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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.




Conspiracy theorist Scott Atlas resigns as Trump Covid-19 adviser

Tonight on the Last Word: Joe Biden will be sworn in as president in 51 days. Also, House Democrats demand that Trump officials preserve documents during the presidential transition. Plus, nearly one million absentee ballots were requested ahead of Georgia’s runoff election. And Noah Harris talks to Lawrence about becoming the first Black man elected as Harvard University’s student body president. Sam Stein, Yamiche Alcindor, Rep. Sean Casten and Jon Ossoff also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Trump pardons Michael Flynn, who twice admitted to lying to FBI

Tonight on the Last Word: Donald Trump pardons former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Also, the New York Times reports that Trump is weighing a wave of pardons before leaving office. Plus, Joe Scarborough talks to Lawrence about what President-elect Joe Biden can learn from President Truman. And Emmy-winning actor Richard Schiff shares his experience fighting and recovering from Covid-19. Ben Rhodes, Christina Greer and Neal Katyal also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Biden announces first cabinet picks

Tonight on the Last Word: President-Elect Joe Biden announces his first cabinet members. Lawrence talks to Yamiche Alcindor, Claire McCaskill, and John Brennan for their reactions. Plus, Long Beach, California Mayor Robert Garcia talks about the ongoing pandemic and the importance of staying safe. The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer also joins the Last Word to talk about Charles Koch’s ‘apology tour’ and how it may be more of a rebranding. And Congresswoman Lucy McBath discusses with Lawrence how...


Mitch McConnell refusing to move on covid relief talks as programs set to expire by end of year

Policies from covid relief are set to expire by the end of the year if the Senate doesn’t take up the House’s HEROES Act. Sen. Chris Murphy blames Sen. Mitch McConnell: "He has refused to negotiate with anybody ... because he's afraid of splitting his caucus."


GSA begins presidential transition process

Tonight on the Last Word: Donald Trump will not concede even as the presidential transition begins. Also, Amb. Wendy Sherman talks to Lawrence about President-elect Joe Biden’s picks for key posts in the new White House administration. Plus, the Michigan elections board votes to certify Joe Biden’s win. And Julián Castro explains the importance of representation in Biden’s picks for his cabinet. John Heilemann, Jennifer Palmieri and Neal Katyal also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Democrats demand briefing from Trump appointee for refusing to certify Biden’s win

Tonight on the Last Word: Lawrence O’Donnell thanks Rachel Maddow for her plea to everyone to “recalibrate their thinking” after her partner got very sick with Covid-19. Also, the Trump campaign continues to lose election lawsuits. Plus, Donald Trump pressures Michigan Republicans to overturn election results. And Georgia Sen. David Perdue faces more allegations of profiting off his Senate positions. Zerlina Maxwell, David Frum, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and Jon...


Current & former Trump officials quietly reach out to Biden team

Tonight on the Last Word: Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power joins Lawrence to discuss Donald Trump’s GSA appointee stonewalling Joe Biden’s transition and how Vladimir Putin and the world are looking at our democracy. Also, a powerful essay in the Washington Post calls out the Republican party standing by as Donald Trump refuses to concede the election as an example of white male privilege. Plus, Rep.-elect Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-7) talks to Lawrence about flipping a...


Trump fires official who refuted his election disinformation

Tonight on the Last Word: Donald Trump fires a top DHS cybersecurity official who debunked Trump’s baseless voter fraud claims. Also, Laurence Tribe talks to Lawrence about Trump’s GSA head blocking President-elect Joe Biden’s transition efforts. Plus, an official corroborates the Georgia secretary of state account that South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham called to exclude legal ballots. And medical groups urge Trump to share Covid-19 information with the Biden team. John Brennan, Jelani...


Trump tweets lies about election, ignores worsening pandemic

Tonight on the Last Word: The Trump administration is refusing to cooperate with the Biden transition. Also, Trump’s GSA head refuses to acknowledge the election results. Plus, Bob Woodward talks to Lawrence about the final days in office for Richard Nixon and Donald Trump. And the U.S. has over 11 million Covid-19 cases and over 247,000 deaths. John Heilemann, Errin Haines, Don Fox and Dr. Celine Gounder also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


NBC News: Joe Biden projected to win 306 electoral college votes

Tonight on the Last Word: Joe Biden becomes the first Democrat since 1996 to win Arizona. Also, Jen O’Malley Dillon becomes the first woman to manage a winning Dem presidential campaign. Plus, the U.S. hits the third straight day of record high new daily Covid-19 cases. And Donald Trump faces a legal avalanche when he leaves the White House. LaTosha Brown, Arizona Secy. of State Katie Hobbs, David Plouffe, Laurie Garrett, Yamiche Alcindor and Zerlina Maxwell join Lawrence O’Donnell.


GOP senators buck Trump, call for Biden to get intel briefs

Tonight on the Last Word: Ron Klain joins Lawrence for an exclusive interview after being named President-elect Joe Biden’s White House chief of staff. Also, Sen. Tammy Duckworth marks her “Alive Day” 16 years after surviving a helicopter attack in Iraq. And former President Obama reflects on how he communicated to the American people in his new memoir. Ben Rhodes and David Plouffe also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Joe Biden names Ron Klain as White House chief of staff

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump has not made public remarks since his election loss. Lawrence says the five days of silence is Trump’s concession speech. Also, a Trump appointee holds up critical transition funds, office space and equipment for the incoming Biden administration. Plus, President-elect Biden forms a special Covid-19 transition team. Evan Osnos talks to Lawrence about how Biden’s family contributed to his successful campaign. And as Georgia secretary of state orders a recount...


Biden on Trump’s refusal to concede: ‘It’s an embarrassment’

Tonight on the Last Word: Donald Trump goes into hiding at the White House after his election loss. Also, Neal Katyal assesses the Supreme Court’s hearing on the Affordable Care Act. Plus, former CIA Director John Brennan talks to Lawrence about fears that Trump could reveal vital national security secrets after he is out of office. A Pennsylvania postal worker admits to fabricating mail ballot claims. And Georgia’s Republican senators call for the Republican secretary of state in Georgia to...


Introducing: Do No Harm

As a bonus for The Last Word listeners, we’re sharing a special preview of “Do No Harm”, a new, six-part original podcast series from NBC News and Wondery. “Do No Harm” is the terrifying true story of one family’s fight against a system so committed to protecting children, it sometimes fails to protect innocent parents. Hosted by NBC News Investigative Reporter Mike Hixenbaugh. Listen to the first two episodes and subscribe to the series:


Trump lashes out after election loss, fires his defense secretary

Tonight on the Last Word: Cities across the U.S. celebrate Biden’s election victory. Also, Georgia becomes the center of the political universe as both senate races there will head to a runoff to decide which party controls the Senate. Plus, Mary Trump discusses Donald Trump’s refusal to concede. Caroline Randall Williams talks to Lawrence about the crucial role of Black women voters in electing Kamala Harris the next Vice President. And Chairman Adam Schiff reacts to Trump firing Secretary...


Biden leads Trump by double digits in national polls

Tonight on the Last Word: Joe Biden calls Donald Trump “a disgrace” for considering firing Dr. Fauci. Also, former President Barack Obama slams Trump in an election eve rally in Miami. Plus, a federal judge rejects a Republican bid to toss 127,000 drive-thru ballots in Texas. Charlie Cook predicts Democrats will take control of the Senate. Yamiche Alcindor explains how Democratic VP nominee Kamala Harris is on the verge of making U.S. election history. And Ray Charles gets tonight’s last...


Biden: ‘Keep your sense of optimism’ in final days of election

Tonight on the Last Word: Lawrence O’Donnell builds on Vice President Biden’s message of optimism with four days to go until election day. Early voting in Texas surpasses the state’s total turnout in 2016. Also, Florida State Rep. Kionne McGhee raises concerns about new video that shows mail going undelivered in a post office in Southern Florida that includes mail-in ballots. Plus, 7 Pennsylvania counties will not count ballots until November 4th. And Jon Ossoff talks to Lawrence about his...


Biden: ‘The heart and soul of this country is at stake’

Tonight on the Last Word: Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in national and battleground state polls. Also, Kate Bedingfield, Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director for the Biden campaign, looks ahead to the final weekend of campaigning before the election. Plus, the final ballot count in Michigan could take up to 80 hours. Biden vows to form a task force on the first day of his presidency to reunite migrant children with their parents. And Sen. Doug Jones talks to Lawrence about...


Biden: Trump leaves everyone else to suffer from his failure

Tonight on the Last Word: The Trump White House pretends Donald Trump ‘ended’ the Covid-19 pandemic. Also, Rep. Katie Porter talks to Lawrence about the importance of counting every ballot in an election. Plus, Steve Kornacki heads to the big board to explain the current state of the presidential race. Donald Trump doesn’t want states to count ballots after Election Day. And former Gov. John Hickenlooper looks to unseat Sen. Cory Gardner in the Colorado Senate race. Alex Wagner, John...


VP Biden’s closing message against Trump

Tonight on the Last Word: As early voting continues to smash records across the country, Biden and Obama hit the campaign trail criticizing Trump in very different ways. Also, Sen. Amy Klobuchar talks to Lawrence about what you need to know about election night. Plus, Rep. Debbie Dingell saw a Trump win in her home state of Michigan four years ago. She joins Lawrence tonight to talk about what she is seeing now on the campaign trail. And a former aide to Vice President Mike Pence discusses...