The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell

By Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC

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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.


Episode Date
VP Biden’s closing message against Trump
00:43:54

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 voting for a Democratic ticket for the first time. Jim Messina, Eugene Robinson and Olivia Troye also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Oct 28, 2020
"We are not going to control the pandemic" overtakes the final week of the 2020 campaign
00:42:06

Tonight on the Last Word: Lawrence talks to Ronald Klain and Dr. Michael Osterholm about the Trump Administration’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic. David Plouffe and John Heilemann join to talk about Joe Biden’s path to victory with a little more than a week out from election day. Jeremy Smith of Register2Vote talks about ongoing mail delays at USPS and how that may impact mail-in ballots. And Lawrence talks to Raphael Warnock, who’s running in a close race for U.S. Senate in Georgia. 

Oct 27, 2020
U.S. day of records: most new covid cases and most early votes
00:42:19

Tonight on the Last Word: Steve Kornacki breaks down the latest in the presidential election and what will Joe Biden needs to do to hit 270. Karine Jean-Pierre joins to talk about the Biden campaign’s efforts in flipping Georgia and their plans to end the pandemic. Mary Trump gives her thoughts on the debate and President Trump’s claim that ‘he’s the least racist person.’ In another win for Pennsylvania voters, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court prohibited counties from rejecting ballots based on voters’ signatures. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro joins the Last Word tonight. And Mike Espy is running for U.S. Senate in Mississippi, he talks to Lawrence about his run.

Oct 24, 2020
Obama defends Biden, hits Trump in first campaign events
00:42:49

Tonight on the Last Word: Former President Barack Obama delivers a scathing rebuke of Trump in Philadelphia. The DNI and the FBI held a joint news conference to say Russia and Iran have interfered in the U.S. election, but the event only led to more questions than answers. Susan Rice and Rep. Adam Schiff react to the breaking news. And Obama urges Black voters to cast ballots in record numbers. Yamiche Alcindor, Eddie Glaude, Pa. State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta and Trymaine Lee also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Oct 22, 2020
Harris: Trump showed ‘reckless disregard for human life’
00:41:43

Tonight on the Last Word: Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris explains that Trump's coronavirus response shows a “reckless disregard for human life.” Our guests discuss that is driving Trump’s poor performance in polls and Republicans endorsing Joe Biden, like former RNC chairman Michael Steele. Also, the New York Times reporting on Trump’s taxes reveal he has a secret bank account in China. Plus, Rep. Chrissy Houlahan talks to Lawrence about how Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation could impact the 2020 election results. The Texas Senate race tightens ahead of Election Day. And a woman who lost her husband to Covid-19 urges others to support Joe Biden. John Heilemann, Renee Graham, Tim O’Brien, MJ Hegar and Alice Roberts also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Oct 21, 2020
Trump attacks Dr. Fauci and makes baseless Covid-19 claims
00:42:14

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump slanders Dr. Fauci for telling the truth. Also, a man is arrested after allegedly threatening to kidnap and kill the Wichita mayor over a Covid-19 mask mandate. Plus, 30 million ballots have already been cast in the 2020 election. Jaime Harrison returns to discuss the state of his race against Sen. Lindsey Graham. And Republican Sen. David Perdue faces backlash after mocking VP Democratic candidate Kamala Harris’ name. Dr. Vin Gupta, Olivia Troye, Mayor Brandon Whipple, LaTosha Brown and Jon Ossoff also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Oct 20, 2020
Joe Biden: ‘The words of a president matter’
00:43:27

Tonight on the Last Word: Joe Biden and Donald Trump conduct dueling town halls. Also, Biden condemns Trump for not wearing a mask and says he’ll demand Trump get tested for Covid-19 before the next debate. And an assistant U.S. attorney leaves the Justice Department after 36 years over Attorney General William Barr. Symone Sanders, Renee Graham, Stuart Stevens, Maria Teresa Kumar, Dr. Rob Davidson and Phillip Halpern join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Oct 16, 2020
Don’t fall for Washington speak on Covid-19 relief bills
00:41:51

Tonight on the Last Word: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talks to Lawrence about ongoing Covid-19 relief bill negotiations. Also, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo discusses leadership lessons from the pandemic and the state of the 2020 presidential race. And the New York Times reports Trump defectors are helping Joe Biden build a strong lead in battleground states. Yamiche Alcindor and David Plouffe also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Oct 15, 2020
John Heilemann: The Trump coalition is unraveling
00:43:55

Tonight on the Last Word: It’s the first day of in-person early voting in Texas and Kentucky while early voting records are being set in multiple states. Also, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett refuses to say voter intimidation is illegal as Democrats hit her on her past comments against Obamacare. Plus, former fighter pilot and Marine Lieutenant Colonel Amy McGrath joins as she campaigns to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. And former Obama White House photographer Pete Souza talks to Lawrence about the premiere of his documentary “The Way I See It” on MSNBC. Zerlina Maxwell, John Heilemann and Sen. Amy Klobuchar also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Oct 14, 2020
Dr. Fauci on Trump rallies: ‘That is asking for trouble’
00:41:33

Tonight on the Last Word: Joe Biden is polling ahead in states that Donald Trump narrowly won in 2016. Also, Dahlia Lithwick and law professor Melissa Murray talk to Lawrence about Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Plus, Johnson & Johnson pauses clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine over an “unexplained” patient illness. And Democrats are outpacing Republicans in vote-by-mail ballot returns. Eugene Robinson, David Plouffe, Dr. Ashish Jha and Pennsylvania State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Oct 13, 2020
Trump Covid-19 treatments tested in cells derived from fetal tissue
00:43:25

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump demonstrates GOP hypocrisy on abortion Also, the Trump administration is planning a possible second super spreader event on White House grounds. Plus, Glenn Kirschner talks to Lawrence about the criminal charges Trump could face after his term ends. And even though the FBI stopped a plot to kidnap Mixhigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, militia expert Kathleen Belew says there are even more scary plots out there. Yamiche Alcindor, Jonathan Alter and Dr. Vin Gupta also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Oct 10, 2020
FBI: Extremists plotted kidnapping of Michigan governor
00:43:59

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump attacks Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after the FBI uncovered a plot to kidnap and murder her. Also, Vice President Mike Pence refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. Plus, the Washington, D.C. health department urges White House attendees to get tested for Covid-19. And Sen. Kamala Harris makes history on the vice presidential debate stage. Sen. Gary Peters, Olivia Troye, Neal Katyal, Ron Klain and Caroline Randall Williams also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Oct 09, 2020
Is Trump in panic mode inside the White House?
00:44:06

Tonight on the Last Word: Lawrence breaks down all the numbers causing Trump stress as some wonder if Trump’s erratic behavior today is because of his covid treatments. Also, after the Maddow show breaks the news former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden endorses Joe Biden for president, John Brennan says Hayden is speaking truth to the American people. Plus, Biden outlines his plan to unite a divided country in what Lawrence calls Biden’s best speech ever.  And MJ Hegar looks to unseat GOP Sen. John Cornyn in Texas. Olivia Troye, John Heilemann, Christina Greer and Renee Graham also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Oct 07, 2020
Trump, still infectious, returns to the White House and removes mask
00:40:08

Tonight on the Last Word: Donald Trump removes his face mask as he returns to the White House after being hospitalized for Covid-19. Also, Senator Amy Klobuchar talks to Lawrence about objections to the Republicans trying to begin confirmation hearings of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett while committee members have Covid-19. Plus, David Plouffe and Zerlina Maxwell discuss the new presidential race polling that shows Biden expanding his lead. And Anand Giridharadas discusses helps make sense of the last 10 days of incredible news headlines in his new article about Trump called “The illness he is.” Shannon Pettypiece and Dr. Zeke Emanuel also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Oct 06, 2020
Introducing Kamala: Next in Line
00:05:34

As a bonus for Last Word listeners, we’re sharing a special preview of Kamala: Next in Line, a six-part podcast from MSNBC and Wondery that goes inside the cross-cultural journey that led Senator Kamala Harris from her humble roots to become the first African-American woman to be the Vice Presidential nominee for a major party. From Oakland to Howard University, and California to Washington DC, experience her story as it has never been told before. Hosted by MSNBC's Joy Reid, the show features exclusive interviews with those who know her best, painting a picture of a woman who has fought her way to the top at every turn. Listen to the first episode, and subscribe to the series now: https://slink.chtbl.com/description-kamala

Oct 05, 2020
White House & GOP rocked by multiple COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours
00:51:32

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump is hospitalized at Walter Reed with coronavirus. Also, Kellyanne Conway announced that she is the latest White House staffer to test positive for Covid-19. Plus, Mike Murphy and Neera Tanden talk to Lawrence about how the new cases of coronavirus in the White House might affect the presidential campaign. And a study finds that Trump is the “largest driver” of Covid-19 misinformation in the world. Shannon Pettypiece, Dr. Ashish Jha, Dr. Lipi Roy, Ben Rhodes and Laurie Garrett also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Oct 03, 2020
Hope Hicks tests positive for coronavirus
00:43:43

Tonight on the Last Word: News breaks tonight that close Trump advisor Hope Hicks has coronavirus. Amid the new health crisis, The White House still won’t outright denounce white supremacy. Also, Chairman Adam Schiff talks to Lawrence about Russia spreading disinformation on mail-in voting. Plus, the Commission on Presidential Debates is considering rule changes after Tuesday’s chaotic Trump-Biden debate. Trump plans two Wisconsin rallies amid a massive coronavirus surge. And Mike Espy discusses challenging Cindy Hyde-Smith for the Mississippi Senate seat. Dr. Ashish Jha, Yamiche Alcindor, Christina Greer, George Will and Kara Purviance also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Oct 02, 2020
Trump pushes undecided voters away in first debate
00:45:00

Tonight on the Last Word: David Plouffe, who worked on both Obama presidential campaign wins, explains why he thinks Donald Trump did severe damage to any hopes he has of winning re-election.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren discusses Trump’s tax avoidance scheme. Caroline Randall Williams reacts to the racist moment in the debate when President Trump couldn’t and wouldn’t condemn white supremacy. Plus, Mary Trump gets inside the head of her uncle to explain just how devastating the debate performance was. And Rev. Al Sharpton joins Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss his new book, “Rise Up.”

Oct 01, 2020
Sen. Kamala Harris: we should know who Trump owes money to
00:42:14

Tonight on the Last Word: Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris talks to Lawrence in an exclusive interview about the New York Times reporting of President Trump’s debts and tax avoidance. Also, Trump wants the ninth justice on the Supreme Court to help decide the outcome of the election. Plus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Trump’s taxes reveal a “national security” issue. And recent polls show Joe Biden leading Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. Daniel Goldman, Walter Shaub and Zerlina Maxwell also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Sep 29, 2020
Trump and members of his administration continue attacking integrity of the election
00:44:03

Ali Velshi fills in for Lawrence O’Donnell tonight on The Last Word: Trump continues to undermine the integrity of the election as AG Bill Barr and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows push false, nonexistent claims of voter fraud. We discuss former Pence aide Olivia Troye’s interview with Rachel Maddow earlier tonight in which Troye describes Trump “completely lying” with regards to the dangers of COVID-19, and she claims that the COVID task force doctors faced “political and internal pressure” on public messaging. Plus, the family of Breonna Taylor speaks out, demanding the release of grand jury transcripts. Lastly, a look at how the deaths of icons Rep. John Lewis and Justice Ginsburg have sparked new calls to action in the fight for equality. Rep. Adam Smith, Maria Echaveste, Jon Meachem, Sarah Longwell, Shaquille Brewster, and Melissa Murray join Ali. 

Sep 26, 2020
Justice Ginsburg mourners boo Trump and chant “vote him out”
00:44:21

Tonight on The Last Word: As the election quickly approaches, President Trump is once again refusing to commit to a peaceful transition of power, falsely questioning the legitimacy of the election and mail-in ballots. John Heilemann, Stuart Stevens and Renee Graham join Lawrence to discuss the latest election news. New demands from Breonna Taylor’s family and from Governor Andy Beshear have been made for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to release grand jury evidence regarding Taylor’s case. Plus, new polls show that a majority of Americans believe that the next president should be the one to appoint a new Supreme Court Justice, and many Democratic Senate candidates have reported fundraising surges following the death of Justice Ginsburg. Shaquille Brewster, Benjamin Crump, Sen. Mazie Hirono, and Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff join Lawrence O’Donnell. 

Sep 25, 2020
Nationwide protests as police face no charges for killing Breonna Taylor
00:43:58

Tonight on the Last Word: A Kentucky grand jury has returned no criminal charges against the two Louisville police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor. Two police officers were shot in Louisville tonight and are reported to be in stable condition. Also, Sen. Kamala Harris says it’s “outdated” and “wrongheaded” to think more police means more safety in communities. Plus, Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election. And Rev. Al Sharpton talks to Lawrence about the police killing of Breonna Taylor. Cal Perry, Eddie Glaude, Marq Claxton, Karine Jean-Pierre and Rep. Eric Swalwell also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Sep 24, 2020
Joe Biden picks up prominent GOP endorsement
00:41:59

Tonight on the Last Word: Cindy McCain endorses Joe Biden for president. Also, Sen. Cory Booker talks to Lawrence about the upcoming Supreme Court fight. Plus, Trump tries to dodge questions about the U.S. Covid-19 death toll. And the CIA assessed that Vladimir Putin is “likely” directing a Russian operation to discredit Joe Biden and intervene in the November election. Yamiche Alcindor, Zerlina Maxwell, Dr. Vin Gupta and Malcolm Nance also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Sep 23, 2020
GOP pushes to fill SCOTUS seat as voters cast ballots
00:41:25

Tonight on the Last Word: Sen. Lindsey Graham reverses his position on confirming a Supreme Court justice in an election year. Also, Trump baselessly claims Democrats wrote Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish. Plus, Democrats shatter donation records after Ginsburg’s death. Jaime Harrison and Sen. Graham are tied in the latest South Carolina Senate poll. And Steve Schmidt talks to Lawrence about how the Supreme Court battle is increasing the intensity of key Senate races. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Nina Totenberg, Cecile Richards and Jaime Harrison also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Sep 22, 2020
Fmr. aide: ‘Shocking’ to see Trump saying the virus was ‘a hoax’
00:43:05

Tonight on the Last Word: The former top aide to Vice President Pence, who worked on the coronavirus task force, denounces Trump and endorses Joe Biden in a scathing new ad. Also, Mary Trump responds to revelations in Bob Woodward’s new book and audio tapes of Donald Trump. Plus, Congress has launched an investigation into claims of unneeded hysterectomies performed on immigrant women detained at an ICE facility. And Charlie Cook explains why he does not see a comeback for Donald Trump. Elizabeth Neumann, David Frum and Rep. Nanette Barragán also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Sep 18, 2020
Woodward book ‘Rage’ has new reporting on Russia investigation
00:47:56

Tonight on the Last Word: Legendary reporter Bob Woodward joins Lawrence O’Donnell for the hour to discuss his new book, “Rage,” and the “overwhelming evidence” that Donald Trump is unfit to be president.

Sep 17, 2020
Legendary reporter Bob Woodward releases new Trump audio
00:43:26

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump flails when asked about downplaying the coronavirus threat. Also, Stacey Abrams explains what she’s doing to make sure people can vote safely and that their votes will be counted in November. Plus, Montana Sen. Jon Tester tells Lawrence how to win back rural America. Hurricane Sally threatens the Gulf Coast with life-threatening and historic flooding. And Scientific American backs Joe Biden with its first presidential endorsement in its 175-year history. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Eugene Robinson, Ali Velshi and Laura Helmuth also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Sep 16, 2020
Impeachment witness Vindman: Trump is ‘infatuated’ with Putin’s power
00:44:07

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump brags to Bob Woodward about his relationships with autocrats. Also, thousands of firefighters are battling wildfires on the West Coast. Plus, state officials worry that a USPS general notice about mail-in ballots could confuse voters. NBC News reports that a Justice Department internal watchdog is investigating Roger Stone’s sentencing. And a top aide to U.S. Attorney John Durham who was leading the investigation into the Russia probe resigned. Peter Strzok, Ben Rhodes, Wade Crowfoot, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Neal Katyal also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Sep 15, 2020
U.S. marks 19th anniversary of 9/11 as COVID-19 deaths near 200,000
00:43:46

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump deliberately misled Americans on the coronavirus threat. Also, Matt Miller and Joyce Vance join Ali to discuss reporting that a top prosecutor who was investigating the Russia investigation has resigned amid concerns over pressure from Attorney General Barr. Plus, climate change is fueling unprecedented West Coast fires. Trump reportedly bragged about protecting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. And polls show a narrow lead for Joe Biden in Florida. Dr. Vin Gupta, Maria Teresa Kumar, Tom Steyer, Nick Kristof and Steve Schale also join Ali Velshi.

Sep 12, 2020
Fmr. counterintel agent: Trump is compromised by Russia
00:44:11

Tonight on the Last Word: Former counterintelligence agent Peter Stzrok sounds the alarm on the danger of Trump’s presidency. Also, Trump lies about lying about the severity of COVID-19. Plus, Zerlina Maxwell and Jelani Cobb join Lawrence to discuss Trump laughing off his white privilege in his interview with Bob Woodward. New state polling finds Joe Biden leading in key battlegrounds. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Joel Benenson and former Gov. Bill Weld also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Sep 11, 2020
Trump told Bob Woodward in Feb. that COVID-19 was ‘deadly stuff’
00:44:23

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump did 18 taped interviews for Bob Woodward’s new book. Also, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff talks to Lawrence about a new whistleblower complaint from inside the Trump administration about Donald Trump and Russia. Plus, Joe Biden says Trump’s handling of the pandemic is a “dereliction of duty.” Attorney General Barr defends intervening to defend Trump in a defamation lawsuit by E. Jean Carroll, who accuses Trump of rape. And Kristin Urquiza, who lost her father to COVID-19, responds to Trump admitting he downplayed the threat of the virus. John Brennan, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Ron Klain, Eugene Robinson and Neal Katyal also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Sep 10, 2020
Michael Cohen: Donald Trump ‘wants to be an autocrat’
00:44:24

Tonight on the Last Word: Michael Cohen talks to Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Russia. Also, Trump claims nobody has more respect for the U.S. military after he reportedly called Americans killed in war “losers.” Plus, former Secretary of State John Kerry talks to Lawrence about Trump’s refusal to condemn Vladimir Putin over the poisoning of Putin’s strongest political opponent. And Joe Biden’s campaign sets fundraising records while Trump’s campaign is in financial trouble. Joy Reid, John Heilemann and Daniel Goldman also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Sep 09, 2020
New Atlantic story: Trump says Americans who died in war are ‘suckers' and 'losers’
00:43:43

Tonight on the Last Word: The Atlantic reports Trump said a cemetery for U.S. soldiers who died in World War I was “filled with losers.” Also, Joe Biden meets privately with Jacob Blake’s family in Kenosha. Plus, Sen. Ed Markey talks to Lawrence about winning the support of young Progressives. And Biden leads Trump in six national polls. Fmr. Sen. Bob Kerrey, Rep. Seth Moulton, Rep. Val Demings and Zerlina Maxwell also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Sep 04, 2020
Rpt: DHS held intel memo warning of Russian disinformation on Biden
00:43:39

Tonight on the Last Word: Joe Biden leads Trump in a slew of new national and battleground polls. Also, Biden slams Trump’s failure to reopen schools safely. Plus, Attorney General Barr makes claims of mail ballot fraud without evidence. And Kristin Urquiza explains how the pandemic reveals two Americas. Elizabeth Neumann, Nick Kristof, Linda Darling-Hammond, Dr. Uche Blackstock and Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Sep 03, 2020
Trump tweets ‘series of mini-strokes… never happened’ to him
00:48:10

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump goes to Kenosha against the wishes of local and state leaders. Also, Joe Biden is leading Trump in new battleground polls. Plus, Sen. Ed Markey defeats Rep. Joe Kennedy III in the Massachusetts Senate primary. And Jacob Blake’s family urges the Kenosha community to focus on healing. Michael Schmidt, David Plouffe, Lily Adams, Steve Kornacki, Jacob Blake Sr. and Benjamin Crump also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Sep 02, 2020
Joe Biden: Trump has ‘fomented’ violence ‘for years’
00:42:41

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump defends a supporter who was charged with killing two people in Wisconsin. Also, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe stops in-person election briefings for Congress. Plus, the new White House pandemic adviser pushes the “herd immunity” strategy. And Brian Stelter discusses how Fox News has shaped Trump’s presidency. Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, John Heilemann, Rep. Adam Schiff and Dr. Vin Gupta also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Sep 01, 2020
Biden v. Trump: General election officially underway
00:44:25

Tonight on the Last Word: 73 percent of Americans think America is on the wrong track. Also, Rep. Adam Schiff discusses Trump’s use of federal property to campaign during the RNC. Plus, a judge voids 50,000 absentee ballot requests in Iowa. And thousands gather to mark the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington. Zerlina Maxwell, Yamiche Alcindor, Dr. Ashish Jha and Joel Miller also join Katy Tur.

Aug 29, 2020
Trump handed another defeat in tax returns case
00:44:39

Tonight on the Last Word: The Senate Intelligence Committee made criminal referrals of Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr. and Steve Bannon last year as part of its Russia investigation. Also, Ben Rhodes talks to Ali about how democracy is at stake in the 2020 election. Plus, the Postmaster General testifies USPS can handle election mail. Long Beach, Calif. Mayor Robert Garcia discusses losing his mom and stepdad to COVID-19 weeks apart. And a Gallup poll finds 84 percent of voters dissatisfied with the state of the U.S. Neal Katyal, David Dayen and Zerlina Maxwell also join Ali Velshi.

Aug 22, 2020
Postal service warns states of mail-in ballot delays
00:44:09

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump attempts to subvert an election he’s losing. Also, Trump’s postmaster general admits cutbacks have had “unintended consequences” that impacted service. Plus, support for Joe Biden jumps with Sen. Kamala Harris on the ticket. Mobile testing provides coronavirus tests to residents of California’s rural Coachella Valley. And COVID-19 is threatening to widen the pay gap for Black women. Yamiche Alcindor, Jim Messina, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, Errin Haines, Rep. Raul Ruiz and Saru Jayaraman also join Ali Velshi.

Aug 15, 2020
New fears about Trump sabotage of post office ahead of election
00:41:59

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump admits that not funding USPS is a way to stop vote-by-mail. Also, reporters ask Trump if he regrets lying to Americans. Plus, Trump says he wants to eliminate the payroll tax. And Isabel Wilkerson joins Lawrence to discuss her new book, “Caste: The Origins of our Discontents.” Mark Dimondstein, Maria Teresa Kumar, Eddie Glaude and Steve Schmidt also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Aug 14, 2020
Kamala Harris: Case against Donald Trump ‘is open and shut’
00:42:52

Tonight on the Last Word: Kamala Harris debuts as Joe Biden’s running mate in Delaware. Also, Sen. Kamala Harris slams “the failed government of Donald Trump.” Plus, Democrats condemn the changes made by Donald Trump’s Postmaster General that have slowed mail delivery ahead of the election in November. And Stuart Stevens discusses Trump’s lasting impact on the Republican Party. John Heilemann, Renee Graham, LaTosha Brown, Cecile Richards and Kimberly Karol also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Aug 13, 2020
Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate
00:42:42

Tonight on the Last Word: Kamala Harris makes history as the first Black woman VP candidate for a major party ticket. Joy Reid, Zerlina Maxwell, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Katie Porter, Yamiche Alcindor and Jennifer Palmieri also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Aug 12, 2020
GOP senator calls Trump executive order ‘unconstitutional slop’
00:43:35

Tonight on the Last Word: Over 300,000 children have been infected with coronavirus in the U.S. Also, Democrats anxiously await Joe Biden’s VP pick. Plus, newly-released body cam footage shows additional angles of the moments leading up to George Floyd’s death. And Kurt Andersen discusses his new book, “The Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America.” Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Neal Katyal, Zerlina Maxwell, Ben Rhodes and Marq Claxton also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Aug 11, 2020
ODNI: Russia working to boost Trump, undermine Joe Biden
00:44:57

Tonight on the Last Word: Democrats urge U.S. intelligence to release more specific information on foreign interference to American voters. Also, the U.S. added 1.8 million jobs in July as recovery slows down. Plus, coronavirus is hitting Black and Latino business owners hardest. And a lifelong Republican explains why she will vote for Joe Biden. Rep. Adam Schiff, Austan Goolsbee, Ritchie Torres and Nancy Shively also join Ali Velshi.

Aug 08, 2020
Michelle Obama: ‘Dispiriting’ to watch Trump admin. ‘hypocrisy’
00:43:54

Tonight on the Last Word: There are nearly 5 million cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and over 160,000 deaths. Also, Cori Bush beats the 10-term incumbent in the Missouri Democratic Primary. Plus, a new poll finds only 16 percent of parents want all in-person classes. And Beto O’Rourke discusses coronavirus, the economy and Trump’s slipping grip on the state of Texas. Zerlina Maxwell, Angela Duckworth, Cori Bush and Dr. Pritesh Gandhi also join Ali Velshi.

Aug 07, 2020
Trump on virus today: ‘It will go away. Things go away.’
00:43:40

Tonight on the Last Word: Facebook removes a video of Trump’s false claims about kids and COVID-19. Also, the New York Times reports Deutsche Bank has complied with a subpoena for Trump’s financial records from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Plus, Democrats raise alarms about foreign election interference. Joe Biden is expected to interview VP finalists in the coming days. And Trump attacks Obama, Black Lives Matter and athletes who take a knee for racial justice. Dr. Ivan Melendez, Dr. Ashish Jha, Andrew Weissmann, Tim O’Brien, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Yamiche Alcindor and Renée Graham also join Ali Velshi.

Aug 06, 2020
Trump on U.S. coronavirus deaths: ‘It is what it is’
00:44:08

Tonight on the Last Word: The U.S. is averaging more than 1,000 deaths a day for more than a week. Also, Trump downplays the legacy of civil rights icon John Lewis. Plus, Trump tells Florida residents to vote by mail while threatening to sue Nevada over mail-in voting efforts. Rami Khouri joins Ali Velshi to discuss the latest about the massive explosion in Beirut that killed at least 78 people, injured thousands and caused widespread damage. And the Trump administration will end census data collection early. Jonathan Swan, Dr. Rob Davidson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Steve Schale, Rami Khouri and Arturo Vargas also join Ali Velshi.

Aug 05, 2020
4.7 million+ coronavirus cases in U.S., 156,000+ deaths
00:41:49

Tonight on the Last Word: Dr. Deborah Birx says coronavirus is “extraordinarily widespread” across the U.S. Also, all registered Nevada voters will be mailed an election ballot. Plus, the Manhattan district attorney is investigating Trump and his company for possible bank and insurance fraud. And a new docu-series titled, “Immigration Nation,” captures the unconscionable cruelty of Trump’s immigration strategies. Dr. Vin Gupta, Jared Bernstein, State Sen. Nicole Cannizzaro, Marc Elias, David Frum, Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz also join Ali Velshi.

Aug 04, 2020
4.5 million+ cases of coronavirus in U.S., 154,000+ deaths
00:45:10

Tonight on the Last Word: Vanity Fair reports Trump feared more testing for COVID-19 would lead to “more bad publicity.” Also, top House Democrats are briefed on election interference. Plus, a new study finds children “might play an important role” in transmitting coronavirus. And reduced funding for the post office raises concerns about voting by mail. Dr. Lipi Roy, Eugene Robinson, Rep. Adam Schiff, Dr. Taylor Heald-Sargent, LaTosha Brown and Trymaine Lee also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Aug 01, 2020
Trump talks nonsense as coronavirus rages, economy flounders
00:44:33

Tonight on the Last Word: 1.4 million people filed new unemployment insurance claims last week. Also, former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain dies of coronavirus. Plus, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo evades questions about Russian bounties. And Morgan Freeman reads the words of Rep. John Lewis’ final essay, which he requested to be published in the New York Times on the day of his funeral. Zerlina Maxwell, Jelani Cobb, Dr. Tom Frieden and Sen. Ed Markey also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jul 31, 2020
Trump on Russian bounties: ‘Many people’ said it was ‘fake news’
00:44:43

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump is finally pressed about Russian bounties to kill U.S. troops. Also, the Trump administration announces plans to withdraw almost 12,000 troops from Germany. Plus, Joy Reid joins Lawrence to discuss her interview with Mary Trump and how Donald Trump’s childhood impacted his fascination with Vladimir Putin. And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mandates wearing masks on the House floor after GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert tested positive for COVID-19. Rep. Mikie Sherrill, Jonathan Swan, Amb. Wendy Sherman, Rick Stengel and Rep. Pramila Jayapal also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jul 30, 2020
AG William Barr grilled about federal crackdown on protests, doing Trump’s bidding with investigations
00:44:57

Tonight on the Last Word: Attorney General William Barr wavers when asked if the president can solicit or accept foreign assistance in an election. Also, Joe Biden releases an economic plan to address racial inequity. And Trump again spreads misinformation about hydroxychloroquine. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. Joe Neguse, Neal Katyal, Sen. Cory Booker and Dr. Vin Gupta also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jul 29, 2020
Trump: Conversation with Putin ‘was very productive’
00:43:17

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump dodges when asked if he discussed Russian bounties with Vladimir Putin. Also, the final phase for a potential COVID-19 vaccine started today in the U.S. Plus, Rep. Ayanna Pressley pushes to end the Hyde Amendment. And Caroline Randall Williams returns to discuss the legacy of Rep. John Lewis. John Brennan, Rep. Jason Crow and Dr. Zeke Emanuel also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jul 28, 2020
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responds to GOP lawmaker’s verbal abuse
00:36:09

Tonight on the Last Word: Rep. Ted Yoho accosted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the Capitol steps earlier this week and called her a vulgar name. Also, Trump has his first known call with Vladimir Putin since the Russian bounties on U.S. troops were first reported. And a Fox Poll shows Trump falling behind Joe Biden in battleground states. Mike Lillis, Maria Teresa Kumar, Zerlina Maxwell, Fmr. Amb. Michael McFaul and John Heilemann also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jul 25, 2020
Judge denies restraining order against federal agents in Portland
00:43:36

Tonight on the Last Word: Federal agents in Portland have tear gassed demonstrators. Also, a top intel official warns of foreign election interference. Plus, Trump stokes racial fear as a 2020 campaign strategy. And the Justice Department Inspector General is investigating the use of force on protesters. Nick Kristof, Laurence Tribe, Maya Wiley, Malcolm Nance, Eddie Glaude and Sen. Mazie Hirono also join Ali Velshi.

Jul 25, 2020
OR Sen. Wyden: Trump wants fed agents to create ‘image of chaos’
00:44:23

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump threatens to send federal officers to other cities. Also, the U.S. records over 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 for the second straight day. Plus, the Biden campaign reimagines the campaign trail amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And MJ Hegar talks to Lawrence about winning the Texas Democratic Senate primary and facing GOP incumbent Sen. John Cornyn in November. Neal Katyal, Dr. Vin Gupta, Yamiche Alcindor and Jennifer Palmieri also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jul 23, 2020
Trump revives coronavirus briefing, making headlines wishing accused Epstein child sex abuse recruiter well
00:44:21

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump says the virus will probably “get worse before it gets better.” Also, George Will tells Lawrence that he plans to vote for Joe Biden in November. Plus, Biden releases a $775 billion economic recovery plan with a focus on working parents and caregivers. Top Democrats call for an FBI briefing on election security. And educators sue Florida over the order to reopen schools next month. Dr. Ashish Jha, Eugene Robinson, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Fedrick Ingram also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jul 22, 2020
New national poll: 55% Joe Biden, 40% Donald Trump
00:42:22

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump gets called out for the high U.S. COVID-19 mortality rate. Also, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says the city reopened too quickly. Plus, Joe Biden says four Black women are on his VP list, but won’t commit to choosing one. And calls grow to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge for Rep. John Lewis. Jelani Cobb, Ron Klain, Dr. Jill Weatherhead, Maria Teresa Kumar, Jonathan Capehart and Caroline Randall Williams also joins Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jul 21, 2020
New poll: 60 percent disapprove of Trump handling of virus
00:44:26

Tonight on the Last Word: Mary Trump explains why she didn’t speak out sooner about Trump. Also, the U.S. sets the record for new coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day. Plus, unidentified federal agents clash with protesters in Portland, OR. And the city of Minneapolis declares racism a public health emergency nearly two months after George Floyd’s death. Amb. Wendy Sherman, Maria Echaveste, Laurie Garrett, Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Rev. Al Sharpton also join Ali Velshi.

Jul 18, 2020
Mary Trump: Heard Donald trump use n-word, anti-Semitic slurs
00:44:46

Tonight on the Last Word: Joy Reid and Tony Schwartz join Lawrence to discuss new revelations from Mary Trump’s interview with Rachel Maddow. Also, Dr. Lance Dodes reacts to Mary Trump’s revelations from Mary Trump’s tell-all book. Plus, the New York Times reports Democrats were told not to travel to Milwaukee for the Democratic National Convention. And coronavirus cases are on the rise in 40 states as the Trump administration pushes to reopen schools. Zerlina Maxwell and Cindy Marten also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jul 17, 2020
NBC News/WSJ poll: Joe Biden leads Trump by 11 points
00:44:11

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump replaces his campaign manager after polls show him behind Biden. Also, Stacey Abrams talks to Lawrence about Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp voiding local mask mandates. Plus, police body cam video shown to reporters reveals new details of George Floyd’s killing. The U.S. crosses 3.5 million+ confirmed coronavirus cases. And Trump’s lawyers are still working to block the grand jury subpoena for his tax returns. Eugene Robinson, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Stacey Abrams, Dr. Ashish Jha and Joyce Vance also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jul 16, 2020
Mary Trump: ‘Dangerous’ to allow Trump to lead U.S.
00:44:12

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump once again has no answer when asked to speak to parents worried about schools reopening safely. Also, Mary Trump speaks out for the first time about her new book. Sara Gideon wins the Democratic primary to challenge GOP Senator Susan Collins. LaTosha Brown returns to discuss how voter suppression could affect the November election. And former CDC directors slam Trump’s handling of the pandemic. Yamiche Alcindor, John Heilemann, Theodore Boutrous, Steve Kornacki and Dr. David Satcher also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jul 15, 2020
Dr. Fauci: Current surge because ‘we did not shut down entirely’
00:43:33

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump had no response when asked how he would respond to parents worried about schools reopening. Trump showed he was more corrupt than Nixon with the Stone commutation. Plus, a former CIA official says Trump knew about the intelligence on Russian bounties to kill U.S. troops. Down ballot Democrats hope to benefit from Trump’s drop in polls. And Florida breaks the U.S. record of new coronavirus cases in a single day. Dr. Lara Shekerdemian, Laurie Garrett, Rep. Madeleine Dean, Douglas London, Fmr. Sen. Claire McCaskill and Rebekah Jones also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jul 14, 2020
Protests spark reckoning over confederate monuments
00:50:22

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump commutes Roger Stone’s prison sentence. Trymaine Lee joins Lawrence O’Donnell for the television debut of “Stone Ghosts in the South,” his documentary on confederate monuments and the legacy of heritage and hate in America. Caroline Randall Williams also joins.

Jul 11, 2020
Supreme Court rules that Trump does not have “absolute immunity”
00:44:43

Tonight on The Last Word: Today’s rulings from the Supreme Court have cleared the way for New York prosecutors to obtain Donald Trump’s tax returns, sending the President into a Twitter rage. Neal Katyal and Rep. Adam Schiff join to discuss these rulings. Defense Secretary Mark Esper testified today that he was briefed on Russian payments to the Taliban for killing American soldiers, and ousted SDNY attorney Geoffrey Berman testified that he felt pressured by Attorney General Bill Barr to resign. Plus, the latest on the administration’s failure to adequately respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Eric Swalwell also join Lawrence O’Donnell. 

Jul 10, 2020
3 million+ coronavirus cases in U.S., 132,000+ reported deaths
00:44:29

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump says he will pressure governors to reopen schools. Also, Biden slams Trump over inaction on the Russia bounty reports. Plus, police body cam transcripts detail George Floyd’s fatal arrest. Jacob Soboroff joins Lawrence to discuss his new book, “Separated: Inside an American Tragedy,” which details the cruelty of the Trump administration’s family separation policy. And Trump’s niece paints an unflattering picture of Trump in her new book. Arne Duncan, Dr. Amish Shah, Ryan Goodman and Alice Frankston also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jul 09, 2020
Mary Trump tell-all: Trump is a narcissist
00:44:49

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump’s niece, a clinical psychologist, pens a tell-all book about Trump. Also, the U.S. is nearing 3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. Plus, new data reveals Trump associates and administration officials received millions in loans for small businesses impacted by the pandemic. And Eddie Glaude discusses his new book on James Baldwin. Dr. Lance Dodes, Tim O’Brien, Sen. Doug Jones, Dr. Peter Hotez and Stephanie Ruhle also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jul 08, 2020
House plans hearing on Russia bounties on U.S. troops this week
00:41:40

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump golfs, tweets and panders to his base as coronavirus rages. Also, more states report record virus hospitalizations and cases. Plus, Julián Castro joins Lawrence to discuss how badly coronavirus is hitting Latinos and African Americans across the country. The Supreme Court says states can punish “faithless electors.” And the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe wins a legal victory after a federal judge ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline to shut down for an additional environmental review. John Brennan, Jelani Cobb, Dr. Irwin Redlener, Neal Katyal and Dave Archambault also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jul 07, 2020
Trump walks out of press conference without taking questions
00:42:23

Tonight on the Last Word: Texas breaks the record for new coronavirus cases in a single day. Also, Democrats demand answers about Russian bounties to kill U.S. troops. Plus, Jeff Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell is indicted on charges slinked to sexual abuse of underage girls. And the Oglala Sioux president says Trump is not welcome to visit Mount Rushmore. Beto O’Rourke, Steve Schmidt, Rep. Abigail Spanberger, Joyce Vance and Julian Bear Runner also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

 

Jul 03, 2020
Pelosi: Trump ‘intellectually unprepared’ and ‘ethically unfit’
00:40:45

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump hopes coronavirus will “sort of just disappear.” Also, Congress demands answers on the Russian bounty reports. Plus, the U.S. sees an 80 percent increase in coronavirus cases in two weeks. And Trump says New York City painting “Black Lives Matter” in front of Trump tower is a “symbol of hate.” Zerlina Maxwell, John Heilemann, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Dr. Irwin Redlener and Caroline Randall Williams also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jul 02, 2020
WH claims Trump not briefed on Russian bounties to kill U.S. troops
00:44:16

Tonight on the Last Word: Families of slain U.S. troops react to Russian bounty reports. Also, Sen. Tammy Duckworth says Trump’s inaction on the Russian bounty reports is a “betrayal of our troops.” Plus Dr. Fauci warns the U.S. could hit 100,000 daily coronavirus cases. And Lawrence pays tribute to comedy legend Carl Reiner. Rep. Jason Crow, Amb. Michael McFaul, Dr. Ashish Jha and Laurie Garrett also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jul 01, 2020
NYT: Russian bounties to kill U.S. troops was in Trump’s brief
00:45:29

Tonight on the Last Word: Officials say Trump received a written briefing on possible Russian bounties in late February. Also, Texas is seeing record coronavirus hospitalizations. Plus, Cecile Richards talks to Lawrence about the Supreme Court overturning an anti-abortion law in Louisiana. And the Associated Press reports John Bolton told colleagues he briefed Trump on Russian bounties in 2019. Ned Price, Ben Rhodes, Dr. Vin Gupta, Rep. Colin Allred, Yamiche Alcindor and Ron Klain also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jun 30, 2020
Trump-allied GOP governors reverse course amid coronavirus surge
00:48:16

Tonight on the Last Word: The U.S. records the largest number of reported coronavirus cases in a single day. Also, Jonathan Alter and Stuart Stevens join Lawrence to discuss Trump’s lack of an agenda for a second term. Plus, a federal judge rules that the government must release children from family detention centers due to the severity of the pandemic. The Trump administration urges the Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act. Colorado Governor Jared Polis appoints a special prosecutor to investigate the death of Elijah McClain. And NYC council member Ritchie Torres holds an early lead in the Democratic Primary for New York’s 15th Congressional District. Dr. Lipi Roy and Rep. Lloyd Doggett also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jun 27, 2020
2.4 million+ coronavirus cases in U.S., 123,000+ reported deaths
00:45:14

Joe Biden hits Trump for saying “testing is a double-edged sword.” Also, the House passes a police reform bill with bipartisan support. Plus, Kentucky and Iowa see record voter participation due to increased mail-in voting. Rep. Katie Porter grills Trump’s pick to lead the Southern District of New York. And a TSA whistleblower says the agency lacks COVID-19 precautions. Dr. Irwin Redlener, John Heilemann, Joy Reid, Trymaine Lee, Stacey Abrams and Jay Brainard.

Jun 26, 2020
House holds hearing on improper political influence at DOJ
00:44:09

Tonight on the Last Word: Attorney General Barr is under fire for politicizing the Department of Justice. Also, the U.S. hits a new record for coronavirus cases in a single day. Plus, a new national poll by the New York Times gives Biden a 14-point lead over Trump. Jamaal Bowman joins Lawrence to discuss why he decided to challenge Rep. Eliot Engel in the New York Democratic Primary. And Dr. Cameron Webb wins the Democratic nomination to represent Virginia’s 5th District. Rep. Jamie Raskin, Neal Katyal, Ezra Klein and Charlie Cook also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jun 25, 2020
Dr. Fauci, health officials testify to House about COVID-19 surge
00:44:37

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump holds an event in Arizona amid the state’s coronavirus surge. Sen. Cory Booker talks to Lawrence about the state of policing reform legislation in Congress. Plus, 65 law school staffers from Attorney General Barr’s alma mater say Barr has “failed fulfill his oath of office.” The primary election results in Kentucky and New York are not expected for days due to the high number of absentee ballots. And Obama holds his first fundraiser for Biden’s 2020 campaign. Vaughn Hillyard, Dr. Ashish Jha, Rick Stengel, Rep. Mikie Sherrill, Steve Kornacki and Zerlina Maxwell also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jun 24, 2020
New developments in Trump firing SDNY U.S. attorney
00:41:27

Tonight on the Last Word: The motive for firing SDNY U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman is still unclear. Also, Steve Schmidt talks to Lawrence about Trump’s underwhelming crowd in Tulsa. Plus, Kentucky experiences a surge in absentee ballot requests due to the pandemic. A New York police officer is suspended after a cell phone video shows him apparently using an illegal chokehold. And hospitalizations spike in Arizona ahead of Trump’s campaign stop in Phoenix. Rep. Adam Schiff, LaTosha Brown, Paul Butler and Dr. Peter Hotez also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jun 23, 2020
BONUS: Pride + Protest
00:51:42

NBC News NOW and NBC Out present “Pride + Protest,” a conversation hosted by MSNBC’s Joshua Johnson. During Pride month and with the backdrop of the nationwide protests following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and now Rayshard Brooks, Johnson moderates a discussion on being Black and queer in America in 2020.

Jun 20, 2020
COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations rise in OK ahead of Trump rally
00:43:42

Tonight on the Last Word: People in Tulsa celebrate Juneteenth amid the push for police reform. Also, Juneteenth demonstrators rally in cities across the country. Plus, some unemployed people have been waiting for benefits since March. And Trump faces legal, personnel and reelection setbacks. Cal Perry, Anthony Douglas, Adam Serwer, Peniel Joseph, Daniel Desrochers, Aimee Allison and Ron Klain also join Ali Velshi.

Jun 20, 2020
Senate working on legislation for police reform
00:47:15

Tonight on the Last Word: The ex-officer charged in the killing of Rayshard Brooks turns himself in. Also, Sen. Amy Klobuchar says Joe Biden should pick a woman of color as his vice president. Plus, the Supreme Court strikes down Trump’s effort to end DACA. And 20 states are seeing an increase in coronavirus cases. Zerlina Maxwell, Jonathan Capehart, Neal Katyal and Mayor Regina Romero also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jun 19, 2020
Atlanta police officers charged in killing of Rayshard Brooks
00:44:38

Tonight on the Last Word: The officer who shot Rayshard Brooks faces 11 charges, including felony murder. Also, John Bolton reveals a long list of Trump misconduct months after requests for testimony during the impeachment inquiry. Plus, Joe Biden slams Trump’s coronavirus response. New national polls show a double-digit lead for Biden. And George Floyd inspires candidates to run for public office. Andrea Young, Gerald Griggs, Ben Rhodes, Dr. Irwin Redlener, Rep. Debbie Dingell and Laverne McCartney Knighton also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jun 18, 2020
The Senate holds a historic hearing on police use of deadly force
00:43:55

Tonight on the Last Word: How Republican senators have moved on police violence. Also, NBC News reports that the officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks was disciplined for use of force involving a firearm in 2016. Plus, Florida, Texas and Arizona set records for the most coronavirus cases in a single day. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin refuses to disclose PPP fund recipients. The destruction of a liaison office escalates tension between North and South Korea. Sen. Cory Booker, Justin Miller, Dr. Ashish Jha, Rep. Katie Porter and Amb. Wendy Sherman also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jun 17, 2020
Decision on charges in Rayshard Brooks case could come this week
00:43:36

Tonight on the Last Word: The Atlanta police chief resigns over Rayshard Brooks’ death. Also, the Supreme Court rules in favor of LGBTQ worker protections. Plus, a new national poll gives Joe Biden a 14-point lead over Trump. And a fired scientist publishes her own data portal showing more COVID-19 cases and deaths than Florida reports. Gerald Griggs, Marq Claxton, Gov. Kate Brown, Dahlia Lithwick, Kimberly Atkins and Rebekah Jones also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jun 16, 2020
With U.S. in crisis, Trump fails to address race, coronavirus
00:43:40

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump’s response on race in America is to praise himself. Also, new coronavirus cases are on the rise in at least 20 states. Plus, the Federal Reserve predicts a slow economic recovery. A new poll shows a majority of Americans support the Black Lives Matter movement. And Marq Claxton reflects on the extraordinary advancements in police reform in the last 18 days. Zerlina Maxwell, Jonathan Alter, Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Dr. Vin Gupta, Betsey Stevenson, Bradley Hardy and Alencia Johnson also join Ali Velshi.

Jun 13, 2020
More major police reforms 17 days after George Floyd’s death
00:44:20

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump avoids talking about George Floyd at a roundtable in Texas. Also, Gen. Mark Milley apologizes for his role in Trump’s photo op. Plus, Trump plans to split the Republican National Convention between Charlotte and Jacksonville. And Robert De Niro joins Lawrence to discuss Trump and race. Peniel Joseph, Kristen Clarke, Rep, Anthony Brown, Yamiche Alcindor and Ron Klain also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jun 12, 2020
George Floyd’s brother to Congress: ‘His life mattered’
00:44:21

Tonight on the Last Word: The House Judiciary Committee hears powerful testimony from the Floyd family. Also, the Minneapolis police chief says race must be addressed “head on” in policing. Plus, the U.S. surpasses two million coronavirus cases with over 113,00 reported deaths. A retired judge calls the DOJ reversal on Michael Flynn’s case a “gross abuse of prosecutorial power.” And Trump demands CNN retract a recent poll showing Joe Biden up by 14 points. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Maya Wiley, Judith Browne Dianis, Laurie Garrett, Matt Miller and Charlie Cook also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jun 11, 2020
Introducing: The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg
00:02:22

As a bonus for Last Word listeners, we’re sharing a special preview of Season 3 of The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg, an MSNBC podcast hosted by former U.S. Attorney, senior FBI official and acting head of the DEA, Chuck Rosenberg. The Oath is a series of revealing conversations with fascinating men and women who took an oath to serve our nation. Who and what shaped them? What drew them to this work? How did they overcome adversity and failure? These captivating stories exemplify what is best about our country: integrity, civility, service, humility, and collective responsibility. Listen to the first episode with former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta, and subscribe to the series: https://slink.chtbl.com/0R2hHEAR?sid=news.description%20

Jun 10, 2020
15th night of protests across U.S. over death of George Floyd
00:44:34

Tonight on the Last Word: The Houston mayor announces police reform from the altar at George Floyd’s funeral. Also, Republican senators dodge questions about Trump’s tweets. Plus, the World Health Organization clarifies that COVID-19 can be spread without symptoms. Hours-long lines and broken machines plague Georgia primary voters. And Rev. Al Sharpton talks to Lawrence about delivering the eulogy at George Floyd’s funeral. Eddie Glaude, Adam Serwer, Shaquille Brewster, Malcolm Nance, Dr. Irwin Redlener, LaTosha Brown also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jun 10, 2020
Congressional Dems unveil ‘Justice in Policing’ Act
00:41:24

Tonight on the Last Word: Congressional Democrats introduce sweeping legislation to reform police. Also, peaceful protests continue as the Floyd family holds a public viewing. Plus, at least 20 states report an increase in new coronavirus cases in the last 14 days. And Steve Schmidt talks to Lawrence about how the pandemic and protests will impact the November election. Rep. Joyce Beatty, Jelani Cobb, Marq Claxton, Jacob Soboroff, Joe Fryer, DeRay Mckesson and Dr. Ashish Jha also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jun 09, 2020
Trump: law enforcement needs to “dominate the streets”
00:43:21

Ali Velshi fills in for Lawrence O’Donnell tonight on The Last Word: During a press conference, President Trump said that he hoped “George [Floyd] is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that is happening for our country” and that it was a “great day for him” in regards to newly released unemployment numbers while also ignoring reporter questions on African-American unemployment. Yamiche Alcindor and Zerlina Maxwell join to discuss. Alicia Garza, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and Phillip Atiba Goff, co-founder and CEO of the Center for Policing Equity, also joins to discuss what kinds of reforms protesters are seeking to achieve. Plus, Ali facilitates a roundtable with Shaquille Brewster, Garrett Haake, and Cal Perry on their experience on the ground covering the protests for NBC News.

Jun 06, 2020
Military leaders denounce Trump over protest response
00:43:40

Tonight on the Last Word: Sen. Mazie Hirono talks to Lawrence about Trump’s response to protests. Also, several cities lift curfews as protests persist. Plus, three officers charged in George Floyd’s death make a court appearance. And friends and family mourn George Floyd in Minneapolis. Joy Reid, Malcolm Nance, Gadi Schwartz, Orlando Patterson and Melissa Murray also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jun 05, 2020
Officer with knee on George Floyd now charged with 2nd degree murder
00:44:17

Tonight on the Last Word: The three former officers who were at the scene with Derek Chauvin are charged in George Floyd’s death. Also, mass protests persist in defiance of local curfews. Plus, former Defense Secretary James Mattis describes Trump as a threat to the Constitution. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio talks to Lawrence about the city’s protests and the NYPD’s response. And a reverend who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in 1962 reflects on protests. Shaquille Brewster, Don Lewis, Marq Claxton, Garrett Haake, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Ali Velshi, Cal Perry and Eddie Glaude also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jun 04, 2020
Eighth day of protests across U.S. over death of George Floyd
00:51:40

Tonight on the Last Word: Massive protests defy Trump threats and local curfews. Also, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter discusses the importance of police reform and community policing. Plus, New York Attorney General Letitia James talks to Lawrence about Trump’s threat to deploy military unilaterally to states. And a 17-year-old organizes a march attended by 1,500+ in O’Fallon, MO. Garrett Haake, Jo Ling Kent, Joy Reid, Susan Rice, Gadi Schwartz, Shaquille Brewster, Ali Velshi and Jalen Thompson also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jun 03, 2020
National Guard activated in many U.S. cities as protests persist
00:49:32

Tonight on the Last Word: Protests persist across the U.S. after the death of George Floyd. Also, a private autopsy concludes George Floyd was asphyxiated. Plus, the Louisville police chief is fired after the fatal shooting of a business owner by law enforcement during protests. And volunteers help clean up Santa Monica after a day of looting. Shaquille Brewster, Garrett Haake, Sen. Kamala Harris, Trymaine Lee, Marq Claxton, Eddie Glaude, Chris Jansing, Paul Butler, Cal Perry, Gadi Schwartz, Heather McGhee and Jacob Ward also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jun 02, 2020
Minneapolis, St. Paul under mandatory curfew tonight
00:50:43

Tonight on the Last Word: Authorities deploy tear gas on protesters after curfew. Also, the ex-officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck is arrested and charged with third-degree murder. Plus, a Trump tweet echoes a racist phrase from the 1960s. And Rev. William Barber and Joy Reid talk to Lawrence about poverty in America amid the pandemic. Ali Velshi, Paul Butler, Marq Claxton, Orlando Patterson, Yamiche Alcindor and Morgan Chesky also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

May 30, 2020
New video shows 3 cops on ground with George Floyd
00:53:49

Tonight on the Last Word: The killing of George Floyd sparks protests in across the country. Also, family and friends remember George Floyd. And former Attorney General Eric Holder joins Lawrence to discuss the investigation into George Floyd’s death. Ali Velshi, Sen. Tina Smith, Marq Claxton, Jelani Cobb, Rodney Floyd, Benjamin Crump, Morgan Chesky and Stephen Jackson also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

May 29, 2020
100,000+ people have now died of coronavirus in U.S.
00:48:45

Tonight on the Last Word: Former Vice President Biden pays tribute to those mourning coronavirus victims. Also, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer joins Lawrence to discuss a report on the Republican efforts to pack the courts with conservative-leaning judges. Plus, George Floyd’s family speaks out as outrage over his death grows. And Rep. Katie Porter talks to Lawrence about the impact of coronavirus on single mothers. Ron Klain, John Heilemann, Bridgett Floyd and Benjamin Crump also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

May 28, 2020
Joe Biden: Trump is a ‘fool’ for belittling mask wearing
00:44:14

Tonight on the Last Word: World Health Organization warns of a second peak of the coronavirus with reopenings. Also, four police officers are terminated after the death of George Floyd. Plus, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla talks to Lawrence about Trump spreading false claims about mail-in voter fraud. And comedian Sarah Cooper goes viral for lip-syncing Trump. Dr. Ashish Jha, Fmr. Sen. Claire McCaskill and Keith Ellison also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

May 27, 2020
1.67 million+ coronavirus cases in U.S., 99,000+ reported deaths
01:07:07

Tonight on the Last Word: Republican governors urge people to wear masks as Trump refuses. Also, David Frum explains why U.S. institutions failed under the Trump presidency. Former Vice President Joe Biden commemorates Memorial Day in Delaware, making his first public appearance in over two months. Plus, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Laurie Garrett answers questions from viewers about the coronavirus. And presidential historian Jon Meacham talks to Lawrence about his new podcast “Hope, Through History,” which explores how the U.S. fared through past crises. Dr. Vin Gupta, Zerlina Maxwell and Jonathan Alter also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

May 26, 2020
NYT: Intelligence officials struggle to brief Trump
00:43:55

Tonight on the Last Word: A new Columbia University study shows an earlier lockdown could have saved thousands of lives. Also, unemployment claims reach 38.6 million in nine weeks. Plus, Sen. Kamala Harris talks to Lawrence about the Senate confirming GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe as director of national intelligence. Eugene Robinson and Jennifer Palmieri discuss the impact of coronavirus on the 2020 election. And the U.S. gives a foreign pharmaceutical company $1 billion for its vaccine development project with Oxford University. Dr. Rob Davidson, Ron Klain and Keir Simmons also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

May 22, 2020
Trump has no answer about plan to get jobless back to work
00:43:14

Tonight on the Last Word: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins Lawrence to discuss the new $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill and Trump’s handling of the pandemic. Also, Secretary Mike Pompeo says he asked Trump to fire the State Department watchdog. Plus, Trump urges a swift reopening of the economy as health experts warn about insufficient testing. The Trump administration is under fire for its plan to end the current National Guard deployment one day short of benefit eligibility. And a new poll shows Joe Biden leading Trump by 11 points. Ben Rhodes, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Rep. Max Rose and Charlie Cook also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

May 21, 2020
Trump skips World Health Assembly, China pledges $2B to fight virus
00:43:33

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump threatens to permanently end World Health Organization funding. Also, states expand COVID-19 testing despite a lack of federal support. Plus, Rep. Pramila Jayapal talks to Lawrence about a bill that would allow businesses to keep workers on payroll with health care. And COVID-19 exposes pre-existing vulnerabilities in the U.S. economy. Keir Simmons, Dr. Ashish Jha, Fmr. Amb. Wendy Sherman, Gov. Jared Polis and Joseph Stiglitz also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

May 20, 2020
Curve bending for NY, but cases trending upward in much of U.S.
00:43:14

Tonight on the Last Word: The New York Times reports dozens of children have been hospitalized with a mysterious illness possibly tied to Covid-19. Also, food banks struggle to meet growing need amid the pandemic. Plus, Dr. Harvey Fineberg talks to Lawrence about forging a strategy to defeat Covid-19. And Trump pushes to reopen the economy despite rising cases. Ron Klain, Dr. Dara Kass, Beto O’Rourke and Ezra Klein also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

May 07, 2020
1.2 million+ coronavirus cases in U.S., 70,000+ reported deaths
00:43:45

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump winds down the coronavirus task force as the pandemic rages. Also, Laurie Garrett questions the Trump administration’s strategic goal of its Covid-19 response. Plus, Rep. Peter Welch talks to Lawrence about the ousted vaccine expert who filed a whistleblower complaint. Pfizer begins human coronavirus vaccine trials in the U.S. And a new political ad about Trump’s mishandling of the pandemic sets off Trump’s rage tweets. Dr. Ashish Jha, John Heilemann, Dr. Oliver Brooks and Rick Wilson also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

May 06, 2020
NYT: Internal Trump doc expects 200,000 new cases daily by June
00:42:30

Tonight on the Last Word: The U.S. death toll rises as states start to ease restrictions. Also, a Black Hawk County doctor urges social distancing as Iowa partially reopens. Dr. Fauci says there is no scientific evidence Covid-19 was made in a Chinese lab. Plus, Rep. Adam Schiff talks to Lawrence about Trump’s purge of inspectors general. And over 30 million people filed for unemployment since the start of the pandemic. Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Dr. Sharon Duclos and Gene Sperling also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

May 05, 2020
FDA authorizes remdesivir for some hospitalized patients
00:47:50

Dr. Zeke Emanuel joins Ali Velshi for the medical special, “Life in the Time of Coronavirus.” The effectiveness of Covid-19 antibodies is still unknown. Plus, the U.S. death toll rises as some states start to relax restrictions. And Covid-19 leaves families to grieve alone. Mayor Francis Suarez, Dr. Jack Lipton, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi and Sylvia Allegretto also join Ali Velshi.

May 02, 2020
Armed demonstrators stage protest at Michigan state capitol
00:43:57

Tonight on the Last Word: Dr. Fauci says drug trial shows positive effect in treating coronavirus. Also, Massachusetts sees the highest single-day increase in deaths from coronavirus. Plus, Democrats push for more funding for state and local governments in the next relief bill to avoid mass layoffs. Rep. Jamie Raskin talks to Lawrence about Maryland protecting their medical supplies from the federal government. And protestors rally against Michigan’s stay-at-home order. Michael Osterholm, Mayor Marty Walsh, Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Dr. Rob Davidson also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

May 01, 2020
1.03 million+ coronavirus cases in U.S., 60,458 reported deaths
00:44:02

Tonight on the Last Word: U.S. has more than 60,000 reported deaths from coronavirus. Also, Rep. Katie Porter demands more oversight on coronavirus funding. Plus, meat plant workers demand more protections and testing. And Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole argues that Donald Trump is “actively spreading a deadly virus.” Dr. William Schaffner, John Heilemann and Rep. Abby Finkenauer also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Apr 30, 2020
Pence flouts policy, doesn’t wear mask at Mayo Clinic
00:44:21

Tonight on the Last Word: The United States has more than 1 million reported coronavirus cases. Also, Stacey Abrams talks to Lawrence about Georgia easing statewide restrictions and allowing businesses to open. Plus, one airline makes a major safety change due to coronavirus. Oxford University researchers say their COVID-19 vaccine could be ready by September. And Joe Biden wins the Democratic presidential primary in Ohio. Ron Klain, Dr. Ashish Jha, Sara Nelson, Dr. Harvey Fineberg and Steve Kornacki also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Apr 29, 2020
Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in U.S. nears 1 million
00:42:45

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump takes no responsibility for the spike in calls to poison control after his disinfectant comments last week. Also, CDC adds six more possible coronavirus symptoms. Plus, coronavirus leaves states in financial peril. Stephanie Ruhle discusses the latest on the Paycheck Protection Program. And Rep. Max Rose talks to Lawrence about building hospitals with the New York National Guard in Staten Island. Ben Rhodes, John Heilemann, Dr. Margaret Hamburg and Sen. Chris Van Hollen join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Apr 28, 2020
U.S. lags behind other countries in coronavirus testing
00:48:02

Tonight on the Last Word: Dr. Zeke Emanuel joins Ali Velshi for the medical special, “Life in the Time of Coronavirus.” Bill Gates discusses the race to produce a coronavirus vaccine. Also, patients who recover from coronavirus could be the key to developing treatment options. Plus, Denmark is the first country in Europe to reopen elementary schools since the pandemic started. And coronavirus exposes cracks in the U.S. healthcare system.

Apr 25, 2020
833,000+ cases of coronavirus in U.S., 46,324 reported deaths
00:43:49

Tonight on the Last Word: The first known coronavirus death was Feb. 6 in northern California. Also, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security releases a new report on antibody testing. Plus, one small businesses owner says the Paycheck Protection Program is “completely flawed” and could lead to fraud. New polls show Americans want to stay in the safety of their homes. And Andrew Zimmern returns to discuss the security of the country’s food supply. Dr. Dara Kass, Dr. William Schaffner, Gigi Gronvall, Pete Vegas and John Heilemann also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Apr 23, 2020
CDC Director: Coronavirus ‘assault’ could be worse in winter
00:44:28

Tonight on the Last Word: Experts release a plan to expand coronavirus testing to 30 million tests a week. Also, Rep. Val Demings talks to Lawrence about Congress striking a deal on more funding for small businesses, hospitals and testing. Plus, the governors of Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina lift some coronavirus restrictions. Dr. Zeke Emanuel argues that America cannot reopen without more tests. And scientists race to develop a coronavirus vaccine. Dr. Harvey Fineberg, Ron Klain, Mayor Bo Dorough and Jon Cohen also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Apr 22, 2020
775,000+ coronavirus cases in U.S., 42,043 reported deaths
00:42:35

Tonight on the Last Word: Some states are preparing to start allowing businesses to reopen. Also, New York starts coronavirus antibody testing as Dr. Anthony Fauci cautions about its effectiveness. Plus, Congress battles over more funding for small businesses. And Bina Venkataraman and John Heilemann talk to Lawrence about how coronavirus is recalibrating the presidential election. Dr. MichaelOsterholm, Dr. Peter Hotez, Dr. Rob Davidson and Sen. Debbie Stabenow also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Apr 21, 2020
698,000+ coronavirus cases in U.S., 36,559 reported deaths
00:44:11

Tonight on the Last Word: Experts say mass testing is the only path to reopening the economy. Also, researchers race to develop a coronavirus treatment. Plus, Trump eggs on protestors who are violating social distancing. And NBC News reports coronavirus could decimate Latino wealth, which was hammered by the Great Recession. Ron Klain, Nick Kristof, Dr. Zeke Emanuel, Dr. Richard Besser, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Fmr. Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Rep. Joaquin Castro also join Ali Velshi.

Apr 18, 2020
Trump issues vague guidance about reopening, has no testing plan
00:45:08

Tonight on the Last Word: There are over 665,000 cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and 34,283 reported deaths from the virus. Also, the White House unveils a plan to reopen the economy as jobless claims soar. Plus, food banks ask for urgent help to meet immense demand. And Steve Schmidt talks to Lawrence about the ongoing protests against stay-at-home orders across the country. Dr. Dara Kass, Laurie Garrett, Rep. Dan Kildee, John Heilemann and Eric Cooper also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Apr 17, 2020
Today was deadliest day in U.S. in coronavirus pandemic
00:42:48

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump says he has put a hold on funding for the World Health Organization. Also, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman talks to Lawrence about the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. Plus, Joe Biden racks up high-profile endorsements as Democrats unite. Disproportionate deaths of African Americans show health disparities rooted in inequality. And Sean Penn works to offer free coronavirus tests in California. Ron Klain, Neal Katyal, Fmr. Sen. Claire McCaskill and Dr. Garth Walker also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Apr 16, 2020
Coronavirus cases worldwide pass 2 million
00:47:32

Tonight on the Last Word: Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel joins Lawrence for the medical special, “Life in the Time of Coronavirus.” Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont discusses coordinating an alliance with other northeastern states to gradually reopen the economy. Also, scientists rush to develop a coronavirus vaccine. And Andrew Zimmern talks to Lawrence about food insecurity across the country. Dr. Eric Bressman and Hanneke Schuitemaker also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Apr 14, 2020
Dr. Fauci: Hope for ‘degree of normality’ by November
00:43:50

Tonight on the Last Word: There are over 100,000 reported coronavirus cases worldwide. Also, a Kentucky emergency room physician isolates in a trailer to keep his family safe from coronavirus. Plus, the Colorado governor battles FEMA for ventilators. 10,000 families seek help at a San Antonio food bank. And a local ad agency in Detroit shines light on the importance of social distancing. Dr. Irwin Redlener, Dr. Zach Armstrong, Fmr. Gov. John Hickenlooper, Betsey Stevenson, Jared Bernstein and Michael Stelmaszek also join Ali Velshi.

Apr 11, 2020
462,000+ cases of coronavirus in U.S., 16,595 deaths
00:44:02

Tonight on the Last Word: The latest on the fight against coronavirus. Also, 6.6 million Americans file new unemployment claims. Plus, Ron Klain and John Heilemann return to discuss Trump attempting to deflect blame for his response onto the WHO. Dr. Oliver Brooks talks to Lawrence about coronavirus disproportionately killing people of color. And ICU nurse Natasha Cacciatore discusses the challenges of treating coronavirus patients. Dr. Jennifer Swiderek, Dr. Bennett Deboisblanc and Sen. Chris Van Hollen also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Apr 10, 2020
Oversight committee slams Trump admin for failing to prepare
00:44:12

Tonight on the Last Word: The United States has over 427,000 reported cases of coronavirus and 14,721 reported deaths from the virus. Also, Sen. Amy Klobuchar returns to discuss legislation to extend mail-in voting and early voting amid the coronavirus crisis. Plus, Dr. James Hildreth talks to Lawrence about the alarming racial disparities emerging in COVID-19 cases. Rep. Katie Porter and Sara Nelson argue that the $500 billion coronavirus funds should be used to protect workers. And Sen. Bernie Sanders drops out of the Democratic race for president. Dr. Ashish Jha and Ron Klain also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Apr 09, 2020
U.S. Surgeon General: This will be our Pearl Harbor moment
00:47:11

Tonight on the Last Word: Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel joins Lawrence for the medical special, “Life in the Time of Coronavirus.” Maryland Governor Larry Hogan talks to Lawrence about the state’s early reaction to coronavirus. Plus, virologist Shannon Bennett discusses the science behind COVID-19. And early data suggest coronavirus is disproportionately affecting communities of color. Dr. Najy Masri, Morgan Radford, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Apr 07, 2020
CDC recommends people cover their faces when leaving home
00:44:50

Tonight on the Last Word: The American Medical Association urges all governors to issue stay-at-home orders. Also, U.S. hospitals fear the shortage of health care workers. Plus, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich talks to Ali about the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. And Trump fires the Inspector General for the Intelligence Community, who flagged the Ukraine whistleblower complaint. Sen. Mazie Hirono, Dr. Rishi Desai, Laurie Garrett, Dr. Paul Bozyk, Ken Dilanian and Chairman Adam Schiff also join Ali Velshi.

Apr 04, 2020
Nearly 10M unemployment claims filed in last 2 weeks
00:44:03

Tonight on the Last Word: Johns Hopkins University reports there are over 1 million coronavirus cases worldwide. Also, some health experts believe as many as one-third of people who are testing negative for coronavirus actually have the virus. Plus, Sen. Kamala Harris returns to discuss California’s response to coronavirus. Weekly initial jobless claims show 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week. And hospitals brace for the surge of COVID-19 patients. Nick Kristof, Dr. Amit Phull, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Stephanie Ruhle and Dr. Rob Davidson also join Lawrence O’Donnell. 


Apr 03, 2020
211,000+ coronavirus cases in U.S., 4,735 deaths
00:43:55

Tonight on the Last Word: Florida issues a stay-at-home order for 30 days. Also, the Boston Globe editorial board argues that Trump has ‘blood on his hands’ over coronavirus. Plus, Chairman Adam Schiff talks to Lawrence about drafting legislation to help hold the Trump administration accountable for its coronavirus response. The CDC is considering new guidelines for who should wear masks. And a fourth-grader sews masks for health care workers battling the coronavirus pandemic in Boston. Dr. Luciana Borio, Ron Klain, Bina Venkataraman, Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Gaby Araica and Tracy McHale-Araica also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Apr 02, 2020
161,000+ cases of coronavirus in U.S., 2983 deaths
00:47:47

Tonight on the Last Word: Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel joins Lawrence for a medical special, “Life in the Time of Coronavirus.” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo discusses what people can and should expect from their state governments and the federal government during the pandemic. Dr. Eric Bressman, Dr. Najy Masri and nurse Deb Snell talk to Lawrence and Dr. Emanuel about what they’re experiencing on the front lines of the pandemic. And Dr. Emanuel answers questions about daily life amid coronavirus.

Mar 31, 2020
$2 trillion economic relief bill signed into law
00:44:10

Tonight on the Last Word: The U.S. becomes the first country to exceed 100,000 cases of coronavirus cases. Also, Congresswoman Katie Porter explains why “rigorous oversight” on the distribution of the coronavirus relief bill is necessary. Plus, Democrats secure expanded unemployment insurance in the biggest relief package in U.S. history. Dr. Rebekah Gee talks to Ali about Louisiana emerging as a coronavirus hot spot. And New York City’s emergency medical technicians and paramedics are responding to the highest number of 911 calls since September 11th. Dr. Michael Osterholm, Laurie Garrett, Betsey Stevenson, Thea Lee and Anthony Almojera also join Ali Velshi.

Mar 28, 2020
U.S. coronavirus cases surpass Italy, China
00:43:39

Tonight on the Last Word: The United States now has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide. Also, Dr. Zeke Emanuel returns to discuss the closing window of opportunity to defeat coronavirus. Plus, the Senate passes a $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill. NY Times reporter Somini Sengupta gives Lawrence an update on the ‘apocalyptic’ situation at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York. And Dr. Laura Dean discusses the difficult choices hospital staff are making between helping patients and protecting themselves. Dr. Irwin Redlener, Nick Kristof and Sen. Amy Klobuchar also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Mar 27, 2020
Senate expected to vote tonight on $2T economic aid bill
00:44:06

Tonight on the Last Word: The United States has over 65,000 reported cases of coronavirus and 906 reported deaths from the virus. Also, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gives Lawrence an update about the rising number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state. Plus, a handful of Republican senators object the proposed increase of unemployment insurance in the coronavirus aid package. Michael Rothfeld of the New York Times talks to Lawrence about the “apocalyptic” coronavirus situation in a New York City hospital. And Sara Nelson returns to discuss Democrats fighting to protect workers in the economic aid bill. Dr. Lipi Roy, Dr. Joseph Fair and Sen. Richard Blumenthal also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Mar 26, 2020
Dr. Fauci: Must be ‘very flexible’ on date to scale back restrictions and return to normal
00:44:34

Tonight on the Last Word: President Trump wants the United States to be “open” for “packed churches” by Easter as the number of Americans testing positive for COVID-19 continue to rise. Also, Sen. Ed Markey talks to Lawrence about the latest developments of the Senate’s potential aid package. Plus, Rep. Eric Swalwell discusses House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s influence on the economic aid bill going through the Senate. Medical professionals sound the alarm over a lack of resources in the fight against coronavirus. And public health experts warn that Trump’s suggestions to ease social distancing will be disastrous. Dr. Patrice Harris, Ron Klain, Rep. Ami Bera, Dr. Rob Davidson and Ezra Klein also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Mar 25, 2020
43,000+ cases of coronavirus in U.S., 533 deaths
00:45:06

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump claims that “normal life will return soon” while doctors and experts say otherwise. Also, Sen. Chris Murphy talks to Lawrence about the status of the Senate’s coronavirus relief bill. Plus, on the 10thanniversary of the Affordable Care Act, Trump vows to end it despite the coronavirus pandemic. And chef and activist Jose Andres discusses how to get food to those in need during a crisis. Dr. Ashish Jha, Dr. Kavita Patel, Dr. Vin Gupta and Dr. Zeke Emanuel also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Mar 24, 2020
Trump declares major disaster exists in the state of NY, orders federal assistance
00:43:45

Tonight on the Last Word: Multiple states enact strict new policies to slow the spread of coronavirus. Also, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot joins Ali to discuss the recently issued stay-at-home order in Illinois. Plus, the Senate continues to negotiate a coronavirus stimulus package. Dr. Rob Davidson returns to talk about the shortage of critical equipment in hospitals. And several senators are under fire for selling stock before the coronavirus pandemic exploded- while they were receiving briefings on how bad it would be. Ron Klain, Dr. Vin Gupta, Dr. Irwin Redlener, Rep. Adam Smith and Richard Painter also join Ali Velshi.


Mar 21, 2020
8,600+ cases of coronavirus in U.S., 140 fatalities
00:42:59

Tonight on the Last Word: Two members of Congress reveal that they have tested positive for COVID-19. Also, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer joins Lawrence to discuss what Congress is working on to provide emergency economic relief on a massive scale. Plus, the markets erase nearly all Dow gains since Trump was inaugurated. And health care workers are begging for help amid the shortage in masks and other protective gear. Dr. Leana Wen, Dr. Kavita Patel, Gene Sperling, Andy Slavitt and Zenei Cortez also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Mar 19, 2020
Dow drops nearly 3,000 points over coronavirus fears
00:46:52

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump says the U.S. could be dealing with the coronavirus outbreak through July or August. Also, Ben Rhodes and Austan Goolsbee return to assess Trump’s crisis management. Plus, the House passes a revised coronavirus emergency relief bill. And Dr. Jonathan Quick and Dr. Vin Gupta join Lawrence to discuss the future of the U.S. medical system amid the surge of coronavirus cases. Dr. Michael Osterholm, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Eric Swalwell also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Mar 17, 2020
U.S. coronavirus cases surpass 2,100 as death toll rises to 50
00:44:13

Tonight on the Last Word: Joy Reid talks to Rep. Ro Khanna, Yamiche Alcindor and Bina Venkataramen about Trump declaring a national emergency over coronavirus. On a special edition of the Last Word, Chris Jansing and Joshua Johnson join Joy to moderate a panel of experts answering viewers’ questions about every aspect of the coronavirus crisis. Joseph Fair, Dr. Zeke Emanuel, Dr. Rob Davidson, Dr. Sue Varma and Sharon Epperson all join the panel.

Mar 14, 2020
Alaska reports first case of coronavirus
00:43:01

Tonight on the Last Word: U.S. cases of coronavirus rise above 1,600 as the death toll climbs to 41. Also, the U.S. stock market suffers its worst day since 1987 as fears intensify over the coronavirus pandemic. Plus, Trump causes confusion over travel restrictions. And Rep. Katie Porter returns to discuss getting Trump’s CDC director to commit to making testing free . Ron Klain, Dr. Ashish Jha, Dr. Sheri Fink, Jason Furman and Sara Nelson also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Mar 13, 2020
Trump delivers Oval Office address on coronavirus
00:47:21

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump suspends travel from Europe to the U.S. as the NBA suspends its season until further notice over coronavirus. Also, Chairman Adam Schiff joins Lawrence to discuss what the House is preparing in response to coronavirus. Plus, Joe Biden widens his delegate lead over Bernie Sanders. And Lawrence explains why he sees no need for Bernie Sanders to end his presidential campaign. Laurie Garrett, Dr. Leana Wen, Rick Stengel, John Heilemann and David Plouffe also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Mar 12, 2020
Markets tumble as U.S. coronavirus deaths hit 26
00:43:07

Tonight on the Last Word: Former Vice President Joe Biden returns to talk about Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak and much more. Also, Yamiche Alcindor and John Heilemann talk to Lawrence about the state of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. And President Obama’s former economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee, discusses how to support the U.S. economy amid the coronavirus threat.

Mar 10, 2020
Trump response to coronavirus outbreak continues to confound after U.S. death toll reaches at least 15
00:43:52

Tonight on The Last Word: President Trump’s response to the coronavirus outbreak continues to receive criticism, especially after calling the Governor Jay Inslee a “snake” and falsely claiming that coronavirus tests are available to all who want them during a visit to the CDC earlier today. In a surprise move, Trump has replaced Mick Mulvaney with Rep. Mark Meadows as his chief of staff. Plus, more on the 2020 race as Bernie Sanders turns up his criticisms of Joe Biden, and a Last Word on Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey following the execution of Nathaniel Woods. Dr. Celine Gounder, Gene Sperling, Sara Nelson, Rick Stengel, and Zerlina Maxwell join Lawrence O’Donnell. Neal Katyal also joins to discuss AG William Barr after a federal judge demanded that the DOJ let him review the unredacted Mueller report to ensure that redactions were “not tainted” by Barr. 

Mar 07, 2020
Sen. Elizabeth Warren drops out of presidential race
00:44:17

Tonight on The Last Word: Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the presidential race today, meaning that despite starting with one of the most diverse group of candidates in American history, the only choices in November will, once again, be older white men. Lawrence discusses America’s long history of political misogyny with Joy Reid, Lily Adams, and Monica Hesse. Yamiche Alcindor joins to discuss what the state of the race looks like now that it is officially Joe Biden vs. Bernie Sanders. Plus, more updates on the Trump administration’s failure to respond to the growing coronavirus outbreak. Stephanie Ruhle, Cecile Richards, and Rep. Katie Porter also join Lawrence O’Donnell. 

Mar 06, 2020
Biden and Sanders head towards a 2-way race after Super Tuesday
00:44:01

Tonight on The Last Word: Vice President Biden has taken the lead in delegates over Senator Bernie Sanders as more results continue to come in after Super Tuesday. Lawrence discusses the state of the race with Steve Hildebrand, Jamil Smith, and Wendy Sherman. Former presidential candidate Senator Amy Klobuchar joins to discuss why she endorsed Biden as well as the strategy Democrats should take in order to regain control of the Senate. Plus, Ezra Klein gives his thoughts on what the results from Super Tuesday mean for Sanders’s campaign strategy going forward, and Rep. Eric Swalwell reacts to yesterday’s primaries as well as the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Mar 05, 2020
Biden nabs big endorsements on eve of Super Tuesday
00:51:37

Tonight on the Last Word: The Democratic field narrows before Super Tuesday while moderate Dems throw their support behind Biden. Also, former Vice President Joe Biden talks to Lawrence about his win in South Carolina and looks ahead to Super Tuesday. And Cecile Richards returns to discuss the impact of women voters on the 2020 election. David Plouffe and John Heilemann also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Mar 03, 2020
BONUS: Introducing Into America
00:06:22

As a bonus for The Last Word listeners, we’re sharing a special preview of Into America, a new podcast about politics, about policy, and the power that both have in shaping the lives of the American people. It is hosted by Trymaine Lee and features the journalists of NBC News.

For the first episode, Trymaine heads to East New York, a community that experienced more stops than any other part of New York City under Former Mayor Bloomberg’s stop and frisk policy. In order to have a real shot at the Democratic nomination, Bloomberg needs the support of Black voters. Days before announcing his candidacy, Bloomberg apologized for the policing tactic. But will his past decision to champion the use of stop and frisk hurt his chances?

Subscribe to Into America now: https://link.chtbl.com/7BcTGqT3?sid=description

Feb 29, 2020
Third coronavirus case of unknown origin in U.S.
00:43:25

Tonight on the Last Word: The World Health Organization raises the global risk of coronavirus to the highest level. Also, Gene Sperling talks to Ali about stocks having its worst week since the financial crisis in 2008. South Carolina voters hit the polls tomorrow. Plus, Trump nominates Rep. John Ratcliffe to be Director of National Intelligence - again. And drastic measures are taken to combat climate change in Charleston, SC. Ron Klain, Laurie Garrett, Zerlina Maxwell, Eugene Robinson, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi and Cal Perry also join Ali Velshi.

Feb 29, 2020
HHS whistleblower says U.S. workers without protective gear assisted coronavirus evacuees
00:44:18

According to the Washington Post, the HHS whistleblower says she was improperly reassigned after raising concerns about the safety of coronavirus workers. Also, the presidential candidates make their closing arguments to South Carolina voters ahead of Saturday’s primary. Plus, Lily Adams and Yamiche Alcindor look ahead to Super Tuesday. And psychiatrist Dr. Lance Dodes considers what it means to have a president in declining mental health in charge of protecting the public health of the country. Rep. John Garamendi, Dr. Matt McCarthy, Ned Price and John Heilemann also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Feb 28, 2020
Rep. James Clyburn endorses Joe Biden ahead of South Carolina primary
00:43:32

Tonight on the Last Word: Rep. James Clyburn talks to Lawrence about his decision to endorse Joe Biden. Also, Trump contradicts U.S. health officials on coronavirus. Plus, the Democratic presidential candidates zero in on Sen. Bernie Sanders ahead of Saturday’s South Carolina primary. And Rosanna Arquette reacts to the guilty verdicts against Harvey Weinstein. Ron Klain, Laurie Garrett and John Heilemann also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Feb 27, 2020
Rpt: Advisers say Trump must do more to combat coronavirus
00:43:19

Tonight on the Last Word: Global markets plunge over coronavirus fears. Dems prepare for the final debate before Super Tuesday. Also, a New York jury finds Harvey Weinstein guilty of two felony sex crimes. Cecile Richards joins Lawrence to discuss the Weinstein verdict in the era of Donald Trump. Plus, Senate Democrats demand new Russia sanctions over interference in the 2020 election. And Jill Wine-Banks discusses her new memoir titled, “The Watergate Girl.” Jennifer Palmieri, Anand Giridharadas, Molly Crane-Newman, Cynthia Alksne and Rep. Denny Heck also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Feb 25, 2020
Russia intends to interfere in the Democratic primaries
00:43:46

Tonight on the Last Word: U.S. officials tell Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign. Also, Rep. Eric Swalwell talks to Lawrence about why Trump supporters refuse to believe Russia meddled in the 2016 election. Plus, Mike Bloomberg offers to release three women from non-disclosure agreements. And presidential candidate Fmr. Gov. Bill Weld reacts to Intelligence officials telling Congress that Russia is working to re-elect Trump. Joyce Vance, Mieke Eoyang, Rick Stengel, Stephanie Valencia and Ruth Marcus also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Feb 22, 2020
NYT & WAPO: Russia interfering to help Trump in 2020 election
00:42:14

Tonight on the Last Word: The New York Times and the Washington Post report that Russia is meddling to re-elect Trump. Also, Roger Stone is sentenced to more than 3 years in prison for obstructing the Russia investigation. Plus, Maria Teresa Kumar and Jason Johnson talk to Lawrence about the record viewership for last night’s Democratic debate. And presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren discusses her performance at the debate and reacts to reports that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election. Rep. Jim Himes, Ned Price and Glenn Kirschner also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Feb 21, 2020
Trump grants 11 pardons and commutations
00:44:21

Tonight on the Last Word: Trump pardons criminals he has seen on Fox News. Also, Rep. David Cicilline discusses the questions he plans to ask Attorney General Bill Barr under oath in the attorney general’s scheduled appearance before the House Judiciary Committee. Plus, Jennifer Palmieri and Jamil Smith join Lawrence to look ahead to Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate. And Dan Pfeiffer discusses his new book called, “Un-Trumping America” and the importance of winning the Senate. Joyce Vance, Barbara McQuade and Benjamin Wittes also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Feb 19, 2020
Early primary voting already underway in several states
00:42:46

Tonight on the Last Word: Democrats make their final push ahead of the Nevada caucus. Also, more than 2,000 former Department of Justice officials call for Attorney General William Barr to resign. Plus, Jon Ralston talks to Lawrence about the state of the race ahead of Wednesday’s Democratic debate and Saturday’s Nevada caucus. John Bolton breaks his silence after the conclusion of Trump’s impeachment trial. And Lawrence explains why golf should be considered a serious issue in the presidential campaign. Ben Rhodes, Ruth Marcus, Mark Thompson, Sam Stein, David Laufman, Matt Miller and Neera Tanden also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Feb 18, 2020
Federal judge fears Trump involvement in DOJ cases could make U.S. a 'banana republic'
00:43:31

Tonight on the Last Word: Accusations grow that Attorney General Bill Barr is using the Department of Justice to help Trump in criminal cases. Also, Fmr. Gov. Bill Weld joins Ali to discuss the growing crisis at the Justice Department and the current state of the GOP primary race. Plus, Michael Moore returns to discuss how strong Trump’s re-election chances are. And Democratic voters share their thoughts on the state of the race in Nevada. Neal Katyal, Zerlina Maxwell and Cristina Beltran also join Ali Velshi.

Feb 15, 2020
Attorney General Barr says Trump makes his job harder
00:41:45

Tonight on the Last Word: AG William Barr defends helping convicted Trump aide Roger Stone while criticizing Trump’s tweets. Also, Sen. Elizabeth Warren responds to Mike Bloomberg’s past comments on redlining and the 2008 housing market collapse. Plus, Democrats look ahead to the Nevada caucuses. And a former Ohio State wrestler claims Rep. Jim Jordan asked him to deny allegations of sexual abuse by an OSU doctor. Dahlia Lithwick, Joyce Vance, Matt Miller, Maria Teresa Kumar and John Heilemann also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Feb 14, 2020
Trump cheers DOJ intervention in Roger Stone case
00:43:24

Tonight on the Last Word: Four prosecutors withdraw after the Department of Justice steps in to overrule Roger Stone’s sentencing recommendation. Also, Sen. Richard Blumenthal calls for the resignation of Attorney General William Barr over the Roger Stone case. Plus, Gene Sperling and Jason Johnson talk to Lawrence about the results of the New Hampshire primary and what could happen if the delegates continue to be split among three or more candidates. And Lawrence discusses the unpredictability of the Democratic presidential race. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Sherrilyn Ifill and Glenn Kirschner also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Feb 13, 2020
Dems make final push before New Hampshire primary
00:42:19

Tonight on the Last Word: The Democratic presidential candidates make their closing arguments ahead of the New Hampshire primary. Sen. Elizabeth Warren talks to Lawrence about Trump’s proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Plus, Sen. Amy Klobuchar reacts to AG Barr confirming that the DOJ is receiving information from Rudy Giuliani about Ukraine. And a new Quinnipiac poll shows all the top tier Democratic candidates ahead of Trump in one-on-one matchups. James Pindell, Joy Reid and John Heilemann also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Feb 11, 2020
Trump's prayer breakfast rant shows he doesn't understand what love is
00:44:06

Tonight on The Last Word: President Trump turned today’s National Prayer Breakfast – an event meant for reflection and empathy – into an opportunity to lash out at his political foes, including Speaker Pelosi, who explained during a presser why she tore up Trump’s speech after the State of the Union. Lawrence explains how Trump’s rants today show that he does not understand the concept of love. Plus, with 100% reporting, the Iowa caucuses are still too close to call, with both Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg claiming victory. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Sen. Ed Markey, Cecile Richards, James Pindell, and Gene Sperling join Lawrence O’Donnell. 

Feb 07, 2020
47 Dems, 1 Republican vote to convict Trump
00:44:15

Tonight on the Last Word: The Senate acquits Trump on both impeachment charges. Sen. Doug Jones tells Lawrence that the senators who voted to convict Trump will ultimately be on the right side of history. Also, Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Elizabeth Warren join Lawrence to discuss the impeachment vote and how to defeat Trump in November. And Mitt Romney becomes the first U.S. senator to vote to convict a president of his own party. John Heilemann, Amb. Wendy Sherman and Rick Wilson also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Feb 06, 2020
Senate blocks motion to call witnesses
00:43:32

Tonight on the Last Word: The Senate votes 51-49 to block new witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial. Also, the New York Times reports that Trump directed John Bolton to call Ukraine’s President Zelenskiy to ensure he would meet with Rudy Giuliani. Plus, Geoff Bennett joins Lawrence to look ahead to the next phase of the Senate impeachment trial. And Lawrence explains why tonight’s vote in the Senate was anti-democratic. Ron Klain, Glenn Kirschner, Maya Wiley, Rick Stengel, Chuck Rosenberg and Rep. Eric Swalwell also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Feb 01, 2020
Reports: McConnell lacks votes to block witnesses
00:43:02

Tonight on the Last Word: Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren returns to discuss Mitch McConnell acknowledging that he doesn’t yet have enough votes to block witnesses in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. Also, a new poll shows 75 percent of registered voters support having witnesses in the trial. Plus, Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe talks to Lawrence about Trump’s legal defense and the growing calls for John Bolton to testify. And Lawrence looks ahead to the next phase of the impeachment trial. Ari Melber, Jonathan Alter, Susan Del Percio, Hayes Brown, and Andrew Weissman also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jan 29, 2020
INTRODUCING: So You Wanna Be President? with Chris Matthews
00:31:34

Lesson one: win Iowa. An astounding number of Democrats and Republicans won their party's nomination after winning first in the Iowa caucuses—but America's first battleground hasn't always been a priority for campaigns. Jimmy Carter was the first to realize that a win there could propel a candidate into the national spotlight.

Chris Matthews examines Carter's approach to the 1972 campaign with Gerry Rafshoon, who handled political advertising for the candidate, and veteran journalist Judy Woodruff, who covered the campaign in her early years with NBC.

Jan 27, 2020
Wondery Presents The Next Big Idea
00:09:06

Presidential Candidate, Andrew Yang, asks what you would do with an extra $1,000 of FREE MONEY every single month? Would you start a savings account for retirement? Would you go back and finish your degree? Or would you just spend it on your dream vacation? Listen to The Next Big Idea now at wondery.fm/TheNextBigIdea6.

Jan 21, 2020
The Eve of Trump on Trial
00:42:34

Lawrence O’Donnell talks to his expert guests about the rules Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to use to govern the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Senator Richard Blumenthal tells Lawrence that it is a race against the clock for the Republicans because new evidence comes out against Trump daily. David Frum looks at the new rules and says he sees McConnell as vulnerable since his rules are visibly unfair.  Lawrence also discusses impeachment with Glenn Kirschner, Paul Butler and Norm Ornstein. And at the end of the show, "Pod Save America's" Jon Favreau joins to talk about his focus groups with Obama-Trump voters and other swing voters who could decide the next election. Favreau, who used to write speeches for Presidential candidate Barack Obama, tells Lawrence what Democrats need to be saying to defeat Trump in 2020.

Jan 21, 2020
House releases new texts, audio, pics from Parnas
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Tonight on the Last Word: The House Judiciary Committee releases new impeachment documents ahead of the Senate trial. Also, Republican presidential candidate Fmr. Gov. Bill Weld talks to Ali about how Trump’s impeachment trial is a consequential time for Republican senators. Plus, Zerlina Maxwell and Jennifer Rubin join Ali to discuss a new book that documents how Trump lashed out at generals trying to educate him on foreign policy. And Fred Hochberg explains the consequences of Trump’s trade wars. Josh Lederman, Matt Miller and Rep. Jim Himes also join Ali Velshi.

Jan 18, 2020
New Parnas info as Senate trial starts
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Tonight on the Last Word: Some senators want to hear more from Lev Parnas after his revealing interview with Rachel Maddow. Also, Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe talks to Lawrence about his former student John Roberts. Plus, presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar looks ahead to the impeachment trial after being sworn in as a juror. And Lev Parnas claims Trump wanted the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine fired a year before she was actually fired. John Heilemann, Joyce Vance, Matt Miller and Ned Price also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jan 17, 2020
Parnas: Trump “knew exactly what was going on”
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Tonight on the Last Word: Rachel Maddow breaks down her exclusive interview with Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani. Also, Neal Katyal returns to discuss how the last 24 hours impacts the case against Trump. Plus, the House votes to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate and Speaker Nancy Pelosi names the House’s impeachment managers. And former Amb. Dana Shell Smith talks to Lawrence about the reported surveillance of Amb. Yovanovitch. Barbara McQuade, David Corn, Ron Klain and Ben Rhodes also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jan 16, 2020
House Dems release additional evidence ahead of Senate impeachment trial
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Tonight on the Last Word: The House Intelligence Committee releases a new batch of impeachment inquiry evidence, including information turned over by Lev Parnas, the indicted former associate of Rudy Giuliani. Also, Sen. Chris Van Hollen joins Ali to talk about reports of Trump talking to Mar-a-Lago guests about the airstrike on Iranian general Qasam Soleimani before it happened. Plus, Malcolm Nance returns to discuss what the reported Russian cyberattack on a Ukrainian company at the heart of impeachment. And Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn talk to Ali about their new book detailing the painful crisis facing working class families called, “Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope.” Rep. Mike Quigley, Jill Wine-Banks and Mieke Eoyang also join Ali Velshi.

Jan 15, 2020
NYT: Russia hacked Ukrainian gas company at center of Trump impeachment scandal
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Tonight on the Last Word: The New York Times reports that Russia hacked Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company that is central to the impeachment of Trump. Also, presidential candidate Sen. Michael Bennet joins Lawrence to discuss potentially being a juror in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. Plus, Nancy Pelosi prepares to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. And Rep. Lauren Underwood debunks Trump’s claims about pre-existing conditions. Nicole Perlroth, Rep. Peter Welch, Frank Figliuzzi, Adam Jentleson and Ruth Marcus also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jan 14, 2020
Pelosi expected to deliver articles to Senate next week
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Tonight on the Last Word: Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces that the House will consider a resolution next week to appoint impeachment managers and transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Also, Sen. Jeff Merkley talks to Ali about new questions concerning Trump’s strike on Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. Plus, Michael Moore returns to discuss impeachment and Trump’s actions in Iran. And wildfires continue to torch Australia. Zerlina Maxwell, Rick Wilson and Michael Mann also join Ali Velshi.

Jan 11, 2020
Pelosi: I’ll send over impeachment articles 'when I’m ready'
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Tonight on the Last Word: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won’t budge on sending impeachment articles to the Senate. Also, the House of Representatives passed a new war powers resolution to restrict military actions against Iran. Plus, Frank Rich talks to Lawrence about what might happen after Trump vacates the Oval Office. And Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer joins Lawrence to discuss making the cut for the next Democratic debate and impeachment. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Jason Johnson, Eugene Robinson and Sen. Ed Markey also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jan 10, 2020
Trump tries to dial back Iran crisis he created
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Tonight on the Last Word: Former Secretary of State John Kerry joins Lawrence for an exclusive interview to discuss Trump’s self-made crisis with Iran. Also, Republicans and Democrats are divided over the closed-door Iran briefing. Plus, Republican Senator Mitt Romney wants to hear from John Bolton in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. And Nancy Pelosi isn’t ready to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Joy Reid, Ned Price, Neal Katyal and Jonathan Alter also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jan 09, 2020
Iran fires missiles at U.S. forces at Iraqi base
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Tonight on the Last Word: Iranian forces launch more than a dozen ballistic missiles against Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops, claiming the attack is retaliation for killing Qasem Soleimani. Also, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar reacts to Iran’s retaliatory airstrike and the current impeachment standstill. Plus, Rep. Jason Crow uses his combat experience in Iraq to assess the aftermath of Iran’s airstrike. Ali Arouzi, Richard Engel, Courtney Kube, Amb. Wendy Sherman, Malcolm Nance, Ben Rhodes, Daniel Benaim, Rep. Jim Himes, Nicholas Kristof and Rick Stengel also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jan 08, 2020
NYT: Trump presented with options for Iran strike, officials “flabbergasted” he picked most extreme
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Tonight on the Last Word: Fmr. National Security Advisor Susan Rice joins Lawrence to discuss the repercussions of Trump’s decision to kill Qasam Soleimani. Also, John Bolton claims he is willing to testify in the Senate impeachment trial if he is subpoenaed. Plus, Congressman Seth Moulton explains how Trump is the “most reckless commander in chief in American history.” Former CIA Director John Brennan evaluates the Trump administration’s claims about the necessity of killing Soleimani. And Cal Perry talks to Lawrence about how Trump managed to unite Iran. Rick Stengel and Mieke Eoyang also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jan 07, 2020
Trump defends decision to kill Iranian general
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Tonight on the Last Word: President Trump justifies his decision to carry out an airstrike against an Iranian general by claiming it was an act of self-defense. Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer speak about Trump’s impeachment trial on the Senate floor. Also, the New York Times reports that the White House is withholding emails between two Trump aides about the freeze of Ukraine’s military aid. Plus, Ali Soufan joins Ali to analyze Trump’s Iran war strategies. And Yamiche Alcindor and Rick Wilson return to discuss how the current Iran crisis will affect the 2020 campaign trail. Ali Arouzi, Ben Rhodes, Brett McGurk, Glenn Kirschner and Fmr. Rep. Tom Coleman also join Ali Velshi.

Jan 04, 2020
Pentagon says U.S. strike killed top Iranian revolutionary guard commander
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Tonight on the Last Word: The Pentagon confirms that a top Iranian general has been killed in a U.S. missile strike at Baghdad airport. Also, Senate Foreign Relations Committee member and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker reacts to the developments in Iraq. Andrea Mitchell, Cal Perry, Amb. Wendy Sherman, Ned Price, Hallie Jackson, Jonathan Alter and Daniel Benaim also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Jan 03, 2020
New Ukraine revelations amid impeachment trial impasse
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Tonight on the Last Word: A new report from the New York Times shows Mike Pompeo, Mick Mulvaney, and Mark Esper failed to convince Trump to release Ukraine’s military aid in August. Also, Amb. Wendy Sherman returns to talk to Lawrence about Mike Pompeo’s upcoming trip to Ukraine to meet with President Zelenskiy. Plus, Jesse Drucker of the New York Times shares his reporting on how big companies got new tax breaks from the Trump Administration. And Nancy Pelosi’s strategy is working. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Neera Tanden, David Frum and David Corn also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Dec 31, 2019
Trump slams impeachment in Christmas Twitter rant
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Tonight on the Last Word: Trump attacks Democrats as the Senate impeachment trial looms. Also, Attorney General William Barr defends Trump’s executive authority amid impeachment. Plus, John Fea and John Harwood join Ayman to discuss how divided evangelicals are over Trump. A new report shows 91 profitable Fortune 500 companies paid zero federal income taxes in the first year of Trump’s tax cuts. And a Kentucky newspaper op-ed calls out Mitch McConnell for “violating” two constitutional oaths. Natasha Bertrand, Joyce Vance, Ron Klain, David Cay Johnston, Barbara McQuade, David Lurie, and Kent Greenfield also join Ayman Mohyeldin.

Dec 28, 2019
Trump rants about “unfair” impeachment process as Speaker Pelosi holds articles from Senate
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Tonight on the Last Word: Trump falsely claims that Speaker Pelosi presided over an “unfair” trial in the House and that there’s no “factual basis” for the articles of impeachment. Also, the New York Times obtains video interviews of Navy SEALs describing pardoned Chief Eddie Gallagher as “toxic” and “evil.” Plus, Jess Morales Rocketto, David Jolly and Hayes Brown talk to Ayman about Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment strategy. David Corn, Glenn Kirschner, Rep. John Garamendi and Col. Jack Jacobs also join Ayman Mohyeldin.

Dec 28, 2019
The year in Trump oversight thanks to blue wave
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Tonight on the Last Word: A very special holiday edition of the show begins with a look back at all the ways the Democrats in Congress checked President Trump in 2019, particularly the repeated disputes between Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Joy Reid, Michelle Goldberg and Nick Kristof discuss it with Lawrence and look ahead to the 2020 presidential race. Also, the expert questioning from freshman Congresswoman Katie Porter.  We relive some of her top hearing moments of 2019 and ask her about how much Dems accomplished this year and how it was for as a single mother and a Congresswoman.  We also have the best handoffs between Rachel and Lawrence all year. And you will hear how the KIND fund has changed another young woman’s life in Malawi.

Dec 25, 2019
Emails reveal new details about Ukraine aid hold and renew calls for impeachment witnesses
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Tonight on the Last Word: Newly released emails regarding Ukraine defense aid held by the White House show that a request to withhold funds came less than two hours after Trump’s July phone call with Ukraine’s president. Also, Glenn Kirschner and Rina Shah talk to Ayman about the Trump officials who continue to push false conspiracy theories linked to the Russian government. Plus, a court in Saudi Arabia sentences five people to death for the murder of U.S. journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which Fmr. U.S. Amb. Robert Jordan calls "a mockery of justice." And a report from the Washington Post reveals Stephen Miller’s secret plan to expand deportations of the relatives of unaccompanied children. Jonathan Alter, Jill Wine-Banks, Bina Venkataraman, Maria Echaveste, and Julia Ainsley also join Ayman Mohyeldin.

Dec 24, 2019
Evangelical magazine calls for Trump’s removal
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump attacks evangelical magazine Christianity Today after it calls his actions with Ukraine president “profoundly immoral.” Also, Michael Moore returns to talk about his front row seat to Wednesday’s impeachment vote and the prospect of Democrats taking back control of the Senate. Plus, Zerlina Maxwell and Neera Tanden join Ali to analyze Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment strategy. Michael Gerson and Ben Rhodes also join Ali Velshi.

Dec 21, 2019
House, Senate in impeachment standoff over next steps
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Tonight on The Last Word: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vows to not send the articles of impeachment to the Senate until she determines that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will hold a fair trial. Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe reacts to the congressional standoff after writing an op-ed earlier this week suggesting a delay in transmitting the articles. Also, Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono reacts to the likelihood of getting a fair impeachment trial in the Senate. Plus, Evangelical magazine “Christianity Today” publishes an editorial calling for Trump’s removal from office. Ruth Marcus and Jonathan Alter join to discuss the important editorial.

Dec 20, 2019
Article II: Trump is Impeached
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It was a historic day for Washington and for the country. The House of Representatives voted along party lines to impeach President Donald Trump on two articles, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. There was not a single Republican defector to vote for impeachment, and just four Democrats broke ranks with their party. 

Steve Kornacki analyzes what Wednesday’s vote means for our politics and our country and asks what the future of impeachment holds. 

For by-the-minute updates on impeachment, follow along with NBC News’ Live Blog: 

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry/live-blog/trump-impeachment-inquiry-live-updates-latest-news-n1065706 

Dec 19, 2019
Trump impeached on the 1,063rd day of his presidency
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Tonight on The Last Word: The House votes to impeach President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Also, Rep. Earl Blumenauer and John Heilemann talk to Lawrence about the possibility of Nancy Pelosi delaying sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Plus, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker reacts to the House vote and talks about being a juror in the upcoming impeachment trial. And former GOP Congressman Tom Coleman claims Trump “committed grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence.” Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Amb. Wendy Sherman, David Jolly, and Jonathan Alter also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Dec 19, 2019
House Rules Committee sends over articles of impeachment
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Tonight on The Last Word: The House Rules Committee sets the guidelines for tomorrow’s historic impeachment vote on the House floor. Also, Rep. Tom Malinowski joins Lawrence to discuss the newly elected House Democrats who flipped their districts blue and have come out in favor of impeachment. Plus, thousands of people across the country rally in support of impeachment. Elizabeth Drew and Jason Johnson return to talk about how the politics of impeachment are playing out for both Democrats and Republicans. And Brigid Harrison becomes the first Democrat to announce a run to defeat Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a New Jersey Democrat who is expected to switch to the Republican Party and vote against impeachment. Sen. Chris Murphy and Ezra Levin also join Lawrence O’Donnell. 

Dec 18, 2019
Full House to debate and vote on impeachment Wednesday
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Tonight on The Last Word: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Andrew Weissmann join Lawrence to discuss the upcoming debate and vote on impeachment by the House of Representatives. Former FBI and CIA Director William Webster speaks up in defense of the FBI as Trump and Attorney General William Barr continue to publicly undermine the work of the FBI and Justice Department prosecutors. Plus, the legal fight over notes of the Trump and Putin’s conversations advances. And Isabel Bueso shares an update about her fight to stay in the country. Frank Figliuzzi and Austin Evers also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Dec 17, 2019
House Judiciary Committee approves articles of impeachment
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Tonight on The Last Word: The House Judiciary Committee votes to approve two articles of impeachment against President Trump. Also, Norm Ornstein and Joyce Vance return to discuss Mitch McConnell’s coordination with the White House on Trump’s Senate impeachment trial defense. Plus, Rudy Giuliani meets with Trump after seeking dirt and pushing conspiracy theories in Ukraine. Dave Levinthal joins Ari to talk about the ongoing investigation into the hold-up of military aid to Ukraine. And Rep. Debbie Dingell discusses the politics of impeachment. Rep. Karen Bass, David Corn, Maria Teresa Kumar, and Clyde Haberman also join Ari Melber.

Dec 14, 2019
House Judiciary Committee debates Trump articles of impeachment
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Tonight on The Last Word: The House Judiciary Committee meets to mark up the two articles of impeachment against President Trump. Also, Rep. Jim Himes talks to Lawrence about the possible Senate impeachment trial and how Republican senators are considering not calling any witnesses. Plus, Sen. Amy Klobuchar returns to discuss Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz testifying before Congress about his report on the Trump campaign probe. And Rep. Pramila Jayapal explains the importance of Congress standing up for the country’s democracy. Jill Wine-Banks, Barbara McQuade, Ronald Klain, and Lisa Graves also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Dec 12, 2019
Democrats announce two articles of impeachment
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Tonight on The Last Word: House Democrats unveil two articles of impeachment against President Trump – one for abuse of power and the other for obstruction of Congress. Also, Ezra Klein returns to discuss the proposed articles of impeachment and what the political world would look like if Trump’s Ukraine scheme had never been exposed. Plus, Attorney General Bill Barr pushes Trump’s false narrative on the Russia probe, contradicting the findings of the inspector general report. And Trump meets with the Russian Foreign Minister in the Oval Office. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Eugene Robinson, John Heilemann, Chuck Rosenberg, and Richard Stengel also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Dec 11, 2019
House Judiciary hears impeachment evidence against Trump
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Tonight on The Last Word: NBC News reports that Democrats are expecting to draft at least two articles of impeachment against Trump. Also, Sen. Mazie Hirono joins Lawrence to discuss the next steps in the impeachment inquiry. Plus, the Justice Department Inspect General concludes that the FBI’s Russia probe was justified and not politically biased. Politico reports that the House Judiciary Committee plans to vote on articles of impeachment on Thursday. And Fmr. Amb. Michael McFaul looks ahead to Trump’s upcoming meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister. Rep. David Cicilline, Rep. Mike Quigley, James B. Stewart, Benjamin Wittes, and Norm Ornstein also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Dec 10, 2019
WAPO: Trump ignores security threat from cellphone use to hide calls from
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Tonight on The Last Word: Phone records in the impeachment report show routine communications between President Trump and Rudy Giuliani on cellphones vulnerable to monitoring by Russian and other foreign intelligence services. The report details that the President doesn’t want to use secure landlines so he can hide evidence of calls from his own staff. Also, the House impeachment committees officially transmit their impeachment inquiry report to the House Judiciary Committee. Plus, Zerlina Maxwell and Ana Marie Cox join Ali to discuss the powerful women who are playing crucial roles in the Trump impeachment hearings. The House passes the Voting Rights Advancement Act to protect voters against racial discrimination with the support of only Republican. And the most totalitarian comment from the Trump administration all week came from Attorney General William Barr. Greg Miller, Rick Stengel, Glenn Kirschner, and Rep. Joe Neguse also join Ali Velshi.

Dec 07, 2019
House Judiciary Committee to hold hearing Monday to receive impeachment evidence
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Tonight on The Last Word: Speaker Nancy Pelosi instructs House Chairs to draft articles of impeachment against Trump. Also, Neal Katyal returns to discuss the smoking gun in the Trump impeachment inquiry. Plus, Robert Reich explains why Mitch McConnell might be “the most dangerous politician.” And Rudy Giuliani is back in Ukraine pushing his agenda. Rep. Peter Welch, Amb. Wendy Sherman, Mieke Eoyang, and Franklin Foer also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Dec 06, 2019
Legal experts testify Trump committed impeachable offenses
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Tonight on The Last Word: Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe breaks down the Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment hearing. Also, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren joins Lawrence to discuss the potential articles of impeachment and the state of the 2020 Democratic race. And Lawrence asks Judiciary Committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin about the next steps for the Judiciary Committee in the impeachment inquiry. 

Dec 05, 2019
Impeachment report outlines presidential misconduct and obstruction of Congress
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Tonight on The Last Word: Chairman Adam Schiff joins Lawrence to discuss his committee’s conclusions in the impeachment investigation into President Trump. Also, the impeachment report reveals phone records that show Rep. Devin Nunes communicated with Rudy Giuliani and his indicted associate, Lev Parnas. Plus, Steve Schmidt says the Republicans in Congress who continue to defend Trump’ in the Ukraine scheme are “accomplices.” And Dr. Lance Dodes returns to discuss the current state of the president’s mental health. Ari Melber and Barbara McQuade also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Dec 04, 2019
Schiff: Intelligence Committee to release impeachment report to public tomorrow
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Tonight on The Last Word: Chairman Schiff says that the House Intelligence Committee will release the impeachment report tomorrow. Also, Time reporter Simon Shuster joins Lawrence to discuss his interview with Ukrainian President Zelenskiy on Trump and the war with Russia. Plus, Republican presidential candidate Gov. Bill Weld talks about how the impeachment inquiry is affecting Trump’s chances for re-election in 2020 and the current state of the GOP. And former FBI lawyer Lisa Page breaks her silence after Trump “broke the camel’s back” with his attack on her at an October rally. John Heilemann, Jill Wine-Banks, and Molly Jong-Fast also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Dec 03, 2019
Anonymous book: Trump’s actions are “fireable offenses”
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Tonight on The Last Word: An anonymous “senior administration official” warns voters to not re-elect Trump. Also, James B. Stewart joins Lawrence to talk about his book "Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law.” Plus, Fintan O’Toole discusses the rise of nationalism in the United Kingdom sparked by the 2016 Brexit referendum. And Nobel Prize winning economist Esther Duflo explains how economics can solve real world problems, including income inequality, poverty and immigration. Neera Tanden and Joy Reid also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Nov 30, 2019
A very consequential weekend for Trump impeachment case
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Tonight on The Last Word: Former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal discusses his new book “Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump.” Also, Trump claims he didn’t direct Rudy Giuliani to go to Ukraine, contradicting testimony and his own call with President Zelenskiy. Plus, Michael Moore breaks down the state of the Democratic presidential race. And a new report from the United Nations warns that countries must drastically reduce their carbon emissions to prevent irreversible environmental damage. Carol Lam, Jonathan Alter, and Cal Perry also join Steve Kornacki.

Nov 28, 2019
Trump throws Giuliani under the bus with new Ukraine comments
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump denies sending Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine despite Giuliani claiming he conducted the probe on Trump’s behalf. Also, the House Judiciary Committee sets a date for the first impeachment hearing and invites Trump to participate. Plus, Ben Rhodes returns to discuss Secy. of State Mike Pompeo spreading disinformation about election interference. The anonymous “senior administration official” answers questions in an “Ask Me Anything” forum on Reddit. And Ben Rhodes and Neera Tanden talk to Katy about how a simple White House photo-op added to the Trump White House’s credibility problem. Jill Wine-Banks, Bill Kristol, Josh Lederman, Rep. Jamie Raskin, and Daniel Lippman also join Katy Tur.

Nov 27, 2019
Judge rejects Trump’s claim of absolute immunity to block witnesses from testifying to Congress
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Tonight on The Last Word: A federal judge rules that former White House Counsel Don McGahn must follow a subpoena and testify before Congress. Also, the House Intelligence Committee plans to deliver a report with all of the impeachment evidence to the Judiciary Committee shortly after Thanksgiving. Plus, federal prosecutors seek records of payments to Rudy Giuliani, as part of an active criminal investigation, according to a grand jury subpoena. And Charlie Cook talks to Ali about Michael Bloomberg joining the race for the Democratic nomination in 2020. Mieke Eoyang, Glenn Kirschner, and Rep. Zoe Lofgren also join Ali Velshi.

Nov 27, 2019
Impeachment inquiry begins next stage as Intelligence Committee prepares to compile report
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump continues to push debunked Ukraine conspiracy theories as the House Intelligence Committee begins writing its report in the impeachment investigation. Also, the lawyer for indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas claims he has “hard evidence” of Trump’s wrongdoing. Plus, Jennifer Rubin and Tim Miller return to discuss John Bolton’s claims that the White House blocked access to his Twitter account after he resigned. And the State Department releases Ukraine documents showing connections between Mike Pompeo and Rudy Giuliani. Michael Weiss, David Corn, Betsy Woodruff Swan, Barbara McQuade, and Austin Evers also join Ali Velshi.

Nov 23, 2019
Key witnesses tie Trump’s personal agenda to Ukraine pressure
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Tonight on The Last Word: Fiona Hill and David Holmes’ testimony ties Trump’s personal agenda to the Ukraine pressure campaign. Also, Laurence Tribe returns to talk to Lawrence about how Amb. Gordon Sondland’s testimony implicated Trump and top White House administration officials. Plus, Trump talks impeachment with potential Republican jurors Mitt Romney and Susan Collins. And Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar discusses the conclusion of this week’s impeachment hearings as well as the Democratic race. Rep. Val Demings, Joyce Vance, Ron Klain, Paul Rosenzweig, and Rick Wilson also join Lawrence O’Donnell. 

Nov 22, 2019
Democratic presidential primary debate, November 20, 2019
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Cory Booker, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang, and Tom Steyer engage in the fifth 2020 Democratic primary debate for the presidential nomination.

Nov 21, 2019
Republican defenses break down during impeachment hearings
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Tonight on The Last Word: On the third day of impeachment hearings, the Republican "hearsay" defense fell apart, as the Intelligence Committee heard from two first hand witnesses who listened to Trump's call with the president of Ukraine. Also, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, talks to Lawrence about some of the stunning moments of today’s impeachment hearing. Plus, fact-checking Tim Morrison’s answers about moving the Trump-Zelenskiy call transcript. And Mimi Rocah and John Heilemann look ahead to EU Amb. Gordon Sondland’s testimony tomorrow. Amb. Wendy Sherman, Ned Price, Tess Bridgeman, and Tom Nichols also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Nov 20, 2019
House Intelligence Committee releases David Holmes deposition
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Tonight on The Last Word: David Holmes’ deposition details the Trump-Sondland phone call he overheard at a restaurant in Kyiv. Also, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson writes a letter to House Republicans in response to a request for information about Ukraine. Plus, Jim Messina returns to talk to Lawrence about Trump’s failed bid to help a Republican win in Louisiana this past weekend. And Elizabeth Drew, who wrote the book on Nixon’s impeachment, shares her insight into the current state of Trump’s impeachment inquiry. Rep. Denny Heck, Jonathan Alter, Norm Ornstein, and Evan McMullin also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Nov 19, 2019
State Dept. aide testifies he heard Trump call with Sondland the day after 7/25 Trump-Zelenskiy call
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Tonight on The Last Word: David Holmes testifies he heard Trump ask Gordon Sondland if Ukraine was “going to do the investigation,” referring to Ukraine investigating Trump’s political rival. Also, Glenn Kirschner, Mieke Eoyang, and Fmr. Amb. Wendy Sherman return to discuss the impact of David Holmes’ testimony on the impeachment investigation. Plus, Laurence Tribe reacts to Trump live-tweeting his own impeachment hearing and attacking Marie Yovanovitch during her testimony. And Trump’s longest-serving adviser Roger Stone is found guilty of lying to Congress, obstruction, and witness tampering. Rep. Eric Swalwell and Jill Wine-Banks also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2019
Pelosi accuses Trump of “obstructing” firsthand witnesses from testifying in impeachment inquiry
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Joy Reid fills in for Lawrence O’Donnell tonight on The Last Word: Republicans complain there aren’t firsthand witnesses in the impeachment hearing but it is President Trump who is blocking the testimony his defenders are asking for. Public testimony continues tomorrow with former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s appearance as well as a closed-door deposition from the aide who overheard the phone call in the Kyiv restaurant between Donald Trump and Gordon Sondland. The Trump Organization is refusing to provide senators with information concerning Trump’s business interests in Turkey. Plus, emails show that Stephen Miller shared links to white supremacist websites before joining the White House, and breaking news regarding new investigations into Rudy Giuliani. Rep. David Cicilline, Joyce Vance, Neera Tanden, Rep. Denny Heck, Larry Pfeiffer, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and Maria Teresa Kumar join.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2019
First day of impeachment hearings ties Trump more directly to Ukraine pressure campaign
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump's top envoy to Ukraine, William Taylor, reveals new details about a phone call that happened a day after the president spoke with Ukrainian President Zelenskiy, which led to the impeachment inquiry. Also, Rep. Peter Welch and Neal Katyal return to discuss possible perjury jeopardy for Gordon Sondland. Plus, John Brennan explains the national security risks in the actions at the heart of the impeachment inquiry. And Howell Raines and Eugene Robinson talk to Lawrence about covering their third impeachment investigation of a president. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Fmr. Amb. Wendy Sherman, and Jill Wine-Banks also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2019
House Dems hone in on bribery as possible impeachment charge
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Tonight on The Last Word: House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff claims there is a case for impeaching Trump for bribery. Also, Stephanie Ruhle joins Ari to discuss John Bolton revealing damaging information about Trump ahead of the first public impeachment hearings. Plus, Andrew Prokop and Glenn Kirschner talk about Rick Gates’s testimony, which contrasts with the written answers Trump submitted to Robert Mueller about WikiLeaks. And Malcolm Nance returns to talk to Ari about how Russia played a role in Trump’s thinking on Ukraine. Rep. Jim Himes and Rep. Gerry Connolly also join Ari Melber. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 13, 2019
Pentagon Official: Ukrainians knew about Ukraine aid freeze before public reports
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Tonight on The Last Word: According to the recently released transcript of Laura Cooper’s deposition testimony to impeachment investigators, Ukrainian officials apparently knew that Trump was withholding military aid to them before the hold was made public in news reports. Also, Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney plans to file his own lawsuit challenging a congressional subpoena for testimony in the impeachment inquiry. Plus, Republicans submitted their witness list for the public impeachment hearings, and it shows they’re not very serious about actually investigating the accusations against the president. And Esther Duflo joins Lawrence to discuss the economic problems fueling American voters’ fears. Rep. John Sarbanes, Evelyn Farkas, John Heilemann, and Chris Lu also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2019
Key impeachment witnesses testify Ukraine quid pro quo was coordinated by Acting Chief of Staff Mulvaney
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Tonight on The Last Word: Newly released transcripts from two key witnesses in the impeachment inquiry detail the “explicit” push by the Trump administration to investigate Trump’s political rivals in exchange for military aid. Also, Dan Friedman and Natasha Bertrand join Ali to discuss Steve Bannon testifying that Trump’s 2016 campaign considered Roger Stone as the “access point” to WikiLeaks. Plus, Republicans are struggling to prepare their strategy to defend Trump in the impeachment inquiry. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan is appointed to the Intelligence Committee ahead of impeachment investigation hearings next week. Rep. Harley Rouda, Neera Tanden, Jennifer Rubin, Tim Miller, and Gabe Sherman also join Ali Velshi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2019
State Dept. official: Rudy Giuliani spread ‘campaign of lies’
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Tonight on The Last Word: George Kent, a senior State Department official, told House impeachment investigators that Trump "wanted nothing less than President Zelenskiy to go to microphone and say investigations, Biden, and Clinton" and that that happened in part because of lies from Rudy Giuliani about Ukraine and the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. Also, the New York Times reports that Ukraine’s president almost gave in to Trump’s demands. Plus, Evelyn Farkas and David Jolly return to discuss what can be expected from the public impeachment hearings that will begin next week. And Charlie Cook talks to Lawrence about new polling that shows a strong majority of voters disapprove of Trump in states that narrowly gave Trump his electoral college victory. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Joyce Vance, and Amb. Wendy Sherman also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2019
Top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine ties Trump to quid pro quo
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Tonight on The Last Word: Impeachment investigators release the deposition of Bill Taylor, in which Taylor testified that military aid to Ukraine was tied to demands that the country launch political investigations to help Donald Trump. Also, Barbara McQuade and Mieke Eoyang return to talk about Gordon Sondland changing his testimony and admitting to quid pro quo. Plus, the Washington Post reports that Donald Trump wanted Attorney General William Barr to hold a press conference declaring that Trump broke no laws while speaking with the president of Ukraine. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar talks to Lawrence about William Barr, and the big Democratic victory in Kentucky last night. Rep. Gregory Meeks, Ned Price, Matt Miller, and Ken Dilanian also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2019
NBC News: Democrat Andy Beshear is apparent winner in the Kentucky governor race
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Tonight on The Last Word: Democrat Andy Beshear defeats Trump-backed Matt Bevin for Kentucky governor. Also, Virginia Democrats take control of the state house and senate for the first time in more than two decades. Plus, David Frum and Jonathan Allen join Lawrence to discuss how tonight’s loss in Kentucky could be ominous for Republican senators ahead of a likely impeachment trial. Steve Kornacki, Vaughn Hillyard, Sam Stein, Steve McMahon, Neera Tanden, Ben Self, and Larry Sabato also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2019
Lawrence: No defense of Trump from Republicans in newly released impeachment depositions
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Tonight on The Last Word: In the first batch of transcripts released from the impeachment investigation depositions, House Republicans make no attempt to defend Trump and fail to undermine the expert witnesses who testified. Also, Laurence Tribe discusses the legal consequences of impeachment inquiry witnesses skipping scheduled depositions. Plus, a federal appeals court in New York ruled that Trump must turn over 8 years of tax returns. And Michael McFaul and Chuck Rosenberg return to talk to Lawrence about how newly released Mueller investigation documents could be helpful in the impeachment inquiry. Fmr. Amb. Wendy Sherman, Mieke Eoyang, and Evelyn Farkas also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2019
New witnesses called to testify before impeachment committees
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Tonight on The Last Word: A top White House lawyer at the center of the Trump-Ukraine scandal is subpoenaed to testify in the impeachment inquiry while Energy Secretary Rick Perry becomes the first member of Trump’s Cabinet to be asked to appear before the House. Also, Jennifer Rubin and EJ Dionne return to discuss the Republicans who continue to dodge questions about the Trump-Ukraine scandal. Plus, Beto O’Rourke drops out of the 2020 presidential race while the remaining Democratic candidates gather in Iowa. And Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz talks to Ali about the Trump administration separating even more families than previously known. Rep. Ro Khanna, Barbara McQuade, Ben Rhodes, and Neera Tanden also join Ali Velshi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2019
Party Lines
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After another momentous week in the impeachment inquiry, Kristen Welker, White House Correspondent for NBC News, recaps events in Washington. Witnesses from the White House and State Department provided corroborating evidence against the president. But on Thursday, a House vote to move the inquiry forward fell completely along party lines. As Democrats move the inquiry into a public phase, will the evidence be enough to overcome political partisanship?   Questions about the impeachment inquiry? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com.  Further Reading:   National security official tells Congress he tried to add edits to White House memo about Trump Ukraine call 2 State Department witnesses offer insight into extent of Ukraine discussions Ex-White House aide testifies of Ukraine call concerns, possible quid pro quo John Bolton invited to testify in House impeachment inquiry  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2019
House votes 232-196 to advance impeachment inquiry
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Tonight on The Last Word: The House passed a resolution approving procedures for its impeachment inquiry of Trump, opening a new and public phase of the investigation. Also, Neal Katyal returns to discuss what happened in two different federal courts today regarding Congressional subpoenas in the impeachment investigation. Plus, Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld joins Lawrence to talk about the House’s vote on impeachment as well as his primary campaign against Trump. And Joyce Vance and Ron Klain look ahead to the upcoming televised impeachment of Trump in the House of Representatives. Rep. Jamie Raskin, Tess Bridgeman, and Ezra Klein also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2019
Democrats invite John Bolton to testify in impeachment probe
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Tonight on The Last Word: House Democrats leading Trump’s impeachment inquiry invite John Bolton to testify behind closed doors, but Bolton’s lawyer says that Bolton will not appear voluntarily. Also, Rep. Peter Welch talks about the possibility of Gordon Sondland perjuring himself. Plus, John Heilemann joins Lawrence to discuss Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan’s testimony to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. And NBC News reports that acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was informed of the al-Baghdadi raid after the operation was already underway. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Jill Wine-Banks, Evelyn Farkas, Fmr. Sen. Russ Feingold, and Chris Whipple also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2019
Vindman testified that memo of July 25th call omitted Trump talking about Biden to Zelensky
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Tonight on The Last Word: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testifies that one ellipsis in the Trump-Ukraine call memo was Trump talking to Zelensky about Joe Biden. Also, Democrats move to try and keep Republicans from outing the whistleblower in closed-door depositions. Plus, Jennifer Rubin and Evan McMullin return to discuss the Republicans’ increasing fear of losing the House, Senate, and White House in 2020. And House Democrats unveil the resolution detailing the next steps in Trump’s impeachment inquiry. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Ned Price, Evan McMullin, Rep. David Cicilline, Julian Epstein and E.J. Dionne also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2019
Top WH Ukraine expert who heard Trump's Ukraine call voiced his concerns to superiors
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Tonight on The Last Word: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman plans to tell House impeachment investigators that he heard Trump appeal to Ukraine’s president to investigate one of his leading political rivals, a request the aide considered so damaging to American interests that he reported it to a superior. Also, Rep. Eric Swalwell looks ahead to the upcoming House vote that will establish the next public phase of Trump’s impeachment inquiry. Plus, Brett McGurk and Malcolm Nance return to discuss reporting by the New York Times on how Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria affected plans for the raid on ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. And Lawrence’s Last Word looks at Trump being booed at a baseball stadium. Josh Lederman, Fmr. Amb. Michael McFaul, Evelyn Farkas, and Jonathan Alter also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2019
Judge orders DOJ to hand over Mueller docs to Dems
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Katy Tur fills in for Lawrence O’Donnell: A judge has ordered the Department of Justice to turn over grand jury documents from the Mueller investigation to House Democrats. Rudy Giuliani accidentally butt-dialed an NBC reporter and left voicemails regarding “needing cash.” Three Republicans have signalled an unwillingness to support Senator Lindsey Graham’s resolution condemning the House’s impeachment inquiry. Plus, Trump has been ordered to be deposed in the Summer Zervos case, and a look at President Obama’s eulogy at the funeral for Rep. Elijah Cummings. Natasha Bertrand, Lisa Graves, Evan McMullin, Frank Figluzzi, Danny Cevallos, David Jolly, Eric Gardner, and Rep. Lacy Clay join Katy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2019
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on impeachment proceedings and Zuckerberg hearing
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Tonight on The Last Word: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez makes her first appearance on The Last Word to discuss the latest headlines in the impeachment investigation, her endorsement of Bernie Sanders, and yesterday’s congressional hearing with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. A White House official is expected to corroborate Bill Taylor’s testimony of President Trump’s push for Ukraine to investigate the Bidens during their own testimony next week. Plus, Lawrence takes a special look at Senator Lindsey Graham’s role in supporting Trump during the impeachment inquiry, and a Last Word from the late Rep. Elijah Cummings. Wendy Sherman, Evelyn Farkas, Joyce Vance, Matt Miller, Eugene Robinson, and Sam Stein join Lawrence O’Donnell.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2019
Pentagon official testifies about Ukraine aid after Republicans disrupted deposition at secure location
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Tonight on The Last Word: Laura Cooper, the Pentagon official overseeing U.S. policy regarding Ukraine, was deposed by House impeachment investigators after a five-hour delay caused by a group of House Republicans. Also, former Sen. Bill Bradley joins Lawrence to talk about his former staffer, William Taylor, now a key witness in the impeachment investigation. Plus, Rudy Giuliani is reportedly looking for a criminal defense lawyer. Samantha Power also talks to Lawrence about her new memoir, “The Education of an Idealist.” And Rick Wilson returns to respond to Trump’s attack on Never Trumpers today. Rep. Ro Khanna, Mieke Eoyang, Ned Price, and Glenn Kirschner also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2019
Top U.S. diplomat contradicts Trump's claim that there wasn't a quid pro quo
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Tonight on The Last Word: The top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine told Congress that the president's choice to withhold security assistance to Ukraine until it agreed to dig up dirt on the Bidens would endanger the lives of Ukrainians. Also, John Heilemann and Mark Thompson join Lawrence to discuss how Bill Taylor's testimony accelerates the push for impeachment. Plus, Rep. Marcy Kaptur discusses the credibility clash between Bill Taylor and Gordon Sondland. And Barbara McQuade returns to evaluate how Bill Taylor's testimony could affect the criminal investigation of Rudy Giuliani. Rep. Peter Welch, Rep. Andy Levin, Evelyn Farkas, Jeremy Bash, and Amb. Wendy Sherman also join Lawrence O'Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 23, 2019
NBC News: House Dems zero in on “abuse of power” in Trump impeachment inquiry
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Tonight on The Last Word: NBC News reports that House Democrats are framing the impeachment case against Trump around “abuse of power” involving Trump’s actions regarding Ukraine. Also, Mimi Rocah and Matt Miller return to discuss the Trump Justice Department distancing itself from Rudy Giuliani. Plus, Tim O’Brien and Jonathan Alter talk to Lawrence about Trump caving on hosting the next G7 meeting at a Trump property. And why Trump misnaming his Secretary of Defense in a tweet matters. Heidi Przybyla, Mieke Eoyang, and Norm Ornstein also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2019
Trump-GOP divide grows as impeachment support increases
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Tonight on The Last Word: Republicans struggle to credibly defend Trump after his actions in Ukraine, Syria, and with the G7. Tony Schwartz, co-author of Trump’s “Art of the Deal,” talks about why the fear of impeachment has made Trump worse. Plus, Michael Moore returns to discuss what he loves about the Nancy Pelosi v. Trump photo and the 2020 presidential race. And Nicholas Kristof explains why Trump’s “deal” in Syria is a “colossal mistake.” Peter Wehner, Ruth Marcus, and Sen. Gary Peters also join Katy Tur. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2019
Article II: Behind Closed Doors
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Introducing Article II: Inside Impeachment, a new podcast from NBC News. Seven witnesses have now appeared before Congressional committees to share what they know about the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine. But why is so much of this process behind closed doors? Will the public ever learn what was said? Julia Ainsley, NBC News Correspondent covering the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, explains the political calculation behind the Democrats’ decision to conduct most of their inquiry in private. Questions about the impeachment process? Email us at article2@nbcuni.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2019
White House chief of staff admits quid pro quo with Ukraine
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Tonight on The Last Word: Mick Mulvaney confirmed that military aid to Ukraine was held up as Trump pushed Ukraine to pursue political investigations. Also, Brett McGurk joins Lawrence to discuss Trump’s actions in Syria. Plus, Bill Kristol and Rick Wilson react to the impeachable offense that Mick Mulvaney announced Trump intends to commit.  And Oversight Cmte. Member Rep. Ro Khanna shares his thoughts on the passing of Chairman Elijah Cummings. Rep. Denny Heck, Amb. Wendy Sherman, and Neal Katyal also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2019
Dem leaders walk out of White House meeting after Trump “meltdown”
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Tonight on The Last Word: Speaker Nancy Pelosi stood up to Trump during a White House meeting on Syria after Trump’s “meltdown.”  Also, E.J. Dionne and Ben Rhodes join Lawrence to discuss the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passing a bipartisan resolution that condemns Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. Plus, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar stresses the importance of questioning Trump’s decisions that benefit Vladimir Putin. And former CIA director John Brennan responds to Nancy Pelosi’s charge that “all roads with Trump lead to Putin.” Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi and Evelyn Farkas also join Lawrence O’Donnell.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2019
State Dept. official George Kent said he was told to “lay low” after raising concerns about Rudy Giuliani
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Tonight on The Last Word: George Kent, a senior State Department official, told impeachment committees that he raised concerns about Rudy Giuliani's role in Ukraine matters as far back as March. Also, the Wall Street Journal reports that former Republican Rep. Pete Sessions has been subpoenaed over interactions with Giuliani and Giuliani’s indicted associates. Plus, former NSA Inspector General Joel Brenner returns to talk to Lawrence about Trump and his Republican allies calling for the whistleblower’s identity to be revealed. And Jonathan Alter and Rick Wilson discuss potential concerns for congressional Republicans who will be up for re-election in 2020 amid the ongoing Trump impeachment inquiry. Rep. Jamie Raskin, Barbara McQuade, and Berit Berger also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 16, 2019
NBC News: White House tried to limit testimony of Trump’s former top Russia adviser Fiona Hill
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Tonight on The Last Word:  Correspondence between Fiona Hill's lawyers and White House Deputy Counsel Michael Purpura obtained by NBC News show that the White House tried to limit what Fiona Hill could say to Congress by raising the issue of executive privilege.  Also, Joyce Vance and Sam Stein join Lawrence to discuss new Wall Street Journal reporting about the investigation into Rudy Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine.  Plus, Amb. Wendy Sherman returns to talk about Trump imposing new economic sanctions on Turkey after the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Syria causes chaos.  And the Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed a 28-year-old woman in her home is charged with murder. Rep. Harley Rouda, Evelyn Farkas, Josh Lederman, and Marq Claxton also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Oct 15, 2019
Yovanovitch: Removal based on “unfounded” claims by people with “questionable motives”
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Tonight on The Last Word: Fmr. Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch delivers damning testimony about the Trump administration’s foreign policy.  Also, New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt shares his scoop about federal prosecutors in Manhattan investigating whether Rudy Giuliani broke lobbying laws in his dealings in Ukraine.  Plus, Jonathan Alter and Jennifer Rubin join Ari to discuss Kevin McAleenan’s resignation from his role as acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  And Gabe Sherman returns to discuss the developing war between Trump and Fox News. Fmr. Amb. Michael McFaul, Evelyn Farkas, Joshua Geltzer, and Julia Ainsley also join Ari Melber.

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Oct 12, 2019
Giuliani associates arrested on campaign finance charges
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Tonight on The Last Word: Rudy Giuliani associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were arrested for campaign finance violations on indictments brought by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York.  Also, the Washington Post reports that at least four national security officials brought their concerns about Trump’s Ukraine call to a White House Lawyer.  Plus, Rick Wilson and Norm Ornstein return to talk to Lawrence about the quickly changing politics of impeachment.  And a group of conservative lawyers led by George Conway call for the “expeditious” impeachment of Trump. Chuck Rosenberg, Joyce Vance, Evan McMullin, Jeremy Bash, and Paul Rosenzweig also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Oct 11, 2019
Rpt: Trump once ordered Tillerson to help Giuliani client facing DOJ charges
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Tonight on The Last Word: Bloomberg reports that Trump pressed Rex Tillerson to help persuade the Justice Department to drop a criminal case against one of Rudy Giuliani’s clients.  Also, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris talks to Lawrence about the ongoing impeachment investigation in Congress.  Plus, Ben Rhodes and Evelyn Farkas discuss Fiona Hill, Trump’s former Russia advisor, who is expected to voluntarily attend a closed-door deposition of the impeachment investigating committees next week. And Michael Cohen is reportedly cooperating with the Manhattan D.A. in its investigation of Trump. Tess Bridgeman, Jonathan Alter, and Mimi Rocah also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Oct 10, 2019
Pelosi to Trump: "You will be held accountable."
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Tonight on The Last Word: The New York Times reports that the whistleblower wrote a memo describing a White House official who heard Trump’s Ukraine call as “visibly shaken by what had transpired.”  Also, Laurence Tribe analyzes the validity of the White House counsel’s letter to the house deeming the impeachment investigation as unconstitutional- after Nancy Pelosi says refusal to comply with requests will be viewed as evidence of obstruction.  Plus, Eugene Robinson and E.J. Dionne join Lawrence to discuss the rising support for impeachment shown in recent polls.  And Rick Stengel returns to talk about his new book, “Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It.” Rep. Mike Quigley, Mieke Eoyang, and Josh Lederman also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Oct 09, 2019
Second whistleblower emerges on Trump & Ukraine
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Tonight on The Last Word: Lawyers for a second whistleblower say that he has “firsthand knowledge” of the Trump-Ukraine controversy that supports the original whistleblower’s claims.  Also, the Washington Post reports that House Democrats are considering extreme measures to protect the identity of the first whistleblower from Trump allies in Congress.  Plus, James B. Stewart joins Lawrence to discuss his new book, “Deep State,” which details what happened behind the scenes with the federal law enforcement community when Trump began attacking the Russia investigation. And Fmr. Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal shares his legal analysis of the federal judge’s ruling that dismissed Trump’s attempt to block the Manhattan D.A.’s subpoena for his tax returns. Ezra Klein, Ruth Marcus, Rick Wilson, and Rosa Brooks also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Oct 08, 2019
NYT: 2nd official may blow whistle on Trump’s Ukraine dealings
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Tonight on The Last Word: The New York Times reports that a second whistleblower may come forward about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.  Also, Rachel Maddow joins Lawrence to discuss her new book, “Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth.”  Plus, Evan McMullin and Howell Raines talk about the Republican responses to Trump’s call for China to investigate his political opponent.  Michael Schmidt, Ned Price and FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Oct 05, 2019
A day of smoking guns in the growing Trump impeachment investigation
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Tonight on The Last Word:  Trump calls on Ukraine and China to investigate Joe Biden and his family.  Also, the New York Times reports that Trump’s envoys to Ukraine drafted a statement that would have committed Ukraine to pursuing Trump’s investigations. Plus, John Heilemann and Walter Shaub return to talk about the Washington Post’s new report about another whistleblower complaint allegedly involving the Trump administration.  And Lawrence also covers the breaking news that happened midshow of the release of text messages obtained during today’s 9 hour deposition with Kurt Volker.  Lawrence discusses the breaking news with Rep. Eric Swalwell, David Frum, Norm Ornstein and John Heilemann about what the new text messages show.  Evelyn Farkas, John Harwood, and Joyce Vance also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Oct 04, 2019
Rudy Giuliani admits he provided some documents the State Dept. IG flagged to House Committees
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Tonight on The Last Word: Rudy Giuliani confesses to providing some of the conspiracy-filled materials on Ukraine the State IG flagged to House committees.  Also, Sen. Chris Murphy shares his reaction to Mike Pompeo’s admission to being on the Trump-Ukraine phone call.  Plus, Bradley Moss, a national security lawyer, discusses what contact the whistleblower might have had with the House Intelligence Committee before the complaint became public.  Rep. Jamie Raskin, Amb. Wendy Sherman, Jonathan Alter, Norm Ornstein and Eugene Robinson join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Oct 03, 2019
House Chairmen: Pompeo has conflict of interest re: Trump-Ukraine call
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Tonight on The Last Word: The Chairmen of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight Committees send a letter to the Deputy Secretary of State saying that Mike Pompeo is a fact witness in the House impeachment inquiry and demanding that Pompeo stop interfering with witness testimony.  Also, the Inspector General of the State Department requests an “urgent” Ukraine briefing with several House and Senate Committees.  Plus, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris returns to discuss the most recent developments in the impeachment inquiry as well as her reaction to newly reported Trump immigration proposals.  And Elizabeth Drew tells Lawrence about the dangers of fast track impeachment.  Fmr. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Mieke Eoyang, and Evelyn Farkas also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Oct 02, 2019
New reports raise Pompeo, Barr “cover-up” questions
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Tonight on The Last Word: Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), Matt Miller, and Nicholas Kristof join Lawrence to discuss new reports about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General William Barr.   Plus, presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker returns to discuss how he will handle his duties if he is sworn in as a juror in Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate.  And former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe talks about the intersection of the presidential campaign and impeachment heading into 2020. E.J. Dionne and Richard Stengel also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Oct 01, 2019
Rpt: Trump comments to Russians prompted W.H. officials to limit access to remarks
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Tonight on The Last Word: The Washington Post reports that Trump told Russian officials in 2017 that he wasn’t concerned about election interference.  Also, the U.S. special envoy to Ukraine resigns after being named in the whistleblower complaint.  Plus, Julian Barnes of the New York Times shares his latest reporting about the White House limiting access to transcripts of calls from Vladimir Putin and the Saudi royal family.  And Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) discusses the impeachment investigation with Lawrence. Tess Bridgeman, Evelyn Farkas, Jonathan Alter, Neera Tanden, and Rick Wilson also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Sep 28, 2019
Whistleblower: WH tried to “lock down” records of Trump’s Ukraine call
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Tonight on The Last Word: The impeachment investigation of Trump kicks off with acting DNI Joseph Maguire’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.  Also, former NSA Inspector General Joel Brenner gives Lawrence his assessment of the now-unclassified whistleblower complaint.  Plus, Senate Judiciary Committee members Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Sen. Amy Klobuchar discuss the investigation into the possible impeachment wrapping up as early as November.  And NBC News is reporting that there is rising “anxiety, unease and concern” inside the White House that the whistleblower complaint could damage Trump.  Also more breaking news stories discussed from the New York Times and Washington Post as the live show played out.  And new reporting from Vanity Fair about turmoil inside Fox News with the Trump White House in trouble.  Ned Price, Larry Pfeiffer and Gabe Sherman also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Sep 27, 2019
More House Dems come out for impeachment inquiry after reconstructed Trump-Zelenskiy call released
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Tonight on The Last Word: Larry Pfeiffer, President Obama’s former Director of the White House Situation Room, returns to talk to Lawrence about the memo of Trump’s conversation with President Zelenskiy of Ukraine.  Also, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, discusses the whistleblower report. Plus, John Heilemann and Mike Murphy analyze the condition of American politics as Trump becomes the fourth president in history to face an official impeachment process.  And Mieke Eoyang tells Lawrence what we can expect from acting DNI Joseph Maguire’s House testimony tomorrow.  Amb. Wendy Sherman, Ben Rhodes, and Mimi Rocah also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Sep 26, 2019
Speaker Pelosi formally announces impeachment inquiry
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Lawrence interviews Assistant Speaker Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) and two freshmen Democrats, Rep. Abigail Spanbger (D-VA) and Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) about the swift movement of the House Democratic caucus toward an impeachment inquiry.   Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Cory Booker join Lawrence to discuss this historic day as well as the unusual bipartisan action in the Senate today around the whistleblower complaint.  And Larry Pfeiffer, former Director of the White House Situation Room for President Obama, explains exactly how transcripts of presidential calls have been made.   

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Sep 25, 2019
Trump admits discussing political rival with Ukraine
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Tonight on The Last Word: House leadership calls for members-only caucus meeting to discuss impeachment inquiry.  Also, Former governor and Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld reacts to a new Washington Post report that Trump ordered a hold on Ukraine military aid days before he called the Ukraine president. Plus, Republicans struggle to respond to Trump’s Ukraine phone call. And Jennifer Palmieri discusses the current state of impeachment and what might come out of the House Democratic caucus meeting.  Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Bill Foster, Jennifer Rubin, and Rick Wilson all join Ali Velshi.

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Sep 24, 2019
Rpts: Trump repeatedly pressed Ukraine president to investigate Dem opponent
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Tonight on The Last Word: Ellen Nakashima of The Washington Post shares the latest developments in news alleging that Trump asked Ukraine to look into Joe Biden’s son in July.  Also, Bill Kristol and Evan McMullin return to discuss the Republican lawmakers’ silence.  Plus, some Democrats renew calls for impeachment after new details emerge about whistleblower complaint.   And Varshini Prakash joins Lawrence to discuss the youth-led climate strike taking place around the world.  Jeremy Bash, Ned Price, and Ambassador Wendy Sherman also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Sep 21, 2019
Rpt: Whistleblower complaint about Trump involves Ukraine
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Tonight on The Last Word: The Inspector General handling the whistleblower complaint testifies to a closed session of the House Intelligence Committee.  Also, former NSA Inspector General Joel Brenner joins Lawrence to discuss the legal battle between the U.S. intelligence community and Congress over Trump’s alleged communication with a foreign leader.  And Trump sues the Manhattan district attorney over a subpoena for his tax returns. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ned Price, Evelyn Farkas, Tom Donilon, and Laurence Tribe all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Sep 20, 2019
WaPo: Trump’s communications with a foreign leader are part of a whistleblower complaint
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Tonight on The Last Word: Breaking news from the Washington Post, which is reporting that President Trump’s communications with an undisclosed foreign leader included a “promise” so troubling that it triggered a whistleblower complaint. Ellen Nakashima, tone of the reporters who broke the story, joins Lawrence, along with Ben Rhodes, Ned Price, and Nicholas Kristof.   Also, the evolving Trump Administration response to the attack on Saudi oil facilities.  Plus, more on Tuesday’s impeachment investigation hearing.  Jennifer Rubin and Joyce Vance join Lawrence O’Donnell. 

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Sep 19, 2019
House Judiciary Cmte. holds first hearing of Trump impeachment investigation
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Tonight on The Last Word: Ex-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski buckles under the questioning of the Democratic counsel on the Judiciary Committee. Also, Sen. Amy Klobuchar returns to discuss newly revealed details about the FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh.  Plus, it is too close to call in the Israeli elections which have been viewed as a referendum on Trump ally Benjamin Netanyahu.  And Cal Perry shares the environmental impacts of natural gas flaring in Texas.  Rep. Eric Swalwell, Mimi Rocah, and Roger Cohen all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Sep 18, 2019
Book reveals new details of allegations against Kavanaugh
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Tonight on The Last Word: New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly discuss their new book about investigating the allegations of sexual misconduct against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  Also, Trump tweets that the U.S. is “locked and loaded” after an attack on a Saudi oil facility. Plus, New York City prosecutors subpoena 8 years of Trump’s tax returns.  And Rep. Elissa Slotkin talks to Lawrence about the United Auto Workers strike at General Motors.  Ambassador Wendy Sherman, Rep. Tom Malinowski, and Joyce Vance also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Sep 17, 2019
Nadler: "No question” we're in investigation to determine articles of impeachment
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Tonight on The Last Word:  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler responds to the new Justice Department court filing that seeks to block Committee access to grand jury material from the Mueller investigation. Also, an appeals court in New York revives a lawsuit against Trump for violating the Constitution’s emoluments clause.  And Maria Teresa Kumar and E.J. Dionne return to discuss the third Democratic debate.  Noah Bookbinder and Rep. Mark Desaulnier also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Sep 14, 2019
Rpt: Trump advisers looking for escape from China tariffs
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Tonight on The Last Word: The Trump administration looks to delay tariff increases to prevent further damage to the U.S. economy and to escape their trade war with China.  Also, the House Judiciary Committee votes to approve a new set of rules for formally launching an impeachment investigation.  Plus, North Carolina State Rep. Deb Butler calls for the resignation of the NC House speaker after antics one local newspaper called a “theft of democracy.”  Mark Zandi, Jonathan Alter, Rachel Bitecofer, NC State. Rep. John Autry, and David Jolly all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Sep 13, 2019
Bolton: “I’ll have my say in due course.”
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump takes parting shots at John Bolton. Also, North Carolina St. Rep. Deb Butler voices her outrage after House Republicans called a surprise vote while many Democrats were absent. Plus, Maria Isabel Bueso testifies at a hearing on the change in the medical deferred action policy. And Trump trails top Democratic presidential candidates in new head-to-head polls. Rick Stengel, Maria Echaveste, Rick Wilson, Dr. Paul Harmatz, and Neera Tanden all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Sep 12, 2019
Intel Chair Schiff: Bolton should have never been national security advisor
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump ousts National Security Advisor John Bolton.  Also, Trump’s approval rating drops in multiple polls.  Plus, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice joins Lawrence to discuss John Bolton’s exit.  And Republican Dan Bishop has won the hotly contested special election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. Steve Kornacki, Rep. Adam Schiff, Jason Johnson, Jennifer Rubin, and Charlie Cook all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Sep 11, 2019
Rpt: U.S. extracted top spy from inside Russia in 2017
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Tonight on The Last Word: The New York Times reports that a Russian spy helped the CIA conclude Putin ordered the Russian election interference effort in 2016.  Also, veteran pollster Stanley Greenberg discusses his new book and tells Lawrence what to expect leading up to the 2020 election. Plus, Jon Ossoff tells Lawrence he will announce his run for Senate in GA tomorrow. And the UK Parliament has officially been suspended amid a Brexit crisis.  Ken Dilanian, Mieke Eoyang, John Heilemann, and British MP David Lammy all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Sep 10, 2019
House committees demand information on taxpayer money going to Trump properties
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Tonight on The Last Word: The House Oversight Committee is investigating the potential use of taxpayer funds at Trump’s businesses and properties.  Also, four states are set to cancel their 2020 Republican presidential primaries and caucuses reportedly after maneuvering from the Trump campaign.  Plus, the repercussions of Trump’s foreign policy decisions.  And the Hurricane Dorian death toll in the Bahamas is expected to “grow significantly” as survivors scramble to evacuate. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Bryan Bender, Malcolm Nance, Charlie Sykes, John Sides, Tiffany Cross, and Peter Turnquest all join Joy Reid.

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Sep 07, 2019
Hurricane Dorian batters coastal areas of the Carolinas
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Tonight on The Last Word: Hundreds of thousands are without power after Hurricane Dorian pummels the coast of the Carolinas while the death toll rises to 30 in the Bahamas. Also, presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker talks to Lawrence about his experience in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and the effect of extreme weather on poorer communities.  Plus, it turns out that military personnel and their families - not Mexico - will be paying for the border wall. And freshman Rep. Jason Crow shares how his military experience led him to support an impeachment inquiry.  Bill Karins, Cal Perry, Mayor Bill Saffo, Sam Stein, and John Heilemann all join Lawrence.

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Sep 06, 2019
At least 20 dead after Dorian ravages Bahamas
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Tonight on The Last Word: Bahamas Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands gives Lawrence an update about the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.  Also, new polling shows Donald Trump behind Democratic hopefuls in the crucial swing state of Wisconsin. Plus, Nicole Austin-Hillery returns to discuss the HHS Inspector General report on the emotional trauma of children who have been separated from their parents at the border.  And the Guardian’s David Smith talks to Lawrence about today’s Brexit chaos.  Jensen Burrows, Ali Velshi, Cecile Richards, and Julia Ainsley also join Lawrence.

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Sep 05, 2019
Trump’s China trade war escalates with new tariffs
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Tonight on The Last Word: Fmr. Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee joins Lawrence to discuss what the American public can expect from the Trump trade war.  Also, presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar returns to talk about the economy and gun legislation. Plus, Rep. Mark Desaulnier gives Lawrence an update about Maria Isabel Bueso. And Hurricane Dorian remains a Category 2 hurricane as it moves up the East Coast.  Rep. Jamie Raskin and Alannah Vellacott also join Lawrence.

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Sep 04, 2019
New Trump rule puts non-citizens receiving lifesaving medical care at extreme risk
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Tonight on The Last Word: A new Trump administration rule has given migrants receiving lifesaving medical care 33 days to leave the U.S. or face deportation, which, for people like Maria Isabel Bueso, would be a “death sentence.” Bueso’s doctor, Dr. Paul Harmatz, joins to discuss. Russian-backed troops have amassed at a contested border in the country of Georgia, raising concerns of Russian aggression in the region. Plus, the latest on Hurricane Dorian. Evelyn Farkas and Bill Karins join. Rachel Bitecofer and Joy Reid also join to discuss the state of the 2020 race, with polls continuing to show Democrats beating Trump by wide margins. 

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Aug 31, 2019
Biden ahead in new presidential polls, beats Trump in head-to-head matchups
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Tonight on The Last Word: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand drops of the presidential race.  New polls show that Joe Biden has a lead over his competitors in the primary race, while every top Democrat defeats President Trump in head-to-head matchups. Sen. Mazie Hirono joins to discuss her plan to introduce legislation that would block the Trump administration’s new “public charge” rule. Plus, the latest on Hurricane Dorian, and the protests across the U.K. after Boris Johnson suspended Parliament, increasing the odds of a no-deal Brexit. Nolan McCaskill, Sam Stein, Jonathan Allen, Rep. Stacey Plaskett, and Cal Perry join Lawrence O’Donnell. Rep. Katie Porter also joins to discuss her recent trip to facilities near the border in California. 

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Aug 29, 2019
Deutsche Bank confirms it has tax returns tied to Trump
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Tonight on The Last Word: Lawyers for Deutsche Bank disclosed to a federal court of appeals in NYC that it has tax returns that are tied to President Donald Trump, which are the subject of subpoenas from the House Intelligence Committee and the House Financial Services Committee. New polls show that Trump is underwater in several key states (e.g. Wisconsin and Michigan) needed for his reelection. Plus, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is demanding an apology from French president Emmanuel Macron before accepting aid for the fires in the Amazon. David Cay Johnston, former Senator Claire McCaskill, John Heilemann, environmentalist Paul Rosolie, and Stuart Stevens join Lawrence O’Donnell. MSNBC Korean Affairs analyst Victor Cha also joins to discuss tonight’s breaking news regarding North Korea’s construction of a new ballistic missile submarine. 

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Aug 28, 2019
Trump triggers confusion on China trade war at G7
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Tonight on The Last Word: The Wall Street Journal says that U.S. was “left isolated at the G7 summit” after President Trump signaled that he has had “second thoughts” regarding his trade war with China. 134 House members have come out in support of an impeachment inquiry – including more than half of the Democratic caucus. Plus, a new 2020 poll shows a statistical 3-way tie between Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. Wendy Sherman, Ben Rhodes, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Cornell Belcher, and Mark Murray join Lawrence O’Donnell. Penn State atmospheric science professor Michael Mann also joins Lawrence to discuss Trump’s reported interest in using nuclear weapons on hurricanes to stop them from hitting the U.S. 

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Aug 27, 2019
Trump heads to G7 summit amidst trade war backlash
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Ali Velshi fills in for Lawrence O’Donnell tonight on The Last Word: President Trump is heading to the G7 amid an escalating trade war, and as markets plummet, reports indicate Trump is becoming increasingly anxious regarding the economy. The Amazon rainforest continues to burn. Plus, the latest on the growing number of Democrats calling for an impeachment inquiry, and a look-ahead at MSNBC’s upcoming series, Breaking Hate with former white nationalist Christian Picciolini. Jared Bernstein, Linette Lopez, Jennifer Rubin, Alexander Kaufman, Rep. Mark Takano, and Leigh Ann Caldwell also join Ali. 

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Aug 24, 2019
Polls and calls for impeachment inquiry spell bad news for Trump
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Tonight on The Last Word: President Trump’s bad news continues to get worse -- as the number of House Democrats supporting an impeachment inquiry increases, recent polls show his approval ratings decreasing. French President Emmanuel Macron has decided to abandon the policy of ending the G7 with a joint agreement, stating that there is a “very deep crisis of democracy.” Thomas Friedman joins Lawrence to discuss this as well as Trump’s continued support for Russia’s re-entry into the G7. Plus, John Hickenlooper announced that he will be running for the Senate in Colorado in 2020, challenging the highly vulnerable Republican incumbent, Sen. Cory Gardner. Rick Wilson, Renee Graham, and Charlie Cook join Lawrence. Legendary labor activist Dolores Huerta also joins to discuss her recent arrest during a protest. 

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Aug 23, 2019
Impeachment calls grow as Trump melts down
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Freshman Rep. Lauren Underwood, who represents a district Donald Trump won in 2016, explains her decision to support an impeachment inquiry.  Lawrence talks to a psychiatrist about Donald Trump’s bizarre performance on the White House lawn, as he called himself “the chosen one” and doubled down on his anti-Semitic comments about Jewish voters and loyalty.  And presidential candidate Gov. Steve Bullock joins Lawrence to talk about advocating for gun safety bills in red states.   Rep. Lauren Underwood, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Dr. Lance Dodes, Dahlia Lithwick, Sam Stein and Gov. Steve Bullock all join. 

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Aug 22, 2019
New polls continue to show trouble for Trump
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Tonight on The Last Word: Political scientist Rachel Bitecofer returns to talk to Lawrence about her projection that any Democrat is on track to beat Donald Trump in 2020 . Freshman Rep. Lauren Underwood joins growing list of Democrats calling for impeachment. Plus, Jewish groups condemn Trump for his comments about Jewish voters and “disloyalty.”  And the Huffington Post reports that Trump inflated the value of his Scottish golf resorts on his financial disclosure forms. Rachel Bitecofer, Neera Tanden, Malcolm Nance, Wendy Sherman, Rick Stengel, and Tim O’Brien all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Aug 21, 2019
NYPD officer in Eric Garner case is fired
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Tonight on The Last Word: Presidential candidate and New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, joins Lawrence to react to the officer’s firing. Presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker also joins with his reaction to the NYPD decision, plus his plans for combating gun violence and white supremacy in the wake of two recent deadly mass murders. Plus, new polls shows trouble for Trump in 2020 with 52% saying they’ll vote for a Democrat for president. And Lawrence gets 2020 predictions from a political science professor who accurately predicted the blue wave in 2018. Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sen. Cory Booker, Michael Hitzik, Jason Johnson, and Rachel Bitecofer all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Aug 20, 2019
Reports: Trump "anxious and apprehensive" about economic downturn
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump is reportedly shaken by the prospect of an economic downturn. Also, Trump reportedly wants to buy Greenland amid multiple foreign policy crises. Plus, new polling shows Trump under 40% in head to head polling against Biden, Sanders, Warren and Harris. And the New York Medical Examiner rules Epstein’s death a suicide. David Jolly, Christina Greer, Nayyera Haq, Maria Echeveste, Glenn Kirschner, and Jacob Soboroff all join Ari Melber.

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Aug 17, 2019
O'Rourke: ‘I will not in any scenario run for U.S. Senate’
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Tonight on The Last Word: Beto O'Rourke says that he is taking the fight directly to the places Donald Trump has terrorized and he won’t, in any scenario, be a candidate for Senate from Texas. Plus, Israel bars U.S. lawmakers from entry under pressure from Trump. And Presidential candidate Sen0. Amy Klobuchar talks to Lawrence about Trump's role in getting the two members of Congress banned from Israel and about her plan to get conservative states on board with new gun safety measures. Beto O’Rourke, Jennifer Rubin, Jonathan Alter, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar all join Lawrence O’Donnell. 

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Aug 16, 2019
Trump grapples with self-made economic wounds as markets plunge
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Tonight on The Last Word: Markets sink after bonds signal possible recession. Also, Rep. Deb Haaland joins growing list of Democrats calling for impeachment inquiry into Trump.  And presidential candidate Sen. Michael Bennet discusses the need to pass election security bills in the Senate—and breaking news that John Hickenlooper will drop out of the presidential race and possibly run for Senate in Colorado. Gene Sperling, Ron Klain, Rep. Deb Haaland, David Rothkopf, Brandon Hudson, and Sen. Michael Bennet all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Aug 15, 2019
Trump refuses to condemn anti-democracy crackdowns
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Tonight on The Last Word: As pro-democracy protests continue in Hong Kong and Moscow, the president has said little to nothing about the push back from the Chinese and Russian governments. Also, Democrats in Congress continue to pressure Mitch McConnell to take on election security legislation as former 2018 Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams launches a new effort to fight voter suppression in 2020. Plus, Ken Cuccinelli tries to rewrite the Statue of Liberty poem in defense of a new immigration rule. And Julian Castro buys a Fox News TV ad to send a message to Trump on the El Paso shooting. Amb. Michael McFaul, Amb. Wendy Sherman, Ben Rhodes, Neera Tanden, Richard Parker, and Julian Castro all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Aug 15, 2019
House Judiciary Committee demands answers on Epstein death
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Tonight on The Last Word: The top Democrat and top Republican on the Judiciary Committee want the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons to explain in great detail how it was possible that Jeffrey Epstein's death happened and what did the White House know? Also, a new piece in The New York Times shows how the El Paso killer echoed incendiary words of conservative media. Plus, former Trump backer Anthony Scaramucci supports a GOP challenge to Trump. Mimi Rocah, John Heilemann, Lisa Bloom, Maria Hinojosa, and Fmr. Gov. Bill Weld all join Lawrence O'Donnell.

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Aug 13, 2019
Kids remain separated from parents after ICE raids
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Tonight on The Last Word: Child services is struggling to care for children stranded after ICE arrested hundreds in Mississippi raid. Also, the FBI arrested an alleged white supremacist for alleged plot against Jewish and LGBTQ targets. Plus, Trump names Joseph Maguire Acting Director of National Intelligence. And House Democrats look to flip Texas blue next year. Stephanie Valencia, Joyce Vance, Zerlina Maxwell, Malcolm Nance, and Mayor Annise Parker all join Ali Velshi.

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Aug 10, 2019
Trump shows “absence of empathy” in El Paso amid massive ICE raids in MS
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Tonight on The Last Word: While Donald Trump bragged about his crowd size to hospital staff after the shooting in El Paso, the Trump administration was conducting massive ICE raids in Mississippi leaving terrified children in tears and without their parents. Also, new reporting from the Wall Street Journal that banks are handing over documents on Russians possibly linked to Trump and his family. Plus, Chairman Nadler says that formal impeachment proceedings are taking place against the president. And MN farmers are criticizing Trump’s trade war. Neera Tanden, Rep. Pete Aguilar, Tim O’Brien, Berit Berger, Rep. Eric Swalwell, and Rep. Angie Craig all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Aug 09, 2019
El Paso residents, officials protest Trump visit
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Tonight on The Last Word: The President visited El Paso and Dayton after the mass shootings in those communities, but in both instances, he was met with protesters who said Trump's presence was not welcome. Also, both Joe Biden and Cory Booker gave speeches calling out Donald Trump and white supremacy in America. And a look at how El Paso residents may turn their anger into votes in 2020. Richard Parker, Maria Hinojosa, Eugene Robinson, Antonio Villaraigosa and J.J. Martinez all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Aug 08, 2019
El Paso residents to Trump: Do not come here
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Organizations from around El Paso are asking the president not to visit their community in the wake of the mass shooting there. Presidential candidate Julian Castro tells Lawrence that the best way to channel the anger about the shootings is to register people to vote. Rep. Adam Schiff talks about the “contagion of cowardice” among Republicans to address gun violence. Prof. David Schanzer explains why we must call the El Paso shooting what it is: “Trump-inspired terrorism.” J.J. Martinez, Richard Parker, Maria Teresa Kumar also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Aug 07, 2019
MSNBC Special: A Nation in Crisis, Terror in America
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Aug 06, 2019
More House Republicans head for the exits
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Tonight on The Last Word: 6 House Republicans in 2 weeks have announced their retirement. Also, Trump’s Intel Chief nominee withdraws from consideration after media scrutiny of his record. Plus, a majority of House Democrats now support an impeachment inquiry. And Trump casts doubt on Russian interference in the 2020 election as reports show Russian bots already at work in the election. Fmr. Rep. Bob Inglis, Daniella Gibbs Leger, David Corn, Malcolm Nance, Rep. Salud Carbajal and Michael Weiss all join Ali Velshi.

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Aug 03, 2019
Klobuchar hits McConnell on blocking election bills
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Tonight on The Last Word: Sen. Klobuchar joins Lawrence to discuss last night’s debate and why she’s calling out Mitch McConnell for not protecting our elections. Also, Rep. Eliot Engel discusses his support for impeachment.  Plus, a Last Word from Lawrence on presidential debates. And tragic breaking news that the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, Saoirse Kennedy Hill, has died in apparent overdose. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Anne Thompson, Waleed Shahid, Ron Klain and Rep. Eliot Engel all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Aug 02, 2019
Support for impeachment grows after Mueller testimony
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Tonight on The Last Word: Chairman Nadler updates Lawrence on the latest developments on the impeachment front. DNI Dan Coats resigns as Trump chooses House GOP ally to replace him. Also, Biden regains polling advantage ahead of second set of debates. Plus, McConnell lashes out at the media for calling him “Moscow Mitch.” And Trump lies about 9/11, again. Rep. Jerry Nadler, Rep. Seth Moulton, Brett McGurk, Neera Tanden and Jonathan Capehart all join Lawrence O'Donnell.

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Jul 30, 2019
Impeachment debate divides House Democrats
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Tonight on The Last Word: Pelosi says political reporters need to get more ‘sophisticated’ because she’s “not trying to run out the clock” on impeachment as more Democrats call for impeachment. Also, Mitch McConnell blocks two election security bills. Plus, a Fox News poll shows Trump trailing Biden by 10 points. And Cal Perry reports on the impact Trump’s remain in Mexico policy is having on migrants. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Dahlia Lithwick, Danielle Moodie-Mills, Evan McMullin, Michael Weiss and Cal Perry all join Joy Reid.

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Jul 27, 2019
The most important questions Mueller faced
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Tonight on The Last Word: Rep. Val Demings and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney explain their questioning of Mueller yesterday. Fmr. Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal tells Lawrence how a prosecutor could get around the Justice Department rule that a sitting president cannot be indicted. Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld expands on his comments at the NAACP convention yesterday when he called Trump a “raging racist.” And Joyce Vance shares what she thought was the most important exchange with Mueller. 

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Jul 26, 2019
Mueller knocks down Trump talking points
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Tonight on The Last Word: In his testimony before the House Intelligence and House Judiciary committees today Mueller testified that his report did not exonerate the president and that the president could be charged with a crime after he leaves office. Judiciary and Intelligence Committee member Rep. Eric Swalwell and Intel. Committee member Rep. Joaquin Castro join The Last Word and a panel of experts: Ron Klain, Mieke Eoyang, Jill Wine-Banks and Ned Price also join Lawrence O’Donnell on set in Washington, D.C.

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Jul 25, 2019
‘Can you exonerate the President?’ & other questions for Mueller
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Tonight on The Last Word: Two members of Congress discuss the hearing’s for Mueller as news breaks that his deputy will also be a witness in one committee. Plus, Chmn. Schiff tells Mueller to ignore the DOJ’s restrictions on his testimony. Boris Johnson is named new UK Prime Minister. And the New York Times is reporting Jeffrey Epstein moved money oversears in transactions flagged by Deutsche Bank. Rep. Jamie Raskin, Rep. Peter Welch, John Heilemann, Brian Klaas, Jeremy Bash, and Rep. Katie Porter all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jul 24, 2019
DOJ warns Mueller to limit congressional testimony
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Tonight on The Last Word: Justice Department tells Mueller his testimony must remain “within the boundaries” of his public report. The Intel Committee reportedly will focus on questions on Trump Campaign’s contacts with Russia. Plus tensions continue to rise with Iran as it claims it has arrested 17 CIA spies. And Mayor Wilmot Collins, a former refugee, mounts a campaign against Republican Senator from Montana Steve Daines. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Yamiche Alcindor, Leonard Pitts, Clint Watts, Ben Rhodes and Wilmot Collins all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jul 23, 2019
Trump defends racist attack as world leaders condemn
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Tonight on The Last Word: Michelle Obama and world leaders are condemning Trump's attacks on the 4 freshmen congresswomen.  Plus, Chairman Nadler demands Hope Hicks return to clarify her testimony after the release of documents in the Cohen/Trump hush money case.  And neo-Nazis are animated by Trump’s recent rhetoric.   Daniella Gibbs Leger, Tara Dowdell, Peter St. Onge, Joyce Vance, Matt Miller and Jim Cavanaugh all join Joy Reid.

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Jul 20, 2019
Trump falsely claims he discouraged “send her back” chant
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Tonight on The Last Word: The day after a crowd chanted 'send her back' at a Trump rally, Rep. Ilhan Omar was greeted at home in Minnesota with cheers from constituents. Also, more Democrats are publicly voicing their support for impeaching President Trump. Plus, unsealed documents reveal calls with Trump and Cohen while hush money payments were being arranged. And presidential candidate Julian Castro discusses Trump’s racist comments and the DOJ refusing to bring charges in the Eric Garner case. Neera Tanden, Renee Graham, Rep. Robin Kelly, Glenn Kirschner and Julian Castro all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jul 19, 2019
Crowd at Trump rally chants “send her back”
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump continued his racist attacks on four congresswomen at a rally in North Carolina tonight. Also, newly unearthed video shows Trump partying with Jeffrey Epstein a 1992 Mar-a-Lago party. And George F. Will says the Trump “will do more lasting damage” to America than Watergate. Leonard Pitts, Yamiche Alcindor, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Tony Schwartz, Joyce Vance and George F. Will all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jul 18, 2019
House votes to condemn Trump’s racist tweets
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Tonight on The Last Word: Just four House Republicans vote to condemn Trump’s racist tweets. Author Tim Alberta takes a look at how the GOP became the party of Trump. And retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at age 99. Rep. Debbie Dingell, Karine Jean-Pierre, Suzette Hackney, Tim Alberta, Ezra Kein, Karine Jean-Pierre and Neal Katyal all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jul 17, 2019
4 Congresswomen respond to Trump’s “blatantly racist attack”
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Tonight on The Last Word: The House will vote on a resolution condemning Trump’s racist comments against four freshmen congresswomen on Tuesday.  In court today, prosecutors and accusers urge the judge to deny Jeffrey Epstein bail saying, “he’s a scary person to have walking the streets.” Plus, multiple Democratic candidates lead Trump in new head-to-head 2020 polls. And Richard Clarke discusses his new book “The Fifth Domain,” and what we need to do to secure our elections. Mark Thompson, Maria Teresa Kumar, Rick Wilson, Vicy Ward, Barbara McQuade, Cornell Belcher.

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Jul 16, 2019
Acosta resigns but trouble for Trump remains
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Acosta resigns but trouble for Trump remainsTonight on The Last Word: Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has resigned over his role in the 2008 Epstein plea deal as prosecutors are now accusing Epstein of witness tampering. Plus, Pence confronted by horrifying conditions at migrant detention facility in McAllen, TX. And Trump calls Paul Ryan a “baby” after he’s critical of Trump in a new book. Joyce Vance, Jennifer Rubin, Angel Padilla, Danielle Moodie-Mills, Charlie Sykes and Richard Engel all join Ali Velshi.

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Jul 13, 2019
Trump caves on census citizenship question
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Tonight on The Last Word: To save face, Trump issued an executive order that pushes the government to gather information on citizenship that it already gathers. Plus, new Epstein accusers come forward as Epstein asks to be released from jail. Kimberly Lerner, the attorney representing one of the women who has come forward  tells Lawrence that Epstein is a flight risk. And Elizabeth Warren moves up in new NBC News 2020 poll. Neal Katyal, Jason Johnson, Mimi Rocah, Kimberly Lerner, Annie Linskey and Jess Morales Rocketto all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jul 12, 2019
Secy. Acosta refuses to apologize for Epstein plea deal
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Tonight on The Last Word: Labor Secretary Alex Acosta defended the non-prosecution agreement he made with accused sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyers a decade ago as a federal prosecutor and he defied calls for his resignation. Plus, in an interview with NBC News, a new accuser alleges that Epstein raped her when she was 15 years old. And JP Morgan Chase responds to Rep. Katie Porter after she questioned CEO Jamie Dimon over wages. Carol Lam, Barbara McQuade, Ron Klain, Ruth Marcus, Neera Tanden and Rep. Katie Porter.

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Jul 11, 2019
Migrant children report disturbing conditions inside AZ border facility
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Tonight on The Last Word: A new NBC News report details horrible conditions for migrant children inside the Yuma, Arizona border facility. A.G. Barr will reportedly no longer recuse himself from the new case against Jeffrey Epstein.  The Trump Justice Department tries to end the Affordable Care Act in federal court. And Trump lashes out after the British diplomatic notes about Trump were leaked to a tabloid.  Julia Ainsley, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Nanette Barragan, Mimi Rocah, Zerlina Maxwell, Xavier Becerra and John Brennan all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jul 10, 2019
Jeffrey Epstein, called ‘terrific’ by Trump, charged with sex trafficking
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump friend Jeffrey Epstein has been charged with sex trafficking underage girls. Plus, the DOJ will replace lawyers in citizenship question case but why?. Also, there are calls for investigations into the use of federal funds for Trump’s July 4th event as top Democrats are beating him in the latest 2020 election polls. And breakthrough reporting on the unsanitary conditions inside migrant detention centers. Berit Berger, Tim O’Brien, Neal Katyal, Cornell Belcher, Jennifer Rubin and Aaron Montes all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jul 09, 2019
Despite defeat, Trump and his administration push forward on citizenship census question
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Tonight on The Last Word: Despite the recent Supreme Court ruling, President Trump and his Department of Justice are looking for a way to make sure that a citizenship question is included on the 2020 census. The American Academy of Pediatrics has released drawings by children held in migrant camps, depicting themselves held in cages. Dr. Julie Linton, a pediatrician who has visited border facilities, and Senator Mazie Hirono join Lawrence to discuss the possible psychological trauma that being held in these detention centers may have on migrant children. Plus, the latest polls spell good news for Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, but bad news for Joe Biden, and a special Last Word on Trump’s July 4th celebration. Neera Tanden, Eugene Robinson, and Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld join Lawrence O’Donnell. 

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Jul 04, 2019
Government report warns Trump administration the border crisis is a ‘ticking time bomb’
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Tonight on The Last Word: Congressional Democrats who toured border facilities this week reported seeing inhumane conditions and overcrowding, echoing a report from the Office of the Inspector General. Rep. Frederica Wilson and Rep. Nanette Barragan, who both toured different facilities, join to discuss what they saw. House Ways and Means chairman Rep. Richard Neal has sued Secretary Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig for President Trump’s tax returns. Plus, the latest polls show a huge bump for Senator Kamala Harris’s numbers, and hours after Commerce Secretary Ross announced the 2020 Census would be printed without a citizenship question, President Trump complained on twitter about the decision.  Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Mara Gay, Jason Johnson, and Neal Katyal join Lawrence O’Donnell. 

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Jul 03, 2019
Don’t fall for Trump’s spin on DMZ meeting
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Tonight on the last Word:  Lawrence O’Donnell explains the news and the hints out there that suggest President Trump’s meeting with North Korea dictator Kim Jung-Un wasn’t the last second surprise Trump portrayed it as.  Lawrence and his guests discuss the gulf between the political reality show photo-op versus the real foreign policy damage that was done.   Also, just days after the first democratic presidential candidates debated, the first polls are out.   We examine why the debates moved voter support towards Senator Kamala Harris and Senator Elizabeth Warren.   And we also hear a 12-year-old girl held in unsanitary and unsafe conditions in a border detention center near Clint, Texas describe the horrors she and her younger sister endured.   Also, Congressman Castro shows us video of conditions inside the facility.  Joining Lawrence O’Donnell tonight are guests: David Rothkopf, Tim O’Brien, Jenn Palmieri, Maria Urbina, Maria Teresa Kumar and lawyer Taylor Levy. 

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Jul 03, 2019
Kamala Harris shines during Democratic debate
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Tonight on The Last Word: Senator Kamala Harris made waves during Thursday’s Democratic debate when she confronted former Vice President Joe Biden over his civil rights record, highlighting his opposition to busing during school integration. Lawrence and his guests discuss the two debates and the possible effects they could have on the race looking forward. President Trump has invited Kim Jong Un to meet with him at the DMZ, and during a bilateral at G20, he failed to properly confront Vladimir Putin about election interference, instead making a joke about it. Plus, the latest on the Supreme Court’s recent decisions regarding gerrymandering and the 2020 Census. Neera Tanden, Jonathan Alter, Maria Teresa Kumar, J.A. Moore, former Ambassador Wendy Sherman, and Neal Katyal join Lawrence O’Donnell. 

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Jun 29, 2019
The first Democratic debate: Night 2
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Night 2 of the first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 campaign was marked by confrontation and rhetorical fireworks. Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Jose Diaz-Balart, Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow moderate.

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Jun 28, 2019
The first Democratic debate: Night 1
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The first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 campaign kicks off from Miami with ten candidates taking the stage for the first of two two-hour debate sessions. Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Jose Diaz-Balart, Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow moderate.

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Jun 27, 2019
Mueller to testify July 17
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Tonight on The Last Word: Chairmen Schiff and Nadler announced that Robert Mueller will testify before their committees back-to-back on July 17 after being subpoenaed. Lawrence considers the reactions of some Trump allies to the latest accusation of sexual assault against him. And the House passes a bill to provide $4.5 billion to help migrant children in custody at the border. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Eugene Robinson, Harry Litman, Nicole Austin-Hillery, Barbara McQuade, Ana Marie Cox and Dahlia Lithwick all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jun 26, 2019
77 Members of Congress now support impeachment inquiry
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Tonight on The Last Word: Rep. Adam Smith and Rep. Jim Himes are the latest to back an impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Also, lawyers describe “appalling” conditions inside border patrol facility holding children. Plus, new documents show the Trump transition team raised “red flags” about many of his cabinet nominees. And, in a new interview Trump denies assault allegations from author E. Jean Carroll. Rep. Adam Smith, Rep. Jim Himes, Elora Mukherjee, Jonathan Ryan, Maria Teresa Kumar and Joy Reid all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jun 25, 2019
Exclusive with new Trump assault accuser
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Tonight on The Last Word: In an exclusive interview, advice Columnist E. Jean Carroll tells Lawrence O’Donnell that Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in the 1990’s in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room. The President denies it. And contradicting stories emerge about Trump calling off military strikes against Iran. And Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) reacts to Roy Moore’s second run for senate in Alabama. E. Jean Carroll, Joyce Vance, Ryan Goodman and Sen. Doug Jones all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jun 25, 2019
Booker, Biden spar over Biden's comments on segregationists
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Tonight on The Last Word: Presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker joins Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss his dispute with Joe Biden. Rep. Jan Schakowsky explains to Lawrence her decision to support an impeachment inquiry against Trump. Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld reacts to the release of Hope Hicks’ congressional testimony and growing tensions with Iran. And Presidential candidate Gov. Steve Bullock talks with Cal Perry about climate change in Montana. 

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Jun 21, 2019
Hope Hicks refuses to answer questions on Trump White House
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Tonight on The Last Word: House Judiciary Democrats say Hope Hicks obstructed justice by not answering committee questions about her time in the White House. The New York Times reports that Deutsche Bank is under a criminal probe.  Another veteran Democrat says she is now in favor of an impeachment inquiry. U.N. report suggests high level Saudi officials were involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. And a last word from Lawrence on what to call the places where children are locked up at the southern border. Rep. Eric Swalwell, John Heilemann, Jennifer Palmieri and Nicholas Kristof all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jun 20, 2019
Trump formally announces 2020 campaign
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Tonight on The Last Word: A new poll shows Trump trailing several Democratic presidential candidates in Florida, as he kicks off his 2020 re-election bid in Orlando. Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris joins The Last Word to respond to the Trump administration's new agenda on immigration, Iran and trade. Rep. Katie Porter tells Lawrence O'Donnell about her decision to support impeachment. And a New York Times report says Trump wasn't briefed on details of cyber-attacks against Russia, as officials feared he might reveal the operation to foreign officials. Sen. Kamala Harris, Rep. Katie Porter, Amb. Wendy Sherman, Dahlia Lithwick, David Jolly and Jonathan Capehart all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jun 19, 2019
Trump v. McGahn
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump appears to accuse Former White House Counsel Don McGahn of perjury in his testimony to Mueller. Rep. Debbie Dingell discusses Democrats ramping up pressure on Senate to act on health care. McConnell refuses to condemn Trump’s foreign dirt remarks. And the DNC releases the lineup for both nights of the first democratic 2020 debate. David Corn, Barbara McQuade, Maria Teresa Kumar, Rep. Debbie Dingell and Jess Bidgood all join Ari Melber.

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Jun 15, 2019
FEC chair rebukes Trump's interference comments
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Tonight on The Last Word: Republicans defended Trump’s comments while FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub, without ever mentioning Trump or his remarks explicitly, said that what Trump was suggesting was "illegal." A federal office finds that Kellyanne Conway knowingly and repeatedly violated the Hatch Act and should be removed. And Presidential Contender Sen. Michael Bennet reacts to Trump’s interference comments saying that this administration has “no respect for the rule of law.” Rep. Dan Kildee, Evan McMullin, Neera Tanden, Ron Klain and Sen. Bennet all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jun 14, 2019
Trump: I’d take foreign government’s dirt on another campaign
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Tonight on The Last Word: If a foreign government offered information on an election opponent, Trump told ABC News, “I think I’d take it.” Biden says Trump’s remarks are a “threat to our national security.” And Agriculture Secy Perdue denies meeting corrupt Brazilian businessman at the center of Trump bailout scandal. Chuck Rosenberg, Frank Figliuzzi, Rick Stengel, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Jennifer Rubin, Rep. Lloyd Doggett and Chris Sommerfeldt all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jun 13, 2019
Trump sides with North Korean dictator over CIA
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump condemns CIA using informant on Kim Jong Un and touts a “beautiful letter” he received from him. A new poll shows Trump losing in head-to-head match-ups against potential Democratic opponents. The House approved a resolution to enforce Judiciary Committee subpoenas against Bill Barr and Don McGahn. And a Last Word from Lawrence on the emotional testimonies of 9/11 first responders today. Amb. Wendy Sherman, Ned Price, Ron Klain, Rick Wilson, Jennifer Palmieri and Ezra Levin all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jun 12, 2019
Judiciary Committee holds hearing on Mueller report lessons
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Tonight on The Last Word: John Dean testified today that the Trump administration is “in fast competition” with Nixon over crimes committed. Mexico contradicts Trump’s claim of a secret immigration deal. And a Last Word from Lawrence on a Watergate era principled Republican. Joyce Vance, Jill Wine-Banks, John Heilemann, Rep. Zoe Lofgren and Tim O’Brien all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jun 11, 2019
Trump calls off plan to impose tariffs on Mexico
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Tonight on The Last Word: After days of pressure from Republicans on Capitol Hill to avoid another trade war, tonight President Trump tweets an agreement reached with Mexico that will avoid tariffs.  As Missouri is on the brink of becoming the first state with no abortion clinics since Roe v Wade, women there who ask for an abortion are subjected to new, invasive examinations. Rep. Tlaib unveils a new plan to help the poorest Americans. And U.S. and Russian warships nearly collide in the Philippine Sea. Rick Wilson, Jennifer Rubin, Brian Klaas, Dr. Colleen McNicholas, Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Tom Nichols all join Ali Velshi.

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Jun 08, 2019
Voicemail from Trump attorney to Flynn lawyer released
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump attorney John Dowd asked Flynn’s lawyer for “heads up” in newly released voicemail from 2017. Plus, Trump insults Pelosi, Mueller while in France to remember D-Day. Democrats ask Fed to review Trump Deutsche Bank transactions. Climate change exacerbating conditions in Guatemala forcing families to migrate north to America. And a Last Word from Lawrence on Trump and the Vietnam War. Rep. Jamie Raskin, Barbara McQuade, John Heilemann, Sen. Chris Van Hollen and Nicholas Kristof all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jun 07, 2019
Rpt: Nadler pushed Pelosi to start impeachment inquiry
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Tonight on The Last Word: A new report from Politico says that Jerry Nadler has pressed Nancy Pelosi to let the Judiciary Committee start an impeachment inquiry against the president. Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld tells Lawrence why he thinks it’s time for the House Judiciary Committee to launch an impeachment inquiry. In an MSNBC town hall Elizabeth Warren says Biden is wrong to support a ban on federal funding for abortion. And the House passes immigration bill to protect ‘Dreamers’ and offer a path to citizenship. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Adam Jentleson, Fmr. Gov. Bill Weld, Maria Teresa Kumar and Rep. Joe Neguse all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jun 06, 2019
Details of Trump’s prenup with Marla Maples revealed
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Tonight on The Last Word: Vanity Fair describes the prenup as the “draconian art of the marriage deal” with Marla Maples receiving just $1 million in the agreement and strict rules for daughter Tiffany. Michael Wolff shares new details he’s learned about Trump’s relationship with his children. And impeachment calls grow as the White House directs former aides to defy House Judiciary subpoenas. Gabriel Sherman, Tim O’Brien, Ron Klain, Michael Wolff and Lucy McBath all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jun 05, 2019
Michael Wolff on Trump and the Mueller report
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Tonight on The Last Word: Michael Wolff has written a new book about the chaos inside the Trump White House and the fight between Robert Mueller and the president, including what Wolff claims was a period in which members of the Mueller argued for indicting the President. Presidential contender Mayor Pete Buttigieg talks impeachment at an MSNBC town hall. 14 Democratic 2020 candidates face voters at California’s state Democratic convention over the weekend. And Republicans for the Rule of Law release a video making the case that Trump obstructed justice. Michael Wolff, Jason Johnson, Neera Tanden and Bill Kristol all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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Jun 04, 2019
Gunman kills 12 in Virginia Beach shooting
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Tonight on The Last Word: At least 12 people are dead after what police describe as an extended gun battle between shooter and officers on the scene. A.G. Barr now says he “didn’t agree” with “a lot of the legal analysis” in the Mueller report. 53 House members now favor an impeachment inquiry. And a court rules to keep Missouri’s lone abortion clinic open- at least until next week. Jim Cavanaugh, Mieke Eoyang, Matt Miller, Tom Steyer, Tom Malinowski and Jeffrey Rosen all join Ali Velshi. 

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Jun 01, 2019
51 members of Congress now back impeachment inquiry
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Tonight on The Last Word: The President admits that Russia helped him win and then appears to be confused about the impeachment process as another Congressman backs an impeachment inquiry. Katie Porter discusses impeachment at a town hall meeting with her constituents but that wasn’t their number one issue. And Jeff Daniels on the courage of Atticus Finch in today’s political climate. John Heilemann, Chuck Rosenberg, Rep. Katie Porter, Clint Watts and Jeff Daniels all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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May 31, 2019
Mueller says his investigation did not exonerate Trump
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Tonight on The Last Word: Mueller told reporters today, “if we had confidence that the president did not commit a crime we would have said so.” He also said he does not wish to testify before Congress saying, “the report is my testimony.” Democratic leaders call for Congressional investigations to continue and calls grow for impeaching A.G. Barr. And a Former Republican Congressman Tom Coleman calls for impeaching both Trump and Pence. Rep. Adam Schiff, Sen. Mazie Hirono, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Neal Katyal and Fmr. Rep. Tom Coleman all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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May 30, 2019
The Last Word Kamala Harris Town Hall
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Lawrence O’Donnell hosts a special, live town hall event with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Sen. Harris discusses how she plans to win over voters in the early primary state and more.

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May 29, 2019
The Contenders v. Trump
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Tonight on The Last Word: Polls show that Trump is a weak president-- with abysmal marks from voters on questions of honesty, leadership and caring about average Americans. Lawrence O'Donnell discusses with Joy Reid and Cornell Belcher. Plus the best of Lawrence’s interviews with presidential contenders Bill Weld, Elizabeth Warren, Seth Moulton and Pete Buttigieg.

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May 28, 2019
Trump gives Barr sweeping powers to investigate origins of Russia probe
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Tonight on The Last Word: 39 House members now support impeaching Trump. Trump continues to misuse the word “treason.” Trump retweets heavily edited video of Nancy Pelosi appearing to stutter repeatedly. And federal judge strikes down Mississippi abortion ban. Rep. Joe Neguse, Margaret Carlson, Tom Nichols, Jon Meacham, Drew Harwell and Ana Marie Cox all join Ali Velshi.

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May 25, 2019
Nadler to MSNBC: Mueller wants to testify in private
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Tonight on The Last Word: he chairman of the Judiciary Committee has said for the first time that Robert Muller wants to testify behind closed doors, with an opening statement in public. Presidential contender Bill Weld tells Lawrence why he thinks Trump should resign. Rep. Amash lays out a case for impeaching Trump in a new series of tweets. And a Last Word from Lawrence on Trump attacking his own cabinet members. Rep. David Cicilline, Ezra Kline, Fmr. Gov. Bill Weld and George F. Will all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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May 24, 2019
Another judge rules against Trump over bank records
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump storms out of meeting with Democrats after 3 minutes and then echoes Nixon “I don’t do cover-ups.” House Intel gets access to redacted Mueller info. And a judge rejects Trump’s request to halt congressional subpoenas for his banking records from Deutsche Bank. Eugene Robinson, Joy Reid, Rep. Jamie Raskin, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Adam Klasfeld and William Lowrance all join Lawrence O’Donnell. 

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May 23, 2019
More Democrats buck leadership, want impeachment
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Tonight on The Last Word: Presidential candidate Eric Swalwell tells Lawrence that Trump is putting "his middle finger up" to the rule of law and leaving Democrats almost no other option than impeaching him. Trump appeals judge's order upholding subpoena for his bank records. Rep. Katie Porter discusses her questions that stumped HUD Secretary Ben Carson and former HUD Secretary and current presidential contender Julian Castro reacts as news breaks about money spent on the boder wall. John Heilemann, Neera Tanden and Laurence Tribe also join.

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May 22, 2019
McGahn refuses to testify before House Judiciary Committee
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Tonight on The Last Word: The White House directs McGahn to defy his House subpoena. Chairman Nadler responds saying his committee is prepared to use “all enforcement mechanisms at its disposal.” Plus, a judge upholds House Democrats’ subpoena for Trump’s financial records. The New York Times is reporting that anti-money laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank raised flags about transactions tied to Trump and Kushner in 2016 and 2017. And Rep. Justin Amash defies Republican leadership and endorses impeaching Trump. Rep. Jim Himes, Glenn Kirschner, Jill Wine-Banks, David Cay Johnston, Rick Wilson and Jason Johnson all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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May 21, 2019
Comey hits back at Barr, Trump: “Who will stand up?”
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Tonight on The Last Word: James Comey attacked Bill Barr for "sliming" the Justice Department and Trump for inappropriately claiming "treason." A new Fox News 2020 poll shows Biden leading Trump by 11 points. The Irish Prime Minister pushes back against Trump’s efforts to hold state visit at Trump’s golf course. And it was revealed in court that an NYPD commander sent a text message to another officer on the day Eric Garner was killed saying his death was "not a big deal.” Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Rick Stengel, Steve McMahon, Jennifer Rubin, David Corn and Gwen Carr all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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May 18, 2019
Newly unredacted Flynn documents reveal attempted obstruction
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Tonight on The Last Word: New documents show Flynn provided details to Mueller about the obstruction of justice probe.  A.G. Barr says he’s not blocking Mueller from testifying to Congress. Trump’s newly released financial disclosure form raises new questions. And the Trump administration reportedly gave $62 million earmarked for struggling farmers to corrupt Brazilian brothers. Mimi Rocah, Walter Dellinger, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Rep. Jamie Raskin, David Cay Johnston, Tim O’Brien and Rep. Rosa DeLauro all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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May 17, 2019
Nadler: Democrats seriously considering inherent contempt
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Tonight on The Last Word: Democratic leaders could hold Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress to highlight the administration's unprecedented obstruction of congressional investigations. Alabama governor signs bill into law making abortion criminal. The Washington Post is reporting that Trump is frustrated with his advisers regarding Iran.  And a Last Word from Lawrence on Elizabeth Warren’s refusal to participate in a Fox News town hall. Rep. Madeleine Dean, Lisa Graves, Chris Lu, Staci Fox, Joyce Vance and Richard Clarke all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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May 16, 2019
Alabama passes a bill making abortion criminal
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Tonight on The Last Word: Former President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards joins Lawrence to react to the passage of the most restrictive abortion bill in the country. Donald Trump Jr. has reached a deal to testify to the Senate Intel Committee after Lindsey Graham advised him to ignore the subpoena which even shocked a FOX News analyst. Putin repeats Trump’s messaging on collusion. And a Last Word from Lawrence on the NRA vs the NRA. William Yeomans, Ron Klain, Jason Johnson, Ben Rhodes and Ned Price also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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May 15, 2019
Trump rewrites history, attacks his own administration
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump takes aim at Former White House counsel McGahn after reports he refused to say Trump didn’t obstruct justice. Plus, the stock market drops after China announces retaliation in Trump’s trade war. Presidential contender, Rep. Seth Moulton, joins Lawrence to discuss what sets him apart from the rest of the large the 2020 Democratic field. And the author of “Commander In Cheat” discusses what Trump’s lies and cheating on the golf course reveal about his character. Mimi Rocah, Jennifer Rubin, Robert Reich, Rep. Seth Moulton and Rick Reilly all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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May 14, 2019
White House lawyer refused Trump request to exonerate him of obstruction
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Tonight on The Last Word: Nadler now says McGahn will be held in contempt if he doesn’t comply with his subpoena. Giuliani is traveling to Ukraine to press their government for investigations that would help Trump’s reelection. Plus, Trump increases tariffs on China and misleads about their impact on Americans. And Alabama and Georgia are passing the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. Rep. Val Demings, Rep. Dan Kildee, Neera Tanden, Tim O’Brien, Alexis Goldstein and Wendy Davis all join Joy Reid.

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May 11, 2019
Top House Democrat: The government is in a "confrontational crisis"
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Tonight on The Last Word: Rep. James Clyburn, the House Majority Whip, believes that the government is at a peak moment of confrontation between the executive and legislative branches. It comes as a new poll shows a plurality of Americans supports impeachment. Rep. Swalwell tells Lawrence, "We are on the road to impeachment.” Amb. Wendy Sherman weighs in on Trump’s latest foreign policy decisions and the treatment of the 2020 women candidates. Lawrence looks back at a very different Mitch McConnell in the 1990s. And a Last Word from Lawrence about Trump’s non-joke at his rally last night. Ron Klain, David Frum, Chuck Rosenberg, Rep. Eric Swalwell and Amb. Wendy Sherman all join Lawrence O’Donnell.

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May 10, 2019
Top House Democrat: The government is in a "confrontational crisis"
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