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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. 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.

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Episodes

Eighth day of protests across U.S. over death of George Floyd

6/2/2020
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...

Duration:00:53:04

National Guard activated in many U.S. cities as protests persist

6/1/2020
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,...

Duration:00:50:55

Minneapolis, St. Paul under mandatory curfew tonight

5/29/2020
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.

Duration:00:52:06

New video shows 3 cops on ground with George Floyd

5/29/2020
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.

Duration:00:55:12

100,000+ people have now died of coronavirus in U.S.

5/27/2020
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...

Duration:00:50:08

Joe Biden: Trump is a ‘fool’ for belittling mask wearing

5/26/2020
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.

Duration:00:44:44

1.67 million+ coronavirus cases in U.S., 99,000+ reported deaths

5/26/2020
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,...

Duration:01:08:31

NYT: Intelligence officials struggle to brief Trump

5/21/2020
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...

Duration:00:45:19

Trump has no answer about plan to get jobless back to work

5/20/2020
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...

Duration:00:44:54

Trump skips World Health Assembly, China pledges $2B to fight virus

5/19/2020
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.

Duration:00:44:57

1.5 million+ coronavirus cases in U.S., 91,000+ reported deaths

5/18/2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Trump claims he is taking drug questioned by health experts. Also, former NSA Inspector General Joel Brenner talks to Lawrence about Trump’s purge of Inspectors General. Plus, Sen. Amy Klobuchar returns to discuss the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. And the Navajo Nation has the highest infection rate per capita in the United States. Dr. Harvey Fineberg, Nick Kristof, John Heilemann and Bleu Adams also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Duration:00:44:58

Models show U.S. heading toward 100,000 deaths by June 1

5/15/2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Dr. Zeke Emanuel joins Ali Velshi for the medical special, “Life in the Time of Coronavirus.” Also, tensions rise as the Texas governor eases COVID-19 restrictions. Plus, coronavirus complications still mystify health experts. And the House passes its latest $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill. Ron Klain, Judge Clay Jenkins, Dr. John Torres and Rep. Ro Khanna also join Ali Velshi.

Duration:00:44:39

1.4 million+ cases of coronavirus in U.S., 86,000+ reported deaths

5/15/2020
In a special edition of the Last Word, Lawrence O’Donnell sits down with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Fair Fight founder Stacey Abrams for a virtual town hall to discuss how to combat COVID-19, fix the economic crisis caused by the virus, and the choice America faces in November.

Duration:00:53:02

Trump says part of Dr. Fauci’s testimony “not acceptable”

5/13/2020
Tonight on the Last Word: The Daily Beast reports Trump is pushing to revise death numbers downward. Also, ousted vaccine chief Dr. Rick Bright will testify before the House tomorrow. Plus, the Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks the state’s stay-at-home order. California looks to lead the way in reopening the economy. And Dr. James Hildreth returns to explain why testing needs to be backed up by contract tracing. Ron Klain, Dr. Howard Koh, Rep. Nanette Barragan, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and Tom...

Duration:00:46:04

Fauci: Rushed reopening could bring avoidable 'suffering and death'

5/13/2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Experts testify social distancing is still the best way to stay safe during the pandemic. Also, Dr. Fauci cautions against being “cavalier” about children being completely immune to coronavirus. Plus, the Supreme Court hears arguments in two cases about enforcing subpoenas for Trump’s tax returns. And Rep. Chrissy Houlahan talks to Lawrence about building a coordinated national testing strategy. Sen. Chris Murphy, Dr. Ashish Jha, Laurie Garrett and Neal Katyal also...

Duration:00:44:28

1.35 million+ coronavirus cases in U.S., 81,000+ reported deaths

5/11/2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tells Lawrence that Congress must go “big and bold” to avoid a depression. Also, experts say the U.S. must do close to 1 million tests a day to manage the spread of the virus. Plus, Tyson’s largest pork plant partially reopens in an Iowa hotspot. Obama calls Trump’s coronavirus response a “chaotic disaster.” And immunologist Erin Bromage tells you what you need to know to stay safe. Michael Osterholm, Dr. Sharon Duclos and Ben...

Duration:00:45:08

14.7% unemployment rate, highest since Great Depression

5/8/2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel joins Ali Velshi for the medical special, “Life in the Time of Coronavirus.” Also, economist Justin Wolfers explains why solving the health crisis is key to reopening the economy. Plus, South Korea begins to ease social restrictions. And psychology professor Angela Duckworth discusses the staggering psychological impact of COVID-19. Laurie Garrett and Kelly Cobiella also join Ali Velshi.

Duration:00:45:22

1.2 million+ coronavirus cases in U.S., 76,000 reported deaths

5/7/2020
Tonight on the Last Word: The White House valet who serves Trump his meals tests positive for coronavirus. Also, the Department of Justice seeks to drop criminal charges against ex-Trump adviser Michael Flynn. Plus, sociology professor Gina Neff talks to Lawrence about coronavirus superclusters found in meat packing plants, prisons and nursing homes. Doctor Clifton Hastings discusses a new hotspot emerging in Georgia’s “poultry capital” as the governor pushes reopening. And Democratic House...

Duration:00:44:33

Curve bending for NY, but cases trending upward in much of U.S.

5/6/2020
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.

Duration:00:44:15

1.2 million+ coronavirus cases in U.S., 70,000+ reported deaths

5/5/2020
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....

Duration:00:44:45