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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

Protests spark reckoning over confederate monuments

7/10/2020
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.

Duration:00:52:08

Supreme Court rules that Trump does not have “absolute immunity”

7/9/2020
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...

Duration:00:46:28

3 million+ coronavirus cases in U.S., 132,000+ reported deaths

7/9/2020
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...

Duration:00:45:43

Mary Trump tell-all: Trump is a narcissist

7/7/2020
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.

Duration:00:46:19

House plans hearing on Russia bounties on U.S. troops this week

7/6/2020
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...

Duration:00:44:21

Trump walks out of press conference without taking questions

7/2/2020
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 linked 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.

Duration:00:44:06

Pelosi: Trump ‘intellectually unprepared’ and ‘ethically unfit’

7/2/2020
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.

Duration:00:41:39

WH claims Trump not briefed on Russian bounties to kill U.S. troops

6/30/2020
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.

Duration:00:45:10

NYT: Russian bounties to kill U.S. troops was in Trump’s brief

6/29/2020
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...

Duration:00:47:14

Trump-allied GOP governors reverse course amid coronavirus surge

6/26/2020
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...

Duration:00:49:42

2.4 million+ coronavirus cases in U.S., 123,000+ reported deaths

6/25/2020
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.

Duration:00:46:40

House holds hearing on improper political influence at DOJ

6/24/2020
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,...

Duration:00:45:52

Dr. Fauci, health officials testify to House about COVID-19 surge

6/23/2020
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....

Duration:00:45:07

New developments in Trump firing SDNY U.S. attorney

6/22/2020
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,...

Duration:00:42:59

BONUS: Pride + Protest

6/20/2020
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.

Duration:00:51:57

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations rise in OK ahead of Trump rally

6/19/2020
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.

Duration:00:45:38

Senate working on legislation for police reform

6/19/2020
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.

Duration:00:49:11

Atlanta police officers charged in killing of Rayshard Brooks

6/18/2020
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...

Duration:00:46:16

The Senate holds a historic hearing on police use of deadly force

6/16/2020
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,...

Duration:00:45:28

Decision on charges in Rayshard Brooks case could come this week

6/16/2020
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.

Duration:00:45:11