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April 10, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: The latest on the fight against coronavirus. Also, 6.6 million Americans file new unemployment claims. Plus, Ron Klain and John Heilemann return to discuss Trump attempting to deflect blame for his response onto the WHO. Dr. Oliver Brooks talks to Lawrence about coronavirus disproportionately killing people of color. And ICU nurse Natasha Cacciatore discusses the challenges of treating coronavirus patients. Dr. Jennifer Swiderek, Dr. Bennett Deboisblanc and Sen. Chris Van Hollen also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
April 9, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: The United States has over 427,000 reported cases of coronavirus and 14,721 reported deaths from the virus. Also, Sen. Amy Klobuchar returns to discuss legislation to extend mail-in voting and early voting amid the coronavirus crisis. Plus, Dr. James Hildreth talks to Lawrence about the alarming racial disparities emerging in COVID-19 cases. Rep. Katie Porter and Sara Nelson argue that the $500 billion coronavirus funds should be used to protect workers. And Sen. Bernie Sanders drops out of the Democratic race for president. Dr. Ashish Jha and Ron Klain also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
April 7, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel joins Lawrence for the medical special, “Life in the Time of Coronavirus.” Maryland Governor Larry Hogan talks to Lawrence about the state’s early reaction to coronavirus. Plus, virologist Shannon Bennett discusses the science behind COVID-19. And early data suggest coronavirus is disproportionately affecting communities of color. Dr. Najy Masri, Morgan Radford, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
April 4, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: The American Medical Association urges all governors to issue stay-at-home orders. Also, U.S. hospitals fear the shortage of health care workers. Plus, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich talks to Ali about the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. And Trump fires the Inspector General for the Intelligence Community, who flagged the Ukraine whistleblower complaint. Sen. Mazie Hirono, Dr. Rishi Desai, Laurie Garrett, Dr. Paul Bozyk, Ken Dilanian and Chairman Adam Schiff also join Ali Velshi.
April 3, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Johns Hopkins University reports there are over 1 million coronavirus cases worldwide. Also, some health experts believe as many as one-third of people who are testing negative for coronavirus actually have the virus. Plus, Sen. Kamala Harris returns to discuss California’s response to coronavirus. Weekly initial jobless claims show 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week. And hospitals brace for the surge of COVID-19 patients. Nick Kristof, Dr. Amit Phull, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Stephanie Ruhle and Dr. Rob Davidson also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
April 2, 2020
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. Luciana Borio, Ron Klain, Bina Venkataraman, Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Gaby Araica and Tracy McHale-Araica also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
March 31, 2020
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.
March 28, 2020
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 responding to the highest number of 911 calls since September 11th. Dr. Michael Osterholm, Laurie Garrett, Betsey Stevenson, Thea Lee and Anthony Almojera also join Ali Velshi.
March 27, 2020
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 helping patients and protecting themselves. Dr. Irwin Redlener, Nick Kristof and Sen. Amy Klobuchar also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
March 26, 2020
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 a New York City hospital. And Sara Nelson returns to discuss Democrats fighting to protect workers in the economic aid bill. Dr. Lipi Roy, Dr. Joseph Fair and Sen. Richard Blumenthal also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
March 25, 2020
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 against coronavirus. And public health experts warn that Trump’s suggestions to ease social distancing will be disastrous. Dr. Patrice Harris, Ron Klain, Rep. Ami Bera, Dr. Rob Davidson and Ezra Klein also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
March 24, 2020
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 join Lawrence O’Donnell.
March 21, 2020
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 briefings on how bad it would be. Ron Klain, Dr. Vin Gupta, Dr. Irwin Redlener, Rep. Adam Smith and Richard Painter also join Ali Velshi.
March 19, 2020
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 Zenei Cortez also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
March 17, 2020
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 O’Donnell.
March 14, 2020
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.
March 13, 2020
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.
March 12, 2020
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 Lawrence O’Donnell.
March 10, 2020
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.
March 7, 2020
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 Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey following the execution of Nathaniel Woods. Dr. Celine Gounder, Gene Sperling, Sara Nelson, Rick Stengel, and Zerlina Maxwell join Lawrence O’Donnell. Neal Katyal also joins to discuss AG William Barr after a federal judge demanded that the DOJ let him review the unredacted Mueller report to ensure that redactions were “not tainted” by Barr.
March 6, 2020
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, more updates on the Trump administration’s failure to respond to the growing coronavirus outbreak. Stephanie Ruhle, Cecile Richards, and Rep. Katie Porter also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
March 5, 2020
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 from Super Tuesday mean for Sanders’s campaign strategy going forward, and Rep. Eric Swalwell reacts to yesterday’s primaries as well as the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
March 3, 2020
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.
February 29, 2020
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 at the Democratic nomination, Bloomberg needs the support of Black voters. Days before announcing his candidacy, Bloomberg apologized for the policing tactic. But will his past decision to champion the use of stop and frisk hurt his chances? Subscribe to Into America now: https://link.chtbl.com/7BcTGqT3?sid=description
February 29, 2020
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, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi and Cal Perry also join Ali Velshi.
February 28, 2020
According to the Washington Post, the HHS whistleblower says she was improperly reassigned after raising concerns about the safety of coronavirus workers. Also, the presidential candidates make their closing arguments to South Carolina voters ahead of Saturday’s primary. Plus, Lily Adams and Yamiche Alcindor look ahead to Super Tuesday. And psychiatrist Dr. Lance Dodes considers what it means to have a president in declining mental health in charge of protecting the public health of the country. Rep. John Garamendi, Dr. Matt McCarthy, Ned Price and John Heilemann also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
February 27, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Rep. James Clyburn talks to Lawrence about his decision to endorse Joe Biden. Also, Trump contradicts U.S. health officials on coronavirus. Plus, the Democratic presidential candidates zero in on Sen. Bernie Sanders ahead of Saturday’s South Carolina primary. And Rosanna Arquette reacts to the guilty verdicts against Harvey Weinstein. Ron Klain, Laurie Garrett and John Heilemann also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
February 25, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Global markets plunge over coronavirus fears. Dems prepare for the final debate before Super Tuesday. Also, a New York jury finds Harvey Weinstein guilty of two felony sex crimes. Cecile Richards joins Lawrence to discuss the Weinstein verdict in the era of Donald Trump. Plus, Senate Democrats demand new Russia sanctions over interference in the 2020 election. And Jill Wine-Banks discusses her new memoir titled, “The Watergate Girl.” Jennifer Palmieri, Anand Giridharadas, Molly Crane-Newman, Cynthia Alksne and Rep. Denny Heck also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
February 22, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: U.S. officials tell Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign. Also, Rep. Eric Swalwell talks to Lawrence about why Trump supporters refuse to believe Russia meddled in the 2016 election. Plus, Mike Bloomberg offers to release three women from non-disclosure agreements. And presidential candidate Fmr. Gov. Bill Weld reacts to Intelligence officials telling Congress that Russia is working to re-elect Trump. Joyce Vance, Mieke Eoyang, Rick Stengel, Stephanie Valencia and Ruth Marcus also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
February 21, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: The New York Times and the Washington Post report that Russia is meddling to re-elect Trump. Also, Roger Stone is sentenced to more than 3 years in prison for obstructing the Russia investigation. Plus, Maria Teresa Kumar and Jason Johnson talk to Lawrence about the record viewership for last night’s Democratic debate. And presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren discusses her performance at the debate and reacts to reports that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election. Rep. Jim Himes, Ned Price and Glenn Kirschner also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
February 19, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Trump pardons criminals he has seen on Fox News. Also, Rep. David Cicilline discusses the questions he plans to ask Attorney General Bill Barr under oath in the attorney general’s scheduled appearance before the House Judiciary Committee. Plus, Jennifer Palmieri and Jamil Smith join Lawrence to look ahead to Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate. And Dan Pfeiffer discusses his new book called, “Un-Trumping America” and the importance of winning the Senate. Joyce Vance, Barbara McQuade and Benjamin Wittes also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
February 18, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Democrats make their final push ahead of the Nevada caucus. Also, more than 2,000 former Department of Justice officials call for Attorney General William Barr to resign. Plus, Jon Ralston talks to Lawrence about the state of the race ahead of Wednesday’s Democratic debate and Saturday’s Nevada caucus. John Bolton breaks his silence after the conclusion of Trump’s impeachment trial. And Lawrence explains why golf should be considered a serious issue in the presidential campaign. Ben Rhodes, Ruth Marcus, Mark Thompson, Sam Stein, David Laufman, Matt Miller and Neera Tanden also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
February 15, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Accusations grow that Attorney General Bill Barr is using the Department of Justice to help Trump in criminal cases. Also, Fmr. Gov. Bill Weld joins Ali to discuss the growing crisis at the Justice Department and the current state of the GOP primary race. Plus, Michael Moore returns to discuss how strong Trump’s re-election chances are. And Democratic voters share their thoughts on the state of the race in Nevada. Neal Katyal, Zerlina Maxwell and Cristina Beltran also join Ali Velshi.
February 14, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: AG William Barr defends helping convicted Trump aide Roger Stone while criticizing Trump’s tweets. Also, Sen. Elizabeth Warren responds to Mike Bloomberg’s past comments on redlining and the 2008 housing market collapse. Plus, Democrats look ahead to the Nevada caucuses. And a former Ohio State wrestler claims Rep. Jim Jordan asked him to deny allegations of sexual abuse by an OSU doctor. Dahlia Lithwick, Joyce Vance, Matt Miller, Maria Teresa Kumar and John Heilemann also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
February 13, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Four prosecutors withdraw after the Department of Justice steps in to overrule Roger Stone’s sentencing recommendation. Also, Sen. Richard Blumenthal calls for the resignation of Attorney General William Barr over the Roger Stone case. Plus, Gene Sperling and Jason Johnson talk to Lawrence about the results of the New Hampshire primary and what could happen if the delegates continue to be split among three or more candidates. And Lawrence discusses the unpredictability of the Democratic presidential race. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Sherrilyn Ifill and Glenn Kirschner also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
February 11, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: The Democratic presidential candidates make their closing arguments ahead of the New Hampshire primary. Sen. Elizabeth Warren talks to Lawrence about Trump’s proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Plus, Sen. Amy Klobuchar reacts to AG Barr confirming that the DOJ is receiving information from Rudy Giuliani about Ukraine. And a new Quinnipiac poll shows all the top tier Democratic candidates ahead of Trump in one-on-one matchups. James Pindell, Joy Reid and John Heilemann also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
February 7, 2020
Tonight on The Last Word: President Trump turned today’s National Prayer Breakfast – an event meant for reflection and empathy – into an opportunity to lash out at his political foes, including Speaker Pelosi, who explained during a presser why she tore up Trump’s speech after the State of the Union. Lawrence explains how Trump’s rants today show that he does not understand the concept of love. Plus, with 100% reporting, the Iowa caucuses are still too close to call, with both Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg claiming victory. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Sen. Ed Markey, Cecile Richards, James Pindell, and Gene Sperling join Lawrence O’Donnell.
February 6, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: The Senate acquits Trump on both impeachment charges. Sen. Doug Jones tells Lawrence that the senators who voted to convict Trump will ultimately be on the right side of history. Also, Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Elizabeth Warren join Lawrence to discuss the impeachment vote and how to defeat Trump in November. And Mitt Romney becomes the first U.S. senator to vote to convict a president of his own party. John Heilemann, Amb. Wendy Sherman and Rick Wilson also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
February 1, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: The Senate votes 51-49 to block new witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial. Also, the New York Times reports that Trump directed John Bolton to call Ukraine’s President Zelenskiy to ensure he would meet with Rudy Giuliani. Plus, Geoff Bennett joins Lawrence to look ahead to the next phase of the Senate impeachment trial. And Lawrence explains why tonight’s vote in the Senate was anti-democratic. Ron Klain, Glenn Kirschner, Maya Wiley, Rick Stengel, Chuck Rosenberg and Rep. Eric Swalwell also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
January 29, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren returns to discuss Mitch McConnell acknowledging that he doesn’t yet have enough votes to block witnesses in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. Also, a new poll shows 75 percent of registered voters support having witnesses in the trial. Plus, Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe talks to Lawrence about Trump’s legal defense and the growing calls for John Bolton to testify. And Lawrence looks ahead to the next phase of the impeachment trial. Ari Melber, Jonathan Alter, Susan Del Percio, Hayes Brown, and Andrew Weissman also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
January 27, 2020
Lesson one: win Iowa. An astounding number of Democrats and Republicans won their party's nomination after winning first in the Iowa caucuses—but America's first battleground hasn't always been a priority for campaigns. Jimmy Carter was the first to realize that a win there could propel a candidate into the national spotlight. Chris Matthews examines Carter's approach to the 1972 campaign with Gerry Rafshoon, who handled political advertising for the candidate, and veteran journalist Judy Woodruff, who covered the campaign in her early years with NBC.
January 21, 2020
In The Next Big Idea’s Episode entitled “FREE MONEY” Andrew Yang makes his case for Universal Basic Income or UBI, and why it might be the best plan to grow America’s economy and bolster its shrinking middle class.
January 21, 2020
Lawrence O’Donnell talks to his expert guests about the rules Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to use to govern the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Senator Richard Blumenthal tells Lawrence that it is a race against the clock for the Republicans because new evidence comes out against Trump daily. David Frum looks at the new rules and says he sees McConnell as vulnerable since his rules are visibly unfair.  Lawrence also discusses impeachment with Glenn Kirschner, Paul Butler and Norm Ornstein. And at the end of the show, "Pod Save America's" Jon Favreau joins to talk about his focus groups with Obama-Trump voters and other swing voters who could decide the next election. Favreau, who used to write speeches for Presidential candidate Barack Obama, tells Lawrence what Democrats need to be saying to defeat Trump in 2020.
January 18, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: The House Judiciary Committee releases new impeachment documents ahead of the Senate trial. Also, Republican presidential candidate Fmr. Gov. Bill Weld talks to Ali about how Trump’s impeachment trial is a consequential time for Republican senators. Plus, Zerlina Maxwell and Jennifer Rubin join Ali to discuss a new book that documents how Trump lashed out at generals trying to educate him on foreign policy. And Fred Hochberg explains the consequences of Trump’s trade wars. Josh Lederman, Matt Miller and Rep. Jim Himes also join Ali Velshi.
January 17, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Some senators want to hear more from Lev Parnas after his revealing interview with Rachel Maddow. Also, Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe talks to Lawrence about his former student John Roberts. Plus, presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar looks ahead to the impeachment trial after being sworn in as a juror. And Lev Parnas claims Trump wanted the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine fired a year before she was actually fired. John Heilemann, Joyce Vance, Matt Miller and Ned Price also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
January 16, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Rachel Maddow breaks down her exclusive interview with Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani. Also, Neal Katyal returns to discuss how the last 24 hours impacts the case against Trump. Plus, the House votes to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate and Speaker Nancy Pelosi names the House’s impeachment managers. And former Amb. Dana Shell Smith talks to Lawrence about the reported surveillance of Amb. Yovanovitch. Barbara McQuade, David Corn, Ron Klain and Ben Rhodes also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
January 15, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: The House Intelligence Committee releases a new batch of impeachment inquiry evidence, including information turned over by Lev Parnas, the indicted former associate of Rudy Giuliani. Also, Sen. Chris Van Hollen joins Ali to talk about reports of Trump talking to Mar-a-Lago guests about the airstrike on Iranian general Qasam Soleimani before it happened. Plus, Malcolm Nance returns to discuss what the reported Russian cyberattack on a Ukrainian company at the heart of impeachment. And Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn talk to Ali about their new book detailing the painful crisis facing working class families called, “Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope.” Rep. Mike Quigley, Jill Wine-Banks and Mieke Eoyang also join Ali Velshi.
January 14, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: The New York Times reports that Russia hacked Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company that is central to the impeachment of Trump. Also, presidential candidate Sen. Michael Bennet joins Lawrence to discuss potentially being a juror in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. Plus, Nancy Pelosi prepares to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. And Rep. Lauren Underwood debunks Trump’s claims about pre-existing conditions. Nicole Perlroth, Rep. Peter Welch, Frank Figliuzzi, Adam Jentleson and Ruth Marcus also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
January 11, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces that the House will consider a resolution next week to appoint impeachment managers and transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Also, Sen. Jeff Merkley talks to Ali about new questions concerning Trump’s strike on Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. Plus, Michael Moore returns to discuss impeachment and Trump’s actions in Iran. And wildfires continue to torch Australia. Zerlina Maxwell, Rick Wilson and Michael Mann also join Ali Velshi.
January 10, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won’t budge on sending impeachment articles to the Senate. Also, the House of Representatives passed a new war powers resolution to restrict military actions against Iran. Plus, Frank Rich talks to Lawrence about what might happen after Trump vacates the Oval Office. And Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer joins Lawrence to discuss making the cut for the next Democratic debate and impeachment. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Jason Johnson, Eugene Robinson and Sen. Ed Markey also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
January 9, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Former Secretary of State John Kerry joins Lawrence for an exclusive interview to discuss Trump’s self-made crisis with Iran. Also, Republicans and Democrats are divided over the closed-door Iran briefing. Plus, Republican Senator Mitt Romney wants to hear from John Bolton in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. And Nancy Pelosi isn’t ready to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Joy Reid, Ned Price, Neal Katyal and Jonathan Alter also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
January 8, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Iranian forces launch more than a dozen ballistic missiles against Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops, claiming the attack is retaliation for killing Qasem Soleimani. Also, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar reacts to Iran’s retaliatory airstrike and the current impeachment standstill. Plus, Rep. Jason Crow uses his combat experience in Iraq to assess the aftermath of Iran’s airstrike. Ali Arouzi, Richard Engel, Courtney Kube, Amb. Wendy Sherman, Malcolm Nance, Ben Rhodes, Daniel Benaim, Rep. Jim Himes, Nicholas Kristof and Rick Stengel also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
January 7, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: Fmr. National Security Advisor Susan Rice joins Lawrence to discuss the repercussions of Trump’s decision to kill Qasam Soleimani. Also, John Bolton claims he is willing to testify in the Senate impeachment trial if he is subpoenaed. Plus, Congressman Seth Moulton explains how Trump is the “most reckless commander in chief in American history.” Former CIA Director John Brennan evaluates the Trump administration’s claims about the necessity of killing Soleimani. And Cal Perry talks to Lawrence about how Trump managed to unite Iran. Rick Stengel and Mieke Eoyang also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
January 4, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: President Trump justifies his decision to carry out an airstrike against an Iranian general by claiming it was an act of self-defense. Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer speak about Trump’s impeachment trial on the Senate floor. Also, the New York Times reports that the White House is withholding emails between two Trump aides about the freeze of Ukraine’s military aid. Plus, Ali Soufan joins Ali to analyze Trump’s Iran war strategies. And Yamiche Alcindor and Rick Wilson return to discuss how the current Iran crisis will affect the 2020 campaign trail. Ali Arouzi, Ben Rhodes, Brett McGurk, Glenn Kirschner and Fmr. Rep. Tom Coleman also join Ali Velshi.
January 3, 2020
Tonight on the Last Word: The Pentagon confirms that a top Iranian general has been killed in a U.S. missile strike at Baghdad airport. Also, Senate Foreign Relations Committee member and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker reacts to the developments in Iraq. Andrea Mitchell, Cal Perry, Amb. Wendy Sherman, Ned Price, Hallie Jackson, Jonathan Alter and Daniel Benaim also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
December 31, 2019
Tonight on the Last Word: A new report from the New York Times shows Mike Pompeo, Mick Mulvaney, and Mark Esper failed to convince Trump to release Ukraine’s military aid in August. Also, Amb. Wendy Sherman returns to talk to Lawrence about Mike Pompeo’s upcoming trip to Ukraine to meet with President Zelenskiy. Plus, Jesse Drucker of the New York Times shares his reporting on how big companies got new tax breaks from the Trump Administration. And Nancy Pelosi’s strategy is working. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Neera Tanden, David Frum and David Corn also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
December 28, 2019
Tonight on the Last Word: Trump attacks Democrats as the Senate impeachment trial looms. Also, Attorney General William Barr defends Trump’s executive authority amid impeachment. Plus, John Fea and John Harwood join Ayman to discuss how divided evangelicals are over Trump. A new report shows 91 profitable Fortune 500 companies paid zero federal income taxes in the first year of Trump’s tax cuts. And a Kentucky newspaper op-ed calls out Mitch McConnell for “violating” two constitutional oaths. Natasha Bertrand, Joyce Vance, Ron Klain, David Cay Johnston, Barbara McQuade, David Lurie, and Kent Greenfield also join Ayman Mohyeldin.
December 28, 2019
Tonight on the Last Word: Trump falsely claims that Speaker Pelosi presided over an “unfair” trial in the House and that there’s no “factual basis” for the articles of impeachment. Also, the New York Times obtains video interviews of Navy SEALs describing pardoned Chief Eddie Gallagher as “toxic” and “evil.” Plus, Jess Morales Rocketto, David Jolly and Hayes Brown talk to Ayman about Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment strategy. David Corn, Glenn Kirschner, Rep. John Garamendi and Col. Jack Jacobs also join Ayman Mohyeldin.
December 25, 2019
Tonight on the Last Word: A very special holiday edition of the show begins with a look back at all the ways the Democrats in Congress checked President Trump in 2019, particularly the repeated disputes between Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Joy Reid, Michelle Goldberg and Nick Kristof discuss it with Lawrence and look ahead to the 2020 presidential race. Also, the expert questioning from freshman Congresswoman Katie Porter.  We relive some of her top hearing moments of 2019 and ask her about how much Dems accomplished this year and how it was for as a single mother and a Congresswoman.  We also have the best handoffs between Rachel and Lawrence all year. And you will hear how the KIND fund has changed another young woman’s life in Malawi.
December 24, 2019
Tonight on the Last Word: Newly released emails regarding Ukraine defense aid held by the White House show that a request to withhold funds came less than two hours after Trump’s July phone call with Ukraine’s president. Also, Glenn Kirschner and Rina Shah talk to Ayman about the Trump officials who continue to push false conspiracy theories linked to the Russian government. Plus, a court in Saudi Arabia sentences five people to death for the murder of U.S. journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which Fmr. U.S. Amb. Robert Jordan calls "a mockery of justice." And a report from the Washington Post reveals Stephen Miller’s secret plan to expand deportations of the relatives of unaccompanied children. Jonathan Alter, Jill Wine-Banks, Bina Venkataraman, Maria Echaveste, and Julia Ainsley also join Ayman Mohyeldin.
December 21, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: Trump attacks evangelical magazine Christianity Today after it calls his actions with Ukraine president “profoundly immoral.” Also, Michael Moore returns to talk about his front row seat to Wednesday’s impeachment vote and the prospect of Democrats taking back control of the Senate. Plus, Zerlina Maxwell and Neera Tanden join Ali to analyze Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment strategy. Michael Gerson and Ben Rhodes also join Ali Velshi.
December 20, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vows to not send the articles of impeachment to the Senate until she determines that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will hold a fair trial. Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe reacts to the congressional standoff after writing an op-ed earlier this week suggesting a delay in transmitting the articles. Also, Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono reacts to the likelihood of getting a fair impeachment trial in the Senate. Plus, Evangelical magazine “Christianity Today” publishes an editorial calling for Trump’s removal from office. Ruth Marcus and Jonathan Alter join to discuss the important editorial.
December 19, 2019
The House of Representatives voted along party lines to impeach President Donald Trump.
December 19, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: The House votes to impeach President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Also, Rep. Earl Blumenauer and John Heilemann talk to Lawrence about the possibility of Nancy Pelosi delaying sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Plus, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker reacts to the House vote and talks about being a juror in the upcoming impeachment trial. And former GOP Congressman Tom Coleman claims Trump “committed grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence.” Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Amb. Wendy Sherman, David Jolly, and Jonathan Alter also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
December 18, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: The House Rules Committee sets the guidelines for tomorrow’s historic impeachment vote on the House floor. Also, Rep. Tom Malinowski joins Lawrence to discuss the newly elected House Democrats who flipped their districts blue and have come out in favor of impeachment. Plus, thousands of people across the country rally in support of impeachment. Elizabeth Drew and Jason Johnson return to talk about how the politics of impeachment are playing out for both Democrats and Republicans. And Brigid Harrison becomes the first Democrat to announce a run to defeat Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a New Jersey Democrat who is expected to switch to the Republican Party and vote against impeachment. Sen. Chris Murphy and Ezra Levin also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
December 17, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Andrew Weissmann join Lawrence to discuss the upcoming debate and vote on impeachment by the House of Representatives. Former FBI and CIA Director William Webster speaks up in defense of the FBI as Trump and Attorney General William Barr continue to publicly undermine the work of the FBI and Justice Department prosecutors. Plus, the legal fight over notes of the Trump and Putin’s conversations advances. And Isabel Bueso shares an update about her fight to stay in the country. Frank Figliuzzi and Austin Evers also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
December 14, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: The House Judiciary Committee votes to approve two articles of impeachment against President Trump. Also, Norm Ornstein and Joyce Vance return to discuss Mitch McConnell’s coordination with the White House on Trump’s Senate impeachment trial defense. Plus, Rudy Giuliani meets with Trump after seeking dirt and pushing conspiracy theories in Ukraine. Dave Levinthal joins Ari to talk about the ongoing investigation into the hold-up of military aid to Ukraine. And Rep. Debbie Dingell discusses the politics of impeachment. Rep. Karen Bass, David Corn, Maria Teresa Kumar, and Clyde Haberman also join Ari Melber.
December 12, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: The House Judiciary Committee meets to mark up the two articles of impeachment against President Trump. Also, Rep. Jim Himes talks to Lawrence about the possible Senate impeachment trial and how Republican senators are considering not calling any witnesses. Plus, Sen. Amy Klobuchar returns to discuss Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz testifying before Congress about his report on the Trump campaign probe. And Rep. Pramila Jayapal explains the importance of Congress standing up for the country’s democracy. Jill Wine-Banks, Barbara McQuade, Ronald Klain, and Lisa Graves also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
December 11, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: House Democrats unveil two articles of impeachment against President Trump – one for abuse of power and the other for obstruction of Congress. Also, Ezra Klein returns to discuss the proposed articles of impeachment and what the political world would look like if Trump’s Ukraine scheme had never been exposed. Plus, Attorney General Bill Barr pushes Trump’s false narrative on the Russia probe, contradicting the findings of the inspector general report. And Trump meets with the Russian Foreign Minister in the Oval Office. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Eugene Robinson, John Heilemann, Chuck Rosenberg, and Richard Stengel also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
December 10, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: NBC News reports that Democrats are expecting to draft at least two articles of impeachment against Trump. Also, Sen. Mazie Hirono joins Lawrence to discuss the next steps in the impeachment inquiry. Plus, the Justice Department Inspect General concludes that the FBI’s Russia probe was justified and not politically biased. Politico reports that the House Judiciary Committee plans to vote on articles of impeachment on Thursday. And Fmr. Amb. Michael McFaul looks ahead to Trump’s upcoming meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister. Rep. David Cicilline, Rep. Mike Quigley, James B. Stewart, Benjamin Wittes, and Norm Ornstein also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
December 7, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: Phone records in the impeachment report show routine communications between President Trump and Rudy Giuliani on cellphones vulnerable to monitoring by Russian and other foreign intelligence services. The report details that the President doesn’t want to use secure landlines so he can hide evidence of calls from his own staff. Also, the House impeachment committees officially transmit their impeachment inquiry report to the House Judiciary Committee. Plus, Zerlina Maxwell and Ana Marie Cox join Ali to discuss the powerful women who are playing crucial roles in the Trump impeachment hearings. The House passes the Voting Rights Advancement Act to protect voters against racial discrimination with the support of only Republican. And the most totalitarian comment from the Trump administration all week came from Attorney General William Barr. Greg Miller, Rick Stengel, Glenn Kirschner, and Rep. Joe Neguse also join Ali Velshi.
December 6, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: Speaker Nancy Pelosi instructs House Chairs to draft articles of impeachment against Trump. Also, Neal Katyal returns to discuss the smoking gun in the Trump impeachment inquiry. Plus, Robert Reich explains why Mitch McConnell might be “the most dangerous politician.” And Rudy Giuliani is back in Ukraine pushing his agenda. Rep. Peter Welch, Amb. Wendy Sherman, Mieke Eoyang, and Franklin Foer also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
December 5, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe breaks down the Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment hearing. Also, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren joins Lawrence to discuss the potential articles of impeachment and the state of the 2020 Democratic race. And Lawrence asks Judiciary Committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin about the next steps for the Judiciary Committee in the impeachment inquiry.
December 4, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: Chairman Adam Schiff joins Lawrence to discuss his committee’s conclusions in the impeachment investigation into President Trump. Also, the impeachment report reveals phone records that show Rep. Devin Nunes communicated with Rudy Giuliani and his indicted associate, Lev Parnas. Plus, Steve Schmidt says the Republicans in Congress who continue to defend Trump’ in the Ukraine scheme are “accomplices.” And Dr. Lance Dodes returns to discuss the current state of the president’s mental health. Ari Melber and Barbara McQuade also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
December 3, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: Chairman Schiff says that the House Intelligence Committee will release the impeachment report tomorrow. Also, Time reporter Simon Shuster joins Lawrence to discuss his interview with Ukrainian President Zelenskiy on Trump and the war with Russia. Plus, Republican presidential candidate Gov. Bill Weld talks about how the impeachment inquiry is affecting Trump’s chances for re-election in 2020 and the current state of the GOP. And former FBI lawyer Lisa Page breaks her silence after Trump “broke the camel’s back” with his attack on her at an October rally. John Heilemann, Jill Wine-Banks, and Molly Jong-Fast also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
November 30, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: An anonymous “senior administration official” warns voters to not re-elect Trump. Also, James B. Stewart joins Lawrence to talk about his book "Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law.” Plus, Fintan O’Toole discusses the rise of nationalism in the United Kingdom sparked by the 2016 Brexit referendum. And Nobel Prize winning economist Esther Duflo explains how economics can solve real world problems, including income inequality, poverty and immigration. Neera Tanden and Joy Reid also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
November 28, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: Former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal discusses his new book “Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump.” Also, Trump claims he didn’t direct Rudy Giuliani to go to Ukraine, contradicting testimony and his own call with President Zelenskiy. Plus, Michael Moore breaks down the state of the Democratic presidential race. And a new report from the United Nations warns that countries must drastically reduce their carbon emissions to prevent irreversible environmental damage. Carol Lam, Jonathan Alter, and Cal Perry also join Steve Kornacki.
November 27, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: Trump denies sending Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine despite Giuliani claiming he conducted the probe on Trump’s behalf. Also, the House Judiciary Committee sets a date for the first impeachment hearing and invites Trump to participate. Plus, Ben Rhodes returns to discuss Secy. of State Mike Pompeo spreading disinformation about election interference. The anonymous “senior administration official” answers questions in an “Ask Me Anything” forum on Reddit. And Ben Rhodes and Neera Tanden talk to Katy about how a simple White House photo-op added to the Trump White House’s credibility problem. Jill Wine-Banks, Bill Kristol, Josh Lederman, Rep. Jamie Raskin, and Daniel Lippman also join Katy Tur.
November 27, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: A federal judge rules that former White House Counsel Don McGahn must follow a subpoena and testify before Congress. Also, the House Intelligence Committee plans to deliver a report with all of the impeachment evidence to the Judiciary Committee shortly after Thanksgiving. Plus, federal prosecutors seek records of payments to Rudy Giuliani, as part of an active criminal investigation, according to a grand jury subpoena. And Charlie Cook talks to Ali about Michael Bloomberg joining the race for the Democratic nomination in 2020. Mieke Eoyang, Glenn Kirschner, and Rep. Zoe Lofgren also join Ali Velshi.
November 23, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: Trump continues to push debunked Ukraine conspiracy theories as the House Intelligence Committee begins writing its report in the impeachment investigation. Also, the lawyer for indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas claims he has “hard evidence” of Trump’s wrongdoing. Plus, Jennifer Rubin and Tim Miller return to discuss John Bolton’s claims that the White House blocked access to his Twitter account after he resigned. And the State Department releases Ukraine documents showing connections between Mike Pompeo and Rudy Giuliani. Michael Weiss, David Corn, Betsy Woodruff Swan, Barbara McQuade, and Austin Evers also join Ali Velshi.
November 22, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: Fiona Hill and David Holmes’ testimony ties Trump’s personal agenda to the Ukraine pressure campaign. Also, Laurence Tribe returns to talk to Lawrence about how Amb. Gordon Sondland’s testimony implicated Trump and top White House administration officials. Plus, Trump talks impeachment with potential Republican jurors Mitt Romney and Susan Collins. And Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar discusses the conclusion of this week’s impeachment hearings as well as the Democratic race. Rep. Val Demings, Joyce Vance, Ron Klain, Paul Rosenzweig, and Rick Wilson also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
November 21, 2019
Cory Booker, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang, and Tom Steyer engage in the fifth 2020 Democratic primary debate for the presidential nomination.
November 20, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: On the third day of impeachment hearings, the Republican "hearsay" defense fell apart, as the Intelligence Committee heard from two first hand witnesses who listened to Trump's call with the president of Ukraine. Also, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, talks to Lawrence about some of the stunning moments of today’s impeachment hearing. Plus, fact-checking Tim Morrison’s answers about moving the Trump-Zelenskiy call transcript. And Mimi Rocah and John Heilemann look ahead to EU Amb. Gordon Sondland’s testimony tomorrow. Amb. Wendy Sherman, Ned Price, Tess Bridgeman, and Tom Nichols also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
November 19, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: David Holmes’ deposition details the Trump-Sondland phone call he overheard at a restaurant in Kyiv. Also, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson writes a letter to House Republicans in response to a request for information about Ukraine. Plus, Jim Messina returns to talk to Lawrence about Trump’s failed bid to help a Republican win in Louisiana this past weekend. And Elizabeth Drew, who wrote the book on Nixon’s impeachment, shares her insight into the current state of Trump’s impeachment inquiry. Rep. Denny Heck, Jonathan Alter, Norm Ornstein, and Evan McMullin also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
November 16, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: David Holmes testifies he heard Trump ask Gordon Sondland if Ukraine was “going to do the investigation,” referring to Ukraine investigating Trump’s political rival. Also, Glenn Kirschner, Mieke Eoyang, and Fmr. Amb. Wendy Sherman return to discuss the impact of David Holmes’ testimony on the impeachment investigation. Plus, Laurence Tribe reacts to Trump live-tweeting his own impeachment hearing and attacking Marie Yovanovitch during her testimony. And Trump’s longest-serving adviser Roger Stone is found guilty of lying to Congress, obstruction, and witness tampering. Rep. Eric Swalwell and Jill Wine-Banks also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 15, 2019
Joy Reid fills in for Lawrence O’Donnell tonight on The Last Word: Republicans complain there aren’t firsthand witnesses in the impeachment hearing but it is President Trump who is blocking the testimony his defenders are asking for. Public testimony continues tomorrow with former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s appearance as well as a closed-door deposition from the aide who overheard the phone call in the Kyiv restaurant between Donald Trump and Gordon Sondland. The Trump Organization is refusing to provide senators with information concerning Trump’s business interests in Turkey. Plus, emails show that Stephen Miller shared links to white supremacist websites before joining the White House, and breaking news regarding new investigations into Rudy Giuliani. Rep. David Cicilline, Joyce Vance, Neera Tanden, Rep. Denny Heck, Larry Pfeiffer, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and Maria Teresa Kumar join.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 14, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: Trump's top envoy to Ukraine, William Taylor, reveals new details about a phone call that happened a day after the president spoke with Ukrainian President Zelenskiy, which led to the impeachment inquiry. Also, Rep. Peter Welch and Neal Katyal return to discuss possible perjury jeopardy for Gordon Sondland. Plus, John Brennan explains the national security risks in the actions at the heart of the impeachment inquiry. And Howell Raines and Eugene Robinson talk to Lawrence about covering their third impeachment investigation of a president. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Fmr. Amb. Wendy Sherman, and Jill Wine-Banks also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 13, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff claims there is a case for impeaching Trump for bribery. Also, Stephanie Ruhle joins Ari to discuss John Bolton revealing damaging information about Trump ahead of the first public impeachment hearings. Plus, Andrew Prokop and Glenn Kirschner talk about Rick Gates’s testimony, which contrasts with the written answers Trump submitted to Robert Mueller about WikiLeaks. And Malcolm Nance returns to talk to Ari about how Russia played a role in Trump’s thinking on Ukraine. Rep. Jim Himes and Rep. Gerry Connolly also join Ari Melber. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 12, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: According to the recently released transcript of Laura Cooper’s deposition testimony to impeachment investigators, Ukrainian officials apparently knew that Trump was withholding military aid to them before the hold was made public in news reports. Also, Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney plans to file his own lawsuit challenging a congressional subpoena for testimony in the impeachment inquiry. Plus, Republicans submitted their witness list for the public impeachment hearings, and it shows they’re not very serious about actually investigating the accusations against the president. And Esther Duflo joins Lawrence to discuss the economic problems fueling American voters’ fears. Rep. John Sarbanes, Evelyn Farkas, John Heilemann, and Chris Lu also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 9, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: Newly released transcripts from two key witnesses in the impeachment inquiry detail the “explicit” push by the Trump administration to investigate Trump’s political rivals in exchange for military aid. Also, Dan Friedman and Natasha Bertrand join Ali to discuss Steve Bannon testifying that Trump’s 2016 campaign considered Roger Stone as the “access point” to WikiLeaks. Plus, Republicans are struggling to prepare their strategy to defend Trump in the impeachment inquiry. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan is appointed to the Intelligence Committee ahead of impeachment investigation hearings next week. Rep. Harley Rouda, Neera Tanden, Jennifer Rubin, Tim Miller, and Gabe Sherman also join Ali Velshi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 8, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: George Kent, a senior State Department official, told House impeachment investigators that Trump "wanted nothing less than President Zelenskiy to go to microphone and say investigations, Biden, and Clinton" and that that happened in part because of lies from Rudy Giuliani about Ukraine and the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. Also, the New York Times reports that Ukraine’s president almost gave in to Trump’s demands. Plus, Evelyn Farkas and David Jolly return to discuss what can be expected from the public impeachment hearings that will begin next week. And Charlie Cook talks to Lawrence about new polling that shows a strong majority of voters disapprove of Trump in states that narrowly gave Trump his electoral college victory. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Joyce Vance, and Amb. Wendy Sherman also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 7, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: Impeachment investigators release the deposition of Bill Taylor, in which Taylor testified that military aid to Ukraine was tied to demands that the country launch political investigations to help Donald Trump. Also, Barbara McQuade and Mieke Eoyang return to talk about Gordon Sondland changing his testimony and admitting to quid pro quo. Plus, the Washington Post reports that Donald Trump wanted Attorney General William Barr to hold a press conference declaring that Trump broke no laws while speaking with the president of Ukraine. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar talks to Lawrence about William Barr, and the big Democratic victory in Kentucky last night. Rep. Gregory Meeks, Ned Price, Matt Miller, and Ken Dilanian also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 6, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: Democrat Andy Beshear defeats Trump-backed Matt Bevin for Kentucky governor. Also, Virginia Democrats take control of the state house and senate for the first time in more than two decades. Plus, David Frum and Jonathan Allen join Lawrence to discuss how tonight’s loss in Kentucky could be ominous for Republican senators ahead of a likely impeachment trial. Steve Kornacki, Vaughn Hillyard, Sam Stein, Steve McMahon, Neera Tanden, Ben Self, and Larry Sabato also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 5, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: In the first batch of transcripts released from the impeachment investigation depositions, House Republicans make no attempt to defend Trump and fail to undermine the expert witnesses who testified. Also, Laurence Tribe discusses the legal consequences of impeachment inquiry witnesses skipping scheduled depositions. Plus, a federal appeals court in New York ruled that Trump must turn over 8 years of tax returns. And Michael McFaul and Chuck Rosenberg return to talk to Lawrence about how newly released Mueller investigation documents could be helpful in the impeachment inquiry. Fmr. Amb. Wendy Sherman, Mieke Eoyang, and Evelyn Farkas also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 2, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: A top White House lawyer at the center of the Trump-Ukraine scandal is subpoenaed to testify in the impeachment inquiry while Energy Secretary Rick Perry becomes the first member of Trump’s Cabinet to be asked to appear before the House. Also, Jennifer Rubin and EJ Dionne return to discuss the Republicans who continue to dodge questions about the Trump-Ukraine scandal. Plus, Beto O’Rourke drops out of the 2020 presidential race while the remaining Democratic candidates gather in Iowa. And Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz talks to Ali about the Trump administration separating even more families than previously known. Rep. Ro Khanna, Barbara McQuade, Ben Rhodes, and Neera Tanden also join Ali Velshi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 1, 2019
After another momentous week in the impeachment inquiry, Kristen Welker, White House Correspondent for NBC News, recaps events in Washington. Witnesses from the White House and State Department provided corroborating evidence against the president. But on Thursday, a House vote to move the inquiry forward fell completely along party lines. As Democrats move the inquiry into a public phase, will the evidence be enough to overcome political partisanship?   Questions about the impeachment inquiry? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com.  Further Reading:   National security official tells Congress he tried to add edits to White House memo about Trump Ukraine call 2 State Department witnesses offer insight into extent of Ukraine discussions Ex-White House aide testifies of Ukraine call concerns, possible quid pro quo John Bolton invited to testify in House impeachment inquiry  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 1, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: The House passed a resolution approving procedures for its impeachment inquiry of Trump, opening a new and public phase of the investigation. Also, Neal Katyal returns to discuss what happened in two different federal courts today regarding Congressional subpoenas in the impeachment investigation. Plus, Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld joins Lawrence to talk about the House’s vote on impeachment as well as his primary campaign against Trump. And Joyce Vance and Ron Klain look ahead to the upcoming televised impeachment of Trump in the House of Representatives. Rep. Jamie Raskin, Tess Bridgeman, and Ezra Klein also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
October 31, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: House Democrats leading Trump’s impeachment inquiry invite John Bolton to testify behind closed doors, but Bolton’s lawyer says that Bolton will not appear voluntarily. Also, Rep. Peter Welch talks about the possibility of Gordon Sondland perjuring himself. Plus, John Heilemann joins Lawrence to discuss Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan’s testimony to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. And NBC News reports that acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was informed of the al-Baghdadi raid after the operation was already underway. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Jill Wine-Banks, Evelyn Farkas, Fmr. Sen. Russ Feingold, and Chris Whipple also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
October 30, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testifies that one ellipsis in the Trump-Ukraine call memo was Trump talking to Zelensky about Joe Biden. Also, Democrats move to try and keep Republicans from outing the whistleblower in closed-door depositions. Plus, Jennifer Rubin and Evan McMullin return to discuss the Republicans’ increasing fear of losing the House, Senate, and White House in 2020. And House Democrats unveil the resolution detailing the next steps in Trump’s impeachment inquiry. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Ned Price, Evan McMullin, Rep. David Cicilline, Julian Epstein and E.J. Dionne also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
October 29, 2019
Tonight on The Last Word: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman plans to tell House impeachment investigators that he heard Trump appeal to Ukraine’s president to investigate one of his leading political rivals, a request the aide considered so damaging to American interests that he reported it to a superior. Also, Rep. Eric Swalwell looks ahead to the upcoming House vote that will establish the next public phase of Trump’s impeachment inquiry. Plus, Brett McGurk and Malcolm Nance return to discuss reporting by the New York Times on how Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria affected plans for the raid on ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. And Lawrence’s Last Word looks at Trump being booed at a baseball stadium. Josh Lederman, Fmr. Amb. Michael McFaul, Evelyn Farkas, and Jonathan Alter also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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