Episodes
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.
Published 10/21/21
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...
Published 10/20/21
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.
Published 10/19/21
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...
Published 10/16/21
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...
Published 10/15/21
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.
Published 10/14/21
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.
Published 10/13/21
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.
Published 10/12/21
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...
Published 10/09/21
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.
Published 10/08/21
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...
Published 10/07/21
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.
Published 10/06/21
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.
Published 10/05/21
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...
Published 10/02/21
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.
Published 10/01/21
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.
Published 09/30/21
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...
Published 09/29/21
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...
Published 09/28/21
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...
Published 09/25/21
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...
Published 09/24/21
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...
Published 09/23/21
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.
Published 09/22/21
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.
Published 09/21/21
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,...
Published 09/18/21
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.
Published 09/17/21