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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. 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.

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Episodes

VP Harris meets Georgia leaders about voting rights

6/18/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: Beto O’Rourke and Stacey Abrams back Sen. Joe Manchin’s voting rights compromise ahead of the Senate vote on Tuesday. Also, Republicans block efforts to hold Capitol rioters accountable. Plus, Betsey Stevenson discusses the latest on the recovery of the U.S. economy. Blue states put their focus on passing popular policies. And the Biden administration unveils a new online tool to help lower-income families access enhanced child tax credit payments. Aisha Yaqoob...

Duration:00:42:49

Stacey Abrams backs Senator Joe Manchin’s voting rights compromise

6/17/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: Democrats make a breakthrough as they overcome hurdles to pass voting rights bills in the senate. Also, the Affordable Care Act wins its third Supreme Court challenge. Plus, Senate democrats consider a $6 trillion infrastructure plan. And a new documentary from Andre Gaines explores the life of activist and comedian Dick Gregory. Rep. Colin Allred, Norm Ornstein, David Plouffe, Eugene Robinson and Maria Teresa Kumar also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Duration:00:43:01

Biden attempts to open a new chapter in Russia relations

6/16/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: President Joe Biden meets face-to-face with Vladimir Putin amidst increasing tensions with Russia. Also, in newly leaked audio, Senator Joe Manchin signals support for filibuster reform. Plus, Biden remains “hopeful” for a bipartisan deal on the infrastructure bill. And Texas Democrats meet with Vice President Kamala Harris to urge action on voting rights. Rep. Adam Schiff, Michael McFaul, Al Franken, Norm Ornstein, John Heilemann, Zerlina Maxwell, Texas State Rep....

Duration:00:44:27

New emails show Trump pressed DOJ to overturn election

6/15/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: Texas Democrats who blocked the restrictive voting bill urge lawmakers to pass voting rights bills. Also, the New York Times reports that prosecutors have obtained Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg’s personal tax returns. Plus, FBI Director Christopher Wray refuses to say if he knew about the subpoenas for congressional phone records. And Derek DelGaudio discusses creating “In & Of Itself” and the stigma of illusion. Beto O’Rourke, TX State Rep. Trey Martinez...

Duration:00:42:44

Voting rights groups warn GOP efforts to undermine elections are ‘a democracy crisis’

6/14/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: 14 Republican-controlled states have passed laws to impede or subvert elections. Also, the House Judiciary Committee announces its investigation into the Trump Justice Department’s subpoenas of House members and staff. Plus, the Poor People’s Campaign holds a ‘moral march’ against Sen. Joe Manchin in West Virginia. Anand Giridharadas explains why the tax system “needs to be made to work again.” And Kurt Andersen revisits the Pentagon Papers 50 years after their...

Duration:00:42:41

Rep. Nadler: Trump DOJ investigations are a ‘gross abuse of power’

6/11/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: The New York Times reports that the Justice Department under Donald Trump secretly seized records of Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell. Also, Attorney General Merrick Garland vows to protect voting rights against Republican bills that restrict voting and subvert elections. Plus, the Boston Globe Editorial Board calls for Donald Trump to be criminally prosecuted. Michael McFaul discusses Joe Biden’s first trip abroad as president in stark contrast to Trump’s...

Duration:00:43:00

NYT: Trump DOJ seized records of House intel Democrats

6/10/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: The New York Times reports that the Justice Department under Donald Trump subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee. Also, Rep. Val Demings is challenging Marco Rubio for his U.S. Senate seat. Plus, Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden talks to Lawrence about a bipartisan group of senators’ infrastructure proposal. And Lawrence remembers the life of Judge Robert Katzmann. Matt Miller, Rep. Raja...

Duration:00:44:11

McGahn: Trump’s order to have Mueller fired was ‘point of no return’

6/10/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: The House Judiciary Committee releases Don McGahn’s testimony on Donald Trump. Also, Senate Democrats are willing to consider changing the voting and elections bill to win Sen. Joe Manchin’s support. Plus, Republican legislatures advance voter restrictive bills that make it easier to overturn election results. And former President Obama issues a warning about ongoing threats to democracy. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Andrew Weissmann, Ezra Klein, Rep. Mondaire Jones, Lauren...

Duration:00:43:39

Senate Democrats face hurdles in passing voting rights bills

6/9/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: Sen. Joe Manchin says he will not vote for the Democrats’ sweeping voting rights bill. Also, infrastructure talks stall between President Joe Biden and Republicans. Plus, Rep. Nikema Williams discusses what’s next for federal voting rights. And ProPublica reports that the wealthiest Americans pay almost no income tax. Derrick Johnson, Marc Morial, Adam Jentleson, Eugene Robinson and Dorothy Brown join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Duration:00:44:40

NYT editorial board: Congress needs to defend vote counting, not just vote casting

6/7/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: Sen. Joe Manchin says he will not vote for the Democrats’ sweeping voting rights bill, citing the lack of Republican support. Also, Bill Bratton discusses what’s changed in 40 years of policing in America. And the Trump Organization CFO has “no comment” on the grand jury investigation. Ira Shapiro, Norm Ornstein, Rep. Colin Allred and Andrew Weissmann also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Duration:00:42:02

Republicans make Trump’s big lie state policy

6/4/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: Republicans in 14 states have enacted 22 laws restricting voting so far this year. Also, New York prosecutors ramp up pressure on Trump Org. CFO Allen Weisselberg to flip on Donald Trump. Plus, White House Economic Adviser Jared Bernstein discusses the latest jobs report. Nevada is the first state in the country where women make up the majority of lawmakers. And the Biden administration commits to sending 80 million Covid-19 vaccine doses overseas by the end of...

Duration:00:44:31

DOJ probes fundraising by Trump Postmaster General DeJoy

6/3/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: Donald Trump’s big lie about the stolen election fuels Republican sham “audits” and voter suppression bills. Also, federal prosecutors are investigating Rep. Matt Gaetz for a possible obstruction of justice. Plus, Sen. Manchin says he does not support Democrats passing the infrastructure bill without Republicans. Donald Trump shuts down his blog after 29 days, infuriated by low readership. And radioactive waste is stored within 100 feet of the Pacific Ocean at a...

Duration:00:45:14

Pressure builds for Congress to act on voting rights

6/2/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: The battle over voting rights looms nationwide. Also, an Israeli opposition coalition says it has a deal to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Plus, President Biden unveils incentives to reach the goal of 70% of U.S. adults with at least one Covid vaccine shot by July 4th. Donald Trump reportedly makes false claims that he will be “reinstated” as president by August. Beto O’Rourke, Ben Rhodes, Andy Slavitt, Dr. Lance Dodes, Zerlina Maxwell and Jonathan Alter...

Duration:00:44:48

Biden vows to take action as the battle over voting rights looms nationwide

6/1/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: Texas Democrats plead with Congress to pass voting protections as Republicans restrict voting access. Also, four more Oath Keepers have been accused of conspiracy in relation to the Jan. 6 insurrection. Plus, President Biden sets an early June deadline to reach a deal with Republicans on infrastructure. And Biden honors the victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Julián Castro, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, Daniel Alonso, Jennifer Palmieri, Eddie Glaude, Caleb...

Duration:00:44:08

Pres. Biden commemorates fallen veterans at Arlington National Cemetery

5/31/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: The Biden administration pushes Republicans to move forward on the infrastructure bill. Also, Texas Democrats stop Republican voting restrictions, including banning early voting on Sunday mornings. Plus, the U.S. reports the lowest number of Covid-19 cases in over a year. New York prosecutors are criminally investigating Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg to pressure him to flip. President Biden plans to confront Vladimir Putin on Russia’s human rights abuses...

Duration:01:28:34

Congressional staffers report being traumatized after Jan. 6 attack, as GOP downplays violence

5/27/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: The mother of fallen Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick met with Republican senators and pleaded with them to support the 1/6 commission. Also, a small group of Senate Republicans unveil a $928 billion infrastructure counterproposal. Plus, Democrats stress the need for expansive voting protections as Republicans advance bills to restrict voting. And vaccination rates rag among Latino and Black Americans. Rep. Ted Lieu, Remmington Belford, Neal Katyal, Bharat...

Duration:00:44:25

NY prosecutors reportedly tell witnesses to prepare for grand jury testimony in Trump criminal probe

5/27/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: The Manhattan district attorney convenes a grand jury in the criminal probe of the Trump Organization. Also, Professor Laurence Tribe says Donald Trump’s claims of absolute immunity are “off the walls.” Plus, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson warns counties against election audits from outside groups. And the mother of fallen Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick urges Republican senators to support the January 6th commission. Adam Kaufmann, John Heilemann,...

Duration:00:44:09

Darnella Frazier, the teen who recorded George Floyd’s murder, speaks out

5/25/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: George Floyd’s family meets with President Biden, Vice President Harris and congressional leaders one year after George Floyd’s murder. Also, the Manhattan district attorney convenes the grand jury to decide whether to bring charges in the Trump Organization criminal probe. Plus, Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema “implore” Republican senators to support the January 6th commission. And a new Texas law makes it easier to carry a handgun without a permit....

Duration:00:45:14

GOP Rep. Kinzinger: Kevin McCarthy has ‘failed to tell the truth’ about the election

5/24/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: Republicans are likely to filibuster the bill for the January 6th commission. Also, President Biden condemns the Belarus plane diversion and calls for the release of the opposition journalist. Plus, new unredacted court documents reveal the depths of Paul Manafort’s lies. And the Department of Justice will appeal the order to turn over the memo on not prosecuting Donald Trump during the Mueller probe. Jim Manley, Jonathan Capehart, Ben Rhodes, Rep. Adam Schiff and...

Duration:00:41:38

Republicans launch wide-reaching strategy to attack voting rights in support of Trump’s Big Lie

5/21/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: The Arizona sham “audit” inspires Trump loyalists to revisit 2020 election results across the country. Also, Rep. Matt Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend reportedly agrees to cooperate with federal investigations. Plus, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reflects on the trauma of the Capitol attack. Republicans reject President Biden’s $1.7 trillion infrastructure counteroffer. And the police reform bill is still being negotiated in Congress. Renée Graham, Hayes Brown, Pennsylvania...

Duration:00:43:35