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The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell


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.

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.





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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. Join him every weeknight.




NYT: Trump & DOJ lawyer conspired to overturn Georgia election results

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

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

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

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,...


Pelosi: Lawmakers who aided Capitol attack may be prosecuted

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...


Reps. report ‘suspicious behavior’ day before Capitol riot

Tonight on the Last Word: Dem lawmakers are worried about the behavior of some of their GOP colleagues. Also, some Republicans are worried about their safety after not supporting Donald Trump. Plus, Joe Biden unveils his $1.9T Covid-19 rescue plan. And Tristan Harris returns to discuss how the Capitol insurrection was planned largely in plain view. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, Neal Katyal, Zerlina Maxwell, Yamiche Alcindor and Jared Bernstein also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Trump impeached again for inciting insurrection

Tonight on the Last Word: Donald Trump becomes the only president to be impeached twice. Also, Trump’s second impeachment is the most bipartisan in U.S. history. Plus, Sen. Mitch McConnell blocks the effort to begin Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate until after Joe Biden’s inauguration. And Republican Rep. Paul Gosar’s siblings call for his removal from office. Rep. Adam Schiff, Alex Wagner, John Heilemann, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Tim Gosar join Lawrence O’Donnell.


House impeachment managers named for Trump’s 2nd Senate trial

Tonight on the Last Word: The House plans to vote tomorrow on Donald Trump’s second impeachment. Also, three House Democrats test positive for Covid-19 after Republicans refused to wear masks while taking shelter from the Capitol riot. Plus, at least four House Republicans announce they will vote to impeach Trump. Will more Republicans follow suit on Wednesday? And the Washington Post has exclusive reporting that the FBI was warned the day before the siege on the Hill just how bad it could...


House weighs second impeachment over pro-Trump Capitol riot

Tonight on the Last Word: House Democrats plan to vote on Wednesday to impeach Donald Trump. Also, the Houston Chronicle calls for Sen. Ted Cruz to resign. Plus, Daniel Goldman, the former majority counsel for the House impeachment inquiry, returns to discuss building the case against Trump again. And calls grow to expel Republicans for inciting the Capitol riot. Rep. Jason Crow, Beto O’Rourke, Ezra Klein and Mara Gay also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Twitter bans Donald Trump as Democrats move to impeach him again

Tonight on the Last Word: Twitter permanently suspends Donald Trump from his favorite megaphone as Democrats release a draft article of impeachment: “Incitement of Insurrection.” Joining Lawrence, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) who may vote soon to impeach Donald Trump again. Laurence Tribe explains why the Senate could have an impeachment trial even after Donald Trump leaves office on January 20th. Jonathan Capehart discusses why Joe Biden says it is now “easier”...


Pelosi, Schumer to Pence: Invoke 25th Amendment or we’ll impeach

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...


Trump urges Georgia’s Raffensperger to overturn election

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

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.


Biden: Trump admin’s vaccine distribution ‘far behind’

Tonight on the Last Word: The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department moves to fire two officers involved in the deadly Breonna Taylor raid. Also, Sen. Mitch McConnell ties the Covid-19 relief increase to unrelated Trump demands. Plus, Trump faces increased legal trouble in New York once he leaves office. And a doctor in Michigan travels three hours to deliver Covid-19 vaccines to a rural hospital. Zerlina Maxwell, Errin Haines, Rep.-elect Nikema Williams, Barbara Res and Dr. Richard Bates...


House votes to increase direct stimulus payments to $2,000

Tonight on the Last Word: Donald Trump signs the Covid-19 relief bill only after unemployment aid lapses. Also, Trump weighs more pardons with just 23 days left in office. And the U.S. has surpassed 19 million total cases of Covid-19. Jonathan Alter, Christina Greer, Laurence Tribe, Mary Trump and Dr. Dara Kass join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Latest round of Trump pardons includes Roger Stone, Paul Manafort

Tonight on the Last Word: Donald Trump pardons his allies who refused to cooperate with Robert Mueller. Also, Trump threatens to derail the Covid-19 relief bill over stimulus payments. And Angela Duckworth returns to discuss the coronavirus pandemic’s lasting toll on our mental health. Joyce Vance, Michael Schmidt, Rep. Jason Crow, Amb. Wendy Sherman and David Jolly also join Ali Velshi.


Trump issues wave of lame-duck pardons to friends, lackeys

Tonight on the Last Word: Donald Trump issues a wave of pardons with 29 days left in office. Also, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says Trump’s pardons are “grotesque” and “morally repugnant.” Plus, Trump threatens to veto the long-sought coronavirus relief bill. An overwhelmed California hospital treats Covid-19 patients in the hallways. And Florida Covid-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones sues the state after the armed raid on her home. Glenn Kirschner, Neal Katyal, Yamiche...


Trump undermines democracy as he attempts to stage coup

Tonight on the Last Word: Donald Trump considers increasingly extreme options to stay in power. Also, the House passes the long-sought $900 billion Covid-19 relief bill. Plus, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) talks to Ali about calling for a special committee to investigate the Trump administration’s response to Covid-19. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris campaigns with the Georgia Democratic Senate candidates. And the Kansas City Star apologizes for decades of racist coverage. Elizabeth Neumann,...


Trump silent as Covid-19 surges across U.S., deaths rise

Tonight on the Last Word: Donald Trump remains silent as the nation faces unprecedented crises. Also, experts don’t yet know the breadth of the U.S. cyberattack. Plus, the U.S. sets more records as Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations rise. The Georgia secretary of state overstated voter fraud investigations. And local officials around the country are facing threats and harassment over Republican conspiracies. Anand Giridharadas, Renée Graham, Ben Rhodes, Dr. Lipi Roy, LaTosha Brown and...


Politico: GOP skips election post-mortem despite Trump loss

Tonight on the Last Word: Republicans won’t analyze how Donald Trump lost the election so badly. Also, Trump remains silent about the Russian hack on U.S. agencies. Plus, an FDA panel endorses a second Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use. Millions will lose unemployment benefits at the end of the month. And federal judges dismiss Republican lawsuits to limit voting in Georgia. Jennifer Horn, Eddie Glaude, Amb. Wendy Sherman, Dr. Celine Gounder, Robert Reich and Nse Ufot join Ali Velshi.