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Gay soldier draws boos at debate

09/23/11 04:27PM

The audience stole the show yet again at a Republican debate. The most cringe-worthy moment of last night's event came when the crowd booed a gay soldier serving overseas in Iraq.Soldier Stephen Hill posed a question via YouTube to Rick Santorum, addressing the repeal of DADT. Hill said he's had to "lie about who read more

First Word: Friday, September 23

09/23/11 02:53PM

Here a look at stories we're following today. What headlines are you clicking on?Republican debate audience boos gay soldier after DADT repeal questionRick Perry's challenging road aheadPerry: Republicans don't need to elect 'the smoothest debater'Government shutdown a step closer as Senate kills House billPalestinians... read more

GOP candidates assemble in Florida

GOP candidates assemble in Florida

09/22/11 08:00PM

Republican presidential candidates gather for another debate. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell gets analysis from Steve Schmidt, a senior advisor to the McCain-Palin campaign, and Howard Fineman of the Huffington Post. watch

Post-Republican debate analysis

Post-Republican debate analysis

09/22/11 08:00PM

Rick Perry and Mitt Romney sparred about Social Security, health care and what is and is not in their respective books. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell discusses the winners and losers with MSNBC's Chris Hayes and Howard Fineman and Sam Stein, both of The... watch

Rewriting the American death penalty

Rewriting the American death penalty

09/22/11 08:00PM

The execution of Troy Davis drew an unprecedented amount of media attention. But where was the outrage over Derrick Mason who was put to death in Alabama today? MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell has more in the Rewrite. watch

Former executioner speaks out

Former executioner speaks out

09/22/11 08:00PM

What happens to the person whose job it is to kill someone on death row? Jeanne Woodford, the Executive Director of Death Penalty Focus and former prison warden of San Quentin, joins the show to describe her experience. watch

MTV's Jersey Shore cast member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi

In defense of Snooki and NJ film tax credits

09/22/11 07:05PM

UPDATE (Sept. 27): Christie vetoed the tax credit, but only the one for production of "Jersey Shore"New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has drawn fire in the past for his love of budget cuts. Now it seems he's focusing in on The Arts. At issue is a tax credit approved for production of MTV's infamous reality show, Jersey... read more

You tell 'em, Elizabeth Warren

09/22/11 06:37PM

Elizabeth Warren is about to become the new working class hero. A recent viral video shows the former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau masterfully breaking down progressive economics to its simplest form. She rebukes the Republican notion that taxing the wealthy is "class warfare":"I hear all this, you know, ‘Well,... read more

Orszag dismisses claims in Suskind book

09/22/11 04:45PM

On last night’s show, msnbc's Martin Bashir grilled Ron Suskind over Confidence Men. The book claims life inside the Obama White House isn't all that peachy, especially for women, because of a boys-club attitude and general dysfunction on how to handle the financial crisis.Former White House budget director Peter Orszag is one of the... read more

First Word: Thursday, September 22

09/22/11 02:53PM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. Anything on your Rewrite radar? Tell us what stories you're interested in now.The last words of Troy Davis before execution: 'I am innocent'Orszag: Suskind criticism 'inconsistent with my experience'Elizabeth Warren blasts GOP 'class warfare' charge... read more

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About The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

Lawrence O’Donnell brings his extraordinary background in politics and entertainment to “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” airing weeknights on MSNBC. 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,” O’Donnell gives the last word and rewrites the most compelling stories of the day.

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