Lawrence O'Donnell's file:

Lawrence O'Donnell is the host of MSNBC’s The Last Word. He was formerly the chief of staff for both the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and the Committee on Environment & Public Works in the 1990's. He is also an actor, and has been executive producer of the television shows The West Wing and Mister Sterling. O'Donnell blogs at the Huffington Post as well. In the past, O'Donnell has described himself as a socialist.

Recent statements involving Lawrence O'Donnell

Because of the current immigration crisis, Republicans want to "repeal" a 2008 law that President George W. Bush signed and "want to be on record as not wanting to protect children from ... sex trafficking."    

"Radio Marti and TV Marti have spent more than $500 million to reach less than 1 percent of the Cuban population."  

Chris Christie "helped funnel $6 million in federal Hurricane Sandy money to a senior center in Belleville, N.J., a place that suffered no damage."

"The IRS has been specifically forbidden ...  from ever actually pursuing either civil or criminal remedies" for people who don’t purchase health insurance.

Says critics called the original GI Bill "welfare."

Recent stories featuring Lawrence O'Donnell

Lawrence O'Donnell claim about GI Bill/welfare fueled No. 3 fact check of 2012:

A promotional spot for Lawrence O'Donnell's MSNBC program stirred our interest after O'Donnell said critics likened the original GI Bill to welfare. Our plunge into post-war history led to a fact check that ranked high among the year's reader favorites.

Mailbag: "Do you even check your own facts?":

Our checks of claims by Lamar Smith and Lawrence O'Donnell drew emails from readers. Let's sample the mailbag.

MSNBC host O'Donnell mostly wrong on GI Bill being called welfare:

In a much-aired advertisement, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell forcefully says critics called the GI Bill welfare. That’s not quite so.

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