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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

Funeral of Daunte Wright comes days after Chauvin guilty verdict

4/22/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: An alternate juror in the Derek Chauvin trial says the medical expert testimony convinced her of Chauvin’s guilt. Also, Republicans unveil a $568 billion counteroffer to President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan. Plus, protesters across Russia call for the release of Alexei Navalny. And Lincoln University becomes the first HBCU to launch a police academy aimed at community-based policing. Rep. Val Demings, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, Michael McFaul, Nadya...

Duration:00:44:04

3 ex-officers at Floyd murder scene to be tried in August

4/21/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: Attorney General Merrick Garland opens an investigation into Minneapolis Police Department practices. Also, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation begins looking into the fatal police shooting of a 16-year-old girl in Columbus. Plus, the Biden administration reaches the goal of 200 million COVID vaccine shots in arms. President Biden meets with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. And a daughter of farmworkers defies odds and receives a full scholarship...

Duration:00:43:32

Dereck Chauvin found guilty of murdering George Floyd

4/20/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: Dereck Chauvin is convicted of all counts of murder and manslaughter in George Floyd’s death. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz talks to Lawrence about the work that still needs to be done. Joy Reid joins Lawrence with her reflections on today’s historic verdict. And Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, talks to Lawrence about how to live up to George Floyd’s legacy. Lawrence gives a special last word dedicated to the heroism of...

Duration:00:45:03

Prosecutor: ‘No excuse’ for Chauvin’s deadly force

4/19/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: The Derek Chauvin jury concludes the first day of deliberations. Also, Judge LaJune Lange talks to Lawrence about the Chauvin trial and what to expect in jury deliberations. Plus, former Vice President Walter Mondale has died at age 93. President Biden holds a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers on the infrastructure plan. And Attorney General Merrick Garland vows to combat domestic extremism. Kirk Burkhalter, Marq Claxton, Elizabeth Drew, Sen. John Hickenlooper and...

Duration:00:40:19

400+ arrested in sweeping Jan. 6th investigation

4/16/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: Republicans step up voter suppression efforts after the “big lie” about the 2020 election and the Capitol riot. Also, Florida House Republicans are pushing a bill to ban trans athletes from participating in girls’ or women’s sports. Plus, a poll shows 80% of Black adults have little to no confidence in the police. And a nurse practitioner rushes to give COVID vaccines that would otherwise expire to those who are homebound. Glenn Kirschner, Yamiche Alcindor, Errin...

Duration:00:43:09

Day 14: Defense rests without Derek Chauvin’s testimony

4/15/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: The Derek Chauvin jury will hear closing arguments Monday. Also, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff talks to Lawrence about President Biden’s new sanctions on Russia for interference in U.S. elections. Plus, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy defends inaction on Rep. Matt Gaetz. New polling shows the majority of Americans support Biden’s infrastructure plan. And West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin wields power as the Democrats’ 50th vote. Kirk...

Duration:00:44:13

Wright family attorney on manslaughter charge against officer: ‘This was no accident’

4/15/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: The officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright is released from jail after being charged with manslaughter. Also, the prosecution highlights inconsistencies in the Derek Chauvin defense team’s expert medical witness. Plus, President Biden declares an end to the “forever war” in Afghanistan. And President Biden and Vice President Harris meet with the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss police reform amid protests over Daunte Wright’s killing. Ron Allen, F. Clayton...

Duration:00:44:41

Police chief and officer who shot Daunte Wright resign

4/13/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: The Brooklyn Center mayor calls on the Minnesota attorney general to investigate the shooting of Daunte Wright. Also, the Derek Chauvin defense team tries to put George Floyd on trial. Plus, the families of George Floyd and Daunte Wright hold a joint news conference demanding justice. St. Louis Mayor-elect Tishaura Jones talks to Lawrence about how to improve policing across the country. And police order protesters to disperse ahead of curfew. Ron Allen, Josie Duffy...

Duration:00:46:44

Autopsy: Daunte Wright’s death was homicide by gunshot wound to the chest

4/12/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: Hundreds protest after the police killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in a traffic stop last night. Also, a use-of-force expert testifies that “no reasonable officer” would find Derek Chauvin’s actions appropriate. And an Army lieutenant sues Virginia police after being pepper sprayed and held at gunpoint in a traffic stop. Ron Allen, Kirk Burkhalter, Marq Claxton, Morgan Chesky, Cedric Alexander and Jonathan Capehart join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Duration:00:48:34

Medical examiner reaffirms Floyd’s death was a homicide

4/9/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: How the Chauvin trial is bearing witness to George Floyd’s death. Also, the House Ethics Committee opens an investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz. Plus, Rep. Debbie Dingell talks to Ali about President Biden’s infrastructure plans for the future. Economist Stephanie Kelton discusses why Joe Biden and Democrats should go big on policy. And ten House Democrats join the lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of inciting the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. Paul Butler,...

Duration:00:44:40

Pulminologist Dr. Martin Tobin delivers stunning medical testimony on day 9 of Chauvin trial

4/8/2021
Tonight on The Last Word: The trial of Derek Chauvin continued today as Dr. Martin Tobin directly tied George Floyd’s death to Officer Chauvin essentially shutting down Floyd’s left lung, pointing out that the amount of time from when George Floyd takes his last breath to when Derek Chauvin takes his knee off of his neck was 3 minutes and 27 seconds. Melissa Murray and Kirk Burkhalter react to Dr. Tobin’s crucial expertise. An associate of Matt Gaetz is expected to plead guilty to charges of...

Duration:00:44:05

Democrats fight back against dozens of GOP bills aimed at restricting voting access in Texas

4/7/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro call on companies to stand up against Texas Republican voter suppression bills. Also, a use-of-force expert testifies that Derek Chauvin used deadly force on George Floyd when no force was necessary. Plus, Rep. Matt Gaetz again denies any crimes and calls the new investigation “a general fishing exercise.” And Boston’s Acting Mayor Kim Janey talks to Lawrence about launching her campaign for a full term. Kirk Burkhalter, Marq Claxton,...

Duration:00:44:31

Expert testifies Chauvin’s use of force was ‘excessive’

4/6/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: Prosecutors call on Minneapolis Police officers to testify in Derek Chauvin’s trial. Also, the Biden administration hits the milestone of 150 million COVID vaccine shots in arms. Plus, the New York Times reports that Rep. Matt Gaetz sought “blanket pre-emptive pardons for himself and unidentified congressional allies” in the last weeks of former President Trump’s term. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis talks to Lawrence about the MLB moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta to...

Duration:00:44:05

Chauvin trial continues with key testimony from Minneapolis police chief

4/5/2021
Tonight on The Last Word: The trial of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd continued today with Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo claiming that Chauvin’s choice of restraint against Floyd is in no way part of the force’s policies, ethics or values. A new ruling from the Senate parliamentarian today will allow two new bills to be passed with a simple majority vote, providing a new avenue to pass President Biden’s infrastructure plan through...

Duration:00:41:59

One officer dead, one injured in attack at Capitol

4/2/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: A U.S. Capitol Police officer was killed after a man rammed his car into a security barricade outside the Capitol. Also, corporate America is waking up to the power of the voting rights movement. Plus, the most senior officer with the Minneapolis Police Department testifies that Derek Chauvin’s use of force against George Floyd was “totally unnecessary.” President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan goes beyond roads and bridges. And Republicans keep their...

Duration:00:44:01

Girlfriend testifies about George Floyd’s personal life

4/1/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: A paramedic testifies George Floyd was dead upon arrival. Also, the New York Times reports that Rep. Matt Gaetz is under investigation for allegedly sending women money via cash apps after they were recruited online for sex. Plus, a judge rules the nondisclosure agreement Donald Trump had his campaign staff sign is invalid. Arizona Republicans abruptly end the debate on a bill that would stop some voters from receiving mail ballots automatically. And President Biden...

Duration:00:43:59

Biden: This will be ‘moment America won the future’

3/31/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg talks to Lawrence about President Biden’s infrastructure plan. Also, Biden looks to make good on his campaign promise to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. Plus, two Capitol police officers sue Donald Trump for directing the Jan. 6 insurrection. Derek Chauvin trial witnesses describe grief and regret. And First Lady Dr. Jill Biden meets with California farmworkers on César Chávez Day. Majority Whip James...

Duration:00:43:48

Teen who recorded George Floyd’s death gives emotional account

3/30/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: An off-duty firefighter testifies she begged officers to let her give George Floyd medical attention. Also, President Biden announces 11 diverse judicial nominees in an effort to reshape the courts. Plus, the New York Times reports the Department of Justice is investigating Congressman Matt Gaetz over an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. And California Attorney General Nominee Rob Bonta talks to Lawrence about police reforms in the wake of George...

Duration:00:44:40

Derek Chauvin murder trial begins as George Floyd’s death sparks police reform measures

3/29/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: New York City ends qualified immunity for police officers in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Also, federal prosecutors say a Capitol riot suspect threatened to kill a Capitol police officer after Jan. 6. Plus, Dr. Deborah Birx admits the Trump administration could have cut COVID deaths. Ezra Klein talks to Lawrence about the new Democratic strategy to help get President Biden’s legislative agenda through the Senate. And Georgia prosecutors are considering a “false...

Duration:00:42:51

GOP voter suppression legislation threatens U.S. democracy

3/26/2021
Tonight on the Last Word: Michigan Republicans plot to bypass the Democratic governor to change voting laws. Also, demographic shifts are turning Georgia blue despite new voter suppression efforts. Plus, repeated lies about election machines lead to defamation suits. A poll shows a majority of voters support the For The People Act. And a massive cargo ship stuck in the Suez canal disrupts global trade. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Charniele Herring, Jonathan Capehart, Glenn...

Duration:00:41:57