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Author: Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC

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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: Protests persist across the U.S. after the death of George Floyd. Also, a private autopsy concludes George Floyd was asphyxiated. Plus, the Louisville police chief is fired after the fatal shooting of a business owner by law enforcement during protests. And volunteers help clean up Santa Monica after a day of looting. Shaquille Brewster, Garrett Haake, Sen. Kamala Harris, Trymaine Lee, Marq Claxton, Eddie Glaude, Chris Jansing, Paul Butler, Cal Perry, Gadi Schwartz, Heather McGhee and Jacob Ward also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Authorities deploy tear gas on protesters after curfew. Also, the ex-officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck is arrested and charged with third-degree murder. Plus, a Trump tweet echoes a racist phrase from the 1960s. And Rev. William Barber and Joy Reid talk to Lawrence about poverty in America amid the pandemic. Ali Velshi, Paul Butler, Marq Claxton, Orlando Patterson, Yamiche Alcindor and Morgan Chesky also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: The killing of George Floyd sparks protests in across the country. Also, family and friends remember George Floyd. And former Attorney General Eric Holder joins Lawrence to discuss the investigation into George Floyd’s death. Ali Velshi, Sen. Tina Smith, Marq Claxton, Jelani Cobb, Rodney Floyd, Benjamin Crump, Morgan Chesky and Stephen Jackson also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Former Vice President Biden pays tribute to those mourning coronavirus victims. Also, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer joins Lawrence to discuss a report on the Republican efforts to pack the courts with conservative-leaning judges. Plus, George Floyd’s family speaks out as outrage over his death grows. And Rep. Katie Porter talks to Lawrence about the impact of coronavirus on single mothers. Ron Klain, John Heilemann, Bridgett Floyd and Benjamin Crump also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: World Health Organization warns of a second peak of the coronavirus with reopenings. Also, four police officers are terminated after the death of George Floyd. Plus, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla talks to Lawrence about Trump spreading false claims about mail-in voter fraud. And comedian Sarah Cooper goes viral for lip-syncing Trump. Dr. Ashish Jha, Fmr. Sen. Claire McCaskill and Keith Ellison also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Republican governors urge people to wear masks as Trump refuses. Also, David Frum explains why U.S. institutions failed under the Trump presidency. Former Vice President Joe Biden commemorates Memorial Day in Delaware, making his first public appearance in over two months. Plus, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Laurie Garrett answers questions from viewers about the coronavirus. And presidential historian Jon Meacham talks to Lawrence about his new podcast “Hope, Through History,” which explores how the U.S. fared through past crises. Dr. Vin Gupta, Zerlina Maxwell and Jonathan Alter also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins Lawrence to discuss the new $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill and Trump’s handling of the pandemic. Also, Secretary Mike Pompeo says he asked Trump to fire the State Department watchdog. Plus, Trump urges a swift reopening of the economy as health experts warn about insufficient testing. The Trump administration is under fire for its plan to end the current National Guard deployment one day short of benefit eligibility. And a new poll shows Joe Biden leading Trump by 11 points. Ben Rhodes, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Rep. Max Rose and Charlie Cook also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel joins Ali Velshi for the medical special, “Life in the Time of Coronavirus.” Also, economist Justin Wolfers explains why solving the health crisis is key to reopening the economy. Plus, South Korea begins to ease social restrictions. And psychology professor Angela Duckworth discusses the staggering psychological impact of COVID-19. Laurie Garrett and Kelly Cobiella also join Ali Velshi.
Tonight on the Last Word: The White House valet who serves Trump his meals tests positive for coronavirus. Also, the Department of Justice seeks to drop criminal charges against ex-Trump adviser Michael Flynn. Plus, sociology professor Gina Neff talks to Lawrence about coronavirus superclusters found in meat packing plants, prisons and nursing homes. Doctor Clifton Hastings discusses a new hotspot emerging in Georgia’s “poultry capital” as the governor pushes reopening. And Democratic House candidate Christy Smith looks ahead to California’s special election on Tuesday. Dr. Ali Khan, Joyce Vance and Matt Miller also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: The New York Times reports dozens of children have been hospitalized with a mysterious illness possibly tied to Covid-19. Also, food banks struggle to meet growing need amid the pandemic. Plus, Dr. Harvey Fineberg talks to Lawrence about forging a strategy to defeat Covid-19. And Trump pushes to reopen the economy despite rising cases. Ron Klain, Dr. Dara Kass, Beto O’Rourke and Ezra Klein also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Trump takes no responsibility for the spike in calls to poison control after his disinfectant comments last week. Also, CDC adds six more possible coronavirus symptoms. Plus, coronavirus leaves states in financial peril. Stephanie Ruhle discusses the latest on the Paycheck Protection Program. And Rep. Max Rose talks to Lawrence about building hospitals with the New York National Guard in Staten Island. Ben Rhodes, John Heilemann, Dr. Margaret Hamburg and Sen. Chris Van Hollen join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Experts say mass testing is the only path to reopening the economy. Also, researchers race to develop a coronavirus treatment. Plus, Trump eggs on protestors who are violating social distancing. And NBC News reports coronavirus could decimate Latino wealth, which was hammered by the Great Recession. Ron Klain, Nick Kristof, Dr. Zeke Emanuel, Dr. Richard Besser, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Fmr. Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Rep. Joaquin Castro also join Ali Velshi.
Tonight on the Last Word: There are over 665,000 cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and 34,283 reported deaths from the virus. Also, the White House unveils a plan to reopen the economy as jobless claims soar. Plus, food banks ask for urgent help to meet immense demand. And Steve Schmidt talks to Lawrence about the ongoing protests against stay-at-home orders across the country. Dr. Dara Kass, Laurie Garrett, Rep. Dan Kildee, John Heilemann and Eric Cooper also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: There are over 100,000 reported coronavirus cases worldwide. Also, a Kentucky emergency room physician isolates in a trailer to keep his family safe from coronavirus. Plus, the Colorado governor battles FEMA for ventilators. 10,000 families seek help at a San Antonio food bank. And a local ad agency in Detroit shines light on the importance of social distancing. Dr. Irwin Redlener, Dr. Zach Armstrong, Fmr. Gov. John Hickenlooper, Betsey Stevenson, Jared Bernstein and Michael Stelmaszek also join Ali Velshi.
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. 
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.
Comments (94)

Alisia Marie Barbour

You'd think from the excuses he gave, that it's virtually impossible for DJT to walk and chew gum at the same time.

Apr 2nd
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Merle Hertzler

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Mar 21st
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Alisia Marie Barbour

Weell, that means that Bernie needs to give all of his support to Joe Biden, and drop out. He is not a Democrat and should not be running on a Democratic ticket. Period.

Mar 1st
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Diane Grillo

HARVEY'S WALKER I have had 2 back surgeries and a hip replacement so this is accurate information. When you have a back, hip, knee surgery you generally will use a walker until or if you m.j ove up to crutches and/or cane. your orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon does not want his surgery ruined because you are hunched over the walker. they are adjusted to suit your needs usually by the therapist. the first one he came in with is the cheap metal one that is used right after surgery for safety reasons as it has No Wheels and has to be moved manually . either slid on floor or picked up and dropped a step. That whole thing was for him to look sickly and frail! hahaha! when he came in with the better one I'm positive someone had to tell him the metal one is not believable!!! Oh Well! too bad

Feb 25th
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Cynthia Leech

Thank you for the list of "no mores" without the trumps in the WH. From your mouth to God's ears. Thank you.

Feb 18th
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Alisia Marie Barbour

I think someone needs to ask Bloomberg why he vehemently contested the settlement with the Exonerated Five? Just to hear him justify redlining actually falls in line with his argument against the five, innocent Black men, who were just children when they were convicted. He supported "stop and frisk" against Blacks and Latinos and, in fact, encouraged it. It would just be electing another Trump. The ONLY difference is that he earned his billions.

Feb 14th
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Markus Mayer

"Ask the lord to help you fake being a good person." was meant for the audience of one - how sad

Feb 7th
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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

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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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