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.
Manchin denies report he could leave Democratic Party
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.
Jan. 6 Cmte. votes to refer Bannon for criminal contempt
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 Rep. Ross Wilburn, Rep. Suzan DelBene and Rep. Ro Khanna also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Remembering the life and legacy of Colin Powell
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.
Trump supporters terrorizing local officials
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 extreme agenda that Texas Republicans are pushing. And David Plouffe, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, discusses Democrats’ electoral fortunes in 2022. Plus, voting rights activist Aimy Steele discusses what she’s doing to flip North Carolina for Democrats by mobilizing voters of color.
Jan. 6 Committee to pursue criminal referral for Steve Bannon
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 Trump Tower security. Rep. Jamie Raskin, Jennifer Palmieri, Paul Butler, Anat Shenker-Osario, Steve Patterson and Tim O’Brien also join Lawrence O’Donnell.