officials to speak out. And more than 550 congressional staffers call on the Senate to convict Trump. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Andrew Weissmann, Rep. Adam Schiff, Yamiche Alcindor, Elizabeth Drew and Gabby Richards join Lawrence O’Donnell.


House Managers finish opening arguments in Trump’s trial
02/12/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: The House Managers link Donald Trump’s words to rioters’ actions. Also, former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance shares her legal analysis of the Senate impeachment trial. Plus, John Heilemann and Eddie Glaude talk to Lawrence about what’s at stake politically during the impeachment trial. More than 120 former Republican officials met to discuss forming a new anti-Trump party. And the Georgia investigation into Trump’s election interference goes beyond his call to Georgia’s secretary of state. Rep. Jim McGovern, Evan McMullin and Michael J. Moore also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Prosecution present chilling account of Capitol riot in Trump trial
02/11/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: The House impeachment managers present the case to convict Donald Trump. Also, Neal Katyal provides his analysis of the House impeachment managers’ arguments. Plus, Eugene Robinson and Jennifer Palmieri talk to Lawrence about the politics of impeachment. A new video shows senators being rushed to safety on January 6th. And Georgia prosecutors are investigating Trump’s election interference. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. Conor Lamb and Katie Benner also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Senate votes to proceed with impeachment trial
02/10/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial begins with a debate over its constitutionality. Also, Trump’s lawyer struggles with his rambling opening statement. Plus, Republican Sen. Cassidy says Trump’s lawyers did a “terrible job.” Senators relive the trauma of the Capitol riot during the impeachment trial. And the Georgia secretary of state opens an inquiry into Trump’s attempts to overturn the state’s election results. Sen. Cory Booker, Andrew Weissmann, Zerlina Maxwell, Michael Steele, Rep. Mikie Sherrill and Michael J. Moore join Lawrence O’Donnell.


NYT: Impeachment managers plan ‘fast-paced, cinematic case’
02/09/2021

Lawrence O’Donnell hosts a special edition of the Last Word, “Trump on Trial,” ahead of the historic second impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump. The New York Times reports 14 Republican senators are undecided on the vote to convict Trump. Also, Capitol rioters say Trump invited them. Plus, four Republican senators won’t run for re-election in 2022. Michael Schmidt explains how a Senate impeachment trial can be affected by factors outside of the trial. And Rep. Jason Crow talks to Lawrence about how to present the case for Trump’s conviction to Republican senators. Rep. Adam Schiff, Daniel Goldman, Fmr. Sen...


Republicans infighting escalates over loyalty to Trump
02/06/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: Democrats look to govern as Republicans focus on feuds. Also, Vice President Harris casts the tie-breaking vote to further the COVID relief bill. Plus, Fox Business cancels Lou Dobbs’ show after a lawsuit over election lies. Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman talks to Ali about potentially running for U.S. Senate. And Virginia’s Democratic legislature votes to abolish the death penalty. Rep. Jimmy Gomez, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Dylan Byers and Sister Helen Prejean also join Ali Velshi.


House votes 230-199 to remove Rep. Greene from committees
#5
02/05/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: 11 House Republicans join Democrats in a vote to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from committee assignments. Also, House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin says Donald Trump’s refusal to testify “speaks volumes.” Plus, President Biden rebukes Trump in his first foreign policy speech. And House Democrats share personal stories from the Capitol riot. Alex Wagner, Michael Steele, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Michael Carpenter and Rep. Peter Welch join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Impeachment case argues Trump ‘singularly responsible’ for riot
#4
02/04/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: Biden and Harris meet with Senate Democrats on the COVID relief bill. Also, nearly 400 congressional staffers call on the Senate to convict Donald Trump. Plus, Democrats look to expand their Senate majority in the 2022 midterms. Dr. Anthony Fauci says there is some flexibility in the timing of a second Covid-19 vaccine dose. And House Republicans hold a contentious closed-door meeting. Sen. Gary Peters, John Heilemann, Daniel Gleick, Gabby Richards, Rep. Tim Ryan, Dr. Celine Gounder and David Frum join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Fallen Officer Sicknick lies in honor at U.S. Capitol Rotunda
#3
02/03/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: Capitol police and lawmakers, including President Biden, gather to honor fallen Officer Brian Sicknick. Eddie Glaude, Jonathan Alter, Daniel Goldman, Sen. Chris Van Hollen and Sam Stein join Lawrence O’Donnell.


First docs to be filed tomorrow in Trump impeachment trial
#2
02/02/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: The New York Times reports Donald Trump’s lawyers did not find “substantial evidence” of election fraud or “irregularities.” Also, House Republicans refuse to condemn Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s remarks. And Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shares her harrowing account of hiding from rioters on January 6th. Andrew Weissmann, Rep. Katie Porter, Rep. Mondaire Jones and Caroline Randall Williams join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Biden wraps up executive actions, turns to legislative agenda
#1
01/30/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: Democrats consider reconciliation to pass COVID relief without Republicans. Also, Republican leaders still cower to Donald Trump despite his election loss, failing to learn lessons of the past Plus, Republicans are threatened by record voter turnout so they are trying to restrict voting in Georgia and give the legislature power to overturn election results In Arizona.  And early data show racial disparities in Covid-19 vaccinations. Rep. Val Demings, Olivia Troye, Eugene Robinson, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and Dr. James Hildreth join Ali Velshi.


Pelosi: ‘The enemy is within’ the House of Representatives
#9
01/29/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: President Biden signs executive orders to expand access to health care. Also, members of Congress fear for their lives after the Capitol riot. Plus, two cases of the South African variant of Covid-19 are identified in South Carolina. Biden begins his term with almost 50 federal court vacancies to fill. And Russian police detain thousands for protesting the jailing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Nalvalny. David Jolly, Jennifer Palmieri, Rep. Jason Crow, Dr. Peter Hotez, Dahlia Lithwick and Nadya Tolokonnikova join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Rpt: GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene indicated support for executing Democratic leaders before taking office
#8
01/28/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: Sen. Romney challenges Republicans to reject election fraud lies. Also, the Republican Party becomes more extreme after Donald Trump’s defeat. Plus, the Department of Homeland Security issues a national terrorism advisory following the Capitol insurrection. Experts speak freely during the first Biden administration Covid-19 briefing. And the Biden administration honors International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Fmr. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Alex Wagner, David Frum, Rep. Tom Malinowski and Dr. Vin Gupta join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Schumer: Dems must pass COVID relief with or without GOP
#7
01/27/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: Democrats push for Covid-19 relief after Mitch McConnell caves on Senate rules. Also, President Biden raises election interference with Vladimir Putin in their first call. Plus, Biden signs executive actions addressing racial inequality. Dr. Deborah Birx tries to rehabilitate her reputation after enabling Donald Trump. And Charles Blow talks to Lawrence about his new book, “The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto.” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, John Heilemann, Ben Rhodes and Rep. Jamaal Bowman also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


McConnell caves, allows Senate power-sharing deal to proceed
#6
01/26/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: President Biden moves to advance his agenda with Democrats in control. Also, the Justice Department opened an investigation into Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election. Plus, House managers deliver the article of impeachment to the Senate. And former Sen. John Danforth tells Lawrence why he regrets endorsing Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley. Norm Ornstein, Ezra Klein, Katie Benner and Rep. Joe Neguse also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


NYT: Trump & DOJ lawyer conspired to overturn Georgia election results
#5
01/23/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: The New York Times reports Donald Trump weighed ousting his acting attorney general to install a loyalist who would push election lies. Also, the House plans to send its article of impeachment to the Senate on Monday. And Rep. Ritchie Torres returns to discuss what he hopes to accomplish as he represents the South Bronx. Katie Benner, Michael J. Moore, Andrew Weissmann, Rep. David Cicilline, Eugene Robinson and Renée Graham also join Lawrence O’Donnell. 


NYT: Trump & DOJ lawyer conspired to overturn Georgia election results
01/23/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: The New York Times reports Donald Trump weighed ousting his acting attorney general to install a loyalist who would push election lies. Also, the House plans to send its article of impeachment to the Senate on Monday. And Rep. Ritchie Torres returns to discuss what he hopes to accomplish as he represents the South Bronx. Katie Benner, Michael J. Moore, Andrew Weissmann, Rep. David Cicilline, Eugene Robinson and Renée Graham also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


The new White House Chief Of Staff discusses the Biden Agenda
#4
01/22/2021

Lawrence O’Donnell hosts “Inside the Biden Agenda,” where he takes a special look at the Biden administration’s agenda for the president’s first 100 days in office.  White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain gives his first interview after assuming his new role. Incoming Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Hakeem Jeffries also join. 


The new White House Chief Of Staff discusses the Biden Agenda
01/22/2021

Lawrence O’Donnell hosts “Inside the Biden Agenda,” where he takes a special look at the Biden administration’s agenda for the president’s first 100 days in office. White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain gives his first interview after assuming his new role. Incoming Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Hakeem Jeffries also join. 


Trump plans to issue dozens of pardons before leaving office
#3
01/19/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: Donald Trump leaves office with his lowest-ever approval rating. Also, pardons to some allies could increase Trump’s legal jeopardy. Plus, Trump faces a wave of lawsuits upon leaving office. And Eddie Glaude shares his reflections about Martin Luther King Jr. Nick Kristof, Yamiche Alcindor, Chuck Rosenberg and Mary Trump also join Lawrence O’Donnell. 


Trump plans to issue dozens of pardons before leaving office
01/19/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: Donald Trump leaves office with his lowest-ever approval rating. Also, pardons to some allies could increase Trump’s legal jeopardy. Plus, Trump faces a wave of lawsuits upon leaving office. And Eddie Glaude shares his reflections about Martin Luther King Jr. Nick Kristof, Yamiche Alcindor, Chuck Rosenberg and Mary Trump also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


D.C. ramps up security ahead of Biden inauguration
01/18/2021

Lawrence O’Donnell hosts a special program, “Transfer of Power,” where he explores the events leading up to the transfer of power to the Biden-Harris administration. Security is fortified in Washington, D.C. for the Biden inauguration. Also, Dr. Anthony Fauci talks to Lawrence about advising President-elect Joe Biden. Plus, Biden outlines his ambitious agenda with an intense focus on the first 10 days. And civil rights icon Ruby Bridges discusses Kamala Harris’ historic moment. John Brennan, Michael Leiter, Joy Reid and Eugene Robinson also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Pelosi: Lawmakers who aided Capitol attack may be prosecuted
01/16/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: Many Capitol rioters are implicated by their own social media posts. Also, the House prepares to send the article of impeachment to the Senate. Plus, Donald Trump weighs granting more pardons during his final days of office. Joe Biden unveils his “bold” plan to speed up Covid-19 vaccinations. And Anand Giridharadas talks to Lawrence about how the chaos of the Trump era is the “revolt against the engine of history.” Frank Figliuzzi, Glenn Kirschner, Rep. Madeleine Dean, Margaret Colgate Love and Bina Venkataraman also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Pelosi, Schumer to Pence: Invoke 25th Amendment or we’ll impeach
#2
01/08/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: As Democrats prepare to impeach Donald Trump and several Trump administration officials resign, the president issues another taped statement. Lawrence details the alarming pro-Hitler messages at yesterday’s Capitol riot. Steve Schmidt joins Lawrence for his first TV interview since the insurrection and says Pence must do his duty and invoke the 25th amendment. Plus, the New York Times reports Trump has discussed pardoning himself. And Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) talks to Lawrence about the meritless elector challenges and why his strong floor speech nearly caused a fist fight on the House floor. Rep. Se...


Trump urges Georgia’s Raffensperger to overturn election
#1
01/05/2021

Tonight on the Last Word: Donald Trump pushes officials to change the Georgia election outcome. Also, Trump’s call with Georgia’s secretary of state raises legal questions. Plus, at least 13 Republican senators plan to challenge Joe Biden’s win. And Biden campaigns in Georgia ahead of the crucial Senate runoffs. Rep. Adam Schiff, Rick Hasen, Michael J. Moore, Penn. State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, Eugene Robinson and Lauren Groh-Wargo join Lawrence O’Donnell.


More contagious Covid variant found in California and Colorado
12/31/2020

Tonight on the Last Word: Dr. Anthony Fauci talks to Lawrence about America’s “really dark” winter with Covid-19. Also, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocks a vote on giving Americans $2,000 direct relief payments. Plus, Trump allies will fail to overturn the election results one more time. And an audit finds zero cases of voter fraud in the Georgia general election. John Heilemann, Neal Katyal and Jon Ossoff also join Lawrence O’Donnell.