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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.




GOP push extremist abortion bans despite unpopularity

Tonight on The Last Word: An Ohio ballot measure protecting abortions is now in effect. Also, a federal appeals court upholds a narrower version of the Trump gag order in Jack Smith’s 2020 election case. Plus, the U.S. economy adds nearly 200,000 jobs in November. Vladimir Putin says he will run for reelection next year. And the U.N. warns Gaza is “on the brink of full-blown collapse.” Dr. Lauren Beene, NH State Rep. Alexis Simpson, Harry Litman, Amb. Michael McFaul and Nicholas Kristof join Ali Velshi.


Lawrence: Appeals courts don’t know how to handle Trump

Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump tells the court he intends to appeal the immunity denial. Also, President Biden focuses on the threat Trump poses if he’s reelected. And a teacher in Malawi inspires students to study hard to achieve their dreams. Joyce Vance, Melissa Murray, Rep. Eric Swalwell and Chris Whipple join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Cassidy Hutchinson: A vote for Donald Trump is a vote for a fascist government

Tonight on The Last Word: Liz Cheney’s book reveals new details about January 6. Also, Cheney’s book details the “courage” of Cassidy Hutchinson. And Republicans block an assault weapons ban in the Senate. House Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi, Cassidy Hutchinson and Sen. Raphael Warnock join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Lawrence: Speaker Johnson is trying to stop DOJ from charging Trump rioters

Tonight on The Last Word: Speaker Mike Johnson describes the “slow process” to blur January 6 riot videos before releasing them. Also, Sen. Tommy Tuberville ends his monthslong block of most military promotions. And Nelson Mandela’s grandson reflects on his legacy ten years later. Andrew Weissmann, Barbara McQuade, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Kweku Mandela join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Liz Cheney: Trump is dangerous threat to democracy

Tonight on The Last Word: Former Rep. Liz Cheney warns against reelecting Donald Trump. Also, the Trump gag order remains in place after his lawyers’ blunder. Plus, Trump loses two major January 6 legal battles. And Vice President Harris says the U.S. is working with Israel to secure the release of hostages. Jen Psaki, Andrew Weissmann, Barbara McQuade and David Rothkopf join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Judge Chutkan: Trump not immune from Jan. 6 prosecution

Tonight on The Last Word: A Washington, D.C. judge rejects Donald Trump’s “presidential immunity” claim. Also, a Trump attorney argues Trump might not be able to be tried in Georgia until 2029. Plus, the House expels indicted GOP Rep. George Santos. And deadly fighting resumes in Gaza as the ceasefire ends. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Joyce Vance, Amy Lee Copeland, Rep. Glenn Ivey, Norm Ornstein and Noga Tarnopolsky join Ali Velshi.


Lawrence: Trump co-defendant Jeffrey Clark chose to communicate with me today

Tonight on The Last Word: A court document reveals a Trump co-defendant’s private comments. Also, Democrats tout the Biden agenda in swing states ahead of 2024. Plus, the lies of George Santos were attacked on the House floor by other Republican liars. Secretary Blinken meets with Israeli and Palestinian officials. And K.I.N.D. Fund scholarships students express their gratitude for the ability to stay in school. Glenn Kirschner, Andrew Weissmann, Gov. Josh Shapiro and Roger Cohen join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Lawrence: Media still not ready to cover Trump after years of his lies

Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump attacks MSNBC in a late night social media post. Also, Trump reportedly ignored his attorney’s warnings to comply with the classified documents probe subpoena. Plus, Senate Democrats plan to vote on the subpoenas in the Supreme Court ethics probe. And a Biden campaign ad warns younger Americans about Trump’s renewed push to repeal Obamacare. Jelani Cobb, Andrew Weissmann, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. Maxwell Frost join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Lawrence: Liz Cheney’s new book reveals what a potential witness might tell Jack Smith

Tonight on The Last Word: A new report details what Mike Pence told Special Counsel Jack Smith’s team about interactions with Donald Trump before January 6. Also, Rep. George Santos could face a House expulsion vote this week. Plus, SAG-AFTRA releases a draft contract as members enter the final week of voting. And Lawrence explains how three dollars could help change the life of a student in Malawi. Neal Katyal, Harry Litman, Rep. Daniel Goldman and Duncan Crabtree-Ireland join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Lawrence: Donald Trump needs the people making death threats to judges

Tonight on The Last Word: Special Counsel Jack Smith cites threats to the New York Trump judge in an appeal over the gag order in the 2020 election case. Also, new details emerge about Trump’s last minute pardons. Plus, 11 more hostages are released after Israel and Hamas agree to a two-day ceasefire extension. And Chisomo Daimon shares her dream of becoming a pharmacist. Andrew Weissmann, Barbara McQuade and Ben Rhodes join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Biden campaign warns voters of risk of second Trump term

Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump’s rhetoric and policies echo authoritarian leaders. Also, Vladimir Putin faces western leaders’ criticisms at the Virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit. Plus, a new documentary reflects on the power of Black voters. Israel says the hostage release is delayed until at least Friday. And an MSNBC film, “Unconditional,” explores issues tied to mental health. Quentin Fulks, Kate DeGruyter, Amb. Michael McFaul, Charles Blow, David Noriega and Richard Lui join Symone Sanders-Townsend.


NBC News: Israeli cabinet approves hostages swap deal

Tonight on The Last Word: New details about Pres. Biden’s role in the hostage deal. Also, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis argues to revoke a Trump co-defendant’s bail. Plus, Defense Secretary Austin travels to Kyiv to announce a $100M military aid package for Ukraine. And former Trump White House and Trump administration officials say Donald Trump should not be president again. Ben Rhodes, Ronen Bergman, Gwen Keyes, Harry Litman and Timothy Snyder join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Federal appeals court hears Trump gag order arguments

Tonight on The Last Word: A federal appeals court signals it could keep the Trump gag order in place for the 2020 election case brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith. Also, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis proposes August 5 for the Trump Georgia RICO trial. And Joyce Chisale provides an update on her journey through medical school in Malawi. Glenn Kirschner, Andrew Weissmann and Neal Katyal join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Velshi: Donald Trump is the greatest threat the world faces

Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump remains the world’s biggest threat amid global chaos. Also, a Trump whistleblower announces his run for Congress. Plus, the UN Security Council calls for Gaza humanitarian pauses. And a new MSNBC documentary, “Periodical,” examines reproductive policies and culture. Joyce Vance, Ben Collins, Eugene Vindman, Noga Tarnopolsky, Nicholas Kristof, Madeleine Morales and Anusha Singh join Ali Velshi.


Lawrence: GOP condemning Rep. Santos don't fear him like they fear Trump

Tonight on The Last Word: The House Ethics Committee releases a scathing report on Rep. George Santos. Also, Donald Trump’s hush money case is set to begin in March 2024. Plus, Judge Cannon denies Special Counsel Jack Smith’s request for a hearing on Trump lawyers’ classified documents usage. And The Washington Post publishes photos of devastation caused by AR-15 shootings. Rep. Glenn Ivey, Rep. Robert Garcia, Glenn Kirschner, Barbara McQuade and Ryan Busse join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Biden hails ‘constructive’ meeting with China’s Xi Jinping

Tonight on The Last Word: President Biden announces major moves on fentanyl and military communications after meeting with China’s Xi Jinping. Also, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. Plus, Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey is seeking a fourth term in the 2024 battleground. And members of Pussy Riot stage a protest against the Indiana abortion ban at the state Supreme Court. Ben Rhodes, Rick Stengel, Andrew Weissmann, Gwen Keyes, Sen. Bob Casey and Nadya Tolokonnikova join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Lawrence: Fani Willis says she's aiming for 'top of the ladder' in GA Trump case

Tonight on The Last Word: Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis files for an emergency protective order after plea deal videos were leaked. Also, Special Counsel Jack Smith urges an appeals court to reinstate Donald Trump’s gag order. Plus, a Senate rule change could end GOP Sen. Tuberville’s military blockade. And NJ Democratic Rep. Andy Kim will primary embattled Sen. Bob Menendez who is defying calls for him to resign. Gwen Keyes, Andrew Weissmann, Neal Katyal, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Andy Kim join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Trump Georgia co-defendant plea deal videos leak

Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump attacks Jack Smith and his family while the partial gag order on him is temporarily suspended. Also, the Supreme Court adopts a conduct code amid the ethics scandals. And Democrat Gabe Amo is sworn in as Rhode Island’s first Black congressman. Neal Katyal, Joyce Vance, Gwen Keyes, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. Gabe Amo join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Democrats win big in PA, VA, KY, & OH

Tonight on The Last Word: Democrats and abortion rights win big in local elections. Also, parents help Democrats retake control of a Pennsylvania school board. Plus, the SAG-AFTRA board approves an historic deal to end the strike. And a judge denies Donald Trump’s request to delay the classified documents trial. PA Rep. Joanna McClinton, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Jane Cramer, Erin Reed, Justine Bateman and Bradley Moss join Ali Velshi.


Lawrence: Did Ivanka Trump lie with 'I don't recall' defense?

Tonight on The Last Word: Ivanka Trump testifies in the New York civil fraud trial. Also, Trump’s lawyers argue that the appeals court should deny a partial gag order in Jack Smith’s DC federal prosecution of Trump. Plus, Democrats win full control of the Virginia legislature. And Ohioans vote in favor of protecting abortion rights. Adam Klasfeld, Faith Gay, Andrew Weissmann, Del. Charniele Herring, Heather Williams, Rep. Joyce Beatty and Rep. Emilia Sykes join Lawrence O’Donnell.