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The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell


Drawing upon his experience as a former chief of staff on the Senate Finance Committee and as an Emmy-winning executive producer and writer of ‘The West Wing,’ Lawrence O’Donnell examines the compelling and impactful political stories of the day. Join him every weeknight.

Drawing upon his experience as a former chief of staff on the Senate Finance Committee and as an Emmy-winning executive producer and writer of ‘The West Wing,’ Lawrence O’Donnell examines the compelling and impactful political stories of the day. Join him every weeknight.





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Drawing upon his experience as a former chief of staff on the Senate Finance Committee and as an Emmy-winning executive producer and writer of ‘The West Wing,’ Lawrence O’Donnell examines the compelling and impactful political stories of the day. Join him every weeknight.




211,000+ coronavirus cases in U.S., 4,735 deaths

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....


161,000+ cases of coronavirus in U.S., 2983 deaths

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.


$2 trillion economic relief bill signed into law

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...


U.S. coronavirus cases surpass Italy, China

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...


Senate expected to vote tonight on $2T economic aid bill

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...


Dr. Fauci: Must be ‘very flexible’ on date to scale back restrictions and return to normal

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...


43,000+ cases of coronavirus in U.S., 533 deaths

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...


Trump declares major disaster exists in the state of NY, orders federal assistance

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...


8,600+ cases of coronavirus in U.S., 140 fatalities

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...


Dow drops nearly 3,000 points over coronavirus fears

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...


U.S. coronavirus cases surpass 2,100 as death toll rises to 50

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.


Alaska reports first case of coronavirus

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.


Trump delivers Oval Office address on coronavirus

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...


Markets tumble as U.S. coronavirus deaths hit 26

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.


Trump response to coronavirus outbreak continues to confound after U.S. death toll reaches at least 15

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...


Sen. Elizabeth Warren drops out of presidential race

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,...


Biden and Sanders head towards a 2-way race after Super Tuesday

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...


Biden nabs big endorsements on eve of Super Tuesday

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.


BONUS: Introducing Into America

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...


Third coronavirus case of unknown origin in U.S.

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,...