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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Party Lines

Party Lines

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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 call2 State Department witnesses offer insight into extent of Ukraine discussionsEx-White House aide testifies of Ukraine call concerns, possible quid pro quoJohn Bolton invited to testify in House impeachment inquiry Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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
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
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Alisia Marie Barbour

These exact words need to be written to a House and Senate staffer or congressperson and read OUT LOUD.

Dec 12th
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Sharon Tiffany

yuh77y

Dec 11th
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Sharon Tiffany

yuh77y h

Dec 11th
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Alisia Marie Barbour

I think Putin has something on Trump. It's probably directly related to why he's so resistant to show his tax returns.

Dec 10th
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Pete Jackson King

#BIDEN2020

Dec 5th
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Pete Jackson King

#BIDEN2020

Nov 28th
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Chris Warren

What is conservatism? What is the hidden positive aspects I'm not seeing?

Nov 9th
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John Curley

Evan McMillan understated Trump's response to not being convicted by the US Senate. He will claim total exoneration. and the US House is guilty of conducting a witch hunt and committing treason. They should all be investigated and prosecuted.

Nov 1st
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Linda Sutton

repeat!

Oct 31st
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Michael Butcher

repeat

Oct 31st
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skyscapes

This is a repeat of yesterday's show. There was no All In with Chris Hayes posted yesterday and no Sunday show from AM Joy.

Oct 31st
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Del Edwards

Please delete 2019-10-30 podcast and upload the correct show. Currently, 10/29 and 10/30 are the same podcast (10/29 has been duplicated). Thanks.

Oct 31st
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Erin Saunders

This recording is a repeat of 10/29 not from 10/30...

Oct 31st
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shakeeb khan

T Shirt

Oct 29th
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Rich Berry

The Kurds didn't fight alongside the US, they fought and DIED in front of your troops! This is an utterly disgraceful situation and USA will find it so hard to rebuild alliances. Some Americans are terrorists too. Mostly Nazis!

Oct 17th
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nineteen sevenseven

Rachel and Lawrence together in one episode: what better can it get? LOVE YOU!

Oct 5th
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That Guy

plot twist: china gets dirt on Trump and gives it to Congress

Oct 4th
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Diane Grillo

Thank you for explaining that. I would love to know if it is common knowledge that Barr's son in law, Tyler McGaughney left his job at the US Attorneys office in Virginia to join the WH Counsel the same week Barr was sworn in? Isn't that unethical or a conflict of interest?

Sep 26th
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Syl Grant

Why are journalists not mentioning to the American people why America is helping Ukraine? They are doing it because America made a promise to Ukraine that if they give up their nucks, America will defend them from Russia. The nukes were in the Ukraine region when the USSR fell, that is how they ended up with them. America helps the least of the countries that are helping Ukraine, America is not the only country and they do not live up to their promise in exchange for the nukes. To withhold the small help they do is a bastardly act of a man who has no capability to think of the lives that are being lost, killed by Russians for every day that money is withheld. USA has an obligation to help that country, they made a promise. Please mention this so the American fans of Trump don't use the excuse that USA should not be giving them money.

Sep 26th
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Diane Grillo

Lawrence you guys have e got to do something a little more with your show besides the same exact thing the 6 shows before you did. why waste time analyzing every word a crazy man says e very day? what is the point? and when you all talk about the candidates every Tim's they have a different perspective on an issue you call them Divided. they are not a Cult like this Republicans. they are SUPPOSED to have varying perspectives. keep it up and you'll help get Trump elected like you did in 2016.

Sep 21st
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