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Lawrence O'Donnell: Politics as Entertainment

Friday, November 02, 2012

Political candidacies now seem to be as much about narrative as experience, with each campaign vying to control “the story” of its candidate. Lawrence O’Donnell is a former senate staffer who became a writer for The West Wing, and now hosts a political show on MSNBC. Kurt spoke with him about ...

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Studio 360

Presidential Jingles and Sympathy for the Loser

Friday, November 02, 2012

If this presidential election were a Hollywood movie, how would it end? Kurt Andersen talks with Lawrence O’Donnell (formerly a writer on The West Wing, now a political pundit on MSNBC) about the more interesting outcome. For the loser, David Ellis Dickerson, a Hallmark veteran, has a custom greeting card ...

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The Empire

Bloomberg presses gun control

Friday, January 28, 2011

Bloomberg kept pressing the White House on gun control, telling Lawrence O'Donnell that getting federal agencies to enforce laws already on the books doesn't need congressional approval. The mayor suggested Obama order agencies to certify that they are, in fact, sharing information with the national gun registry about people who are deemed unqualified to buy firearms.

The mayor said congressional approval for that isn't needed, so, basically, Obama could get this done with the stroke of his pen.

The comments - 515 of them so far - are not all flattering. One person claiming to have met Bloomberg, suggested the mayor "walk 6 blocks to the the 24-hour Walgreens....just you and your wallet and see how safe your NYC feels."

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The Empire

Olbermann leaves MSNBC

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Keith Olbermann's abrupt departure from MSNBC is, according to Brian Stelter, about "what he did after the suspension."

His 8 p.m. slot is going to The Last Word, with Lawrence O'Donnell.

It's unclear where Olbermann will pop up next, or when.

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Studio 360

Larry O'Donnell

Friday, October 24, 2008

A political analyst for MSNBC, Larry O’Donnell has worked for Daniel Patrick Moynihan and wrote for the TV series “The West Wing.” O’Donnell tells Kurt about how this fall’s debates echoed the fictional ones he wrote years ago.

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Studio 360

Election, Magic, Kaufman

Friday, October 24, 2008

Kurt explores how today’s candidates borrow their strategies from magicians, hit TV shows, and Puritan theology. With writer Sarah Vowell and actress Sarah Jones, who describes how “sounding black” may have helped Obama. Plus, screenwriter and director Charlie Kaufman; his new film is “Synecdoche, New York.”

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Studio 360

Election, Strike, Synesthesia

Friday, February 01, 2008

Studio 360 is ripped from the headlines. High drama hits the campaign trail, and we reveal the private lives of striking writers. When federal agents raid California art collections, museum directors around the country start shaking in their boots. Plus, we remember Andy Palacio, a rising pop star and cultural ambassador from Belize.

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