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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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    Democrats unveil new plan to tax billionaires

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 41:59

    Tonight on the Last Word: Fair Fight Action Founder Stacey Abrams discusses working to help eliminate personal medical debt. Also, writers, academics and political activists write an open letter in defense of democracy. Plus, Donald Trump's lies are fueling threats and violence. And some conservatives lash out over masks and lessons about racism in schools. Todd Gitlin, Bill Kristol, Joyce Vance, Matt Miller, Everton Blair and Jonathan Capehart also join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Dems propose new corporate tax to pay for Biden agenda

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 43:41

    Tonight on the Last Word: President Biden campaigns with Terry McAuliffe in Virginia. Also, election officials detail intimidation and death threats. Plus, an FDA panel recommends the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. And Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning “Beloved” is at the center of an argument in the closing days of the Virginia governor's race. Larry Sabato, David Plouffe, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, FL Sen. Tina Polsky and Dana Williams join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Democrats aim for a deal on the Biden agenda this week

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 43:38

    Tonight on the Last Word: President Joe Biden meets with Senators Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin to discuss his agenda. Also, internal documents suggest that Facebook knew its algorithm could push people towards extreme content. Plus, the Washington Post reports that Trump allies had a war room for the attempted Jan. 6 coup. And the trial begins for the Charlottesville rally organizers. E.J. Dionne, Eugene Robinson, Jeff Horwitz, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Eric Swalwell, and Dahlia Lithwick join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    The ‘ugly vitriol' of Trump's Republican Party

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 44:03

    Tonight on the Last Word: An 11-year-old girl and her mother are forced to hide while fighting Texas GOP's anti-trans legislation. Also, President Biden and Democrats are near a deal on social agenda bills. Plus, a bipartisan group unveils a bill to raise firefighters' pay. Donald Trump's social media platform is hacked before its launch. And Democrats are aiming to vote on infrastructure bills next week. Rachel Gonzales, TX Rep. Jasmine Crockett, Rep. Marie Newman, Stephanie Kelton, Rep. Joe Neguse, Roger McNamee, Clint Watts and Rev. William Barber join Ali Velshi.

    Veterans on Sinema advisory council resign in protest

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 43:48

    Tonight on the Last Word: Former members of Sen. Sinema's veterans advisory council call her one of the “principal obstacles to progress.” Also, the House asks the Justice Department to criminally prosecute Steve Bannon for refusing to comply with the Jan. 6 committee. Plus, Republicans won't hold Donald Trump accountable for January 6 and 2020 election lies. And author Isabel Wilkerson says “the defeated” wrote the story of the Civil War. Claire McCaskill, Sylvia González Andresh, Rep. Madeleine Dean, David Blight and Eugene Robinson also join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Manchin denies report he could leave Democratic Party

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 44:24

    Tonight on the Last Word: President Biden and Democrats seem close to a deal on social spending. Also, Senate Republicans block debate on voting rights again. And Michael Wolff discusses his “hundreds of hours” spent with Steve Bannon. David Corn, Norm Ornstein, Zerlina Maxwell, Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. Norma Torres also join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Jan. 6 Cmte. votes to refer Bannon for criminal contempt

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 43:54

    Tonight on the Last Word: The January 6 Select Committee votes to refer Steve Bannon to the Justice Department for criminal contempt charges. Also, the Iowa Democratic Party chair gets a lynching threat for criticizing Donald Trump. Plus, Democrats aim to pass President Biden's infrastructure bills by Oct. 31. And Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold discusses winning her case against Republican election officials who breached the voting system. Rep. Pete Aguilar, Daniel Goldman, Iowa Rep. Ross Wilburn, Rep. Suzan DelBene and Rep. Ro Khanna also join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Remembering the life and legacy of Colin Powell

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 43:47

    Tonight on the Last Word: Colin Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, dies of Covid-19 complications. And Donald Trump is deposed for the first time since becoming president. Valerie Jarrett, David Plouffe, John Heilemann, Jonathan Alter and Theodore Boutrous join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Trump supporters terrorizing local officials

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 44:29

    Tonight on the Last Word: Heather Raymond, the President of the School Board in Nashua, New Hampshire, joins Zerlina Maxwell to describe the harassment she has faced from white nationalists. Rep. Madeleine Dean and Journalist Anna Marie Cox join to discuss the permissive structure that Donald Trump has created to allow violent threats against public officials. Plus, Harris County Attorney Christian Menefee and Texas State Representatives Rafael Anchía and Jasmine Crockett talk about the extreme agenda that Texas Republicans are pushing. And David Plouffe, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, discusses Democrats' electoral fortunes in 2022. Plus, voting rights activist Aimy Steele discusses what she's doing to flip North Carolina for Democrats by mobilizing voters of color. 

    Jan. 6 Committee to pursue criminal referral for Steve Bannon

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 41:35

    Tonight on the Last Word: The Jan. 6 Select Committee is threatening criminal contempt, jail time and fines to enforce subpoenas. Also, Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo debunks myths about President Biden's tax enforcement plan. Plus, the White House urges Democrats to strike a deal on the Biden agenda. Former President Clinton is hospitalized with a non-Covid infection and is “on the mend.” And Donald Trump will be questioned under oath about a 2015 incident between protesters and Trump Tower security. Rep. Jamie Raskin, Jennifer Palmieri, Paul Butler, Anat Shenker-Osario, Steve Patterson and Tim O'Brien also join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Biden White House rejects Trump's executive privilege claim

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 40:25

    Tonight on the Last Word: Defying Jan. 6 subpoenas may mean criminal charges. Also, a Florida school board member describes the “credible threats' of violence made against her for supporting masks. And the House Oversight Committee finds that Donald Trump provided “misleading information” about his Washington, D.C. hotel's financial situation. Jill Wine-Banks, Matt Miller, Jennifer Jenkins, Alex Wagner, Zerlina Maxwell and Walter Shaub join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Schiff's recounts horrors of Jan. 6, impeachment

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 42:57

    Tonight on the Last Word: Rep. Adam Schiff condemns “insurrectionists in suits and ties.” Also, the Justice Department and the state of Texas battle over the restrictive abortion ban. Plus, progressive and moderate Democrats debate President Biden's spending plan. And Rep. Jayapal says the Progressive Caucus is open to “paring down” priorities. Rep. Adam Schiff, Shannon Selden, Eugene Robinson, John Heilemann and Jason Furman join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Republicans continue to embrace Trump's election lies

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 42:39

    Tonight on the Last Word: Sen. Grassley accepts Donald Trump's endorsement as Trump repeats his election lies. Also, 60 million kids benefit from President Biden's child tax credit – and some Americans don't know it. Plus, Florida Republicans have undermined efforts to restore felon voting rights. And Norm Ornstein says the GOP is now “an obstructionist cult.” Eddie Glaude, Jennifer Rubin, Sam Stein, Anat Shenker-Osorio, Jesse Wegman and Desmond Meade also join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Dem probes detail Trump's corruption, election threats

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 42:45

    Tonight on the Last Word: Democrats hold Donald Trump and Republicans accountable for undemocratic acts. Also, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed Texas' anti-abortion law to resume. Plus, a North Carolina congressional candidate apologizes for supporting an anti-transgender bill. Iowa Democrats dismiss Donald Trump's visit. And children make up 27% of new Covid infections in the United States. Steve Schmidt, Rep. Eric Swalwell, NC Rep. Charles Graham, Abby Finkenauer, Dr. Rachel Pearson and Dr. Ebony Hilton join Zerlina Maxwell.

    Senate Judiciary report reveals Trump's pressure on Justice Dept. to overturn election

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 42:04

    Tonight on the Last Word: A Senate report has new details of Donald Trump's pressure on the Justice Department to overturn the election. Also, the Texas abortion law is halted, but providers could face retroactive legal action. Plus, GOP extremism is at odds with the majority of Texans. And unvaccinated Covid deniers overwhelm U.S. hospitals. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Neal Katyal, Dahlia Lithwick, Maria Teresa Kumar, John Heilemann and Christy Baxter join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Judge: Women's right to abortion ‘unlawfully prevented'

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 42:42

    Tonight on the Last Word: A federal judge temporarily blocks the Texas anti-abortion law. Also, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warns of “catastrophic” risks if Congress doesn't raise the debt limit by Oct. 18. Plus, Democrats are fighting to keep governorships in swing states. And Fiona Hill opens up about Donald Trump. Cecile Richards, Dahlia Lithwick, Neal Katyal, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Norm Ornstein, Zerlina Maxwell, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes also join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Senate GOP obstructs Biden agenda, threatens economy

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 43:59

    Tonight on the Last Word: Democrats are working to pass voting rights and lift the debt limit. Also, four Trump allies face a Thursday subpoena deadline. Plus, President Biden promotes the economic agenda in Michigan. And a California beach is returned to a family after 97 years. Adam Jentleson, Michelle Goldberg, Jelani Cobb, Daniel Goldman, Rep. Debbie Dingell and CA Sen. Steven Bradford join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Supreme Court term begins, set to hear critical abortion case

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 44:18

    Tonight on the Last Word: The Supreme Court could decide the fate of abortion in America in this new term. Also, President Biden calls on the Senate to raise the debt ceiling this week. Plus, Biden seeks a consensus with progressives on his agenda. And Virginia Republicans channel Donald Trump's past antisemitism in attacking a Democratic delegate. Dr. Ghazaleh Moayedi, Laurence Tribe, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Virginia Del. Dan Helmer join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Pelosi: ‘More time is needed' to pass spending bills

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 44:05

    Tonight on the Last Word: President Biden meets with House Democrats as negotiations on the infrastructure bills continue. Also, the January 6th Select Committee could use criminal contempt referrals for witnesses who defy subpoenas. Plus, threats and violence against school boars are on the rise. And migrants return to Haiti following deportations from the Biden administration. Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Mark Pocan, Jonathan Kott, Jonathan Alter, Maria Teresa Kumar, Paul Butler, Becky Pringle, Wes Hodge and Jacob Soboroff join Jonathan Capehart.

    House Leader: No infrastructure vote tonight

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 43:51

    Tonight on the Last Word: House Democrats delay a planned vote on the infrastructure bill.  And a former newspaper editor says Republicans have “overwhelmed the media with corruption.” Rep. John Yarmuth, Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, Rep. Colin Allred, Norm Ornstein, Eugene Robinson, Mark Jacob and Jelani Cobb join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Schumer: Agreement reached to fund gov't, avert shutdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 43:13

    Tonight on the Last Word: The Senate will vote on the bill to keep the government open tomorrow. Also, Sen. Manchin says the reconciliation agreement is “not possible” tomorrow and wants to keep negotiating “in good faith.” And the House Jan. 6 commission issues a second round of subpoenas. Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. Katie Porter, John Heilemann, Adam Jentleson and Rep. Jamie Raskin join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Military officials testify on Afghanistan withdrawal

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 43:41

    Tonight on the Last Word: Sen. Elizabeth Warren discusses her opposition to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's renomination. Also, Sen. Sanders urges House Democrats to vote against the infrastructure bill before reconciliation. Plus, Republicans risk a recession by refusing to raise the debt limit. And California Gov. Gavin Newsom makes universal vote-by-mail permanent. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Bharat Ramamurti, Norm Ornstein and California Assemblymember Marc Berman also join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Senate GOP votes for debt default, government shutdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 43:48

    Tonight on the Last Word: House Democrats meet to discuss President Biden's infrastructure plan ahead of the vote on Thursday. Also, the Georgia criminal investigation of Donald Trump is “active & ongoing.” Plus, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold discusses filing a lawsuit to strip a GOP county clerk of election powers, claiming she leaked voter system information. And Biden says there are “plenty of opportunities” to vaccinate the world. Rep. Susie Lee, David Plouffe, Jonathan Capehart, Joshua Matz and Dr. Kavita Patel also join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    The Cyber Ninja-in-Chief reaffirms Biden's win in Arizona

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 43:55

    Tonight on The Last Word: The election “fraudit” in Arizona fails to show that Donald Trump was cheated. Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell and Daniel Goldman join Lawrence O'Donnell to discuss. Plus, Donald Trump demands another election audit, this one in Texas, where he won. Texas State Representatives Jasmine Crockett and Jessica González react. And Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell joins Lawrence after confronting Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene for heckling Speaker Nancy Pelosi outside the Capitol. And Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, who is also an Emergency Room physician and was harassed by anti-vaccine protesters, gets tonight last word after convincing an anti-vaccine leader. 

    Trump allies hit with subpoenas from Jan. 6 committee

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 46:03

    Tonight on The Last Word: The House January 6th Committee issues subpoenas for four Trump allies. Congressman Adam Schiff, a member of that committee, joins Lawrence O'Donnell. Norm Ornstein, John Heilemann and Zerlina Maxwell analyze the political significance of the subpoenas. Plus, Republicans are risking crashing the economy and creating a depression by not voting to raise the debt limit. The Chairman of the House Budget Committee John Yarmuth (D-KY) explains why the U.S. should just abolish the debt limit. Plus, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) gives an update on the infrastructure negotiations. Also, the “Cyber Ninjas” are expected to release the results of their fake election audit in Arizona. Democratic Arizona State Senate Minority Leader Rebecca Rios breaks down just how phony this “fraudit” has been. And 24-year-old Maxwell Alejandro Frost, who is running to become the first Democratic Generation Z member of Congress, gets tonight's last word. 

    Pres. Biden owns his infrastructure agenda, meets with key Democrats

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 43:23

    Tonight on the Last Word: Lawrence O'Donnell outlines how President Biden is getting involved in the infrastructure negotiations by meeting with members of Congress. Rep. Suzan DelBene, who was in one of those meetings with President Biden, discuss what was discussed behind closed doors. Jonathan Capehart and EJ Dionne further contextualize how President Biden is relying on his experience negotiating with Congress as a senator for 36 years and as a vice president for 8 years. Plus, Senator Chris Van Hollen reacts to Mitch McConnell saying Republicans will vote for the U.S. to default on its debt. And President Biden has made the United States the world's leader in distributing free vaccine doses to other countries. Loyce Pace, the Director of the Office of Global Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, joins Lawrence to discuss. Plus, Rep. Karen Bass explains what happened with the Congressional bipartisan talks on police reform. 

    Donald Trump pushes Georgia to undo his election defeat, again

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 43:37

    Tonight on the Last Word: Donald Trump sends a letter calling on the Georgia Secretary of State to decertify the 2020 election results. Also, House Democrats pass legislation to suspend the debt ceiling and avoid a government shutdown. And the Biden Administration plans to create the first federal heat work standards. Lauren Groh-Wargo, Neal Katyal, Rep. Katie Porter, Jonathan Alter, Norm Ornstein, and Rep. Raul Ruiz join Lawrence O'Donnell. 

    New book ‘Peril' details Donald Trump's crusade to overturn the 2020 election

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 43:57

    Tonight on the Last Word: Bob Woodward and Robert Costa join Lawrence O'Donnell to discuss their new book “Peril.” The book details the dark final year of Donald Trump's presidency. Also, Mary Trump reacts to the new report of Donald Trump's last days in the White House. And the lawyer for the Trump Organization's CFO reveals new tax documents found in the basements of co-conspirators. Susan Hoffinger and Tim O'Brien also join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Security heightened in D.C. ahead of pro-Jan. 6 rally

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 43:56

    Tonight on the Last Word: Capitol Hill braces for the pro-January 6 rally tomorrow. Also, North Carolina judges block a Republican voter ID law as discriminatory. Plus, Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Clarence Thomas push back on the idea that Supreme Court justices are partisan. And nearly 120,000 U.S. children have lost parents or primary caregivers to Covid-19. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. Madeleine Dean, Allison Riggs, NC Sen. Gladys Robinson, Brian Fallon, Melissa Murray, Dr. Ebony Hilton, Renée Graham and Maria Teresa Kumar join Zerlina Maxwell.

    New book: Paul Ryan was convinced Trump had narcissistic personality disorder

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 44:18

    Tonight on the Last Word: A new book reveals Donald Trump screamed at Paul Ryan for condemning white supremacy. Also, the child tax credit lifted three million kids out of poverty in July. Plus, Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers subpoena voters' personal information. And Republican governors threaten to sue the Biden administration over the vaccine mandate plan. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Mary Trump. Gene Sperling, Rep. Conor Lamb, Stuart Stevens and Zerlina Maxwell join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Kathy Hochul makes history as New York's first woman governor

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 43:31

    Tonight on the Last Word: Gov. Kathy Hochul says New York will be a safe harbor for Texas women. Also, President Biden holds private meetings with Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. Plus, New Hampshire State Rep. William Marsh discusses joining Democrats over Republican vaccine opposition. And police are reinstalling Capitol fencing ahead of the pro-January 6th rally on Saturday. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Leonard Pitts and EJ Dionne also join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    NBC News projects California recall effort fails

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 43:50

    Tonight on the Last Word: Gov. Gavin Newsom thanks supporters after the California recall vote fails. Also, a new book reveals the details of a phone call between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Gen. Mark Milley after the January 6 Capitol attack. And Lawrence breaks down Donald Trump's history of lying about 9/11. Steve Kornacki, David Plouffe, Ann O'Leary, Christina Bellantoni, Sen. Alex Padilla, Rep. Anna Eshoo, John Heilemann, Maria Teresa Kumar and Rep. Karen Bass join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Biden campaigns for Newsom on eve of California recall

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 55:42

    Tonight on the Last Word: GOP candidate Larry Elder dodges questions about accepting the results of the California recall election. Also, President Biden speaks at a rally for California Gov. Gavin Newsom. And Congress faces reconciliation, voting rights and infrastructure bills as the debt ceiling fight looms. David Plouffe, Maria Echaveste and Sen. Jeff Merkley join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Biden to GOP on vaccine mandate pushback: ‘This isn't a game'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2021 43:22

    Tonight on the Last Word: The Biden vaccine mandate triggers a GOP meltdown. Also, Democrats face September deadlines on infrastructure bills. Plus, over 60 charged Capitol invaders have pleaded guilty. And President Biden calls for unity in remembrance of the 9/11 attack. Jaime Harrison, Leigh Ann Caldwell, Paul Butler, Jared Holt, Eugene Robinson, Joanne Freeman and Jonathan Alter join Jonathan Capehart.

    Atty. Gen. Garland: U.S. has responsibility to ensure no state infringes upon people's rights

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 43:40

    Tonight on the Last Word: The Justice Department sues Texas over the restrictive abortion ban. Also, the Biden administration details a strategy to combat the Delta surge. Plus, Republicans are still searching for nonexistent 2020 voter fraud. And 69% of Americans support resettling Afghan allies in the U.S. TX Rep. Jasmine Crockett, Joyce Vance, Stephanie Ruhle, Dr. Kavita Patel, Rep. Kim Schrier, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Penn. Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Rep. Mark Pocan join Ali Velshi.

    Recall election in California heads into final week

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 43:06

    Tonight on the Last Word: GOP candidate Larry Elder tells voters his election could potentially put Republicans back in control of the United States Senate. Also, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott defends the no exceptions abortion ban by claiming he'll “eliminate rape” in the state. Plus, the U.S. reports its highest weekly increase in child Covid cases. And President Biden pushes for infrastructure after touring storm damage in the Northeast. David Plouffe, CA Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, Laurie Garrett, Dr. Uché Blackstock, Rep. Grace Meng and NY State Sen. Jessica Ramos join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Supreme Court refuses to block abortion “citizens bounty hunters” in Texas

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 43:50

    Tonight on the Last Word: Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in her dissent that the new Texas abortion ban creates "citizen bounty hunters." Law Prof. Carol Sanger and Maria Teresa Kumar discuss how women in Texas are now at great risk. And Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe joins Lawrence to discuss why Justice Sotomayor calls the Texas law “flagrantly unconstitutional.” Plus, two Trump Org. officials testify as part of the investigation into Donald Trump's finances. Tim O'Brien tells us what that means. And what would happen if a Trump supporter becomes Governor of California? The Mayor of Sacramento Darrell Steinberg says “it would be terrible for California.”

    Supreme Court declines to block abortion ban in Texas

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 43:38

    Tonight on the Last Word: Lawrence O'Donnell explains why the Texas abortion ban now in effect is the  single most insane law written about abortion in the Republicans' decades-long quest to overrule or circumvent Roe v. Wade. The former President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards and Legal Correspondent Dahlia Lithwick discuss how women in Texas will be affected. And House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff analyzes why House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is threatening telecommunications companies not to cooperate with the congressional investigation of January 6th. Plus Marine Combat Veteran Rep. Ruben Gallego (D) and Pres. Carter's Former Speechwriter James Fallows talk about the Republican fictions about Afghanistan. And Idaho State Rep. Ilana Rubel (D) discusses how some Republicans are trying to make Idaho's Covid surge even worse. 

    Pres. Biden: "The war in Afghanistan is now over"

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 43:53

    Tonight on the Last Word: Lawrence O'Donnell explains why President Biden gave the most honest speech by an American president on Afghanistan. Retired U.S. Army Captain Dan Berschinski and Eugene Robinson join to discuss President Biden's historic speech ending 20 years of war in Afghanistan. Plus, a new report says GOP Rep. Jim Jordan had at least two phone calls with Donald Trump on January 6th. Neal Katyal and John Heilemann discuss why Rep. Jim Jordan is saying he doesn't remember those calls. And Former Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe analyzes what's at stake in California's recall vote of Governor Gavin Newsom. Plus the Superintendent of New Orleans Public Schools Henderson Lewis gives his assessment of how long it may take before thousands of students are able to return to in-person classes after Hurricane Ida. 

    U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan, ending 20-year mission

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 43:32

    Tonight on the Last Word: The Pentagon announces the completion of the military withdrawal in Afghanistan. Also, Hurricane Ida hits Louisiana 16 years after Katrina. And Louisiana hospitals face storm damage amid the Covid surge. Lucas Kunce, David Rothkopf, Ali Velshi, Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, Dr. Mark Kline and Joe Cirincione join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Introducing: Southlake

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 3:14

    As a bonus for The Last Word listeners, we're sharing a special preview of “Southlake,” a new, six-part original podcast series from NBC News that takes listeners inside a Texas suburb's war over race and education. Follow or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to listen to the first two episodes now:

    NBC News: Defense sources say killed ISIS-K target believed to be planning for future attacks

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 43:38

    Tonight on the Last Word: U.S. troops keep up evacuation efforts despite threats. Also, Louisiana hospitals brace for a hurricane amid Covid. And Texas Republicans add more restrictive provisions to their voting bill. Michael Weiss, Eugene Robinson, David Rothkopf, Michelle Grossman, Dr. Mark Kline, Tara Raghuveer, Rep. Mondaire Jones, TX Rep. Rafael Anchía, Brittney Cooper and Courtney Kube join Jonathan Capehart.

    At least 13 U.S. service members, dozens of Afghan civilians killed in Kabul attack

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 42:58

    Tonight on the Last Word: President Biden vows revenge on the terrorists who launched the deadly attack on U.S. service members in Kabul. Also, Texas Republicans move quickly to advance voting restrictions. And Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo discusses a cash incentive to drive up vaccinations. Joe Cirincione, Tim Kudo, Adam Weinstein and Rep. Colin Allred also join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Federal judge in Michigan dismantles ‘big lie' lawsuit

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 44:48

    Tonight on the Last Word: Pro-Trump lawyers could be suspended or disbarred for the “frivolous” lawsuit over the 2020 election results in Michigan. Also, the Biden administration “takes responsibility” for the evacuation from Afghanistan. Plus, voting rights bills face the filibuster hurdle in the Senate. And Senate Democrats promise action on voting rights in September. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, Neal Katyal, David Rothkopf, Laura Jedeed, Rep. Val Demings and Sen. Amy Klobuchar join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    House Dems pass $3.5T budget plan, voting rights bill

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 43:13

    Tonight on the Last Word: President Biden praises Speaker Pelosi's “masterful” leadership after the House passes the $3.5T spending plan. Also, Biden says the U.S. is on pace to finish evacuations from Afghanistan by August 31. Plus, anti-vax protesters harass Hawaii Lt. Gov. at his home. And the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 seeks some lawmakers' phone records. Rep. Katie Porter, John Heilemann, Norm Ornstein, Dan Berschinski, Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green and. Neal Katyal join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    House Dem leaders racing to reach deal with moderates

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 43:27

    Tonight on the Last Word: House Democrats are working into the night on the infrastructure deal. Also, the Taliban warns of “consequences” if U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan past August 31. And Kathy Hochul will become New York's first female governor. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Rep. John Yarmuth, Lucas Kunce and Jay Jacobs join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Full approval of Pfizer vaccine expected Monday

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2021 43:25

    Tonight on the Last Word: The number of children hospitalized with Covid has doubled since July. Also, President Biden vows to evacuate all Americans and Afghan allies. Plus, pressure builds on Congress to pass voting rights bills. Trump allies are still pushing baseless election lies. And the Buttigiegs become the most high profile LGBTQ couple in U.S. politics to welcome a child. Dr. Jason Custer, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, David Rothkopf, Rep. Colin Allred, TX Rep. Gina Hinojosa, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and Iowa State Sen. Zach Wahls join Jonathan Capehart. 

    7,000 people evacuated from Afghanistan in last 5 days

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 43:17

    Tonight on the Last Word: The U.S. ramps up evacuation efforts in Kabul. Also, a Trump supporter surrenders after claiming to have a bomb near the Capitol. Plus, falling jobless claims show signs of economic recovery after nearly one million jobs were added in July. And three fully vaccinated senators test positive for Covid. James Fallows, Norm Ornstein, John Heilemann, Jason Furman and Dr. Michael Mina join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    Biden pleads with unvaccinated Americans: ‘Do it now'

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 43:15

    Tonight on the Last Word: GOP governors endanger children by playing politics with Covid-19. Also, President Biden says there was no way to exit Afghanistan “without chaos.” Plus, Republicans in multiple states pass anti-voting laws giving partisan actors more power over elections. And booster shots will be available to adults fully vaccinated with Moderna and Pfizer. Beto O'Rourke, Mayor Regina Romero, Timothy Kudo, Lauren Groh-Wargo and Dr. Kavita Patel join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    W.H.: 3,200+ evacuated from Afghanistan so far, Taliban pledged ‘safe passage' of civilians to Kabul airport

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 42:59

    Tonight on the Last Word: The Biden administration races to evacuate Americans and allies from Afghanistan. Also, a Trump supporter pleads guilty to threatening Sen. Raphael Warnock. Plus, Tennessee's GOP governor issues an order allowing parents to opt out of school mask requirements. And a documentary follows a woman's work to vaccinate her town. Michael Mazarr, Phyllis Bennis, Paul Butler, Eugene Robinson, Dr. Jason Martin, Dorothy Oliver, Jeremy S. Levine and Rachael DeCruz join Lawrence O'Donnell.

    ‘The buck stops with me': Pres. Biden defends decision to withdraw U.S. military from Afghanistan after 20 years

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 44:42

    Tonight on the Last Word: President Biden stands “squarely behind” the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Also, House moderates say they won't back Democrats' budget vote until the infrastructure bill passes. Plus, Biden gives a permanent boost to a food assistance program. And the U.S. sees the highest Covid surge in six months. Laura Jedeed, David Rothkopf, Joe Cirincione, Norm Ornstein, Jonathan Alter, Rep. Jahana Hayes, Daniel Worthey and Laurie Garrett join Lawrence O'Donnell.

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