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The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

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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. O’Donnell convenes diverse panels of guests, including a variety of politicians and cultural voices, to offer unique viewpoints and perspective. In his signature style, O’Donnell goes into depth on the latest news developments and offers his take on the political stories driving the national conversation.

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. O’Donnell convenes diverse panels of guests, including a variety of politicians and cultural voices, to offer unique viewpoints and perspective. In his signature style, O’Donnell goes into depth on the latest news developments and offers his take on the political stories driving the national conversation.
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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. O’Donnell convenes diverse panels of guests, including a variety of politicians and cultural voices, to offer unique viewpoints and perspective. In his signature style, O’Donnell goes into depth on the latest news developments and offers his take on the political stories driving the national conversation.

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Rpt: Whistleblower complaint about Trump involves Ukraine

9/19/2019
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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...

Duration:00:48:08

WaPo: Trump’s communications with a foreign leader are part of a whistleblower complaint

9/18/2019
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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...

Duration:00:46:41

House Judiciary Cmte. holds first hearing of Trump impeachment investigation

9/17/2019
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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...

Duration:00:44:45

Book reveals new details of allegations against Kavanaugh

9/16/2019
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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...

Duration:00:44:16

Nadler: "No question” we're in investigation to determine articles of impeachment

9/13/2019
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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...

Duration:00:45:07

Rpt: Trump advisers looking for escape from China tariffs

9/12/2019
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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...

Duration:00:38:10

Bolton: “I’ll have my say in due course.”

9/11/2019
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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...

Duration:00:44:51

Intel Chair Schiff: Bolton should have never been national security advisor

9/10/2019
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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. Learn more about your ad choices....

Duration:00:43:37

Rpt: U.S. extracted top spy from inside Russia in 2017

9/9/2019
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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...

Duration:00:45:04

House committees demand information on taxpayer money going to Trump properties

9/6/2019
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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...

Duration:00:48:03

Hurricane Dorian batters coastal areas of the Carolinas

9/5/2019
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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...

Duration:00:44:41

At least 20 dead after Dorian ravages Bahamas

9/4/2019
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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...

Duration:00:43:55

Trump’s China trade war escalates with new tariffs

9/3/2019
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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. Learn more...

Duration:00:44:08

New Trump rule puts non-citizens receiving lifesaving medical care at extreme risk

8/30/2019
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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....

Duration:00:44:44

Biden ahead in new presidential polls, beats Trump in head-to-head matchups

8/28/2019
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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,...

Duration:00:43:38

Deutsche Bank confirms it has tax returns tied to Trump

8/27/2019
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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...

Duration:00:44:03

Trump triggers confusion on China trade war at G7

8/26/2019
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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...

Duration:00:43:35

Trump heads to G7 summit amidst trade war backlash

8/23/2019
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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,...

Duration:00:43:21

Polls and calls for impeachment inquiry spell bad news for Trump

8/22/2019
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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....

Duration:00:44:03

Impeachment calls grow as Trump melts down

8/21/2019
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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...

Duration:00:44:33