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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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English


Episodes

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

NYT: Internal Trump doc expects 200,000 new cases daily by June

5/4/2020
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...

Duration:00:43:34

FDA authorizes remdesivir for some hospitalized patients

5/2/2020
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.

Duration:00:48:54

Armed demonstrators stage protest at Michigan state capitol

4/30/2020
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,...

Duration:00:45:32

1.03 million+ coronavirus cases in U.S., 60,458 reported deaths

4/29/2020
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.

Duration:00:45:22

Pence flouts policy, doesn’t wear mask at Mayo Clinic

4/29/2020
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...

Duration:00:45:41

Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in U.S. nears 1 million

4/27/2020
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...

Duration:00:44:27

U.S. lags behind other countries in coronavirus testing

4/25/2020
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.

Duration:00:49:57