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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: Kamala Harris makes history as the first Black woman VP candidate for a major party ticket. Joy Reid, Zerlina Maxwell, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Katie Porter, Yamiche Alcindor and Jennifer Palmieri also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Over 300,000 children have been infected with coronavirus in the U.S. Also, Democrats anxiously await Joe Biden’s VP pick. Plus, newly-released body cam footage shows additional angles of the moments leading up to George Floyd’s death. And Kurt Andersen discusses his new book, “The Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America.” Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Neal Katyal, Zerlina Maxwell, Ben Rhodes and Marq Claxton also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Democrats urge U.S. intelligence to release more specific information on foreign interference to American voters. Also, the U.S. added 1.8 million jobs in July as recovery slows down. Plus, coronavirus is hitting Black and Latino business owners hardest. And a lifelong Republican explains why she will vote for Joe Biden. Rep. Adam Schiff, Austan Goolsbee, Ritchie Torres and Nancy Shively also join Ali Velshi.
Tonight on the Last Word: There are nearly 5 million cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and over 160,000 deaths. Also, Cori Bush beats the 10-term incumbent in the Missouri Democratic Primary. Plus, a new poll finds only 16 percent of parents want all in-person classes. And Beto O’Rourke discusses coronavirus, the economy and Trump’s slipping grip on the state of Texas. Zerlina Maxwell, Angela Duckworth, Cori Bush and Dr. Pritesh Gandhi also join Ali Velshi.
Tonight on the Last Word: Facebook removes a video of Trump’s false claims about kids and COVID-19. Also, the New York Times reports Deutsche Bank has complied with a subpoena for Trump’s financial records from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Plus, Democrats raise alarms about foreign election interference. Joe Biden is expected to interview VP finalists in the coming days. And Trump attacks Obama, Black Lives Matter and athletes who take a knee for racial justice. Dr. Ivan Melendez, Dr. Ashish Jha, Andrew Weissmann, Tim O’Brien, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Yamiche Alcindor and Renée Graham also join Ali Velshi.
Tonight on the Last Word: The U.S. is averaging more than 1,000 deaths a day for more than a week. Also, Trump downplays the legacy of civil rights icon John Lewis. Plus, Trump tells Florida residents to vote by mail while threatening to sue Nevada over mail-in voting efforts. Rami Khouri joins Ali Velshi to discuss the latest about the massive explosion in Beirut that killed at least 78 people, injured thousands and caused widespread damage. And the Trump administration will end census data collection early. Jonathan Swan, Dr. Rob Davidson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Steve Schale, Rami Khouri and Arturo Vargas also join Ali Velshi.
Tonight on the Last Word: Dr. Deborah Birx says coronavirus is “extraordinarily widespread” across the U.S. Also, all registered Nevada voters will be mailed an election ballot. Plus, the Manhattan district attorney is investigating Trump and his company for possible bank and insurance fraud. And a new docu-series titled, “Immigration Nation,” captures the unconscionable cruelty of Trump’s immigration strategies. Dr. Vin Gupta, Jared Bernstein, State Sen. Nicole Cannizzaro, Marc Elias, David Frum, Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz also join Ali Velshi.
Tonight on the Last Word: Vanity Fair reports Trump feared more testing for COVID-19 would lead to “more bad publicity.” Also, top House Democrats are briefed on election interference. Plus, a new study finds children “might play an important role” in transmitting coronavirus. And reduced funding for the post office raises concerns about voting by mail. Dr. Lipi Roy, Eugene Robinson, Rep. Adam Schiff, Dr. Taylor Heald-Sargent, LaTosha Brown and Trymaine Lee also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: 1.4 million people filed new unemployment insurance claims last week. Also, former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain dies of coronavirus. Plus, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo evades questions about Russian bounties. And Morgan Freeman reads the words of Rep. John Lewis’ final essay, which he requested to be published in the New York Times on the day of his funeral. Zerlina Maxwell, Jelani Cobb, Dr. Tom Frieden and Sen. Ed Markey also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Attorney General William Barr wavers when asked if the president can solicit or accept foreign assistance in an election. Also, Joe Biden releases an economic plan to address racial inequity. And Trump again spreads misinformation about hydroxychloroquine. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. Joe Neguse, Neal Katyal, Sen. Cory Booker and Dr. Vin Gupta also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Trump dodges when asked if he discussed Russian bounties with Vladimir Putin. Also, the final phase for a potential COVID-19 vaccine started today in the U.S. Plus, Rep. Ayanna Pressley pushes to end the Hyde Amendment. And Caroline Randall Williams returns to discuss the legacy of Rep. John Lewis. John Brennan, Rep. Jason Crow and Dr. Zeke Emanuel also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Trump threatens to send federal officers to other cities. Also, the U.S. records over 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 for the second straight day. Plus, the Biden campaign reimagines the campaign trail amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And MJ Hegar talks to Lawrence about winning the Texas Democratic Senate primary and facing GOP incumbent Sen. John Cornyn in November. Neal Katyal, Dr. Vin Gupta, Yamiche Alcindor and Jennifer Palmieri also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on the Last Word: Trump hopes coronavirus will “sort of just disappear.” Also, Congress demands answers on the Russian bounty reports. Plus, the U.S. sees an 80 percent increase in coronavirus cases in two weeks. And Trump says New York City painting “Black Lives Matter” in front of Trump tower is a “symbol of hate.” Zerlina Maxwell, John Heilemann, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Dr. Irwin Redlener and Caroline Randall Williams 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: 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. 
Comments (98)

robert jackson

Ali does a great job covering the regular crew!

Aug 7th
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Esa Tiusanen

Spain and France both had more than 1000 daily cases. Don't you go faking it just because Trump does...

Aug 4th
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Nonya Bizness

funny, no one news source seemed to notice trump's ACTUAL words: "when you test them...when you have more testing...". he said "when you test them". them. who is "them"? those people out there. the rubes.

Jun 23rd
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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

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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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