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.




Blockbuster jobs report shows 517K jobs created in January

Tonight on The Last Word: President Biden says the latest jobs report shows the “economic plan is working.” Also, House Republicans wear AR-15 lapel pins on Capitol Hill during National Gun Violence Survivors Week. Plus, Tennessee Democrats blast GOP Gov. Lee’s block on federal HIV funds. And the College Board denies changes to the AP African American Studies course due to Florida Gov. DeSantis’ criticism. Darrick Hamilton, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Tennessee State Rep. John Ray Clemmons, Mia...


Lawrence: McCarthy votes to 'defund the police' as Democrats push for police reform

Tonight on The Last Word: Speaker McCarthy’s House is focused on bills that the Senate won’t pass. Also, the Supreme Court reportedly failed to disclose financial ties to an expert who reviewed the probe of the Dobbs leak. Plus, Vladimir Putin references Russian nukes in a speech after Germany sends tanks to Ukraine. And Jeff Zients replaces Ron Klain as White House Chief of Staff. Rep. Steven Horsford, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Amb. Michael McFaul and Chris Whipple join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Exclusive: Ron Klain on ‘remarkable’ achievements of Biden admin.

Tonight on The Last Word: Outgoing White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain joins Lawrence O’Donnell for an exclusive interview about the Biden administration’s handling of the classified documents investigation, the diversity and experience of the White House staff, and reflections on his time in public service and politics. Jen Psaki also joins.


Lawrence: Tyre Nichols' family, civil rights leaders evoke MLK Jr. ahead of funeral

Tonight on The Last Word: Tyre Nichols’s family holds a press conference. Also, 24 GOP senators sign a letter demanding spending cuts. Plus, Rep. George Santos recuses himself from committee assignments. And Trump pleads the Fifth over 400 times in the New York fraud deposition. Marq Claxton, Radley Balko, Sen. Chris Murphy, Rep. Daniel Goldman and Barbara McQuade join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Memphis police: 5 officers fired, two more suspended

Tonight on The Last Word: The Shelby County district attorney says everyone involved in the events before, during and after Tyre Nichols’s beating is being investigated. Also, Arizona voters are dismayed at election worker resignations. Plus, Trump continues to influence GOP politics. And Secretary of State Blinken condemns the “horrific terrorist attack” at a Jerusalem synagogue that killed seven people. Wendi Thomas, Tennessee State Sen. London Lamar, Marq Claxton, Arizona Secretary of...


Memphis grapples with release of Tyre Nichols video

Tonight on The Last Word: Five Memphis police officers are charged with second-degree murder in Tyre Nichols’s death. Priscilla Thompson, Phillip Atiba Goff, Marq Claxton, Jelani Cobb, MN Attorney General Keith Ellison and ret. Capt. Sonia Pruitt join Ali Velshi.


Lawrence: George Santos is a ‘perfect monument’ to House GOP lies

Tonight on The Last Word: The Santos campaign tells the Feds it hired a new treasurer who reportedly denies taking the job. Also, Rep. Adam Schiff discusses his decision to run for Senate in 2024. Plus, a freshman Democrat pushes the party to recruit more rural legislators. And Russia launches a new wave of airstrikes against Ukraine. Claire McCaskill, Charles Blow, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez and Timothy Snyder join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Biden on sending tanks to Ukraine: We want an end to this war

Tonight on The Last Word: Speaker McCarthy targets Democrats while shielding Rep. George Santos. Also, Sen. Jon Tester vows to fight the GOP 30% sales tax plan on the Senate floor. Plus, President Biden announces the U.S. is sending 31 tanks to Ukraine. And Vladimir Putin’s threat to cut off energy to Europe backfires. Rep. Daniel Goldman, Sen. Jon Tester, Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder and Jeffrey Sonnenfeld join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Lawrence on why Andrea Joy Campbell is a ‘miracle’

Tonight on The Last Word: A judge weighs the release of the grand jury report in the Georgia election probe. Also, classified documents are found at former Vice President Pence’s Indiana home. Plus, abortion restrictions remain a priority for House GOP. And Andrea Campbell makes history as the first Black woman to serve as Massachusetts’s attorney general. Georgia State Rep. Tanya Miller, Andrew Weissmann, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Campbell join...


Lawrence on McCarthy: No speaker has ever reached so low for so little

Tonight on The Last Word: Three Democrats targeted by Speaker McCarthy talk about the threats they face. Also, Rep. Ruben Gallego announces his run for Kyrsten Sinema’s Arizona Senate seat. And The New York Times reports that tensions inside the Supreme Court deepen with the abortion leak. Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. Ruben Gallego and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Velshi: Trump's diminished status in GOP could make him a greater threat to democracy

Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump and the GOP remain a threat to U.S. democracy. Also, Republicans push more abortion restrictions after the Roe reversal. Plus, The New York Times reports that some GOP leaders knew about George Santos’s lies. And Florida blocks the AP African American Studies class. Charles Blow, Jill Wine-Banks, Kurt Bardella, Sen. Tina Smith, Peter Strzok, fmr. Rep. Steve Israel and Reginald Ellis join Ali Velshi.


Lawrence on SCOTUS leak report: What about Ginni Thomas?

Tonight on The Last Word: The Supreme Court fails to find who leaked the abortion ruling. Also, the U.S. hits its borrowing limit as the debt ceiling fight looms. Plus, Rep. Daniel Goldman calls on GOP leaders to cooperate with the George Santos investigations. And Lawrence shares an exciting update about the K.I.N.D. Fund. Professor Laurence Tribe, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Rep. Brendan Boyle and Rep. Daniel Goldman join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Lawrence: Insurrectionists are in charge of the House of Representatives

Tonight on The Last Word: A Capitol rioter is convicted after a judge finds she was “heeding” Donald Trump’s call. Also, the Treasury Department warns that the U.S. will default by summer unless Congress raises the debt ceiling. And Vladimir Putin’s lies about the Ukraine war are called out on Russian TV. David Remnick, Natasha Sarin and Amb. Michael McFaul join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Lawrence: Why Santos is 'a perfect fit' for Speaker McCarthy's House

Tonight on The Last Word: New questions emerge over the source of George Santos’s income. Also, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is approaching its one year mark. Plus, President Biden urges Americans to “pay attention” to Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. And Trymaine Lee previews the upcoming “National Day of Racial Healing: An MSNBC Town Hall.” Isaac Stanley-Becker, Peter Strzok, Amb. Michael McFaul and Rep. Nikema Williams also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Ali Velshi: Republicans are taking the debt ceiling hostage

Tonight on The Last Word: House Republicans plan to use the debt limit to force spending cuts. Also, the Pennsylvania State House is stalled after a bipartisan speaker vote. Plus, the Trump-E. Jean Carroll defamation deposition is released. And The New York Times reports that a 2021 campaign background study of George Santos revealed a “pattern of deception.” Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Jared Bernstein, PA State Rep. Joanna McClinton, Rep. Joe Neguse, Barbara McQuade and Jacqueline Sweet join Ali...


Lawrence explains Trump’s ‘blaring pathological lies’ about docs probe

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explains why the media will “completely ignore the poison madness” from Trump attacking the special counsel investigating him for possessing classified documents while picking apart what President Biden says and doesn’t say about the investigation into his classified documents.


Lawrence: The Republican Party is the George Santos Party

Tonight on The Last Word: George Santos faces local and federal investigations. Also, Speaker McCarthy looks to oust three Democrats from top committees. Plus, newly reported subpoenas reveal new details about the special prosecutor’s Trump investigation. And Democrats prepare for a debt ceiling fight after McCarthy concedes to the GOP minority. Hunter Walker, Rep. Ritchie Torres, Rep. Adam Schiff, Andrew Weissmann and Rep. Brendan Boyle join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Lawrence: Republicans have created a ‘committee to obstruct justice’

Tonight on The Last Word: House Republicans create a subcommittee dedicated to the “weaponization” of government. Also, Rep. Katie Porter announces her bid for Senate in 2024. Plus, former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg begins his five-month prison sentence at Rikers Island. And thousands of New York City nurses strike over staffing and other issues. Rep. Daniel Goldman, Rep. Katie Porter, David Cay Johnston, Tim O’Brien and Lorena Vivas join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Kevin McCarthy elected speaker after days of GOP chaos

The House of Representatives approves the rules package with McCarthy concessions. Plus, the Fulton County special grand jury completes its 2020 election investigation and files its final report. Also, the Justice Department is investigating a “small number” of classified documents found at Biden’s office. And Rep. George Santos is sworn into Congress amid multiple probes. Rep. Jim Clyburn, Andrew Weissman, Neal Katyal, Bradley Moss, and David Kelley join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Lawrence: Don’t worry about Republicans failing to elect a speaker… yet

Tonight on The Last Word: Kevin McCarthy loses 11 consecutive speaker votes. Also, The New York Times reports that a federal judge is siding with the Justice Department in the latest Trump documents dispute. And Trump’s legal woes grow with a January 6 wrongful death lawsuit. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Rep. Eric Swalwell, former Rep. David Jolly, Andrew Weissmann, Neal Katyal and Phil Andonian join Lawrence O’Donnell.