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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.




White House, senators in talks to finalize bipartisan infrastructure bill

Tonight on the Last Word: Senate infrastructure negotiators aim to reach a bipartisan deal this week. Also, millions of families receive their first child tax credit payments through President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. Plus, medical groups back mandatory vaccinations for all health care workers as Delta surges in all 50 states. Russia sows disinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine as 30% of U.S. adults remain unvaccinated. And Jan. 6 committee hearings begin tomorrow. Jim Manley, John...


Senate negotiators: Possible infrastructure deal Monday

Tonight on the Last Word: The Senate is on the brink of a bipartisan infrastructure bill as President Biden marks six months in office. Also, Biden says he would go back to the filibuster “where you have to maintain the floor.” Plus, Tom Barrack is facing charges of illegally lobbying Donald Trump on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. The rise in Covid cases is “a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” And Democratic lawmakers want $34 billion for global vaccines. EJ Dionne, Norm Ornstein, Jonathan...


Democrats fight to protect the right to vote, Republicans embrace Trump’s election lies

Tonight on the Last Word: 18 states have passed voter suppression bills this year. Also, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona discusses using Covid relief funds to improve school ventilation systems. Plus, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends masking for everyone over the age of 2 in schools this fall. House Minority Leader McCarthy calls the Jan. 6 committee is “a sham” while Donald Trump says Capitol rioters were “a loving crowd.” And Congress faces renewed calls to pass data...


Pelosi rejects two election objectors for Jan. 6 cmte.: ‘The future of our democracy is on the line’

Tonight on the Last Word: House Minority Leader McCarthy threatens to boycott the Jan. 6 committee after Speaker Pelosi rejects two election objectors. Also, Republicans block a key vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill as negotiations continue. Plus, President Biden promotes his infrastructure plan in Ohio. Donald Trump peddles election lies as his businesses sink. And Texas Republicans seek an “audit” of the 2020 election while Texas Democrats fight to protect voting rights. Rep. Eric...


Inside Donald Trump’s final two months in office

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump loyalists break from Donald Trump on vaccine support. Also, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy chooses three Republicans who voted to overturn the election for the Jan. 6 select committee. Plus, Tom Barrack, Donald Trump’s inaugural committee chair, is indicted on seven counts. Labor leader Dolores Huerta praises the “inspiring” activism of Texas Democrats in protecting voting rights nationwide. And the CDC says the delta variant now accounts for 83% of new...


Texas Dems launch week #2 in DC with spotlight on national voting rights

In a special MSNBC presentation, Lawrence O’Donnell and Jonathan Capehart speak with Texas Democrats about traveling to Capitol Hill to push for voting rights. Texas Dems discuss the details of the Texas GOP voter suppression bill, what it’s like to fight for voting rights in a pandemic and what’s next for Democrats in Washington, D.C. and Texas. U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Texas Reps. Chris Turner, Jessica González, Diego Bernal, Senfronia Thompson, John Bucy III, Erin Zwiener, Gene...


Sen. Manchin reportedly goes to Texas for fundraiser while Texas Dems advocate for voting rights

Tonight on the Last Word: LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund, who met with Vice President Harris to discuss voting rights and was part of the protest where activists got arrested, talks to Lawrence O’Donnell. Also, Texas State Rep. Carol Alvarado talks about her conversations with Senator Joe Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinema. And Rep. Amy Klobuchar talks about why her committee is heading to Georgia on Monday to hold its first field hearing in two decades. Plus, two men...


Senate set to vote on bipartisan infrastructure plan next week

Tonight on the Last Word: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer sets a crucial vote on infrastructure for next week. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) explains how the American people would benefit. Also, the Biden administration starts sending Child Tax Credit payments. Lawrence talks to a mother who received the payment today and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a long advocate of the Child Tax Credit. Plus, Lawrence talks to Texas State Rep. Celia Israel, who delayed her wedding to be in Washington, D.C., and...


Biden rallies support for 2-track infrastructure package

Tonight on the Last Word: Democrats unite around the $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill. Also, Texas Democrats meet with senators to pressure federal action on voting rights. Plus, Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang talk to Lawrence about Facebook’s failure to combat disinformation. And former Sen. Bob Kerrey discusses the Senate then and now. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Texas State Rep. Shawn Thierry, Texas State Rep. Jasmine Crockett and Sen. Richard Blumenthal also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Senate Dems agree to $3.5T reconciliation package

Tonight on the Last Word: President Biden urges Congress to pass voting rights bills. Also, Texas Democrats meet with Vice President Harris in Washington, D.C. Plus, a federal judge grills Trump lawyers on their bogus election claims in a contentious hearing about possible sanctions. And a bipartisan group of mayors urge Congress to take ‘immediate actions’ on the infrastructure plan. Texas State Rep. Alex Dominguez, Texas State Rep. Julie Johnson, Derrick Johnson, Beto O’Rourke, Michigan...


Texas Democrats arrive in DC after fleeing state in latest fight to block GOP restrictive voter bill

Tonight on the Last Word: Texas Democrats urge Congress to pass federal voter protections. Also, Trump loyalists target Rep. Katie Porter’s town hall. Plus, Michael Wolff talks to Lawrence about his new book, “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency.” And Senate Democrats hope to reach a deal on infrastructure reconciliation this week. Texas State Rep. Gina Hinojosa, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Katie Porter, Eugene Robinson and Steven Dennis also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Biden to deliver voting rights speech on Tuesday as GOP try to suppress vote, hold sham ‘audits’ and subvert elections

Tonight on the Last Word: Texas Senate Democrats unveil an expansive voting rights bill. Also, the Senate may work into the August recess to pass the infrastructure plan. Plus, the Trump Organization indictment may mean trouble for the Trump kids. The Biden administration issues 72 directives to federal agencies to empower workers and consumers. And Republican Rep. Gosar aligns with a white nationalist leader. TX Rep. Armando Martinez, Judge Lina Hidalgo, PA Sen. Jay Costa, Christina Greer,...


GOP plotting to use gerrymandering to create more favorable 2022 midterm map

Tonight on the Last Word: Texas Republicans renew their push to pass a restrictive voting bill. Also, civil rights leaders call on the Biden administration to protect voting rights in all states. And Labor Secretary Marty Walsh talks to Lawrence about the bipartisan infrastructure deal. Eric Holder, Dr. Johnneta Cole, Damon Hewitt, TX Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer and TX Rep. Jessica González also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


The Cruelty of Trump & the Republicans

Tonight on the Last Word: A new book claims Donald Trump praised Adolf Hitler to John Kelly on a 2018 Europe trip. Also, a new Texas GOP voting bill removes provisions on overturning elections and limits on Sunday voting hours. Plus, Trump files doomed lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in a fundraising publicity stunt. And the Senate could consider the bipartisan infrastructure bill as early as July 19. Adam Serwer, Jelani Cobb, Rep. Colin Allred, TX Rep. Gina Hinojosa, Tim...


Trump appears to acknowledge alleged tax fraud scheme

Tonight on the Last Word: New records reportedly detail intense pressure by Donald Trump’s allies on Arizona election officials after Trump’s loss. Also, hundreds of Capitol attack suspects remain at large. Plus, Texas Democrats brace for the next fight to block Republican voter restrictions in a special session on Thursday. And farmworkers work through dangerous heat waves. Ezra Klein, Eugene Robinson, Rep. Eric Swalwell, TX Rep. John Bucy III, TX Rep. Julie Johnson, Rep. Raul Ruiz and...


Trump Org. & CFO Weisselberg charged with conspiracy, tax fraud, falsifying business records

Tonight on the Last Word: The Manhattan district attorney charges Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg with 15 counts in a “sweeping and audacious” tax fraud scheme. Also, Donald Trump faces lawsuits related to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Plus, a Supreme Court ruling weakens the Voting Rights Act for the second time in eight years. And search & rescue efforts are still underway following the condo collapse in Surfside, FL. Andrew Weissmann, Susan Hoffinger, Dan Shaviro, Tim O’Brien,...


New York Grand Jury indicts Trump Org. & CFO Allen Weisselberg

Tonight on the Last Word: A New York grand jury files criminal indictments against Trump Organization and its CFO, Allen Weisselberg. Also, the White House and Democratic leaders are working to unite the party behind the infrastructure spending bill. And a poll shows 62% of voters support passing both of President Biden’s infrastructure plans. Rep. Adam Schiff, Adam Kaufmann, Zerlina Maxwell, Jonathan Alter, Rep. John Yarmuth and Steven Dennis join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Biden selling historic infrastructure deal, including roads, bridges, jobs

Tonight on the Last Word: The Biden administration is working to unite Democrats on infrastructure bills. Also, Sen. Joe Manchin supports the Democratic-only infrastructure reconciliation bill. Plus, Rep. Val Demings discusses the need to eliminate the Senate filibuster to overcome GOP obstruction and pass the Biden agenda. Donald Trump attacks former Attorney General Bill Barr for refuting election lies. And the pandemic rages worldwide as the U.S. offers incentives for the Covid-19...


Trump lawyer: Manhattan DA first to focus criminal charges on Trump Organization’s fringe benefits

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump Organization lawyers meet with Manhattan prosecutors, hoping to make a last-ditch effort to fend off criminal charges. Also, President Biden reiterates his support for the bipartisan infrastructure plan. Plus, Rep. Tim Ryan responds to attacks by Donald Trump. And the Ethiopian government announces a ceasefire with Tigray rebels. Daniel Alonso, Tim O’Brien, Kurt Andersen, Jonathan Alter, Jim Manley, Eugene Robinson and Nick Kristof also join Lawrence...


Trump Organization & CFO Weisselberg to face criminal charges as soon as next week

Tonight on the Last Word: The Manhattan district attorney’s office is expected to hit the Trump Organization with criminal charges as early as next week. Also, Derek Chauvin is sentenced to 22.5 years for George Floyd’s murder. Plus, the Department of Justice vows to prosecute threats against election officials. And an emergency declaration is approved for the collapse of a Florida apartment building. Daniel Alonso, Daniel Goldman, David Cay Johnston, Jerry Blackwell, Steve Schleicher,...