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.
Tonight on the Last Word: A Colorado clerk is barred from her election role after allegations of breaking into voting equipment. Also, abortion clinics increase security after the SCOTUS leak. Plus, Vladimir Putin's forces struggle to make gains as the war drags on. The cryptocurrency market plunges more than $200B in a day. And a new documentary, “Diamond Hands: The Legend of Wall Street Bets,” shows how amateur traders took on Wall Street by investing in GameStop in 2020. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, Stuart Stevens, David Jolly, Alexis McGill Johnson, Cal Perry, Rick Stengel, Felix Salmon, Drea Cooper and Zack Canepari join Jonathan Capehart.
Tonight on the Last Word: The January 6 Committee subpoenas top House Republican Kevin McCarthy. Also, The New York Times reports the Justice Department is investigating Donald Trump's handling of classified records. Plus, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries accuses Justice Thomas of hypocrisy. And former classmates of Justice Alito criticize his draft opinion. Rep. Adam Schiff, Daniel Goldman, Tim O'Brien, Susan Squier and Cecile Richards also join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: A bill codifying Roe v. Wade fails in the Senate. Also, Democrats urge voters to elect pro-choice candidates in November. Plus, Democrats send a criminal referral to the Justice Department on a potential Trump admin. quid pro quo scheme. And emails show a Trump lawyer advising Pennsylvania lawmakers on how to overturn the election. Ali Vitali, Sen. Tina Smith, Rep. Katie Porter and Neal Katyal join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Trump's GOP allies continue to spread 2020 election lies. Also, Justice Thomas faces ethics questions of January 6 cases. Plus, President Biden calls inflation his “top domestic priority.” And Vladimir Putin celebrates Russia's Victory Day as the war goes badly in Ukraine. Peter Beinart, Charles Blow, Laurence Tribe, Gene Sperling and David Rothkopf join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper says Donald Trump suggested shooting protesters. Also, Republicans tout the possibility of a national abortion ban. And Vladimir Putin defends the invasion of Ukraine in his Victory Day speech. Eric Holder, Claire McCaskill, Dahlia Lithwick and Masha Gessen join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants to end public education for migrant children. Also, the U.S. recovers 95% of the jobs lost during the pandemic. Plus, Marjorie Taylor Greene is allowed to remain on the 2022 ballot. The Georgia grand jury is seated for the Trump election probe. And Ukraine braces for intensified attacks ahead of Russia's “Victory Day” on Monday. Danielle Holley-Walker, Ana Marie Cox, Maria Teresa Kumar, Joyce Vance, Austan Goolsbee, Georgia state representative David Wilkerson, LaTosha Brown, Glenn Kirschner and Cal Perry join Alicia Menendez.
Tonight on the Last Word: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says five Supreme Court Justices lied about abortion. Also, Republicans avoid commenting on the abortion draft ruling. And First Lady Jill Biden reacts to Justice Alito's draft in an exclusive MSNBC interview. Melissa Murray, Cecile Richards, Rep. Val Demings, Mary Ziegler, Wendy Davis, and Symone Sanders join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: New audio reveals Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy participated in discussions about removing Donald Trump using the 25th Amendment after the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Also, a recent poll shows most Americans support more SCOTUS transparency. Plus, a “trigger law” would ban abortion in Texas if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court. And Rep. Tim Ryan says ending Roe will hurt poor and working-class women. Rep. Madeleine Dean, Dahlia Lithwick, Michele B. Goodwin and Beto O'Rourke also join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: The Supreme Court confirms that the leaked abortion decision is authentic. And Chief Justice Roberts orders an investigation into the source of the leaked draft opinion. Cheri Beasley, Katie Hobbs, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Ruth Marcus join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: POLITICO obtains a draft Supreme Court opinion written by Justice Alito indicating Roe v. Wade will be overturned. Cecile Richards, Michele B. Goodwin, Dahlia Lithwick, Neal Katyal, Kelley Robinson, Wendy Davis, Sen. Tina Smith and Rep. Katie Porter join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: State Democrats go viral going on offense, calling out GOP. Also, Georgia Republicans are stills debating Trump's 2020 loss. Plus, the Biden administration accuses Russia & Putin of “war crimes.” And the January 6th committee plans to hold public hearings in June. Neil Rafferty, Mallory McMorrow, Ian Mackey, Lauren Groh-Wargo, Cal Perry, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Maya Wiley, and Glenn Kirschner join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Russia hits Kyiv during the U.N. Secretary General's visit. Also the January 6th Committee plans to hold 8 days of public hearings in June. Plus, Florida Republicans revoke Disney's special tax status. And President Biden unveils his plan to target the superyachts of Putin's oligarchs. Cal Perry, Eric Schmitt, Ambassador Michael McFaul, Norm Ornstein, Tim O'Brien, and Steven Welk join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Rep. Jamie Raskin joins Lawrence O'Donnell to discuss how Kevin McCarthy “radically changed his tune” about January 6th. Also, Sen. Jon Tester says he's concerned over the lack of competition among big businesses in food production. Plus, Rep. Katie Porter does it again with another tough hearing of a corporate executive. And Russia ramps up new attacks in eastern Ukraine. Rep. Jamie Raskin, Sen. Jon Tester, Rep. Katie Porter, and Cal Perry join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: New York Times reporters release more audio of Kevin McCarthy. Plus, Trump-backed primary challenger David Perdue causes chaos in GA Republican politics after his Senate loss to Democrat Jon Ossoff. Also, Ukrainian soldiers continue fighting Russian forces in Mariupol. And human rights lawyer Steven Donziger is free after 993 days of house arrest. Stuart Stevens, Eugene Robinson, Sen. Jon Ossoff, Cal Perry, Tom Nichols, and Steven Donziger join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: New Mark Meadows texts reveal information about Donald Trump and January 6. Also, Trump gets combative in an interview with a former ‘Celebrity Apprentice' contestant. Plus, Florida Republicans revoke Disney's special tax status. And the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its third month. Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Mary Trump, and Cal Perry join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Kevin McCarthy denies reporting by The New York times that he called for Donald Trump's resignation after January 6, but there is audio tape of him saying that. Also, a Michigan Democrat gives an impassioned speech on police reform after the fatal police shooting of Patrick Lyoya. And President Biden announces a new $800M Ukraine military aid package. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Eddie Glaude, EJ Dionne, Michigan State Sen. Erika Geiss and Ali Arouzi join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Many Republicans back Donald Trump's attacks on democracy. Also, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's truck inspections at the border cost the U.S. nearly $9 billion. Plus, Kremlin insiders are reportedly alarmed by the toll of Vladimir Putin's war. And Putin faces the simmering unrest because of the Ukraine invasion. Rick Stengel, Peter Beinart, Stuart Stevens, Beto O'Rourke, Ali Arouzi and Timothy Snyder join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: A Michigan Democrat destroys the GOP's poisonous playbook. Also, the GOP uses anti-democratic tactics to attack Democrats. Plus, Russia intensifies its attacks on Eastern Ukrainian cities. Republicans have no agenda going into the midterm elections. And a Ukrainian teacher shares her story of teaching during war. MI State Sen. Mallory McMorrow, Charles Blow, Caroline Randall Williams, Ali Arouzi, Abby Finkenauer and Iryna Malii join Jonathan Capehart.
Tonight on the Last Word: At least seven people are killed in a Russian missile attack on Lviv. Also, Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe says President Biden can liquidate Russia's foreign exchange reserved that's held in the U.S. and is worth tens of billions. Plus, a Trump-picked judge nixes the CDC plane and transit mask mandate. And a Tennessee nurse becomes the focus of an anti-vaccine conspiracy. Ali Arouzi, Ben Rhodes, Claire McCaskill, Eugene Robinson and Brandy Zadrozny also join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Ukrainian President Zelenskyy describes the urgency level for aid. Also, a Missouri House Democrat confronts his Republican colleague in an emotional speech against a bill banning on transgender student athletes. Plus, texts show how Republican lawmakers were reportedly discussing Trump's election plot with Mark Meadows. And the Pentagon confirms that Ukrainians sunk Russia's warship in the Black Sea. Fintan O'Toole, Jelani Cobb, Missouri State Rep. Ian Mackey, John Heilemann, Ali Arouzi and Julia Davis join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: The U.S. is sending more weapons to fight the Russian offensive. Also, a Jan. 6 rioter who blamed Trump is found guilty by jury. Plus, Valerie Biden Owen discusses her memoir, “Growing Up Biden.” And Ukraine says it struck Russia's warship that sunk. Peter Beinart, Michael McFaul, Ryan Reilly and John Arquilla also join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: January 6th defendant Dustin Thompson argues that Donald Trump used the mob to “do his dirty work.” Also, a Georgia Republican leads the effort to kill a bill honoring a pioneering Black judge. Plus, the U.S. is set to send Ukraine an additional $800 million in military aid. Neal Katyal, Claire McCaskill, David Plouffe, Rep. Colin Allred, Tressie McMillan Cottom, and Ali Arouzi join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Oklahoma's GOP governor signs a restrictive abortion law. Also, authorities capture Vladimir Putin's closest ally in Ukraine. Plus, Ukraine highlights what's at stake in U.S. politics. And President Biden says Russia is committing “genocide” in Ukraine. Beto O'Rourke, Timothy Snyder, Eddie Glaude, Dalton Bennett and Alex Whiting join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Justice Clarence Thomas poses for a photo with a Georgia GOP Senate candidate in his first appearance since hospitalization. Also, The New York Times reports that Saudi Arabia invests $2 billion in Jared Kushner's new firm despite his lack of investing experience. Plus, Vladimir Putin appoints a new general to oversee the Ukraine invasion. And Ukrainian President Zelenskyy says “hunger is a weapon” for Russia. Charles Blow, Ali Arouzi, Tom Nichols, Mick Ryan and Tomson Phiri join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Ukrainian President Zelenskyy says the train station attack was “another war crime.” Also, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's longtime friends and Harvard roommates - Lisa Fairfax, Antoinette Coakley, Nina Simmons - join to celebrate her confirmation to the Supreme Court. And The New York Times reports that Donald Trump Jr. strategized overturning the 2020 election in texts. Ali Arouzi, Simon Shuster, Rebecca Hamilton, and Glenn Kirschner also join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: The Senate votes 53-47 to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. Also, Sen. Mitch McConnell threatens to not confirm any more Supreme Court justices if Republicans retake the Senate. And Ukrainian President Zelenskyy warns that other areas of the country are “much worse” than Bucha. Ron Klain, Caroline Randall Williams, Charles Blow and Ali Arouzi join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: New sanctions hit Russian banks and ban all investments. Also, the Senate vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is planned for Thursday afternoon. Plus, the Ukraine government reports that 89 people have been killed in Kyiv, including four children, since the war began. And Vladimir Putin's army has apparently withdrawn from Kyiv. Courtney Kube, Tim Weiner, Eddie Fishman, Claire McCaskill, Daniel Goldman, Andriy Kulykov and Phillips O'Brien join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Ukrainian President Zelenskyy calls for a war crimes tribunal. Also, Sean Penn discusses what he witnessed in Ukraine. And Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's Supreme Court nomination is on track for a Senate vote this week. Robert Klemko, Neal Katyal, Eddie Glaude and David Plouffe also join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: The Senate could vote Thursday to confirm Judge Jackson. Also, Ukraine accuses Russia of a civilian massacre in Bucha. And Russian state media try to spin the Bucha massacre. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Ali Arouzi, Julia Davis, Michele B. Goodwin and Melissa Murray join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Russia blames Ukraine for the oil depot blast in Belgorod. Also, the U.S. recovers 93% of jobs lost since the pandemic began. Plus, Michele B. Goodwin and Glenn Kirschner discuss the impact of the Justice Thomas text scandal on SCOTUS politicization. And a federal judge blocks a restrictive Florida voting law. Ali Arouzi, Keith Gessen, Amb. Michael Mcfaul, Heather Long and Rep. Colin Allred also join Jonathan Capehart.
Tonight on the Last Word: Justice Clarence Thomas faces scrutiny over his wife's texts. Also, some legal experts believe Justice Thomas broke the law. Plus, Vladimir Putin “massively misjudged” the Ukraine invasion, according to U.K. intelligence officials. And House Democrats vote to cap the cost of a lifesaving diabetes drug. Jane Mayer, Stephen Gillers, Eugene Robinson, Tom Nichols and Rep. Lucy McBath join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Sen. Mitch McConnell defends Justice Clarence Thomas in a floor speech. Also, Donald Trump asks Vladimir Putin for dirt on Hunter Biden as Putin's army kills Ukrainian civilians. Plus, a U.S. official tells NBC News that Putin is being misled by his senior advisers about the war. And the Kyiv area has been shelled more than 30 times since Tuesday. Bob Woodward, Eddie Glaude, John Heilemann, Ali Arouzi, Jack Barsky and Andriy Kulykov join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Ukraine and Russia hold peace talks in Istanbul. Also, Justice Clarence Thomas is scrutinized for ruling on election cases. Plus, Democrats call on Justice Thomas to recuse himself. And the Los Angeles Times reports that war leaves Ukrainians “hungry and terrorized.” Ali Arouzi, Phillips O'Brien, Eddie Fishman, Laurence Tribe, EJ Dionne, Charles Blow and Marcus Yam join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: The Jan. 6 Committee votes to hold former Trump aides in contempt. Also, Ukrainian forces push back against Russian military. Plus, President Biden says the U.S. is not seeking a regime change in Russia. And Biden's budget proposal includes a new tax on the wealthiest Americans. Rep. Adam Schiff, Ali Arouzi, Tim Snyder and Rep. Katie Porter join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Russia's invasion of Ukraine enters its second month. Also, Vladimir Putin's mistakes in Ukraine could create opportunities for U.S. intelligence agencies. Plus, Justice Thomas faces conflict of interest concerns. Sen. Joe Manchin says he'll vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. And a photographer captures Judge Jackson's daughter watching her mother during the confirmation hearings. Cal Perry, Ben Rhodes, Douglas London, Michele Norris, Maya Wiley and Sarabeth Maney join Alex Wagner.
Tonight on the Last Word: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson gets the American Bar Association's highest rating. Also, Republicans turn Jackson's SCOTUS hearing into a political stunt. Plus, President Biden and NATO allies ramp up pressure on Russia. And Kyiv residents withstand nightly air strikes. Melissa Murray, Dahlia Lithwick, Rep. Jim Clyburn, Cal Perry, Rick Stengel, Eddie Fishman and Andriy Kulykov join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Republicans get hostile questioning Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Also, President Biden arrives in Europe for an emergency NATO summit. Plus, Vladimir Putin's inner circle gets smaller as the Ukraine war stalls. And Sen. Cory Booker calls Judge Jackson his “harbinger of hope.” Michele B. Goodwin, Danielle Holley-Walker, Cal Perry and Andrei Soldatov join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Republicans focus on legal issues outside of a judge's purview during Ketanji Brown Jackson's Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Also, Ukrainian troops attempt to reclaim areas from Russia. And Vladimir Putin continues the crackdown on anti-war dissent in Russia. Claire McCaskill, Joy Reid, Michele B. Goodwin, Rakim Brooks, Ali Arouzi, Phillips O'Brien and Stanislav Kucher join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: President Biden speaks with key NATO allies on the war in Ukraine. Also, hundreds of thousands flee Russia over the Ukraine invasion. And hearings begin for SCOTUS nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. Cal Perry, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Masha Gessen, Neal Katyal, Michele Goodwin and Joel Motley join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: The U.S. warns China against sending military aid to Russia. Also, Lawrence breaks down why a “no-fly zone” has never been achieved in a war with a major military power. And Vladimir Putin holds a pro-war rally in a Moscow stadium. Cal Perry, Rick Stengel, Lucian Kim, Timothy Snyder and Iryna Matviyishyn join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Vladimir Putin's military is facing fierce resistance in Ukraine. Also, Russia is more isolated as Putin's war enters its fourth week. And Ukrainian civilians are under heavy fire in multiple cities. Cal Perry, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, Amb. Gary Locke, Jack Barsky, Fintan O'Toole and Sudarsan Raghavan join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy makes an emotional plea to Congress. Also, Vladimir Putin's lies and delusions are on display in a speech to Russia. Plus, Francis Fukuyama, author of “The End of History and the Last Man,” says Russia is “heading for an outright defeat in Ukraine.” And the Mariupol Theater sheltering Ukrainian civilians is bombed by Russia. Cal Perry, Rep. Adam Schiff, Angela Stenet and Andriy Kulykov also join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: The Russian state TV protester could still face prison time. Also, Ukraine remains defiant as Russia continues to attack. Plus, the Washington Post's Carlos Lozada analyzes the Ukraine invasion through Vladimir Putin's writings. And Kyiv is under curfew due to increased Russia attacks. Cal Perry, Dmitry Piskunov, Jason Corcoran, Fmr. Amb. Marie Yovanovitch and Isobel Koshiw also join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Russia takes aim at Kyiv and targets a base near NATO's border. Also, a Russian state TV employee is arrested after an on-air protest. Plus, the UN reports at least 46 children have been killed in the Ukraine war. And two million people remain in Kyiv. Cal Perry, Julia Davis, Stanislav Kucher, Eric Schmitt, Rick Stengel, Joshua Yaffa and Alexander Khrebet join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Residents in Kyiv brace for battle with Vladimir Putin's troops. Also, Russia becomes more isolated as Putin's war intensifies. Plus, a couple escapes Ukraine days before the Russian invasion. And Politico reports that Belgian authorities are “overwhelmed” by the refugee crisis. Cal Perry, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Jon Meacham, Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Molly McKew, Christian Miller, Olya Tymoshenkova and David Miliband join Alicia Menendez.
Tonight on the Last Word: Russian forces continue their assault of Mariupol. Also, over 13,000 people are arrested in Russia for protesting the war. Plus, Vladimir Putin threatens to nationalize Western businesses that have closed over the Ukraine invasion. And Russia ramps up attacks on civilian targets. Cal Perry, Rep. Adam Schiff, Molly Schwartz, Michael Wasiura, Julia Davis, Brian Klaas, Alex Finley and Andriy Kulykov join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Russian propaganda ignores the horrors of Vladimir Putin's war. Also, Ukrainians say Russian relatives are in disbelief about the war. And oil markets are disrupted by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Cal Perry, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Misha Katsurin, Timothy Snyder and Lawrence Summers join Lawrence O'Donnell.
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Tonight on the Last Word: Multiple Ukrainian cities are under attack by Russia. Also, Vladimir Putin cracks down on media coverage of the Ukraine war. Plus, President Biden bans Russian oil imports to the United States. And the UN says over 2 million people have fled Ukraine. Cal Perry, Maj. John Spencer, Franklin Foer, Ben Rhodes, Leon Aron, Robin Wright and Christopher Miller join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Ukrainian President Zelenskyy posts a video from his office in Kyiv. Also, purported Russian police speak to Ukrainian media. Plus, thousands of Russians defy Vladimir Putin to protest the Ukraine war. And Lawrence explains why the U.S. and NATO rejected Ukraine's no-fly zone request. Cal Perry, Michael McFaul, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Alexander Khrebet join Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Russian forces move to encircle key Ukrainian cities. Also, President Biden and NATO reject a No-Fly zone over Ukraine. Plus, over 1.2 million Ukrainians have fled the country. And multiple yachts linked to sanctioned Russian billionaires have been seized. Molly Hunter, Eric Schmitt, Maj. John Spencer, Tom Nichols, Andriy Kulykov, and Michael T. Moore join Lawrence O'Donnell.