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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.




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.




Is there room in the GOP for white supremacy and antisemitism?

Tonight on The Last Word: Kevin McCarthy condemns Nick Fuentes, but stops short of criticizing Donald Trump. Also, the Oath Keepers founder is found guilty of seditious conspiracy. Plus, U.S. holiday shopping breaks records. And questions over Herschel Walker’s residency grow. Stuart Stevens, Joyce Vance, Maria Teresa Kumar, Paul Butler, Jared Bernstein, Maya King and Rep. Nikema Williams join Ali Velshi.


Lawrence: Donald Trump has confessed. Again.

Tonight on The Last Word: Special counsel Jack Smith files a Thanksgiving brief with a federal appeals court in the Justice Department’s Special Master appeal. Also, Rachel Maddow discusses her podcast, “Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra.” Plus, Lawrence explains how the K.I.N.D Fund helps to improve girls’ attendance in school in Malawi. And early voting is underway in the Georgia Senate runoff. Andrew Weissmann, Mary McCord, Rachel Maddow and Trymaine Lee join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Virginia & Colorado towns grapple with mass shootings

Tonight on The Last Word: The U.S. never had 600 mass shootings in a year before 2020. Also, Mike Pence is reportedly “open” to speaking to the Justice Department for the January 6 probe. Plus, a Georgia judge rejects the GOP attempt to block Saturday voting. And a Navy veteran reflects on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s LGBTQ rights advocacy. John Feinblatt, Kierra Johnson, Kelley Robinson, Neal Katyal, Glenn Kirschner, LaTosha Brown, Stuart Stevens and James Brown join Jonathan Capehart.


Lawrence: Trump’s big loss in the Supreme Court today was just the beginning

Tonight on The Last Word: Appeals court judges are skeptical of Trump attorneys’ claims in court. Also, top House Democrats usher in a new generation of leaders. Plus, Colorado Springs mourns for the five people killed in the Club Q shooting. And the Cherokee Nation pushes to seat a delegate in Congress. Andrew Weissmann, Rep.-elect Daniel Goldman, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, Rep. James Clyburn and Cherokee Nation Delegate-designate Kim Teehee join Lawrence O’Donnell.


NYT: Fmr. anti-abortion leader alleges 2014 SCOTUS leak

Tonight on The Last Word: Lawmakers demand renewed ethics rules for Supreme Court justices after the alleged 2014 leak. Also, oral arguments in the Justice Department’s appeal of Trump documents special master is scheduled for tomorrow. Plus, a top Maricopa elections official is moved to an “undisclosed location” after midterm threats. And Democrats win the Pennsylvania House for the first time in 12 years. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Professor Laurence Tribe, Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs,...


Lawrence: Trump will lose more sleep because of DOJ special prosecutor

Tonight on The Last Word: Attorney General Merrick Garland appoints Jack Smith as special counsel in the Trump investigations. Also, Donald Trump faces legal jeopardy in the Georgia election probe. And Michigan voters reject a Trump-backed election denier. Andrew Weissmann, Harry Litman, Paul Butler, Gwen Keyes Fleming and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Pelosi: The hour has come for a new generation to lead

Tonight on The Last Word: Nancy Pelosi steps down from House Dem leadership. Also, Karen Bass becomes the first woman mayor of Los Angeles. Plus, Democrats blunt GOP dominance in state legislatures. And former prosecutors make the case for why the Justice Department has a “strong precedent” to indict Donald Trump over the Mar-a-Lago documents. Joy Reid, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Mayor-elect Karen Bass, fmr. Attorney General Eric Holder, Neal Katyal and Rep.-elect Maxwell Alejandro Frost join...


Lawrence: The Republican Party is ‘in ruin’

Tonight on The Last Word: NBC News projects that Republicans win a narrow House majority. Also, Cisco Aguilar defeats an election denier for Nevada Secretary of State. Plus, Democrats flip a conservative New Mexico House district. And a Connecticut state House race shows the importance of voting. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Stuart Stevens, Norm Ornstein, Nevada Secretary of State-elect Cisco Aguilar, Rep.-elect Gabe Vasquez, Sen. Chris Murphy and Connecticut State Rep.-elect Chris Poulos join...


Lawrence: Trump wrongly thinks running again will shield him from DOJ

Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump launches his 2024 presidential campaign amid multiple criminal probes. Also, Sen. Mitch McConnell says voters were “frightened” by the “chaos, negativity and excess attacks” within the GOP. Plus, President Biden meets with G7 leaders after an explosion in Poland. And Ukraine President Zelenskyy says the liberation of Kherson is a turning point in the war. Andrew Weissmann, Rep.-elect Dan Goldman, Rep. Matt Cartwright, Peter Alexander, Ben Rhodes and...


Lawrence: Sen. Gary Peters is a ‘hero’ to Senate Democrats

Tonight on The Last Word: Democrats retain the majority in the U.S. Senate. Also, President Biden says he’s unsure if there are enough votes to codify abortion rights. Plus, Democrats flip a long-held GOP House seat in Washington. And Democrats add seats in legislatures of key 2024 battleground states. Sen. Gary Peters, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, Rep.-elect Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, Jessica Post and Simon Rosenberg join Lawrence O’Donnell.


NBC News projects AZ Sen. Mark Kelly wins re-election

Tonight on The Last Word: Democratic Sen. Cortez Masto closes the gap in the tight Nevada Senate race. Also, NBC News projects that Democrat Adrian Fontes wins Arizona’s secretary of state election. And the Georgia runoff could determine the Senate’s balance of power. Steve Kornacki, Rep. Greg Stanton, Sen. Jacky Rosen, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Arizona Secretary of State-elect Adrian Fontes and Rep. Nikema Williams join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Votes are still being counted in Arizona and Nevada

Tonight on The Last Word: Sen. Mark Kelly widens his lead over Blake Masters in the Arizona Senate race. Also, Maura Healey flips Massachusetts’s governor’s seat. Plus, Andrew Campbell becomes the first Black woman elected to a statewide office in Massachusetts. And Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids wins her third term after campaigning to protect abortion access. Steve Kornacki, Sen. Gary Peters, Gov.-elect Maura Healey, Massachusetts Attorney General-elect Andrea Campbell and Rep. Sharice Davids...


Pres. Biden: ‘Giant red wave’ didn’t happen

Ballot counting continues in key states. Also, abortion was a key issue for North Carolina voters. Plus, Michigan Democrats win the governorship and flip the state legislature. And Maxwell Alejandro Frost is elected as the first Gen-Z member of Congress. Steve Kornacki, Deputy White House Chief of Staff Jen O’Malley Dillon, Rep.-elect Wiley Nickel, Michigan State Sen. Mallory McMorrow, Rep.-elect Greg Landsman, Rep.-elect Emilia Sykes and Rep.-elect Maxwell Alejandro Frost join Lawrence...


Obama tells Democrats ‘Sulking and moping is not an option’

Tonight on The Last Word: The Ohio race could determine which party will control the Senate. Also, Arizona Democrat Sen. Mark Kelly campaigns with John McCain’s sons. Plus, polls show Wes Moore leading in the Maryland governor’s race. And abortion rights are on the ballot in Texas. Rep. Tim Ryan, Sen. Mark Kelly, Wes Moore and Beto O’Rourke join Lawrence O’Donnell.


GOP election deniers are on the ballot in key senate races

Tonight on The Last Word: Former President Barack Obama says that democracy “may not survive” GOP election deniers. Plus, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes looks to unseat Senator Ron Johnson in Wisconsin, and Katie Hobbs speaks to how democracy is on the ballot in Arizona. Also, Robert Draper details how Marjorie Taylor Greene went from fringe to mainstream in his new book. Sen. Maggie Hassan, Adm. Mike Franken, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Katie Hobbs, and Robert Draper all join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Lawrence on why Kash Patel’s DOJ immunity deal is bad for Trump

Tonight on The Last Word: The Wall Street Journal reports that the Justice Department granted a former Trump aide immunity for his testimony in the Mar-a-Lago documents investigation. Also, Democrats slam GOP candidates for extreme abortion views. Plus, a recent poll finds GOP Sen. Mike Lee leading Evan McMullin in the tight Utah Senate race. Republicans spend millions of dollars on racist ads in battleground states. And Sen. Mark Kelly speaks in Arizona ahead of midterms. Glenn Kirschner,...


Lawrence: Trump’s lies prey on his supporters’ ‘vulnerability to misinformation’

Tonight on The Last Word: A new court document reveals more about the attack on Paul Pelosi. Also, the Colorado Senate candidates face off in a final debate. Plus, a New York Times poll finds 65 percent of likely voters in Kansas’s 3rd Congressional District would rather vote for the pro-abortion access candidate. And NBC News reports the January 6 Committee interviewed a Secret Service spokesperson on the alleged Trump SUV altercation. Joyce Vance, Andrew Weissmann, Sen. Michael Bennet,...


Lawrence: GOP attacks on truth gave us would-be Pelosi assassin

Tonight on The Last Word: The accused Pelosi attacker is facing federal and state charges. Also, Democrats send former President Barack Obama to stump in battleground states. Plus, The Washington Post reports that a top Justice Department national security prosecutor is joining the Mar-a-Lago document investigation. And a new biography explores Abraham Lincoln’s views on democracy. Claire McCaskill, Andrew Weissmann, Eddie Glaude, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Jon Meacham join...


Special Preview: “The Revolution with Steve Kornacki”

Steve Kornacki gives a special preview of his new podcast, “The Revolution with Steve Kornacki.” In this six-part original series, Kornacki steps back from the Big Board to tell the origin story of the 1994 Republican “revolution,” the midterm election when the GOP took the House majority for the first time in four decades. Listen to all six episodes now and follow the series:


Democracy on the ballot in midterm elections

Tonight on The Last Word: The “big lie” is on the ballot in Arizona. Also, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs says she and her staff have faced death threats since the 2020 election due to election denialism. Plus, a recent poll finds crime, inflation and democracy ranking as New York’s most urgent issues. And a Texas woman nearly dies after being forced to wait to terminate her unviable pregnancy. Sen. Mark Kelly, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and Beto O’Rourke also join Lawrence...