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Hurricane Ian strikes South Carolina as Florida death toll climbs to at least 45
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After devastating Florida, Hurricane Ian made landfall near Georgetown, South Carolina as a Category 1 storm. At least 45 people have died in Florida as search and rescue efforts continue in the hardest hit areas. NOAA imagery shows many beach cottages on Sanibel Island completely wiped away by the intense storm surge. Sanibel’s Mayor Holly Smith tells AC360 how extensive the damage is on the island. 

Plus, chef José Andrés and his team at World Central Kitchen are in Florida, helping feed those with homes left in ruins after Hurricane Ian. He joins AC360 to discuss what Floridians need the most right now.

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Oct 01, 2022
Ian regains hurricane strength over Atlantic after devastating Florida
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Hurricane Ian regained strength and intensified into a Category 1 storm and is heading straight toward Charleston, South Carolina. At least 15 people have died as search and rescue efforts continue in the worst-hit areas in Florida. Fort Myers Fire Chief Tracy McMillion joins AC360 to give an update on how his city is doing and how many rescues his department has done.

Plus, Sanibel is an island off the coast of Fort Myers and three sections of the causeway were washed away, cutting if off from the mainland. Gov. Ron DeSantis said the area was hit with a “Biblican storm surge.” Sanibel Mayor Holly Smith tells AC360 how many people she thinks stayed on the island. 

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Sep 30, 2022
Hurricane Ian unleashes “catastrophic storm surge, winds and flooding” after making landfall in Florida as high-end category 4 storm
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Hurricane Ian made landfall near Cayo Costa, Florida as a powerful Category 4 storm, bringing “catastrophic storm surge, winds and flooding” to the southwestern coast. Storm Chaser Logan Parham tells Anderson Cooper about the intense wind and rain he experienced in Venice, Florida.

Plus, Thomas Podgorny is trapped in his home in Fort Myers. He joins AC360 to describe the flooding in his home and why he’s so worried about his neighbors.

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Sep 29, 2022
Hurricane Ian on track to bring “life-threatening storm surge,” damaging winds and flooding to the Florida peninsula
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Hurricane Ian is expected to bring “life-threatening storm surge,” damaging winds and dangerous flooding to Florida over the next few days. The Category 3 storm’s track shifted south and officials in Florida are urging residents to evacuate. CNN Meteorologist Jennifer Gray joins AC360 to give the latest update on when Hurricane Ian should be making landfall and when Floridians on the west coast should start feeling tropical storm force winds.

Plus, Americans Alexander John-Robert Drueke and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh went to Ukraine to help fight against the Russians and were captured by Russian-backed forces in June. Both were freed last week after a prisoner swap was brokered by Saudi Arabia. Alex, along with his mother, Bunny Drueke, join AC360 for an exclusive interview to discuss his decision to fight in Ukraine, his capture and his reunion with his family.  

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Sep 28, 2022
Hurricane Ian forecast called “near worst-case scenario” for Tampa area
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Hurricane Ian has strengthened to a Category 2 storm as it barrels toward Florida with a meteorologist at the National Weather Service saying it could be “something we haven’t seen in our lifetime.” The current forecast track has Ian heading toward the Tampa Bay region and officials are saying the area could see 10 to 15 inches of rain. CNN Meteorologist Tom Sater joins AC360 to give the latest on the storm’s track and how dangerous the storm surge could be.

Plus, a NASA spacecraft has successfully slammed into an asteroid called Dimorphos in hopes of changing the asteroid’s speed and path in space, a first test of a way of literally saving planet earth from extinction. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tells AC360 what NASA will do to determine if they successfully changed the asteroid’s direction.

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Sep 27, 2022
Trump wages secret court battle to block January 6 info
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Sources exclusively tell CNN that former President Trump’s attorneys are fighting a secret court battle to block a federal grand jury from gathering information about his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Former White House adviser and lawyer Eric Herschmann was subpoenaed by the grand jury but his testimony was postponed after Trump’s lawyers asked a judge to recognize the former President’s privilege claims and the right to confidentiality. CNN Senior Legal Analyst and former federal prosecutor Elie Honig tells Anderson Cooper why he thinks the Trump team would want to block Herschmann’s testimony.

Plus, CNN Meteorologist Jennifer Gray joins AC360 to give the latest update on Tropical Depression 9, a storm that’s forecasted to be a category 3 hurricane and is heading straight toward Florida. 

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Sep 24, 2022
Trump: President can declassify docs “even by thinking about it”
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Former President Trump claimed that “if you’re the President of the United States you can declassify just by saying it’s declassified” and “even by thinking about it.” CNN Legal Analyst Norm Eisen explains the process of declassifying documents to Anderson Cooper and says “even a President has to submit to the law.”

Plus, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi withdrew from a long-planned interview with CNN’s Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour after she “politely declined” a last-minute demand to wear a head scarf. Amanpour has interviewed every Iranian president since 1995. She explains to Anderson Cooper why she would never cover her head to conduct an interview with an Iranian official outside the country where it’s not required. 

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Sep 23, 2022
NY AG accuses Trump and his three children of fraud
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New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against former President Trump, three of his adult children and the Trump Organization, accusing them of fraud touching all aspects of the Trump business, including its properties and golf courses. David Cay Johnston is an investigative reporter and the author of “The Big Cheat: How Donald Trump Fleeced America and Enriched Himself and His Family.” He tells Anderson Cooper the accusation “lines up perfectly” with the former President’s actions throughout his life.

Plus, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced an immediate “partial mobilization” of the country’s citizens, a move a White House official says was “expected” and a sign that Putin is “struggling.” Thomas Friedman is a foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times. He joins AC360 to discuss Russia’s escalation and what he thinks Putin’s end game is.

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Sep 22, 2022
Special master questions Trump claims about declassifying Mar-a-Lago docs
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The special master overseeing the FBI’s seizure of documents from Mar-a-Lago questioned former President Trump’s claims that the documents were declassified. Judge Raymond Dearie told Trump’s lawyers that if they don’t make a case that the evidence was declassified, he would determine they’re classified. CNN National Security and Legal Analyst Carrie Cordero tells Anderson Cooper what she makes of the Trump team’s refusal to go on the record in front of the special master with its claims about the classification status of those documents.

Plus, CNN International Security Editor Nick Paton Walsh joins AC360 from Kramatorsk, Ukraine to give an update on the ongoing battle between Ukrainian and Russian forces.

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Sep 21, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II laid to rest in Windsor after final procession
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Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral took place in London at Westminster Abbey and was followed by a procession to Windsor where she was laid to rest at the King George VI Memorial Chapel. She was buried with her late husband, The Duke of Edinburgh and alongside her father King George VI, mother Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and sister Princess Margaret. CNN Royal Historian Kate Williams joins Anderson Cooper from Windsor to discuss the outpouring of emotion she’s seen for the monarchy and since the Queen passed away.

Plus, Hurricane Fiona is now a category 2 storm after pummeling Puerto Rico with catastrophic rainfall. CNN Correspondent Leyla Santiago is in San Juan and gives Anderson Cooper an update on the flooding and power outages on the island. 

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Sep 20, 2022
DeSantis vows Florida will transport more migrants from border to other states
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Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is vowing to use “every penny” of the $12 million his state budgeted to relocate migrants to other states saying “these are just the beginning efforts.” Officials say the migrants DeSantis sent to Martha’s Vineyard from Texas are now at a military base on Cape Cod to receive shelter and humanitarian support. Deval Patrick is a former Democratic governor of Massachusetts. He tells Anderson Cooper “it’s wrong” to treat human beings as props in a political stunt.

Plus, CNN Chief Law Enforcement and Intelligence Analyst John Miller joins AC360 to discuss the safety concerns around Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, an event the London Metropolitan Police are calling the “largest single policing event” they’ve ever handled.

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Sep 17, 2022
White House: Governors sending migrants to Martha’s Vineyard and DC is “cruel stint”
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Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis admitted to sending two planes carrying migrants to Martha’s Vineyard while Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said his state intentionally sent two buses of migrants to the Vice President’s home in Washington, DC. The White House called the acts a “cruel, premeditated political stunt.” It’s the latest in a series of moves by Republicans governors to send migrants to liberal areas of the country to protest the lack of southern border security. Former Congressman Charlie Crist is the Democratic candidate for governor in Florida, running against DeSantis. He previously ran the state as a Republican governor. He joins AC360 to react to what is happening to these migrants.

Plus, CNN Anchor and Correspondent Richard Quest was able to pay his respects to Queen Elizabeth in Westminster Hall where her body is lying in state until her funeral Monday. The line to see the late monarch’s body stretches nearly five miles along the south bank of the River Thames. He tells AC360 about his experience saying goodbye to Her Majesty.

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Sep 16, 2022
Queen Elizabeth lies in state at Westminster Hall
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Queen Elizabeth II is now lying in state at Westminster Hall after her coffin made the journey from Buckingham Palace with a procession that included King Charles II, his siblings Andrew, Edward and Anne and his sons, Prince William and Harry. Members of the public can view Her Majesty until her funeral Monday. Robert Hardman is a columnist for the Daily Mail and the author of “Queen of Our Times: The Life of Queen Elizabeth II.” He tells Anderson Cooper he thinks it was very important to see Prince William and Harry walking side by side to honor their grandmother.

Plus, CNN Royal Historian Kate Williams joins AC360 to look at the relationship between the brothers through the years.

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Sep 15, 2022
Queen Elizabeth’s coffin arrives at Buckingham Palace
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Queen Elizabeth II’s family received her coffin as it arrived at Buckingham Palace where it will rest in the Bow Room overnight. It’ll be moved to Westminster Hall tomorrow where she’ll lie in state until her funeral on Monday, September 19. Her only daughter, Princess Anne, accompanied her on her final flight saying it was “an honour and privilege” to accompany her mother on her final journey. John Bridcut is an English documentary filmmaker and the director and producer of “Elizabeth at 90: A Family Tribute.” He tells Anderson Cooper what he thinks of the outpouring of people remembering Her Majesty and what the new era of the royal family looks like.

Plus, CNN Royal Correspondent Max Foster gives AC360 a look at Prince William’s new role as first in line to the throne and what responsibilities come with it.

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Sep 14, 2022
Ukraine makes stunning gains, sending Russians into retreat
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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukrainian forces have recaptured more than 2,300 square miles in the east and south of the country. A senior U.S. military official says the Russians have “largely ceded their gains to the Ukrainians” in the Kharkiv region. CNN Senior International Correspondent Sam Kiley is on the ground near Kharkiv and is visiting one of the liberated villages. He gives AC360 an update on what he’s been hearing on the ground.

Plus, the Justice Department has subpoenaed more than 30 people in former President Trump’s orbit in its January 6 investigation. Conservative lawyer George Conway tells AC360 what he thinks the subpoenas could signal about the DOJ probe.

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Sep 13, 2022
King Charles III honors mother's "life well lived" in first speech
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In his first address since Queen Elizabeth’s passing, King Charles III honored his mother’s “life well lived” and renewed her “promise of lifelong service.” Robert Hardman is the author of the "Queen of Our Times: The Life of Queen Elizabeth II." He tells Anderson Cooper what he expects to see from King Charles in the coming days and weeks. 

Plus, CNN Senior International Correspondent Matthew Chance joins AC360 from Buckingham Palace where he’s been talking to people as they mourn Queen Elizabeth but also as they react to a new era for the royal family.

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Sep 10, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96
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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96, bringing a close to her reign that spanned seven decades. Her eldest son, Charles, immediately became King of the United Kingdom. CNN Royal Historian Kate Williams joins AC360 to discuss the life and legacy of Her Majesty.

Plus, author and playwright Bonnie Greer tells Anderson Cooper why she thinks Queen Elizabeth was so loved by people from around the world.

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Sep 09, 2022
Trump: Nuclear weapons issue is a “hoax”
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Former President Trump says the Washington Post’s reporting that FBI agents found material on foreign nation’s nuclear capabilities at his Mar-a-Lago residence is a “hoax.” The Post reports that some documents were so sensitive that they were kept under lock and key. Retired Lt. Gen. James Clapper is the former Director of National Intelligence. He explains to AC360 the possible national security risk for the U.S. if an adversary did gain access to the documents.

Plus, former President Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama returned to the White House for the first joint visit to unveil their official portraits. David Axelrod is a former senior adviser to President Obama and was at the ceremony today. He joins AC360 to discuss the evolving relationship between Biden and Obama. 

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Sep 08, 2022
Introducing: All There Is with Anderson Cooper
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Anderson Cooper takes us on a deeply personal exploration of loss and grief. He starts recording while packing up the apartment of his late mother Gloria Vanderbilt. Going through her journals and keepsakes, as well as things left behind by his father and brother, Cooper begins a series of emotional and moving conversations about the people we lose, the things they leave behind, and how to live on - with loss, with laughter, and with love. 

The first episode will launch on September 14th.

To get new episodes automatically downloaded to your device, just follow All There Is with Anderson Cooper on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.

 

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Sep 07, 2022
Washington Post: Material on foreign nation’s nuclear capabilities seized at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago
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The Washington Post is reporting that FBI agents found material on foreign nation’s nuclear capabilities at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. Washington Post reporter Devlin Barrett joins AC360 to discuss what he’s learned about the search on August 8th and what law enforcement found.

Plus, newly obtained surveillance video shows a Republican county official in Georgia, who is currently under criminal investigation for posing as a fake elector in 2020, leading two operatives working with an attorney for former President Trump into the county election offices on the same day a voting system was breached. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has shared information with the January 6 House Select Committee, as well as Attorney General Merrick Garland, to aid in the investigation of whether pro-Trump operatives got access to voting machines in Antrim County, Michigan as part of a coordinated plot overseen by the former President's legal team. She tells Anderson Cooper she thinks the video “underscores both the severity of the attempts to intervene with our elections and also the coordination of it.”

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Sep 07, 2022
Judge grants Trump request for special master in Mar-a-Lago probe
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A federal judge approved former President Trump’s request to appoint a special master to review all the evidence the FBI seized last month from his Mar-a-Lago resort. Former federal judge Nancy Gertner walks AC360 through what she thinks the process and timing of appointing a special master will look like.

Plus, CNN National Correspondent Gary Tuchman gives AC360 an update on the search for Liza Fletcher, the 34-year-old mother of two who was last seen jogging in Memphis, Tennessee Friday morning. 

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Sep 06, 2022
President Biden's shifting tone
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President Biden warned about former President Trump’s influence on “MAGA Republicans” during his speech Thursday night suggesting the future of American democracy was at risk. 

The speech also highlighted a shift in his tone just weeks before the midterms. Biden has ramped up his criticism of the former president and his followers.  But the White House insists his message was not political. CNN political analyst and journalist Carl Bernstein joins AC360 to give his take on Biden’s speech.

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Sep 03, 2022
President Biden gives primetime speech on threats to democracy
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President Joe Biden delivered a sober assessment of American democracy during a rare prime-time address in Philadelphia on Thursday, warning that Donald Trump and his closest political allies are threatening to take the country backwards. 

Perspective from CNN Senior Law Enforcement Analyst and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, CNN National Politics Reporter Eva McKend, CNN Chief White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins and CNN Contributor Evan Osnos. 

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Sep 02, 2022
Trump responds in court to blockbuster DOJ filing about Mar-a-Lago investigation
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Former President Donald Trump has formally responded in court to the Justice Department’s filing on Tuesday night, which revealed new details about the Mar-a-Lago investigation. Trump’s lawyers argued in their court filing Wednesday night that the National Archives should have expected to find classified material among the 15 boxes Trump turned over in January because they were presidential records. They also argue the Justice Department “significantly mischaracterized” a June 3 visit by DOJ and FBI officials at Mar-a-Lago. And there are other claims in the court filing.

Perspective from CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Josh Campbell, Sara Murray and CNN Senior Law Enforcement Analyst and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Shan Wu, who is a defense attorney and former federal prosecutor. 

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Sep 01, 2022
Mikhail Gorbachev dead at 91
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Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the former Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991, has died at the age of 91. Gorbachev died after a long illness, Russian state news agencies reported. The man credited with introducing key political and economic reforms to the USSR and helping to end the Cold War had been in failing health for some time. CNN National Security Analyst Steve Hall, who once served as Chief of Russia operations at the CIA, and former CNN Moscow Bureau Chief Jill Dougherty join AC360 to discuss Gorbachev’s legacy.

Also, in an exclusive report, CNN Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin looks at how a device that can turn a semi-automatic weapon into a machine gun in moments is wreaking havoc on American streets.

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Aug 31, 2022
Intel agencies began reviewing some Mar-a-Lago documents in May to assess classification level
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The intelligence community has been working with the FBI since mid-May to examine some of the classified documents taken from Mar-a-Lago in order to determine their level of classification, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. CNN Senior Law Enforcement Analyst and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe gives his perspective on the latest developments.

And insight from ESPN tennis analyst and former professional tennis player Patrick McEnroe on what could likely be tennis great Serena Williams’ last U.S. Open.

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Aug 30, 2022
Justice Department releases redacted Mar-a-Lago search warrant
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The FBI told a judge that there was "probable cause to believe" that classified national security materials were improperly taken to "unauthorized" locations at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, and that a search would also likely find "evidence of obstruction," according to a redacted version of the search warrant affidavit released Friday. CNN National Security Analyst and Former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, gives his perspective to the what this all means. And CNN Senior Political Commentator and former Obama Senior Advisor, David Axelrod, weighs in with how the Obama White House may have handled classified documents.

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Aug 27, 2022
Justice Dept. ordered to release redacted Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit
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A federal judge ruled for the Department of Justice to release a redacted version of the Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit, which lays out why investigators believe there was probable cause that crimes were committed. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe tells Anderson Cooper what he expects to be revealed in the redacted affidavit.

Plus, former Fox News Political Editor Chris Stirewalt joins AC360 to discuss his new book “Broken News” and where he sees the Republican party heading in 2024.

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Aug 26, 2022
Ukraine’s Independence Day comes exactly six months after Russia’s invasion
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Ukraine’s Independence Day was darkened by an attack on a train station that killed at least 22 people. It’s been six months since the Russians invaded the country. Olena Gnes lives in Kyiv with her three children and her husband has been fighting on the front lines since the beginning of the invasion. She gives AC360 an update on how she’s doing and says “I’m still confident that Ukraine will win.”

Plus, the school board in Uvalde, Texas voted unanimously to fire school Police Chief Pete Arredondo, three months after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School. CNN Crime and Justice Correspondent Shimon Prokupecz tells Anderson Cooper how family members are reacting about the firing.

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Aug 25, 2022
National Archives: Trump had 700+ pages of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago
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In a newly released letter, the National Archives told former President Trump’s legal team in May that it was sharing hundreds of pages of classified material with the intelligence community that had been retrieved back in January. They wanted an assessment to be done on potential damage about how the more than 100 documents, including more than 700 pages, had been handled. CNN Senior Legal Analyst Elie Honig joins AC360 to discuss how big of a deal this letter is and why it’s important.

Plus, CNN projects former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist will win the Democratic nomination for Florida governor and will face off against incumbent Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in November. CNN Political Director David Chalian tells Anderson Cooper he thinks Crist will have an “uphill battle” against Gov. DeSantis. 

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Aug 24, 2022
Trump takes action after Mar-a-Lago search
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Former President Trump’s legal team asked a federal judge to appoint a “special master”—a third party attorney— to go through evidence that was found in the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago and make sure any of his private documents are returned. The Justice Department says the search warrant was properly authorized and they believe the evidence it collected at Mar-a-Lago will support its criminal investigation into the mishandling of federal records. Former federal judge Nancy Gertner tells Anderson Cooper how unusual a request for a special master is, especially when two weeks have gone by.

Plus, drought-parched Dallas got a summer’s worth of rain in just one day forcing dozens to be rescued. CNN Senior National Correspondent Ed Lavandera gives AC360 an update from Texas.

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Aug 23, 2022
White House officials privately express concern about classified information taken to Mar-a-Lago
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White House officials are telling CNN they have “deep concern” about the documents found at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. Some documents were found in a basement-level storage facility at Trump’s Florida home and officials worry the information they contain could put the sources and methods of the U.S. intelligence community at risk. Tom Blanton is the director at the National Security Archive at George Washington University. He joins AC360 to discuss how dangerous it was to have these documents in a storeroom without a padlock on it.

Plus, with midterm elections around the corner, vulnerable Republicans are being told to not be distracted by the former President while on the campaign trail with one saying “I don’t say his name, ever.” CNN Senior Political Commentator David Axelrod tells Anderson Cooper whether he thinks that strategy will work for these candidates in November. 

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Aug 20, 2022
Unsealed document in Mar-a-Lago search sharpens focus on Trump as possible subject of criminal probe
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A judge unsealed several court documents related to the FBI’s search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and set in motion the possible public release of a heavily redacted version of the affidavit. Former federal judge Nancy Gertner joins AC360 to discuss the judge’s decision and says it’s “very surprising.”

Plus, the former President and his allies have claimed there was a “standing order” to declassify documents he took from the Oval Office to the White House residence but CNN spoke to 18 former Trump administration officials who said they never heard of that policy. One senior administration official called it “bullsh*t.” Former Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton was one of the 18 officials CNN spoke with. He explains to Anderson Cooper if the “standing order” existed, it’d make “no sense whatsoever.” 

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Aug 19, 2022
Trump weighing release of surveillance video of FBI search
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CNN has learned that former President Trump is considering releasing the surveillance video of the FBI’s search of his Mar-a-Lago residence. One person close to Trump said it’s not a matter of if the former President releases the video but a matter of when. Others in his inner circle have warned of potential risks. Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe tells Anderson Cooper how he thinks the FBI would react if the footage is released.

Plus, Rudy Giuliani testified in front of a Fulton County grand jury just days after prosecutors told him he was a target in their Georgia 2020 presidential election investigation. Elliot Williams is a former federal prosecutor and a former deputy assistant attorney general. He joins AC360 to discuss what kind of charges prosecutors could be considering.

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Aug 18, 2022
Cheney to deliver pointed address marking “the beginning of the battle” to confront Trump
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Aides of Republican Rep. Liz Cheney say she intends to make the case that she is at “the beginning of the battle” against former President Trump when she speaks to her supporters tonight. The aides also say she’s planning to call on both parties to join her fight to protect democracy and the rule of law in America. Cheney is facing Trump-backed attorney Harriet Hageman and three other candidates in the GOP primary for Wyoming’s lone House seat. CNN Chief National Correspondent John King gives AC360 the latest on Cheney’s uphill battle to keep her seat.

Plus, the FBI interviewed former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and his former deputy Patrick Philbin earlier this year as part of the investigation into the documents found at the former President’s Mar-a-Lago resort. Nick Akerman is a former assistant special Watergate prosecutor and a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. He tells Anderson Cooper whether he thinks executive privilege would apply during the interviews with Cipollone and Philbin.  

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Aug 17, 2022
Rudy Giuliani told by prosecutors he is a target in Georgia 2020 presidential election probe
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Rudy Giuliani has been told by prosecutors that he is a target in the Georgia 2020 presidential election probe. A grand jury is investigating whether former President Trump and his allies violated the law in their efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia. Conservative lawyer George Conway tells Anderson Cooper he thinks Giuliani is in “deep trouble.”

Plus, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney is facing a tough primary contest in Wyoming after she voted to impeach the former President following the January 6 attack on the Capitol. CNN Chief National Affairs Correspondent Jeff Zeleny joins AC360 from Jackson, Wyoming after talking with voters.

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Aug 16, 2022
DOJ took 11 sets of classified documents from Mar-a-Lago
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A judge unsealed the Mar-a-Lago search warrant which revealed the Justice Department took eleven sets of classified documents from former President Trump’s Florida home. The warrant also identified three possible federal crimes as reasons for the search. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe tells Anderson Cooper if he thinks there was a national security risk having these documents stored at Trump’s home. Plus, former Vice President Al Gore joins AC360 to discuss the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act and what that means for the climate crisis.

Airdate: August 12, 2022

Guests: Andrew McCabe, Al Gore.

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Aug 13, 2022
AG Garland: DOJ filed motion to unseal Trump Mar-a-Lago warrant and property receipt
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Attorney General Merrick Garland revealed that the Justice Department filed a court request to unseal the Mar-a-Lago search warrant and property receipt. This was the first public statement since federal agents searched former President Trump’s home. Garland said he “personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter.” Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales tells Anderson Cooper whether he agrees with Garland’s decision to speak publicly. Plus, January 6 House Select Committee member Rep. Zoe Lofgren joins AC360 to discuss if anyone from the Trump administration is cooperating with their investigation.

Airdate: August 11, 2022

Guests: Alberto Gonzalez, Rep. Zoe Lofgren.

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Aug 12, 2022
Some Justice Department officials chafe at silence on Mar-a-Lago search
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CNN has learned that some DOJ officials feel that the department should give a public statement about the search of Mar-a-Lago, former President Trump’s resort and home. Conservative lawyer George Conway tells AC360 he doesn’t think they need to say anything more than what “their procedures are and what their processes are generally for the issuance of search warrants.” Plus, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders joins AC360 to discuss the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act and why he ultimately decided to support it.

Airdate: August 10, 2022

Guests: George Conway, Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Aug 11, 2022
FBI search of Mar-a-Lago came after suspicions of withheld materials
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CNN has learned the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago came after authorities believe that the former President or his team failed to return all the documents and other materials that were government property. Former federal judge Nancy Gertner reviewed search warrants as part of her duties while on the federal bench. She walks Anderson Cooper through the standard that needs to be met in order to sign off on a search warrant like this one. Plus, over the weekend the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act, a $750 billion health care, tax and climate bill. The Democrat-controlled House is expected to pass the legislation on Friday then it’ll be sent to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer joins AC360 to discuss which parts of the bill Americans will notice most.

Airdate: August 9, 2022

Guests: Elliot Williams, Sen. Chuck Schumer.

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Aug 10, 2022
FBI executes search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago
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The FBI executed a search warrant at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Sources tell CNN the agents focused on the former President’s offices and personal quarters. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe tells AC360 how big of a deal this is. Plus, CNN National Correspondent Randi Kaye brings AC360 a live report from near Mar-a-Lago.

Guests: Andrew McCabe, Randi Kaye.

Airdate: August 8, 2022

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Aug 09, 2022
Jury finds Alex Jones should pay $45.2 million to parents of Sandy Hook victim
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A jury decided that ring-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones should pay the parents of a Sandy Hook victim $45.2 million in punitive damages, a day after the jury awarded the parents $4.1 in compensatory damages. Plaintiffs Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin lost their son Jesse in the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut where 20 children and six adults were killed. They were seeking $150 million. CNN Senior Investigation Correspondent Drew Griffin joins AC360 to break down the jury’s decision.

Plus, Senate Democrats are planning to begin debate on the economic bill after Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said she would “move forward” on the package. Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar tells AC360 what’s in the bill for Americans who may be skeptical. 

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Aug 06, 2022
Jury finds Alex Jones caused $4.1 million in damages to two Sandy Hook parents
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A jury found that right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones caused parents of a Sandy Hook victim a little more than $4 million in compensatory damages, far less than the $150 million they were asking for. Scarlett Lewis and Neil Haslin lost their son Jesse Lewis in the 2012 shooting that killed 20 children and six adults. Elizabeth Williamson of the New York Times is the author of “Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth” and has been in court for the trial. She tells AC360 what the mood was like in the courtroom when the verdict was read.

Plus, CNN Chief National Affairs Analyst Kasie Hunt joins AC360 after sitting down with Republican Rep. Liz Cheney for an exclusive interview. She talks to the vice chair of the January 6 House Select Committee about whether she thinks the former President should face criminal charges for his role in the insurrection.

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Aug 05, 2022
Kansas votes to protect abortion rights in state constitution
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President Biden signed an executive order aimed at safeguarding abortion just a day after CNN projected that voters in Kansas decided to reject a proposed amendment and keep the right to an abortion in their state’s constitution. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren tells Anderson Cooper what the Kansas outcome says about where the issue is headed in the midterms and beyond.

Plus, Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis lost their son Jesse in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting and won a default judgment against right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones earlier this year. They are asking the jury to award them $150 million in damages. CNN Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin joins AC360 with the latest from court and why the cross-examination by the parents’ attorney caught Jones off guard.

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Aug 04, 2022
Primary night in five states with Trump looming large in many key races
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Voters in five states—Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, Washington and Kansas—head to the polls with less than 100 days until the November general election. Some 2020 election deniers are on the ballot in two swing states. CNN Chief National Correspondent John King joins AC360 to break down the key races.

Plus, CNN has learned that January 6 text messages were wiped from phones of key Trump Pentagon officials. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe tells Anderson Cooper that “in the absolute least case” this is a “complete and total failure to abide by and live up to the responsibilities under the Federal Records Act.”

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Aug 03, 2022
U.S. kills al Qaeda leader in drone strike in Afghanistan
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The United States killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike. President Biden confirmed his death and warned others saying, “if you are a threat to our people, the United States will find you and take you out.” CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward joins AC360 to discuss Zawahiri’s killing and the future of al Qaeda.

Plus, the Kentucky flooding death toll has risen to 37 as hundreds remain unaccounted for. Nathan Day tells Anderson Cooper how he helped rescue nine of his neighbors, including five children, as flood waters rushed into their homes.

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Aug 02, 2022
Former WH acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney testifies before the Jan. 6 committee
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Former acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney testified in front of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Mulvaney told CNN he was asked about tweets and texts he sent on the day of the insurrection and his involvement in Trump’s campaign. Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger is a member of the committee and tells Anderson Cooper the American people “deserve answers” and they “deserve transparency.”

Plus, CNN Senior Correspondent Joe Johns gives AC360 an update on the devastating floods in Kentucky that have killed at least 16 people.

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Jul 30, 2022
January 6 committee zeroes in on former Trump cabinet officials
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The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol is zeroing in on members of former President Trump’s Cabinet and wants to learn more about the conversations around possibly invoking the 25th amendment. The panel recently interviewed former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren is a member of the committee and tells Anderson Cooper how cooperative these latest witnesses have been.

Plus, at least eight people are dead in eastern Kentucky after heavy overnight rains caused devastating, widespread flooding. CNN Senior Correspondent Joe Johns is in Kentucky and joins AC360 to give an update on the recovery efforts. 

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Jul 29, 2022
Former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson cooperating with DOJ investigation
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Former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson is cooperating with the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into the January 6 attack on the Capitol and the efforts to interfere with the 2020 presidential election. Laurence Tribe is a Harvard Law School professor and the co-author of "To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment." He joins AC360 to discuss the scope and focus of the federal investigation.

Plus, CNN has exclusively learned that the Biden administration has offered to exchange a convicted Russian arms trafficker serving a 25-year U.S. prison sentence for the release of Americans Paul Whelan and WNBA star Brittney Griner. Abby Phillip interviewed Griner’s wife back in June and tells Anderson Cooper how her family is reacting to the trial and the news of the proposed swap.

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Jul 28, 2022
AG Merrick Garland doesn’t rule out charging Trump and others in January 6 probe
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Attorney General Merrick Garland isn’t ruling out charging former President Trump and others for their role in the January 6 attack on the Capitol or for attempting to interfere in the presidential election. Mick Mulvaney is the former acting chief of staff for President Trump. He joins AC360 to discuss Garland’s comments.

Plus, in Trump’s first trip back to Washington, DC since leaving office he outlined a harsh criminal justice agenda for the Republican Party saying the country needs to give the police “the respect that they deserve.” Former DC Police Officer Michael Fanone was brutally attacked by rioters on January 6 outside the Capitol and suffered a traumatic brain injury and later, a heart attack. He tells Anderson Cooper that he thinks the former president is the “least credible person in our history to deliver any remarks purporting himself to be pro-police.”

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Jul 27, 2022
Marc Short testifies in front of federal grand jury investigating January 6
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A source tells CNN former Vice President Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short testified last week in front of a federal grand jury investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Former federal prosecutor and CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin tells Anderson Cooper why Short testifying is a “big deal.”

Plus, after a weekend filled with extreme, record breaking heat in the Northeast, CNN Correspondent Gary Tuchman brings AC360 to the hottest place on Earth: Death Valley, California to see what life is like when summer temperatures often top 120° F.

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Jul 26, 2022
Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon found guilty of contempt of Congress for defying Jan. 6 committee subpoena
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A federal jury reached a unanimous guilty verdict on the two contempt of Congress charges in the case against Steve Bannon, a former aide to President Trump. CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin and CNN Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin discuss the verdict and what it could mean for getting cooperation from future January 6 committee hearing witnesses.

Plus, the committee held their eighth hearing which revealed audio exchanges between former Vice President Pence’s secret service detail during the assault on the Capitol, and testimony from advisors to the President about what he was and was not doing while the violence was unfolding. CNN Senior Law Enforcement Analyst and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, CNN Contributor and former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean and CNN's Abby Phillip discuss whether or not the hearing strengthened a potential criminal case against the former president.

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Jul 23, 2022
Anderson Cooper 360 Update for July 21, 2022
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Jul 22, 2022
Rep. Raskin: Jan 6 cmte. will show outtakes from Trump's Jan. 7 remarks, when aides pressed him to condemn the violence
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The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack is preparing a primetime finale, with a focus on the 187 minutes during which former President Trump “refused to act to defend the Capitol as a violent mob stormed the Capitol," according to committee aides. Maryland Democratic Congressman and House Select Committee member Jamie Raskin tells Anderson Cooper about snippets of video he says they will play from Trump speaking on January 7. Congressman Raskin also raised the possibility that there may be more hearings later on because “new material and new evidence is surfacing all the time.”

Plus, the Justice Department rests its contempt of Congress case against Steve Bannon, a former aide to President Trump. CNN Political Correspondent Sara Murray reports from court. Plus, CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin and journalist Joshua Green discuss the latest developments.

Airdate: July 20, 2022

Guests: Rep. Jamie Raskin, Sara Murray, Jeffrey Toobin, Joshua Green.

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Jul 21, 2022
Steve Bannon’s trial begins
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Long-time Trump ally Steve Bannon is on trial on contempt of Congress charges for failing to comply with subpoenas from the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection. Anderson talks about the case with CNN Contributor and former Watergate star witness John Dean, who served as White House Counsel in the Nixon Administration, and CNN senior political correspondent Abby Phillip.

Also, heat alerts cover more than 20 states today and tomorrow across the Southern Plains and parts of the Northeast, and temperatures will soar above the century mark for 60 million people over the next week. All while a similar heat wave is bringing record temperatures to Western Europe. 

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Jul 20, 2022
Uvalde shooting report and new video reveal failures in law enforcement response
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Just one day after a Texas House investigative committee released a preliminary report outlining a series of failures by multiple law enforcement agencies in their response at the scene, the school board is holding a meeting in Uvalde, Texas where angry families and community members are asking for accountability.

Plus, more video from inside Robb Elementary School, unseen until now, reveals footage from Uvalde Police Officer Justin Mendoza’s body camera. CNN’s Crime and Justice Correspondent Shimon Prokupecz continues to push officials for answers about what happened almost 2 months later. 

Also, Parents of the children killed are continuing to speak out. Angel Garza’s stepdaughter Amerie Jo Garza was just 10-years-old when she was murdered inside her classroom. Garza tells Anderson Cooper “It makes no sense that there are still things unanswered about this.” He adds, “our kids can’t rest in peace, all this arguing, and bickering and lying to our face. It doesn't help our situation at all.”

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Jul 19, 2022
DHS investigator meets with January 6 committee about Secret Service texts
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The Department of Homeland Security inspector general briefed the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol about the Secret Service erasing text messages from the day of the insurrection and the day before. Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren is a member of the committee. She tells Anderson Cooper if the explanation of the missing texts makes any more sense after the meeting.

Plus, conservative attorney George Conway joins AC360 to discuss the possibility of Trump running for President again in 2024 and what will happen if he announces before midterms. 

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Jul 16, 2022
DC police officer in Trump Jan. 6 motorcade corroborates details of heated Secret Service exchange to committee
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A source tells CNN that a Washington, DC police officer who was in the motorcade with former President Trump on January 6 has corroborated to the House Select Committee investigating the insurrection, the details of the heated exchange between the former President and his Secret Service detail when he was told he couldn’t go to the Capitol. Cassidy Hutchinson first bought up the alleged incident during her testimony in front of the committee. CNN Congressional Correspondent Ryan Nobles tells Anderson Cooper whether or not the panel is trying to get Secret Service agents who were in the motorcade to testify under oath.

Plus, disgraced South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh was indicted for the 2021 murders of his wife and son. CNN National Correspondent Randi Kaye gives AC360 an update on the mysterious murders and if Murdaugh has responded to the indictment.

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Jul 15, 2022
January 6 Committee: Next hearing focused on the 187 minutes inside the White House
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A January 6 committee member tells CNN that next week’s hearing will focus on former President Trump’s behavior and actions inside the White House while the insurrection was happening at the Capitol. Denver Riggleman is a former Republican U.S. Representative and was a Senior Technical Adviser to the House Select Committee. He tells Anderson Cooper how much he thinks former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone’s testimony bolsters the evidence that the committee has about Trump’s actions or inactions on January 6.

Plus, President Biden says tackling inflation is his “top priority” after a new government data shows consumer prices surged by 9.1% in June year-over-year to the highest level in more than 40 years. CNN Senior Data Reporter Harry Enten joins AC360 to discuss how inflation is affecting the President’s job approval rating.

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Jul 14, 2022
January 6 Committee: Trump’s tweet inspired “openly homicidal” rhetoric
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During its seventh public hearing, the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol focused on the connection between former President Trump and extremist groups as the violent mob came together. Former Oath Keepers spokesperson Jason Van Tatenhove testified that Trump could try to “whip up a civil war” if he’s elected again. Van Tatenhove tells Anderson Cooper why he says “all bets are off” if the former President finds his way back into the White House.

Plus, the Austin American-Statesman newspaper released parts of the surveillance video from the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas that resulted in the murders of 19 children and two teachers. It took officers 77 minutes until they finally entered the classroom and killed the shooter. CNN Crime and Justice Correspondent Shimon Prokupecz joins AC360 to discuss the reaction from the Uvalde community after seeing the video.

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Jul 13, 2022
January 6 committee expect to focus tomorrow’s hearing on extremist groups & their ties to Trump associates
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Tuesday’s January 6 House Select committee hearing is expected to focus on extremist groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers and their ties to Donald Trump associates, including Roger Stone and Michael Flynn. Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy is a member of the committee and will be leading the questioning during tomorrow’s hearing. She joins AC360 to discuss what the American people could learn tomorrow. 

Plus, CNN Crime and Justice Correspondent Shimon Prokupecz sat down with mothers of several of the children and one child who survived the tragic massacre in Uvalde, Texas that left 19 students and two teachers dead. He tells Anderson Cooper about the awful reality these families are facing as they continue to demand answers about the failed police response that could have saved lives.

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Jul 12, 2022
January 6 Committee Member: Cipollone “did not contradict” other testimony
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Former Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone finished his closed-door interview with the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol after nearly eight hours. One member of the panel told CNN Cipollone “did not contradict” other testimony. CNN Congressional Correspondent Ryan Nobles tells Anderson Cooper if the committee learned anything new from the former White House counsel’s interview.

Plus, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died after being shot while giving a campaign speech in central Japan. Tobias Harris is the author of “The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan.” He joins AC360 to discuss Abe’s legacy in Japanese politics. 

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Jul 09, 2022
8-year-old injured during Highland park shooting was shot in chest and suffered a severed spinal cord
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A family spokesperson says 8-year-old Cooper Roberts is in critical but stable condition after he was shot in the chest and suffered a severed spinal cord during the Highland Park mass shooting on July 4. At least seven people have died and dozens more were wounded. Katie Goldstein, a loving mother and wife, was murdered while at the Independence Day parade with her daughter. Her husband Craig Goldstein tells Anderson Cooper the kind of mom, partner and person his wife was and said she “always had a smile on her face” because “that’s what was in her heart.”

Plus, two-time U.S. Olympic basketball gold medalist Brittney Griner pleaded guilty to drug charges in a Russian court. The U.S. State Department has classified the WNBA star as wrongfully detained as she faces up to 10 years in prison. CNN’s Abby Phillip recently sat down with Griner’s wife, Cherelle Griner, the night before the trial began. Abby joins AC360 to give details about Griner’s decision to plead guilty and what will happen next in her trial.

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Jul 08, 2022
Police: Parade shooter contemplated carrying out second attack in another city
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Law enforcement officials say the gunman who killed seven people and injured dozens more at a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois considered carrying out another attack in Madison, Wisconsin. He will remain in jail without bond after prosecutors say he admitted to investigators he fired into the crowd Monday morning. Greg and Dana Ring were at the Independence Day celebration when the gunfire erupted and came across a toddler, Aiden McCarthy, as they were trying to find a safe place. They helped reunite him with his grandparents and it was later revealed the two-year-old’s parents had tragically died. The Rings join AC360 to describe the chaotic scene and how they helped find Aiden’s family.

Plus, former Trump White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has reached a deal to give a transcribed interview to January 6 committee. Former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean tells Anderson Cooper what he thinks are the most important questions Cipollone needs to answer.

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Jul 07, 2022
Parade shooting suspect charged with 7 counts of murder
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The alleged gunman in the July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois is charged with seven counts of first-degree murder. Police say the suspect used a “high-powered rifle” in the shooting that left at least seven dead and dozens injured. Alexander Sandoval was at the Independence Day parade with his son, younger brother, girlfriend and her daughter when they heard the gunfire. He tells Anderson Cooper how he put his son and brother in a dumpster to keep them safe while he went back to find the rest of his family.

Plus, the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol has announced their seventh hearing for July 12. Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren is a member of the committee. She joins AC360 to discuss the investigation and whether or not the panel could make multiple criminal referrals to the Department of Justice.

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Jul 06, 2022
Anderson Cooper 360 Update for July 4, 2022
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Jul 05, 2022
Brittney Griner arrives in court near Moscow for first trial hearing
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Two-time U.S. Olympic basketball gold medalist Brittney Griner went on trial at a court near Moscow on Friday, on drug smuggling charges which can be punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The U.S. says she’s being wrongfully detained.

Griner, 31, a star with the Phoenix Mercury who plays in Russia during the WNBA's off-season, was arrested February 17th at a Moscow airport, a week before Russia invaded Ukraine. In a CNN Exclusive, Abby Phillip speaks with Griner’s wife.

And Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe talks about new reporting on potential witness tampering in the January 6th investigation. 

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Jul 02, 2022
Cassidy Hutchinson was one of the witnesses Trump world sought to influence, sources say
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Sources tell CNN that Cassidy Hutchinson told the January 6 Committee that she was contacted by someone attempting to influence her testimony. This comes as Trump and his allies try to discredit her. Former Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock and Olivia Troye, a former adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, join Anderson to talk about what Hutchinson’s testimony says about the former administration’s view of staffers, especially women, who take the witness stand. 

And after 43 days on the run, the woman suspected of killing an elite cyclist who she thought was a romantic rival has been caught in Costa Rica. Randi Kaye has the latest in how the manhunt ended.

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Jul 01, 2022
January 6 committee subpoenas Trump WH counsel Pat Cipollone
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The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol has issued a subpoena for former President Trump’s White House Counsel Pat Cipollone. The subpoena comes just a day after Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White House chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testified in front of the panel that Cipollone warned Meadows “blood’s going to be on your f*cking hands” if nothing was done to stop the mob. Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren is a member of the committee. She tells Anderson Cooper she thinks it’s “very important” Cipollone comes in and answers the panel’s questions.

Plus, after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, several states have made abortion illegal with no exceptions. CNN Correspondent Lucy Kafanov joins AC360 to tell the story of a Nebraska woman’s decision to terminate her pregnancy last year after finding out her son had a deadly birth defect and how she had to travel to Colorado. Some doctors warn the option to travel could now be even more difficult.

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Jun 30, 2022
Former aide paints damning portrait of Trump raging on January 6
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Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified in front of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol and painted a damning portrait of former President Trump. Hutchinson claimed both the former President and his chief of staff were aware there might be violence, including that supporters had weapons. CNN Chief White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins joins AC360 to discuss how Trump’s reacting to the testimony.

Plus, during her testimony, Hutchinson recalled a story she was told about how Trump allegedly lunged at Secret Service and the steering wheel of a vehicle when he was told he couldn’t go to the Capitol. Mary Trump is the former President’s niece. She tells AC360 it’s “entirely consistent” with everything she has “known about him forever.”

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Jun 29, 2022
Feds seize phone of Trump’s election attorney
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Former President Trump’s election attorney John Eastman says the FBI seized his phone last week as the Department of Justice continues their investigations related to January 6. Elie Honig is a CNN Senior Legal Analyst and a former assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He tells AC360 what hoops investigators have to jump through to do something like this.

Plus, a Russian airstrike hit a shopping mall in central Ukraine just a day after Moscow’s forces also targeted the capital city of Kyiv. Anderson Cooper checks in with Olena Gnes, the mother of three who’s been in Kyiv since Russia invaded.

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Jun 28, 2022
Supreme Court overturns constitutional right to abortion
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The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, holding that there is no longer a federal right to an abortion. 

Former Texas state senator Wendy Davis and Congresswoman Cori Bush discuss how the opinion is one of the most consequential Supreme Court decisions in decades and will transform the landscape of women's reproductive health in America.

After news broke that the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, activist groups began organizing protests for Friday. At least 70 protests are set to occur Friday afternoon and into the evening.

Atlanta, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and Houston are among the cities where protests will occur. Protests are set to carry on into the weekend as well.

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Jun 25, 2022
January 6 committee shows Trump’s pressure on DOJ to support his election fraud lies
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The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol highlighted the pressure former President Trump put on the Department of Justice to support his election fraud lies in its fifth hearing with testimony from three high ranking DOJ officials. Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria tells Anderson Cooper what she thinks is the most important piece of information that was revealed today.

Plus, CNN Chief White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins joins AC360 to discuss how Trump and his allies are feeling after today’s hearings.

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Jun 24, 2022
Justice Dept. issues subpoenas in several states as it expands its investigation into Trump’s fake elector scheme
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The Justice Department issued a fresh round of subpoenas as it expands its investigation into former President Trump’s fake elector scheme. CNN Senior Justice Correspondent Evan Pérez tells Anderson Cooper who investigators subpoenaed and what they are hoping to learn.

Plus, House Republican leaders are in opposition to the bipartisan gun safety bill and are urging their members to vote against the agreement, as the Senate moves toward passage of the measure this week. Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar had a hand in adding the “boyfriend loophole” to the bill. She joins AC360 to explain what’s in the bill and why it’s so important to pass it.

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Jun 23, 2022
4th January 6 hearing focuses on Trump’s intimidation of state officials
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The January 6 House Select Committee’s fourth hearing focused on how former President Trump tried to intimidate state officials to change the 2020 election results in Georgia and Arizona. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger testified that he “had to be faithful to the Constitution” and that “there were no votes to find” like Trump wanted. Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan joins AC360 to discuss what stood out to him from today’s testimony.

Plus, The New York Times is reporting that the former President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, told a documentary film crew in December 2020 that her father should “continue to fight until every legal remedy is exhausted” because people were questioning “the sanctity of our elections.” This contradicts what she told the committee, in the portion of her deposition that has been made public so far, when she said she “accepted” what Attorney General Bill Barr said about there being no voter fraud. New York Times Washington Correspondent Maggie Haberman tells AC360 the committee is expected to interview the filmmaker this week and it’s “unclear” what else is on their tapes that were turned over to the panel.

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Jun 22, 2022
Georgia election worker to testify Trump’s lies led to death threats
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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his deputy Gabe Sterling are set to testify at the January 6 House Select Committee’s fourth hearing that will focus on how former President Trump and his allies pressured state-level officials to overturn the 2020 election results. Former Georgia election worker Wandrea Moss will join them and is planning to tell the panel how she received death threats after false stories accused her of taking part in voter fraud, according to a written version of her planned testimony provided by her attorney. Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren is a member of the committee and tells Anderson Cooper she thinks the hearing will be “worth watching.”

Plus, CNN Senior International Correspondent Sam Kiley joins AC360 to give an update on the volunteer American fighters who have been missing in Ukraine for more than a week.

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Jun 21, 2022
Trump lashes out at Pence, Barr & January 6 committee
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Former President Trump lashed out at the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol calling them “con artists.” Trump also called his former Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Bill Barr “weak.” Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego was at the Capitol on the day of the insurrection. He tells AC360 why the American people should be paying attention to what the committee is saying, despite the President’s repeated attacks.

Plus, journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein join AC360 on the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in to discuss how they think it compares to what they’re seeing play out now with the January 6 hearings. 

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Jun 18, 2022
January 6 Committee: Trump was told his plan for Pence to overturn the election was illegal but tried anyway
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The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol held its third public hearing and focused on former President Trump’s efforts to pressure former Vice President Pence to stand in the way of certifying the 2020 election. The committee revealed that Trump was told repeatedly that his plan for Pence to overturn the election was illegal but he tried to do it anyway. Conservative lawyer George Conway tells Anderson Cooper whether he thinks the Justice Department could find the former President criminally liable for his actions. 

The committee also said that on January 6 there was just "40 feet between the Vice President and the mob." Carol Leonnig is a national investigative reporter for the Washington Post and has reported extensively on Pence and his safety during the insurrection. She joins AC360 to discuss the details the committee laid out about how close the Vice President, his family and his aides were to real danger.

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Jun 17, 2022
January 6 Committee: Third hearing will show Trump pressure campaign on Pence “directly contributed” to Capitol attack
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The House select committee investigating the attack on the Capitol says the third June hearing will show how former President Trump’s pressure campaign on his vice president “directly contributed” to the insurrection. A source familiar with the committee’s investigation says they have emails between conservative attorney John Eastman and Ginni Thomas, a conservative activist and the wife of sitting Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Democratic Rep. Pete Aguilar is a member of the committee and confirmed to Anderson Cooper that they do have the emails but wouldn’t say whether the select committee plans to add Thomas’ role in overturning the election results to the upcoming hearings.

Plus, Bunny Drueke’s son, Alexander John-Robert Drueke, and Joy Black’s fiancé, Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, are two Americans who have been voluntarily fighting alongside Ukrainian forces north of Kharkiv. They’ve both been missing for nearly a week and their families fear they may have been captured. Drueke and Black join AC360 to give an update on their loved ones.

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Jun 16, 2022
January 6 Committee: Trump’s false claims resulted in $250 million in donations to nonexistent “Official Election Defense Fund”
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The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol revealed during a public hearing that former President Trump’s relentless post-election fundraising raised roughly $250 million in donations to the “Official Election Defense Fund” that urged supporters to “step up to protect the integrity of the election.” The committee says the biggest beneficiary of those post-election donations went to the former President’s political action committee, Save America, not “election integrity.” Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin is a member of the committee and tells Anderson Cooper if he thinks what Trump and his team did was legal.

Plus, CNN Chief National Correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics John King joins AC360 to break down the primaries in South Carolina and three other states. 

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Jun 15, 2022
Former AG Bill Barr: Trump Was “Detached from Reality”
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The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol held its second public hearing and focused on former President Trump’s false 2020 election fraud claims. The committee played portions of video deposition from former Attorney General William Barr where he described the former President’s claims as “bogus” and said “he’s become detached from reality.” Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff is a member of the committee and tells Anderson Cooper it’s important for the American people to hear testimony like Barr’s so they know Trump wasn’t “mistaken” or “merely just misled.”

Plus, a bipartisan group of senators announced they’ve reached an agreement on gun safety that they say includes “needed mental health resources, improves school safety and support for students and helps ensure dangerous criminals and those who are adjudicated as mentally ill can’t purchase weapons.” Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy has been leading the negotiations for the Democrats. He joins AC360 to discuss when he thinks the Senate will vote on the bill.

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Jun 14, 2022
Trump Claims Daughter Ivanka “Checked Out” and Wasn’t Looking at Election Results
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Former President Donald Trump claims his daughter Ivanka Trump “checked out” and wasn’t looking at the 2020 presidential election results. His reaction came a day after the House January 6 committee shared a video of his daughter and former senior adviser saying she had accepted then-Attorney General Bill Barr’s statement that the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread voter fraud. CNN Chief White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins covered the Trump White House for years. She joins AC360 to discuss whether she’s surprised by the shade the former President threw at his daughter.

Plus, CNN Correspondent Omar Jimenez tells AC360 how one Uvalde shooting survivor is dealing with the loss of some of his best friends.

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Jun 11, 2022
Anderson Cooper 360 Update for June 9, 2022
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Jun 10, 2022
Pediatrician on Uvalde Shooting Aftermath: “I’ll Never Forget What I Saw”
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A number of witnesses testified in front of a House committee, giving first-hand descriptions of the horrific reality of gun violence and called for action on gun reform. Dr. Roy Guerrero, a pediatrician in Uvalde, Texas, “raced” to the hospital on the day of the shooting and said he will “never forget what I saw.” Dr. Guerrero joins AC360 to discuss what he wants to see happen when it comes to gun laws and regulations.

Plus, former DC Police Officer Michael Fanone was brutally attacked by rioters on January 6 outside the Capitol and suffered a traumatic brain injury and later, a heart attack. He tells AC360 what he hopes to hear during the first public committee hearing being held in prime-time tomorrow night.

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Jun 09, 2022
Uvalde Native Matthew McConaughey Asks for Action on Guns
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At the White House press briefing, actor and Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey shared details on some of the 21 lives lost at Robb Elementary School and said there’s now a “window of opportunity” for meaningful gun legislation. Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono has been in close contact with Sen. Chris Murphy’s office, who is leading the negotiations for the Democrats. She tells AC360 she has “so much faith” in Sen. Murphy and she remains “optimistic.”

Plus, conservative lawyer and Washington Post Contributing Columnist George Conway joins AC360 to discuss what he’s hoping to learn from the public January 6 committee hearings being held in prime-time and starting in just two days. 

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Jun 08, 2022
13 Mass Shootings Over the Weekend Leave More Than 12 Dead and 70 Wounded
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More than a dozen people were killed and 70 wounded from mass shootings over the weekend in the United States while a small bipartisan group of Senators are trying to reach a deal on guns. Democratic Rep. David Cicilline tells Anderson Cooper he doesn’t have a lot of confidence about the ongoing Senate deliberations.

Plus, Texas State Sen. Roland Gutierrez represents Uvalde and joins AC360 to give an update on the investigation into the police response to the Robb Elementary School shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead. 

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Jun 07, 2022
Grand Jury Indicts Former Trump Adviser Peter Navarro
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A federal grand jury indicted former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro for contempt of Congress after he refused to cooperate with the House committee investigation the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Journalist and author Carl Bernstein tells Anderson Cooper how big of a deal this indictment is.

Plus, CNN Crime and Justice Correspondent Shimon Prokupecz joins AC360 to give an update on the Uvalde police response investigation and when the families could get some answers.

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Jun 04, 2022
Biden: “How Much Carnage Are We Willing To Accept?”
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President Biden addressed the nation calling on Congress to act after the recent round of mass shootings in the country. “How much carnage are we willing to accept?” Biden asked. He called for raising the age to purchase assault weapons from 18 to 21 if lawmakers can’t agree on an outright ban of those firearms. Nicole Hockley lost her son Dylan in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. She’s also the CEO of Sandy Hook Promise which aims to protect children from gun violence. She tells Anderson Cooper she believes both sides can come together and make a difference.

Plus, the gunman who killed his surgeon, Dr. Preston Phillips, three others and himself in Tulsa, Oklahoma was found with a letter blaming his doctor for ongoing pain after his surgery. Dr. Ryan Parker is the Associate Medical Director at St. Francis Health System and just had lunch with Dr. Phillips on Tuesday. She joins AC360 to remember her friend and says he was a “consummate physician.”

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Jun 03, 2022
Chief Who Decided Not to Enter Uvalde Classroom Refuses to Answer Questions in First Public Comments in a Week
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The Uvalde school police chief who led the flawed law enforcement response to last week’s school shooting refused to answer CNN’s questions about the massacre. Chief Pete Arredondo did say he won’t release any further information until the "families quit grieving." Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe tells Anderson Cooper that this is "sickening" to watch the chief "hiding behind the grief" of families who are burying their children. 

Plus, at least four people were killed in a shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tulsa City Councilor Jayme Fowler joins AC360 to give an update.

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Jun 02, 2022
Uvalde Shooting: Audio of School Message to Parents Obtained
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Audio obtained by KSAT raises new questions about law enforcement’s response to last week’s Uvalde school massacre. It’s the phone message to parents when they are told of an “active shooter” incident at Robb Elementary School, even though in a detailed timeline released by the Texas Department of Public Safety last week, it was revealed the chief of police for the school district had labeled it a barricaded subject.

Plus, Anderson Cooper talks to the father of one of the students killed.

And, President Biden announces in an op-ed that the U.S. is providing Ukraine with 
"more advanced rocket systems and munitions.” This comes as heavy fighting continues in eastern Ukraine. CNN’s Matthew Chance has the latest developments on the war. 

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Jun 01, 2022
AC360 Special Report: A Mother’s Diary of War
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Anderson Cooper tells the story of a Ukrainian mother who has lived through the Russian invasion with her 3 young children, and visits her in her home in Kyiv to see how they have been surviving the war so far.

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May 31, 2022
Texas Official:  It was “the wrong decision, period” to not take on the shooter immediately
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The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety criticized police for not immediately breaching the classroom door and confronting the gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. During the time police waited in the hallway, children inside classrooms 111 and 112 repeatedly called 911 and pleaded for help. Former FBI deputy director and CNN Senior Law Enforcement Analyst Andrew McCabe weighs in on the new details about the incident commander’s "thought process" during the police response. Fourth grade survivors are now speaking out about what happened that day. AC360 talks to Dr. Melissa Brymer about the ways people can help those impacted by this tragedy. She’s an expert on Child Traumatic Stress and helped implement services for survivors and families after the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012.

Guests: Andrew McCabe, Dr. Melissa Brymer.

Airdate: May 27, 2022

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May 28, 2022
Official: Uvalde Gunman Wasn’t Confronted By A School Resource Officer
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Officials say the 18-year-old gunman wasn’t confronted by a school resource officer outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, contradicting earlier information. It’s believed the shooter entered through an unlocked door, killing 19 children and two teachers. One of those teachers who died was Eva Mireles, who leaves behind a husband, daughter and an entire community who adored her. Juan Maldonado is a close family friend and considered Eva a sister. He tells Anderson Cooper how loved she was by her family, friends and students.

Plus, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s directed Texas Sen. John Cornyn to engage with Democrats on a “bipartisan solution” on gun violence. David Hogg survived the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida where 14 of his classmates and three staff members were killed and he’s the co-founder of March for Our Lives. He joins AC360 to explain why he thinks “this time is going to be different” when it comes to getting gun legislature passed. 

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May 27, 2022
TX Dept. Of Public Safety: School Resource Officer “Engaged” With Shooter Outside School, But Didn’t Exchange Gunfire
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The Texas Department of Public Safety says a school resource officer “engaged” with the Uvalde shooter outside the school, but no gunfire was exchanged. Officials say the shooter was in Robb Elementary School for 40 minutes to one hour where he killed 19 children and two teachers before law enforcement shot and killed him. One of the lives lost was 10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza whose father says is “flying high with the angels above.” Angel Garza joins AC360 to tell people about his daughter, “the sweetest little girl.”

Plus, CNN National Correspondent Gary Tuchman sat down with the family of 10-year-old Jose Flores Jr., who is facing the unimaginable reality of a life without him. He tells Anderson Cooper how Jose Jr.’s parents told his siblings that their brother won’t be coming home.

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May 26, 2022
19 Killed In Texas Elementary School Shooting
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A law enforcement official tells CNN that 18 children and one adult are dead after a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Nicole Hockley lost her son Dylan in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. She tells Anderson Cooper about the “shock and denial” she felt when she saw the news and how our country is “becoming too immune” to shooting tragedies.

And, in an address to the nation, President Joe Biden said he is “sick and tired” of these mass shootings and added it’s time to “turn this pain into action.” David Axelrod was a senior adviser to President Obama. He joins AC360 to discuss the President’s remarks. 

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May 25, 2022
Trump Slams “Desperate” Pence As He Campaigns For Gov. Kemp On Eve Of Georgia Primary
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Former President Trump said former Vice President Mike Pence is “desperate to chase his lost relevance.” Pence campaigned for incumbent Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, someone who Trump has repeatedly criticized for certifying the 2020 election results in a state he lost to President Biden. CNN Political Analyst Maggie Haberman is the Washington Correspondent for The New York Times and has covered the former President for years. She tells Anderson Cooper she thinks Trump is throwing insults because Pence said he’s not ruling out a run for president in 2024.

Plus, authorities are looking for a Texas woman who is suspected of killing of an elite cyclist who once dated her boyfriend. CNN National Correspondent Randi Kaye joins AC360 to give an update on the investigation.

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May 24, 2022
Dow Sees Longest Weekly Losing Streak In Nearly A Century
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The Dow is on its longest weekly losing streak since 1923. The S&P 500 briefly fell into bear market territory as recession fears continue to grow. CNN Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans tells Anderson Cooper what people should do right now if they’re worried about their retirement or children’s college funds.

Plus, the CDC is monitoring six people in the U.S. for possible monkeypox infections but says the public “should not be concerned.” CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins AC360 to discuss the symptoms of monkeypox and why he agrees with the CDC about why he doesn’t think people should be worried.

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May 21, 2022
Former AG William Barr Tentatively Agreed To Testify In Front Of January 6 Committee
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Former Attorney General William Barr tentatively agreed to testify behind closed doors in front of the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol. CNN Senior Justice Correspondent Evan Perez joins AC360 to discuss what information the committee wants to learn from Barr.

Plus, Anastasiya Paraskevova fled her home in Kharkiv, Ukraine back in March because of the constant shelling and bombing by the Russian forces. She recently returned and tells Anderson Cooper how amazing it felt to have her family reunited.

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May 20, 2022
Pennsylvania GOP Senate Primary Still Too Close To Call
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Ballots are still being counted in Pennsylvania’s Republican Senate primary between Dr. Mehmet Oz and David McCormick. The final outcome is delayed partly because of a printing error in Lancaster County that has left about 22,000 ballots unable to be read by scanners. CNN Chief National Correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics John King joins AC360 to give an update on the race and when he thinks we’ll know the winner.

Plus, the suspect in the Buffalo supermarket shooting posted about his attack plans thirty minutes before he allegedly killed 10 people and injured another three. Ruth Whitfield stopped at the grocery store after visiting her husband, who is in a nursing home, and never made it out alive. Her son, Garnell Whitefield Jr., tells Anderson Cooper about his mother and says she loved her family “unconditionally.”

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May 19, 2022
Anderson Cooper 360 Update for May 17, 2022
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May 18, 2022
Buffalo Shooting Victims: “Hero” Guard And A Teacher Who Was A “Pillar Of The Community” Are Among The 10 Killed
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Ten people were killed and three people were injured in a shooting at a Buffalo, New York supermarket Saturday. Police say the massacre was racially motivated and the suspect has been charged with first-degree murder. One of the victims was 67-year-old taxi driver Heyward Patterson who was killed while waiting for passengers outside the grocery store. His friend Deacon Lenny Lane tells Anderson Cooper he was a “class act” and “would go out of his way to make sure you had a little more than he did.”

Plus, CNN Anchor Chris Wallace joins AC360 to break down the primary elections taking place in five states tomorrow, including battlegrounds Pennsylvania and North Carolina. He says the Pennsylvania Senate race is the contest he’s watching the closest.  

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May 17, 2022
Ukrainian Military Says Russian Retreat In Kharkiv Continues
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Ukrainian forces are continuing their counteroffensive against the Russians in the northeastern Kharkiv region. As Russian troops have started to retreat, there’s new evidence of atrocities in Ukraine’s second largest city. CNN International Security Editor Nick Paton Walsh joins AC360 from Kharkiv to give an update on what he’s been seeing.

Plus, Bill Gates is the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the author of the new book “How to Prevent the Next Pandemic.” He’s currently recovering from a Covid-19 infection even after having his two-shot vaccine and two boosters. He explains to Anderson Cooper why we should be focusing on lifelong duration vaccines. 

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May 14, 2022
January 6 Committee Issues Subpoenas To 5 House Republicans
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The House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol issued subpoenas to five Republican lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Reps. Jim Jordan, Mo Brooks, Andy Biggs and Scott Perry. All have previously rejected the panel’s requests to voluntarily cooperate. CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash joins AC360 to discuss what happens if they don’t comply. Plus, New York Times photojournalist Lynsey Addario has been with Ukrainian soldiers on the frontlines in East Ukraine. She tells Anderson Cooper what she’s witnessed and the danger these troops are facing every day.

Guests: Dana Bash, Lynsey Addario.

Airdate: May 12, 2022

 

 

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May 13, 2022
Pussy Riot’s Masha Alyokhina Says She Escaped Russia
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Masha Alyokhina, the leader of the performance art group Pussy Riot, says she escaped Russia. She was sentenced to two years in prison in 2012 for “hooliganism” after staging a protest against Russia President Vladimir Putin and has been arrested six times since last summer. She reveals details on her daring escape to Anderson Cooper.

Plus, a passenger with no flying experience landed a plane after the pilot had “gone incoherent.” CNN Aerospace Analyst Miles O’Brien joins AC360 to discuss the unusual situation.  

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May 12, 2022
Sen. Graham on Trump and Capitol Attack: “He plays the TV game and went too far here”
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New audio tapes of Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham reveal his personal beliefs about former President Trump and his behavior on January 6, at one point saying that Trump “plays the TV game and went too far here.” Alex Burns and Jonathan Martin are both National Political Correspondents for The New York Times and are co-authors of the new book "This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America's Future.” They join AC360 to discuss the stark difference in Sen. Graham’s tone around the former President from January 6 to now. Plus, a deputy commander says Ukrainian soldiers are “badly wounded” but are still defending the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol as they continue to face heavy shelling. CNN Senior International Correspondent Sam Kiley is in Kramatorsk, Ukraine and tells Anderson Cooper about the young Ukrainian civilians he’s met who have turned into soldiers on the front lines.

Guests: Alex Burns, Jonathan Martin,Sam Kiley

Air date: May 10, 2022

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May 11, 2022
Alabama Fugitive Officer And Inmate Caught After Indiana Chase
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Former Alabama corrections officer Vicky White has died from injuries after she and escaped inmate Casey White were taken into custody after a chase in Indiana. Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding joins to explain the details of their arrest. 

And, Mark Esper was the Defense Secretary under President Trump and is the author of "A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense During Extraordinary Times.” He joins AC360 to discuss what it was like working for the former President and how he changed after he made it through the first impeachment trial.

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May 10, 2022
Kyiv Mayor Warns Citizens To “Be Aware” Ahead Of May 9
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Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko urged his citizens to “be aware” ahead of May 9, Russia’s annual Victory Day. Western officials have warned Russian President Vladimir Putin could formally declare war on Ukraine which could pave the way for him to escalate his attacks. CNN Senior International Correspondent Matthew Chance is in Moscow and tells Anderson Cooper what to expect on Monday.

Plus, authorities found the escape vehicle they believe missing Alabama inmate Casey White and former corrections officer Vicky White had been using in Tennessee. The U.S. Marshal Service says the 2007 Ford Edge SUV was found in a tow lot in Williamson County, about two hours north of Florence, Alabama, where the investigation started. Commander of the U.S. Marshal Gulf Coast Regional Task Force Chad Hunt and U.S. Marshal for North Alabama Martin Keely join AC360 to give an update on the manhunt.

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May 07, 2022
Zelensky: Russian Shelling Of The Azovstal Plant Is "Not Stopping”
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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that the shelling of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol is “not stopping” even as “civilians still need to be taken out.” A Ukrainian commander at the steel plant said there are “bloody battles” unfolding. Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling tells Anderson Cooper how difficult it is to storm an industrial complex with underground bunkers and tunnels.

Plus, new evidence has been found in the Madeleine McCann case and a German prosecutor says he is “sure” Christian Brückner killed the British girl. McCann disappeared from a resort in Portugal in 2007 when she was just three-years-old. CNN National Correspondent Randi Kaye gives AC360 an update on the case and what could happen next.

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May 06, 2022
Ukraine Retakes A Kharkiv Region Village And Inches Closer Towards Russian Border
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Ukraine has retaken another village in the Northern Kharkiv region as fighting continues at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. The Ukrainian Foreign Minister says the city is still “under their full control” despite statements by Russian officials. CNN Senior International Correspondent Sam Kiley is in Kramatorsk, just north of Mariupol. He tells Anderson Cooper how many people Ukrainian officials think are still trapped in the steel plant and if there are plans to evacuate them.

Plus, Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal joins AC360 to discuss how she feels about Roe v. Wade being in jeopardy and how her own experience getting an abortion would have been different if the law wasn’t in place.

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May 05, 2022
Chief Justice Roberts: Release Of Draft Roe v. Wade Reversal Is “A Singular And Egregious Breach” Of Trust
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Chief Justice John Roberts called the release of the draft Roe v. Wade reversal “a singular and egregious breach” of trust and says the Supreme Court will investigate. 13 states have already passed so-called “trigger laws” or bans designed to go into effect if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Democratic Rep. Cori Bush was raped at 17, became pregnant and had an abortion. She joins AC360 to discuss the ramifications the Supreme Court’s decision could have.

Plus, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says 156 people arrived to Zaporizhzhia from areas near Mariupol, including the Azovstal steel plant. CNN International Security Editor Nick Paton Walsh is in Zaporizhzhia and gives AC360 an update on the evacuation efforts.

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May 04, 2022
U.S. & Western Officials: Putin Could Formally Declare War On Ukraine As Soon As May 9
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U.S. and Western officials believe Russian President Vladimir Putin could officially declare war on Ukraine as soon as May 9, also known as Russia’s “Victory Day” which commemorates the Russian’s defeat of the Nazis in 1945. Up until now, Russian officials have insisted that the conflict was only a “special military operation.” Retired Brig. Gen. Peter Zwack joins AC360 to discuss what Putin’s declaration means and how it could affect the war.

Plus, a special grand jury has been selected in the Fulton County probe that’s investigating whether former President Trump and his allies committed any crimes in their efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia. In an exclusive interview with AC360, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis tells Anderson Cooper that 50 people have already voluntarily agreed to talk to the grand jury.

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May 03, 2022
Zelensky: Defending And Protecting Ukraine Is “A Struggle For Life”
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Ukraine President Volodymr Zelensky says defending and protecting the country is “a struggle for life” after heavy fighting continues in Eastern Ukraine and a journalist was killed and several others were injured in a missile attack on Kyiv. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko joins AC360 to discuss the message Russia is sending by bombing the capital city.

Plus, the mayor of Mariupol says that more than 600 people were injured in a Russian bombing that struck the makeshift hospital facility in the besieged Azovstal steel plant. Yuriy Ryzhenkov is the CEO of the company that owns the plant. He gives Anderson Cooper an update on the evacuation efforts.

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Apr 30, 2022
Kyiv Attacked While UN Chief Was Visiting
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says five missiles struck Kyiv while United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was finishing a visit to the Ukrainian capital. Olena Gnes has been hiding in a shelter with her three children in Kyiv since the start of the war while her husband is fighting on the front lines. After two months of talking to her while she’s been sheltering in a Kyiv basement, Anderson Cooper sat down with her, face-to-face, for the first time to get an update on her family and how she still lives in constant fear.

Plus, Moderna is seeking emergency use authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine for children ages six months to five-years-old. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins AC360 to explain why he thinks the reward outweighs the risk for parents who are hesitant about getting their children vaccinated.

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Apr 29, 2022
Putin Vows “Lightning-Fast” Response To Any Foreign Interference In Ukraine
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Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that any country helping or intervening in Ukraine would be met with “lightning-fast” response from Moscow saying “we have all the tools for this” and “will use them if needed.” António Guterres is the United Nations Secretary-General and recently met with the Russian President. He is meeting with Ukrainian President Volodmyr Zelensky tomorrow. He tells AC360 about his conversation with Putin and says it was a “very useful meeting.”

Plus, Anderson Cooper traveled to the Ukrainian city of Bucha to meet the man who captured some of the most haunting images that show the brutal executions of innocent citizens. He also spoke with the local prosecutor who is working to collect evidence and any other proof that the Russians committed war crimes, something Moscow has denied.  

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Apr 28, 2022
New Drone Video Shows Russian Military Vehicles And Forces On Bucha Street Strewn With Civilian Bodies
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New drone video obtained exclusively by CNN shows Russian military vehicles and forces on a Bucha street near civilian bodies despite Russia’s continued denials they were responsible for the carnage. Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, the International Criminal Court prosecutor, has been collecting evidence that points to possible war crimes by the Russian forces. He tells AC360 where his investigation stands and says the families of those who’ve died “deserve answers.”

Plus, CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward traveled to Kharkiv to see the destruction left even as Russians continue to launch rockets at Ukraine’s second largest city. She joins Anderson Cooper back in Kyiv to discuss the level of pride, resilience and defiance she saw “in the face of that kind of bombardment.”

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Apr 27, 2022
CNN Team And Paramedics Get Caught In Russian Shelling
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The head of Ukraine’s railways says Russian forces struck five railway stations in central and western Ukraine as heavy fighting continues in the east. While shadowing paramedics in Kharkiv, CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward and her team were forced to run for safety after getting caught in the crossfire of Russian shelling. She tells Anderson Cooper about how important the first responders are to the locals who are still constantly getting bombarded by Russian forces.

Plus, exclusive new reporting on thousands of text messages sent and received by Mark Meadows that reveal details about former President Trump’s inner circle communications before and after January 6. CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel joins AC360 to explain how Trump’s close associates, supporters and Republican lawmakers worked behind the scenes to try and overturn the election results. 

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Apr 26, 2022
Zelensky: Russians Locked Ukrainians In School Basement For 3 Weeks
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CNN's Ed Lavandera tells the story of one village where Ukrainians were held hostage by Russian troops for 3 weeks.

Also, according to the U.N. more than five million people have fled Ukraine since Russian began their invasion with more than seven million internally displaced in the country. 

And since the start of the war, Poland has seen the largest amount of refugees pour over the borders with the latest U.N. data showing nearly three million Ukrainians have escaped to Poland. 

Anderson spoke with actor, director, screenwriter and producer Liev Schreiber who co-founded Blue Check Ukraine to help vet and support Ukrainian aid groups on the ground. He also recently returned from Poland and Ukraine where he was aiding humanitarian efforts. 

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Apr 23, 2022
Putin Declares A "Success" In Mariupol
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Russia's Vladimir Putin claimed Mariupol is a "success" and is saying that the Russians are "liberating" the besieged port city. He also said that if the remaining defenders were to lay down their arms, Russia "guarantees their lives and decent treatment in accordance with the relevant international legal acts." To date, Ukrainian officials estimate that Russian attacks have cost up to 20,000 lives in Mariupol. President Zelensky said today that Russia is not engaged in war in Mariupol so much as a “terrorist operation.” David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, who has spent much of his career covering Russia and authored the Pulitzer Prize winning "Lenin's Tomb" talks with Anderson.

Clarissa Ward joins Anderson to talk about the grim situation many around one frontline city in Ukraine are facing. 

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Apr 22, 2022
Russian Brutality In Ukraine
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Samantha Power is the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. In her previous work as ambassador to the United Nations and member of the National Security Council, she's rallied the U.S. and other nations to focus more on human rights, refugees and atrocities across the globe. She talks with Anderson about the violence in Ukraine. 

Nadya Tolokonnikova, a founding member of the activist and punk rock group Pussy Riot, which has been publicly protesting Putin for about a decade also talks with Anderson. 

 

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Apr 21, 2022
President Zelensky Calls Russians “The Source Of Evil”
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President Zelensky calls Russians “the source of evil” for their attacks on Ukrainian civilians. The Russian Foreign Minister says of the war, “another stage of this operation is beginning”. The federal court ruling overturning the public transport mask mandate causes confusion across the country. The DOJ says it will appeal the ruling if the CDC says the mandate is still necessary. Patrick Lyoya was killed during an encounter with an officer following a traffic stop in Michigan. His family’s lawyers say the independent autopsy they commissioned shows he was shot in the back of his head.

Air Date: 04/19/2022

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Apr 20, 2022
Several U.S. Airlines Announce Masks Are Optional After Court Ruling
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Several U.S. airlines announce masks are optional after court ruling. Delta Air Lines says it is making masks optional, and warned travelers they "may experience inconsistent enforcement during the next 24 hours as this news is more broadly communicated."  Dr. Leana Wen talks about what this means. Also, a restaurant partnered with celebrity chef and global humanitarian José Andrés organization, World Central Kitchen, was hit by a missile strike in Kharkiv, Ukraine, leaving four staffers wounded, WCK CEO Nate Mook said Saturday, describing the scene as “horrific brutality.” Chef José Andrés talks about what is going on in Ukraine.

Guests: José Andrés & Dr. Leana Wen.

Airdate: April 18, 2022 

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Apr 19, 2022
Evidence of atrocities increasing across Ukraine
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Given Bucha, and Borodianka, the leveling of Mariupol, attacks on hospitals, and use of anti-personnel weapons on civilians, it is not hard to make a case that Russian tactics in Ukraine amount to war crimes on a scale not seen in Europe since the atrocities in the former Yugoslavia. But is how realistic is it to expect to hold Vladimir Putin directly accountable? Perspective from Sir Geoffrey Nice, who led the prosecution of Slobodan Milosevic, at The Hague. Also, Clarissa Ward brings us an update to a story of an 86 year-old woman who was stuck in Ukraine.

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Apr 16, 2022
Top ICC prosecutor after visiting Bucha: "Ukraine is a crime scene"
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International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Karim Khan visited the Ukrainian towns of Bucha and Borodyanka this week, where mass graves and murdered civilians were discovered in early April following the Russian withdrawal from northern Ukraine. “Ukraine is a crime scene. We’re here because we have reasonable grounds to believe that crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC are being committed. We have to pierce the fog of war to get to the truth,” Khan said after visiting Bucha. Also, the Russian warship Moskva has sunk, Russian state news agency TASS reported, citing a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense. There have been conflicting accounts emerging about an incident involving the warship in the Black Sea on Wednesday. Retired Brigadier General Peter Zwack, a former U.S. defense attaché to Russia and retired Lieutenant General Mark Hertling talk about what this means for Russia.

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Apr 15, 2022
Suspect in NYC subway shooting called in tip that led to his arrest
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The man suspected of shooting 10 people on a Brooklyn subway train called in a tip to Crime Stoppers Wednesday afternoon essentially telling police he saw his face on the news and knew he was wanted, two law enforcement sources tell CNN. In the call, the suspect said he was in a McDonald’s on the Lower East Side, the sources said. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe talks about why the suspect may have made the call. Also, President Biden took new action today to bolster Ukraine's defenses against the next phase of Russia's invasion. Retired Major General Dana Pittard talks about this new $800 million security assistance package and what it could mean for Ukraine.

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Apr 14, 2022
NYPD seeking 62-year-old “person of interest” in NYC subway shooting
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The NYPD has identified Frank R. James as a “person of interest” in the investigation of the Brooklyn subway shooting. They believe he rented a U-Haul van whose keys were found at the scene. Police are investigating whether he has any connection to the shooting and have not named him as a suspect. Ten people were shot Tuesday morning and at least 13 others injured when a suspect opened smoke grenades on a train and fired a gun 33 times. Hourari Benkada says he was sitting next to the shooter and was shot in the back of his knee. He joins AC360 from his hospital bed and describes the terrifying moment he realized he was hit by a bullet. Plus, President Biden says it’s “become clearer” that Russian President Vladimir Putin is committing “genocide” in Ukraine. CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward is in Dnipro, Ukraine and tells AC360 what she saw when she left Kyiv earlier in the day.

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Apr 13, 2022
Russia Shifts Its Focus To Eastern Ukraine
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Russian President Vladimir Putin tapped a general known as the “butcher of Syria” when he ran operations there as the focus shifts to Eastern Ukraine. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said his country is “ready” for a major Russian offensive in the east. CNN Chief White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins tells AC360 how the Biden administrations is responding to Gen. Alexander Dvornikov’s appointment.

Plus, CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward spent time in two Ukrainian towns liberated from Russian forces. She shows AC360 the carnage left behind and how local residents are trying to clean up the destruction.

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Apr 12, 2022
At Least 50 People Killed In Train Station Missile Strike
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At least 50 people, including five children, were killed and nearly 100 more were injured at an eastern Ukraine train station after Russian forces carried out a missile strike. Nate Mook is the CEO of World Central Kitchen and was close to the scene of the attack where he was helping feed evacuees in Kramatorsk. He joins AC360 and describes the scene of missile strike “catastrophic” and says it was a “direct attack on innocent civilians.”

Plus, two days after the 2020 election Donald Trump Jr. texted then-chief of staff Mark Meadows ideas for overturning the results before it was called. CNN Congressional Correspondent Ryan Nobles tells Anderson Cooper what else was in the text message from the former President’s eldest son. 

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Apr 09, 2022
Source: Russia Troops Discussed Killing Ukrainian Civilians In Intercepted Transmissions
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German’s foreign intelligence service told a parliamentary committee that it had intercepted transmissions from Russian troops talking about shooting Ukrainian soldiers and civilians, a source with knowledge of the meeting said. That may be evidence of the Russians committing war crimes, something Moscow has denied. CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward brings AC360 to Chernihiv, Ukraine, which has been completely cut off from the rest of the country with no food and very little water.

Plus, in a historic 53-47 vote, the Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court making her the first Black woman to sit on the highest court in the country. Anita Hill is a professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis University and testified more than 30 years ago before the Senate Judiciary Committee about allegations of sexual harassment she made against then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. She tells Anderson Cooper how important Jackson’s confirmation is both politically and culturally.  

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Apr 08, 2022
Biden: “Major War Crimes” Being Discovered In Ukraine
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President Biden says “major war crimes” are being discovered in Ukraine as Russian forces retreat from areas around Kyiv. The White House announced new sanctions on Russia’s largest financial institutions and individuals with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, including his two adult daughters. Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer tells Anderson Cooper if he thinks the new sanctions will impact Putin’s ability to wage war.

Plus, Polish President Duda says it’s “hard to deny” genocide in Ukraine after images came to light from cities like Bucha showing civilians brutally killed. CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash brings AC360 an exclusive interview with President Duda where he talks about how his country will continue to support Ukraine.

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Apr 07, 2022
Zelensky: Russians Killed Civilians For “Pleasure”
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gave a graphic account of the situation in his country in his remarks to the UN Security Council saying Russians killed civilians in Bucha for “pleasure” and “there is not a single crime they would not commit there.” Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel joins AC360 to discuss if he thinks the U.S. level of involvement on the ground should change.

Plus, Chef José Andrés and his World Central Kitchen crew were one of the first humanitarian efforts inside Bucha. He tells Anderson Cooper about delivering meals to residents and how appreciative they were.

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Apr 06, 2022
Zelensky: Ukraine Wants To "Show The World" What Happened In Bucha
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says Ukraine wants to “show the world” what happened in Bucha and his country “will not pause” until it finds those who are responsible. Shocking images show civilian bodies with gunshot wounds to their heads and hands tied. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby tells Anderson Cooper whether the images of the brutal attacks on the Ukrainian citizens changes the U.S. position on the war.

Plus, Russia claims Ukrainians faked a video from Bucha showing bodies in the streets but satellite images show the bodies had been there for weeks while the town was under Russian control. David Remnick is an editor for The New Yorker and won a Pulitzer Prize for his book on the Soviet Union. He joins AC360 to discuss what Russian President Vladimir Putin could be thinking.

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Apr 05, 2022
Russia Accuses Ukraine Of Assault On Fuel Depot In Russian Territory
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Russia is accusing Ukraine of orchestrating an attack on a fuel depot inside Russian territory but CNN is unable to verify Russian claims that the fire was caused by an air strike from Ukrainian helicopters. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has neither confirmed nor denied the attack. Retired Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard joins AC360 to discuss who he thinks is responsible for the attack.

Plus, buses rescue nearly 800 people originally from the besieged city of Mariupol. CNN Senior International Correspondent Ivan Watson tells AC360 what the evacuees can expect.

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Apr 02, 2022
Biden: There's Some Indication Putin Is Self-Isolating And Punishing His Advisers
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President Joe Biden says there’s some indication Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to be “self-isolated” and has either fired some advisers or put them under house arrest. Biden did add he didn’t want to put “too much stock in that” because they “don’t have that much hard evidence.” Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor joins AC360 to discuss why he thinks Putin is "divorced from reality." 

Plus, CNN Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour tells AC360 about what’s happening in the fight for Kyiv.

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Apr 01, 2022
Zelensky: Negotiations With Russia Are “Only Words”
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Russian forces continue to conduct full-scale armed aggression against Ukraine just a day after Moscow said it would “drastically reduce” its military assault. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said negotiations with Russia are “only words, without anything concrete.” Lesia Vasylenko is a Ukrainian Member of Parliament. She joins AC360 to explain why she doesn’t believe anything Russian President Vladimir Putin says.

Plus, U.S. senators received a classified briefing about the war in Ukraine. Independent Sen. Angus King was in the briefing and he shares with Anderson Cooper why he believes this is a “crucial period that we’re moving into now.”

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Mar 31, 2022
U.S.: "No One Should Be Fooled" By Russian Claims About Military Operations
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A U.S. official says “no one should be fooled by Russia’s announcements” that they are scaling back their military operations in Ukraine and should brace for more aggression instead. CNN’s Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour is in Kyiv and joins AC360 to give an update on what she’s seeing and hearing in the capital city.

Plus, Anderson Cooper checks in with Olena Gnes, who’s been hiding in a Kyiv shelter with her three kids while her husband fights the Russian forces.

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Mar 30, 2022
Biden Refuses To Walk Back His Comments On Putin
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President Biden refused to walk back his comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin saying he was “expressing my outrage” but not making a policy change. Over the weekend, Biden said Putin “cannot remain in power” which caught American and international officials off-guard. Washington Post Columnist Max Boot joins AC360 to discuss the President’s comments.

Plus, photojournalist Juan Arredondo was injured in an attack that also killed award-winning American documentarian Brent Renaud. In an exclusive interview, Arredondo tells Anderson Cooper about the terrifying moments when he realized he got shot and how he found out that he lost his friend.

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Mar 29, 2022
U.S.: Russian Ground Forces Stop Moving Toward Kyiv
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Ukrainian forces have retaken towns and defensive positions on Kyiv’s eastern outskirts. A U.S. defense officials tells CNN Russian forces have stopped “any interests in terms of ground movements” towards the capital city. Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling is a former Army Commanding General for Europe and the Seventh Army. He joins Anderson Cooper to discuss the Ukrainian’s territory gains and the Russian military strategy. Plus, CNN’s Senior International Correspondent Ivan Watson visited a children’s ward hospital in Zaporizhzhia. He tells AC360 the story of a little girl who was shot in the face by a Russian soldier while trying to flee her home with her family.

Guests: Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (Ret.), Ivan Watson.

Airdate: March 25, 2022

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Mar 26, 2022
Ukrainian Forces Make Gains East Of Kyiv
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Ukrainian forces appear to have retaken territory east of Kyiv as intense combat continues north of the capital in Irpin. Mariupol has been one of the most devastated cities with videos showing deserted, debris-filled streets, blown-out cars and destroyed buildings. Yuliia Karpenko and her family finally decided to flee after their apartment building was hit. She tells Anderson Cooper her home "has burned down so badly" and there's "nothing left." Plus, Ukraine tells the U.S. it needs 500 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 500 Stringer anti-aircraft missiles per day. Retired Gen. David Petraeus is the former Head of U.S. Central Command and was the director of the CIA under President Obama. He joins AC360 to discuss how Ukraine can keep control of their land and says they are "fighting to the last soldier."

Guests: Yuliia Karpenko Gen. David Petraeus (Ret.) 

Airdate: March 24, 2022

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Mar 25, 2022
Ukrainians Push Back Russian Forces East Of Kyiv
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A senior U.S. defense official says Ukrainians have managed to push back Russian forces about 34 miles away from Kyiv’s city center even though Russian forces appear to be “digging in” and “establishing defensive positions.” CNN Senior International Correspondent Sam Kiley tells Anderson Cooper what it’s been like in Kyiv in recent hours and says, “things are going relatively well for the Ukrainians at the moment.”

Plus, the U.S. government has formally declared Russia’s military has committed war crimes in Ukraine. It remains to be seen, however, whether there will be any accountability for those accused of carrying out the alleged crimes, and whether Russian President Vladimir Putin himself will be forced to bear any responsibility. David Remnick is an editor for The New Yorker and won a Pulitzer Prize for his book on the Soviet Union. He joins AC360 to discuss Putin’s inner circle and his decision-making process.

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Mar 24, 2022
Zelensky: Mariupol Is “Just Ruins Like Armageddon”
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gave an update on talks with Russia and said the “difficult negotiations” continue and added that the southern port city of Mariupol is “just ruins like Armageddon.” Ukrainian Member of Parliament Lesia Vasylenko tells Anderson Cooper whether she thinks there's any room for compromise and why giving up land would be "putting the world at risk." 

Plus, Democratic Senate Judiciary Committee member Amy Klobuchar joins AC360 to discuss day two of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

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Mar 23, 2022
Zelensky: Mariupol Is “Reduced To Ashes”
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says the city of Mariupol is “reduced to ashes,” but the city will “survive.” One Ukrainian officer inside the city said “bombs are falling every 10 minutes.” CNN Senior International Correspondent Ivan Watson introduces AC360 to a few residents who were able to escape.

Plus, Anderson Cooper speaks to Washington Post photojournalist Heidi Levine about the bravery of the women she’s encountered while reporting from the front lines of the war.

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Mar 22, 2022
U.S.: Russian Forces Have Launched “More Than 1,080 Missiles” Since Beginning Of Invasion
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A senior U.S. defense official tells CNN that Russian forces have launched “more than 1,080 missiles” since the beginning of their invasion. Ukraine’s military says six missiles were fired at Lviv, the western city near Poland’s border that has been relatively untouched. Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling tells AC360 this is likely to become a battle of the “will of the two sides” and how much damage they can sustain until they give up.

Plus, the mayor of Melitopol was detained by armed men in the Russian-occupied city on March 11. Mayor Ivan Fedorov joins AC360 days after being rescued by the Ukrainian government to discuss his abduction and says if Ukraine doesn’t win this war, Russia will attack Europe and the rest of the world.

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Mar 19, 2022
Ukraine: Survivors Emerging From Bombed Mariupol Theater
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Ukrainian officials say survivors are beginning to emerge from the bombed Mariupol theater where hundreds of people were believed to be sheltering. UK intelligence suggests that Russia’s invasion has largely stalled and forces are resorting to older, less precise weapons which could lead to more civilian causalities. James Clapper is a retired Air Force Lieutenant General and the former Director of National Intelligence. He joins AC360 to discuss where the Russians stand militarily and what they could be planning.

Plus, Russian shelling hit a Kharkiv market, one of the largest in the world, and set off a series of fires. VICE News Correspondent just returned from Ukraine’s second largest city. She tells Anderson Cooper about the devastation and level of destruction she witnessed.

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Mar 18, 2022
Fate “Unknown” Of Hundreds In Bombed Mariupol Theater
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The Mariupol City Council says a theater where hundreds were believed to be sheltering was bombed and sustained heavy damage. The bomb shelter’s entrance is blocked by rubble and the fate of those inside is still “unknown.” CNN International Security Editor Nick Paton Walsh joins AC360 to give an update on the bombing and says the intense shelling has made it hard for rescuers to help any survivors.

Plus, President Biden said he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “war criminal.” In an exclusive interview, Karim Khan, the chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, tells Anderson Cooper that he has come to Ukraine to investigate any alleged Russia war crimes.

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Mar 17, 2022
Covering the Ukrainian Conflict with Anderson Cooper & Nick Paton Walsh
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CNN’s Anderson Cooper is on the ground in Ukraine with International Security Editor Nick Paton Walsh. They discuss the struggles of covering a war when one side is deliberately lying about the reality on the ground and his approach to talking to people experiencing the worst moments of their lives.

To hear future episodes of Tug of War, find it and listen wherever you get your podcasts.

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Mar 16, 2022
Veteran Cameraman And Ukrainian Journalist Killed Near Kyiv While Reporting For Fox News
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An attack near Kyiv left two members of a Fox News crew dead and a correspondent severely injured. Longtime war photojournalist Pierre Zakrzewski and Oleksandra "Sasha" Kuvshynova, an Ukrainian journalist who was working as a consultant for the network, were killed. Correspondent Benjamin Hall was seriously inured and is still in the hospital. CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward was a friend of Zakrewski and has been reporting from Kyiv since the Russians invaded Ukraine. She joins AC360 to remember Zarkrzewski and talk about the "tremendous joy" in his heart. 

Plus, President Biden is expected to unveil a new package of military assistance for Ukraine, including antitank missiles as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is set to address U.S. members of Congress Wednesday. Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger tells Anderson Cooper why he commends what the Biden administration has done for Ukraine so far but says "there's a lot more to do."

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Mar 16, 2022
Pentagon: Airspace Over Ukraine Remains “Contested”
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Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said the airspace over Ukraine remains “contested” and warned that it “appears as if the Russians are broadening their target set.” A senior U.S. defense official tells CNN that Russian forces haven’t encircled Kyiv yet but they’re trying. Marie Yovanovitch is a former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. She joins AC360 to discuss whether she thinks the U.S. is doing enough to help Ukraine.

Plus, Los Angeles Times photojournalist and foreign correspondent Marcus Yam has been bringing the horror and tragedy of the war to the world through his photos. He tells Anderson Cooper how tense things are on the outskirts of Kyiv and what he’s been seeing.

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Mar 15, 2022
Russia Strikes Close To NATO Member’s Border
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Russian airstrikes hit a large military base near the Poland border, killing 35 people and leaving more than 130 in the hospital. Retired Gen. Wesley Clark tells Anderson Cooper why Russia would be targeting that military base. Plus, Russian Pro-Democracy Leader Garry Kasparov joins AC360 to discuss if he thinks Russia President Vladimir Putin wants a conflict with NATO.

Airdate: March 13, 2022

Guests: Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) & Garry Kasparov  

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Mar 14, 2022
Shelling Heard in Kyiv
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Repeated shelling was heard early Saturday in Ukraine’s capital. This comes as Russia intensifies and broadens the war, hitting cities in the western Ukraine, closer to NATO territory. Many of these places that have suffered repeated attacks are without power and water. If that didn't make rescue efforts complicated enough, CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward talked with a woman, who lives in America, and was desperate to find her mother, who lived just outside Kyiv. She tells Anderson the story. 

And former Defense Secretary William Cohen joins Anderson to talk about U.S. and NATO efforts at supporting Ukraine.

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Mar 12, 2022
Mariupol’s Mayor: Civilians Continue To Be Targeted
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Mariupol’s mayor says civilians continue to be targeted just days after the Russians bombed a maternity hospital that killed at least three people, including a child. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky called the attack "proof of a genocide.” CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward is in Kyiv and gives AC360 an update on the evacuation efforts and how far Russian forces are from the city center.

Plus, the White House is warning Russia may use chemical weapons in Ukraine. Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee. He tells Anderson Cooper the United States “should be focused on helping the Ukrainians but staying out of direct conflict with Russia.”

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Mar 11, 2022
Zelensky: Kids Trapped In Rubble After Hospital Bombed
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Mariupol authorities have accused the Russians of bombing a children’s and maternity hospital where President Volodymyr Zelensky said after the attack that kids were trapped in the rubble. Retired Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmett tells Anderson Cooper what he thinks the Ukrainians need the most to fight back against the Russian attacks.

Plus, ITV’s Dan Rivers brings AC360 the horrors of the siege of Kharkiv through one of its resident’s eyes. Anastasia Paraskevova shows the world how the constant fear and uncertainty forced her and her family to flee their home.

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Mar 10, 2022
Zelensky: “We Will Fight Until The End”
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the UK House of Commons saying “we will not give up” and “we will fight until the end” as at least 21 civilians, including two children, were killed in a Russian airstrike in the Ukrainian city of Sumy. CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward joins AC360 to give an update on the evacuation efforts in some of the Kyiv suburbs as many remain without food, power and heat.

Plus, Lynsey Addario is a photojournalist for The New York Times and has been showing the world what is happening to innocent civilians. She tells Anderson Cooper what she’s been seeing and how important it is to trust your instincts.

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Mar 09, 2022
President Zelensky: “I’m Not Afraid Of Anyone”
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Ukrainian President Zelensky told the world he’s “not afraid of anyone” as the Russian onslaught continues and more civilians are being killed. Ukraine has yet to agree to a Russia proposed ceasefire in five cities that would begin Tuesday at 10 a.m Moscow time. CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward joins AC360 from Kyiv where Ukrainians are crowding the train station to leave their city and in some cases, their families behind.

Plus, Anderson Cooper checks in again with Olena Gnes, who’s been in a Kyiv shelter for nearly two weeks with her three children while her husband is fighting the Russian forces.

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Mar 08, 2022
U.S.: 95% Of Russia’s Amassed Firepower Now In Ukraine
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A senior defense official tells CNN that Russia has fired a total of 600 missiles since its invasion of Ukraine began and has 95% of its amassed firepower in the country. Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger tells Anderson Cooper why he supports the idea of a no-fly zone over Ukraine, something the U.S. is currently opposed to despite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s pleas for one. Plus, an independent monitoring group says Russia has detained at least 4,640 people during protests today. Steve Hall is the former CIA Chief of Russia Operations. He joins AC360 to discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin’s history of suppressing public dissent and what his next move could be.

Airdate: March 6, 2022

Guests: Rep. Adam Kinzinger & Steve Hall

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Mar 07, 2022
U.S. & NATO Officials: Russia Now Poised To “Bombard Cities Into Submission”
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U.S. and NATO officials warn Russia now appears poised to “bombard cities into submission” which could inflict significant civilian casualties. Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling tells AC360 this isn’t only an attempt at “killing the civilian population” but also an attempt to just “eliminate the Ukrainian culture.”

Plus, Anderson Cooper checks in again with Olena Gnes, who’s been in a Kyiv shelter for eight days with her three children while her husband is fighting the Russian forces.

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Mar 05, 2022
Fire Breaks Out At Nuclear Power Plant In Ukraine
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There’s a fire at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and at one point the country’s foreign minister said the Russian army is “firing from all sides.” Fighting has now stopped, and background radiation levels are currently normal, according to plant spokesman Andrii Tuz. Graham Allison is a nuclear policy expert and a professor at Harvard Kennedy School. He joins AC360 to discuss how worried Ukrainians and the world should be.

Plus, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the war in Ukraine is “going according to plan” as France gave a chilling warning that the “worst is yet to come.” Retired Gen. Wesley Clark is the former NATO Supreme Allied Commander. He tells Anderson Cooper what he thinks the Russian strategy could be. 

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Mar 04, 2022
U.S. Warns Russia Will Hit More Civilian Targets And Seek “Slow Annihilation” Of Ukraine’s Military
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U.S. officials warn that Russia’s strategy in its war on Ukraine will start to target civilians and seek a “slow annihilation” of Ukraine’s army. Ukrainian forces have been able to hold their ground while maintaining control of Kyiv and other major cities except the city of Kherson, which appears to have fallen to the Russians. Retired Gen. David Petraeus is the former Head of U.S. Central Command and was the CIA Director under President Obama. He joins AC360 to discuss the Russian military strategy and how he thinks they’ll try to take control of Kyiv.

Plus, Olena Gnes has been hiding in a shelter with her three children for six days while her husband is out fighting the Russian forces. She tells Anderson Cooper about returning to her home for an hour to get more clothes and to shower and how afraid her children were to leave the shelter. 

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Mar 03, 2022
New Explosions Rock Kyiv As Capital Braces For Assault
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Concern mounts across Ukraine as Russia continues its increasingly aggressive bombing campaign after a large explosion destroyed a government building in central Kharkiv. In a CNN exclusive interview, CNN Senior International Correspondent Matthew Chance spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. He asked Zelensky whether he's concerned if Russia will double down on its military operations, and tells Anderson Cooper about the toll this war has taken on the Ukrainian president.

Plus, in this special edition of AC360, CNN's Jake Tapper examines the priorities of President Biden's first State of the Union address. He sits down with CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash, CNN Senior Political Correspondent Abby Phillip, and CNN Chief White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins.

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Mar 02, 2022
Russia Intensifies Attacks On Ukrainian Cities
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U.S. officials fear the worst is yet to come in the capital of Ukraine as they warn Russian President Vladimir Putin could increase the intensity of the attack. CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward is in Kyiv and tells AC360 what she’s been seeing and hearing.

Plus, according to satellite images, the Russian convoy near Kyiv is more than 40 miles long. People in the capital city have been taking shelter for days. Olena Gnes is a mom to three children and has been hiding in a makeshift bomb shelter since last Thursday without her husband who is volunteering to fight the Russians. She tells Anderson Cooper how she’s explaining what is happening to her kids and why she decided to stay in Ukraine.

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Mar 01, 2022
Explosions In Kyiv
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Explosions are seen and heard in Kyiv and clashes are underway in an eastern suburb of the Ukrainian capital. This comes as the President of Ukraine confirms Russian forces are closing in on the city and warns “the fate of Ukraine is being decided right now.” Anderson talks with CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward who is on the ground in Kyiv. 

And, as Russia continues its assault on Ukraine, the White House announced the U.S. will personally sanction Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Democratic Congressman Jason Crow joins AC360 to give his take on the latest round of sanctions.  

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Feb 26, 2022
Zelensky: “The Enemy Marked Me As Target Number One”
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Ukraine President Zelensky says he believes Russian sabotage groups have entered the capital of Kyiv and that they’ve marked him as “target number one” and his family as “target number two.” CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward tells Anderson Cooper whether or not Zelensky plans to stay in Kyiv.

Plus, President Biden announced new “strong” sanctions on Russia and said Putin “has committed an assault on the very principles that uphold global peace.” David Remnick is an editor for The New Yorker and the author of "Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire.” He joins AC360 to discuss why Putin wants Ukraine.

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Feb 25, 2022
U.S. Warns Ukraine Full-Scale Russian Invasion Is Imminent
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Ukraine is on high alert after the U.S. warned an attack could be “imminent.” Several Ukraine airports closed as Ukrainian President Zelensky said the “trigger” for Russian invasion could happen at “any minute.” William Cohen served as the Secretary of Defense during the Clinton administration. He tells Anderson Cooper how far he thinks the Biden administration should go with sanctions against Russia. Plus, President Zelensky said he tried to call Russian President Putin but was unsuccessful. Steve Hall is the former CIA Chief of Russia. He joins AC360 to discuss what Putin’s rationale could be for invading Ukraine.

Airdate: February 23, 2022

Guests: William Cohen and Steve Hall.

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Feb 24, 2022
Biden: “This Is The Beginning Of A Russian Invasion”
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President Biden announced new sanctions to punish Moscow and described what is currently happening in Ukraine as “the beginning of a Russian invasion.” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also canceled his meeting with Russia's foreign minister. CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward is in Kyiv, Ukraine. She tells AC360 Ukraine’s first choice is diplomacy but if that doesn’t work they plan to “fight for every inch” of their land.

Plus, Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell blamed the Biden administration’s “weakness” for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Maggie Haberman is the Washington correspondent for The New York Times. She joins AC360 to discuss McConnell’s comments and the Republican party’s view of Putin. 

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Feb 23, 2022
Putin Orders Russian Forces Into Two Breakaway Regions In Ukraine
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Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops into two separatist pro-Moscow regions in eastern Ukraine after recognizing their independence. The U.S. expects Russian troops to move into the Donbas region as soon as Monday evening or Tuesday for what Putin called a “peacekeeping” mission. Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) is the former NATO Supreme Allied Commander. He tells AC360 what he thinks will happen over the next several hours and days.

Plus, the jury in the federal hate crimes trial of the three men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery wrapped up its first day of deliberations. Keisha Lance Bottoms is the former mayor of Atlanta and is a CNN Political Commentator. She joins AC360 to discuss the trial and whether she thinks the prosecution did enough to prove their case.

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Feb 22, 2022
Biden: I’m “Convinced” Putin Has Decided To Invade Ukraine
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President Biden said he’s “convinced” Russian President Putin has decided to invade Ukraine and believes Russian forces could attack “in the coming week” or sooner. Fiona Hill is the former Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on the National Security Council. She joins AC360 to discuss Biden’s comments and says the President sounds “pretty confident” Putin has made up his mind.

Plus, the National Archives confirmed they’re talking to the Department of Justice since classified records were found in boxes at Mar-a-Lago after former President Trump had left office. Maggie Haberman is a Washington Correspondent for The New York Times and a CNN Political Analyst. She tells AC360 “there’s a lot of unanswered questions” surrounding the boxes and the documents in them.

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Feb 19, 2022
Biden: Threat Of A Russian Invasion Is “Very High”
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President Biden says he believes the likelihood of a Russian invasion of Ukraine is “very high” and could happen “within the next several days.” CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward traveled to the Donbas Region of Ukraine. She joins AC360 to discuss why there was a sense of “angst and nervousness” when she was talking to people on the ground. 

Plus, a judge ruled that former President Trump and his two children, Ivanka and Donald Jr., must sit for depositions in the New York attorney general’s civil investigation of their business practices. Preet Bharara is a former U.S. attorney and a CNN Senior Legal Analyst. He tells AC360 whether he thinks the Trumps would win an appeal.

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Feb 18, 2022
U.S.: Russia Has Added 7,000 Troops Along Ukraine Border
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The U.S. says Russia has added 7,000 troops along the Ukraine border, directly contradicting Moscow’s claims they’ve been pulling back its forces. Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) is a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander. He tells AC360 he “absolutely” thinks the addition of troops increases the likelihood of a Russian invasion.

Plus, a six-year-old girl, who has been missing since 2019, was found hidden underneath a wooden staircase with her noncustodial mother. At age 14, Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her home and found nine months later. She’s now a child safety activist. She joins AC360 to discuss her own experience after being found and how important it is to never give up hope.

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Feb 17, 2022
Biden: If Russia Invades Ukraine, Human Costs Will Be “Immense”
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President Biden warned that if Russia invades Ukraine the human costs will be “immense” over a “war without cause or reason.” Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (Ret.) is a former U.S. Army Commanding General for Europe and the Seventh Army. He tells AC360 why he isn’t convinced Putin is going to launch a “large scale” attack on Ukraine.

Plus, the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol issued subpoenas to six more people, further digging into illegitimate electors from key swing states that former President Trump lost. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs joins AC360 to discuss the subpoenas and why it’s so important to have people at every level who are “going to continue to uphold the will of the voters.”

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Feb 16, 2022
U.S. Closing Embassy In Kyiv, Ukraine
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The U.S. is closing its embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine as officials have warned Russia is “clearly advancing their ability to invade” and could launch an invasion as soon as this week. Steven Pifer is a former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. He tells AC360 he takes the embassy closing as the U.S.’s assessment that there’s a “real possibility the Russian military may go into Ukraine.”

Plus, former President Trump’s long-time accounting firm informed the Trump Organization that nearly 10 years’ financial statements are unreliable and they would no longer be their accountants. Conservative lawyer George Conway joins AC360 to explain why he says this is “worse for him than getting impeached twice.”

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Feb 15, 2022
U.S.: Russia Could Invade Ukraine “At Any Time”
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President Biden plans to speak with Russia President Putin tomorrow as the U.S. is warning that Russia could invade Ukraine “at any time.” National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan is urging Americans in Ukraine to leave in the “next 24 to 48 hours.” Steve Hall is the former CIA Chief of Russia Operations. He joins AC360 to discuss what type of intelligence the U.S. may have received to make the officials send out that type of warning.

Plus, a Canadian judge has issued an injunction that allows police to end the ongoing blockade at the busiest international crossing in North America where protesters have been objecting to Covid-19 restrictions. Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson tells AC360 whether the U.S. should be worried about copycat protests.

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Feb 12, 2022
Anderson Welcomes Second Son
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Anderson reveals some big news: He, along with his best friend and former partner Benjamin, welcomed Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper to the world. Sebastian joins big brother Wyatt, who is turning two in April. The AC360 team sends a big congratulations to Anderson and his entire family!

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Feb 11, 2022
National Archives Asks DOJ To Investigate Trump’s Handling Of WH Documents
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The National Archives has asked the Department of Justice to investigate former President Trump’s handling of White House documents. The New York Times is reporting the Archives found possible classified material in some of the boxes returned to them by the former President. Rep. Adam Schiff is a member of House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol. He tells AC360 the DOJ should look at the allegations “very seriously and investigate them” if there were classified materials in the boxes.

Plus, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced she’s lifting the statewide mask-or-vaccine mandate for indoor businesses starting tomorrow as many other states have made similar announcements. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins AC360 to discuss the growing list of states getting rid of mandatory masking and whether he thinks it’s too soon.

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Feb 10, 2022
McConnell Slams RNC’s Censure Of Reps. Cheney & Kinzinger
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The two Republican leaders in Congress are at odds over the Republican National Committee’s resolution that formally censured Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for serving on the House committee that’s investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the committee shouldn’t be "singling out members of our party who may have different views from the majority.” Mike Shields is a former RNC chief of staff. He joins AC360 to discuss Sen. McConnell’s comments.

Plus, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky says now is “not the moment” to drop mask mandates in schools as some states, including Connecticut and New Jersey, have announced they won’t require students and teachers to wear masks in just weeks or next month. Dr. Richard Besser is the former acting CDC director. He tells AC360 it’s a tricky balancing act between keeping kids safe and getting some sense of normalcy back.

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Feb 09, 2022
Biden: Would Be “Gigantic Mistake” For Putin To Move On Ukraine
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President Biden said it would be a “gigantic mistake” for Russian President Vladimir Putin “to move on Ukraine.” During a meeting at the White House, Biden and the German chancellor said both nations and NATO allies continue to pursue “diplomatic resolutions” with Russia. Jill Dougherty is the former CNN Moscow Bureau Chief and is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. She tells AC360 what she thinks Putin’s next move will be. Plus, a number of states have set timelines for ending their school mask mandates as the number of Covid-19 cases continues to decrease. Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency room physician and the former Baltimore Health Commissioner. She joins AC360 to discuss whether she thinks now is the right time to relax restrictions. 

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Feb 08, 2022
Pence Says 'Trump Is Wrong' To Say Then-Vice President Had The Right To Overturn 2020 Election
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Former Vice President Mike Pence called out his former boss by name on Friday, saying that "President (Donald) Trump is wrong" in claiming that Pence had the right to overturn the 2020 election on January 6, 2021. George Conway joins Anderson to discuss what Pence said and the future of the Republican party.
And just four months after its debut, Wordle may be the hottest online game of 2022.
It is so popular that The New York Times announced this week it bought Wordle from its creator, for an undisclosed price of at least a million dollars.
Among those now devoted to the five-letter, six-attempt mystery: Monica Lewinsky. Anderson speaks with the Vanity Fair Contributing Editor and Producer who writes about her fascination with the game, in a new piece for the magazine, titled: "Why Wordle Is Our New Favorite Thing to Do in Bed in the Morning."


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Feb 05, 2022
Biden On Gun Violence: “Enough Is Enough”
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President Biden traveled to New York City to talk about his administration’s efforts to combat gun violence. The visit came less than two weeks after two NYPD officers were fatally shot on the job. The President met with local, state and federal authorities including New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a retired NYPD police captain. He joins AC360 to discuss his meeting with Biden and says “we need the federal government to stop the flow of guns into our cities across America.” Plus, former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores is suing the NFL and its 32 teams, accusing them of racial discrimination. NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells Anderson Cooper why he thinks there’s such a lack of diversity in management and head coaching positions in the NFL.

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Feb 04, 2022
U.S. Deploying 3,000 Troops To Eastern Europe
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President Joe Biden formally approved the deployment of 3,000 U.S. troops to Eastern Europe, a show of support to NATO allies with tens of thousands Russian troops on the Ukraine border. Leon Panetta is a former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director during the Obama administration. He tells Anderson Cooper why he thinks it’s the “right move.” Plus, ABC News suspended “The View” host Whoopi Goldberg after she apologized for saying the Holocaust was “not about race.” Rabbi Jeffrey Myers survived the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history when a gunman killed 11 members of his Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. He joins AC360 to discuss the rise of anti-Semitism in the country.

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Feb 03, 2022
Pfizer/BioNTech Seeks Emergency Use Authorization From FDA For Covid-19 Vaccine For Children Under 5
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Pfizer and BioNTech are asking for emergency use authorization for their two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months to 5 years. The FDA is set to meet on February 15 to discuss whether or not to authorize the vaccine for those children under 5. Former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden joins AC360 to discuss why he is cautiously optimistic about the next few months on the Covid front.

Plus, CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward got rare access to the Ukrainian front lines where just 20 miles away, thousands of Russian troops have gathered with tanks and other armor. She tells Anderson Cooper about the little sense of urgency she’s seeing from the Ukrainian troops.

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Feb 02, 2022
Trump: Pence Should Have Overturned The 2020 Election
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Former President Trump has publicly admitted that he wanted then-Vice President Pence to overturn the 2020 election and claimed Pence did “have the right” to do so. Harvard law school professor Laurence Tribe tells Anderson Cooper why he thinks the government should indict the former President.

Plus, Marc Short, former Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, testified in front of the House select committee investigating January 6 in response to a subpoena. Short was with Pence at the Capitol the day of the insurrection. Olivia Troye is the former Homeland Security, Counterterrorism and Covid Task Force adviser to the former Vice President. She joins AC360 to discuss Short’s testimony and said he has “nothing to lose.”

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Feb 01, 2022
Biden On Russia Threat: Will Move U.S. Troops In “Near Term”
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President Biden said he will move U.S. troops to NATO countries in Eastern Europe in the “near term," as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley warned a Russia invasion of Ukraine would be “horrific” for the country and would result in “significant” causalities. Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling is the former commanding general of the U.S. Army in Europe. He tells Anderson Cooper why he doesn’t think President Biden's statement is “significant at all.”

Plus, the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol has issued a subpoena for former Deputy White House Press Secretary Judd Deere. CNN’s Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger joins AC360 to discuss what the committee is hoping to learn from him. 

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Jan 29, 2022
Biden Call With Zelensky Was "Long And Serious" But "Productive"
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A senior Ukrainian official tells CNN a phone call between President Biden and Ukrainian Zelensky “did not go well” as tensions continue to rise over a possible Russian invasion. A national security source disputed that claim and said the call was “long and serious” but “productive.” CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins tells Anderson Cooper one thing is clear: nobody inside the White House knows what Putin is going to do.

Plus, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer officially announced his plans to retire after nearly 30 years on the bench. Biden said he expects to pick a nominee by the end of February who will be “worthy of Justice Breyer’s legacy of excellence and decency.”  Judge Vince Chhabria is a former law clerk for Justice Breyer. He joins AC360 to discuss the “giant” shoes his successor will have to fill.

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Jan 28, 2022
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer To Retire
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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is expected to announce his retirement after serving nearly 30 years on the bench. The White House confirms President Biden stands by his commitment to nominate a Black woman to replace Breyer, a promise he first made on the debate stage in February 2020 when he was running for President. The next day, Democratic Rep. James Clyburn endorsed him, which ultimately helped Biden win his party’s nomination. The South Carolina congressman tells Anderson Cooper how important it was to have Biden’s word before backing the future President.

Plus, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the United States has given Moscow its written response in hopes of deterring a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee and recently traveled to Kyiv where he and a bipartisan delegation met with Ukraine’s president. He joins AC360 to discuss the U.S.’s response to Russia’s demands.

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Jan 27, 2022
Biden: Would Consider Personally Sanctioning Putin If Russia Invades Ukraine
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President Biden told CNN he would consider personally sanctioning Russian President Putin if Russia invaded Ukraine, warning there would be “enormous consequences.” Steve Hall is the former CIA chief of Russia operations. He joins AC360 to discuss how difficult it is to predict Putin’s next move.

Plus, a judge approved Michael Avenatti’s request to represent himself in the criminal trial against him. Prosecutors allege he defrauded Stormy Daniels by instructing her literary agent to send two of the four installments of the book advance that he helped negotiate to an account controlled by him. CNN Correspondent Kara Scannell tells Anderson Cooper whether or not Avenatti is expected to testify in his own defense and if he’ll cross-examine his former client. 

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Jan 26, 2022
U.S. Puts Up To 8,500 Troops On Alert For Possible Deployment To Eastern Europe
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The U.S. put as many as 8,500 troops on heightened alert for possible deployment to Eastern Europe as Russian troops remain at the Ukrainian border and tensions continue to rise. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the goal of sending military reinforcements would be to provide deterrence and to reassure allies. Gen. Wesley Clark joins AC360 to discuss what message the U.S. is sending to Vladimir Putin and Russia.

Plus, an Atlanta-area district attorney will be allowed to seat a special grand jury to investigate former President Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia. The grand jury will allow Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to issue subpoenas to compel witnesses to testify and gather evidence—a step toward possible criminal charges. CNN’s Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin says “this is a big problem for the former President” because it all starts with that “highly incriminating tape” where Trump appears to be trying to coerce the Georgia Secretary of State to commit an election fraud.

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Jan 25, 2022
House January 6 Committee Has All White House Records Trump Tried to Block
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The House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol received more than 700 pages from the National Archives that former President Trump tried to block the panel from getting. Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy is a member of the committee. She joins AC360 to discuss what they’re hoping to learn from the documents and says “we have more work to do.” 

Plus, the FBI revealed today that before taking his own life, Brian Laundrie wrote in a notebook he was responsible for the death of his fiancé Gabby Petito. The notebook was discovered near Laundrie’s remains back in October 2021. CNN National Correspondent Randi Kaye tells Anderson Cooper how the families are reacting to the FBI’s findings.

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Jan 22, 2022
Georgia DA Requests Special Grand Jury to Probe Trump’s Election Interference
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A district attorney in Georgia who is investigating former President Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election has requested a special grand jury to gather evidence and compel witnesses to testify. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis wrote that her office has “received information indicating a reasonable probability that the State of Georgia's administration of elections in 2020, including the State's election of President of the United States, was subject to possible criminal disruptions.” Former federal prosecutor Jeffrey Toobin joins AC360 to discuss what this could mean for the former President. 

Plus, the committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol has asked former President Trump’s daughter and then-senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump for her “voluntary cooperation.” CNN’s Chief Domestic Correspondent Jim Acosta covered the Trump White House. He tells Anderson Cooper what he thinks the committee could learn by talking to the former President’s daughter.

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Jan 21, 2022
President Biden Defends First Year Record in News Conference Marking His First Year in Office
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President Biden held a news conference to mark his first year in office and touted his administration’s vaccination efforts but admitted it’s been “a year of challenges.” The President acknowledged that the current voting rights legislation likely won’t pass but said “we’ve not run out of options yet and we’ll see how this moves.” Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar tells Anderson Cooper the bill is “needed right now with all of the suppression laws that are being passed across the country that will greatly hurt voters and make it hard for them to vote.” 

Plus, the Supreme Court cleared the way for the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol to get Trump White House records that could shed light on the attempt to overturn the election. CNN’s Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin joins AC360 to discuss the court’s decision and says “it’s an extraordinary rebuke of the former President.”

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Jan 20, 2022
Eric Trump’s Phone Records Subpoenaed by January 6 Committee
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Sources tell CNN the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol have subpoenaed and obtained phone records associated with Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr.’s fiancé Kimberly Guilfoyle. Both Eric Trump and Guilfoyle spoke at the rally that preceded the riot. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe joins AC360 to discuss what the committee could learn from the phone records. 

Plus, Ukraine has warned that Russia has “almost completed” its build-up of forces near the border, escalating fears that Moscow could launch an invasion at any time. Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy just got back from Kyiv where he and a bipartisan delegation met with Ukraine’s president. He tells Anderson Cooper it’s “incredibly important” that we make Russia understand that while there aren’t U.S brigades on the ground fighting Russian soldiers, “there is continued U.S. assistance.”

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Jan 19, 2022
FBI Investigating the Texas Hostage Standoff as a “Terrorism-Related Incident"
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Four people, including the rabbi of a Colleyville, Texas synagogue, were taken hostage by a man who was later killed by the FBI after all the hostages were released. The FBI said it’s investigating the incident as “a terrorism-related matter, in which the Jewish community was targeted.” The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are warning that faith-based communities “will likely continue” to be targets of violence. Michael Finfer is the President of Congregation Beth Israel. He joins AC360 to discuss how he was able to help the FBI with information during the hostage standoff. 

Plus, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, his family put pressure on Congress to pass voting rights legislation and said lawmakers who truly honor the late civil rights leader must stand on the right side of history. Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries tells Anderson Cooper the voting rights bill isn’t dead and “we have to continue to press forward in the spirit and our of reverence and respect for the life and legacy of Dr. King.”

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Jan 18, 2022
Tennis Star Novak Djokovic Detained in Australia Ahead of Visa Hearing
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Novak Djokovic was detained by Australian border authorities after his visa was revoked for a second time because he hasn’t been vaccinated against Covid-19. The tennis star is accused of providing false information on his Australian visa declaration, specifically that he hadn’t traveled in the 14 days before his arrival in the country. Former professional tennis player James Blake tells Anderson Cooper if Djokovic is allowed to stay in the country and compete in the Australian Open, how all this controversy could affect his game both physically and mentally.

Plus, the founder of the Oath Keepers made his first appearance in court on seditious conspiracy charges. CNN’s Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin gives AC360 an in-depth look at Stewart Rhodes and his history of promoting the “big lie.”

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Jan 15, 2022
Oath Keeper Leader and 10 Others Charged with “Seditious Conspiracy” Related to the January 6 Attack
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The Justice Department brought seditious conspiracy charges against 11 defendants, including the leader of the Oath Keepers related to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Juliette Kayyem is a former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security and a CNN National Security Analyst. She tells Anderson Cooper why the indictment is a “good news story.”

Plus, the House committee investigating the January 6 riot issued four subpoenas to giant social media companies after they provided “inadequate responses” to the initial voluntary request for documents and information. Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin is a member of the committee. He joins AC360 to discuss the new subpoenas and says they’re interested in finding out “what exactly took place and what America needs to do to fortify our institutions” against another nightmare like the insurrection.

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Jan 14, 2022
January 6 Committee Wants to Ask McCarthy About Trump’s State of Mind During and After Riot
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The House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol wants Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to voluntarily provide information to the panel. The committee is seeking details about former President Donald Trump’s state of mind during the attack and in the weeks after. Norm Eisen was counsel to House Democrats during Trump’s first impeachment and is a former White House Ethics Czar under President Obama. He tells Anderson Cooper there’s “plenty for the committee to learn” from McCarthy but “whether he cooperates is another question.” 

Plus, the CDC is expected to update its mask advice as many experts warn Americans should be wearing N95 and KN95 masks instead of cloth masks. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders joins AC360 to discuss what he’s proposing in his new mask legislation.

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Jan 13, 2022
Biden on Voting Rights: “I’m Tired of Being Quiet”
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President Joe Biden delivered a forceful speech in Atlanta turning up the heat on senators to pass voting rights bills that have stalled in Congress saying “I’m tired of being quiet.” The President said he supports changing the Senate rules and eliminating the filibuster to get the voting rights legislation passed. Democratic Rep. James Clyburn joins AC360 to discuss Biden’s decision to make passing voting rights the next priority.

Plus, Dr. Anthony Fauci hit back at Republican Sen. Rand Paul about the consequences of Covid-19 misinformation and said the Senator’s claims “kindles the crazies” and has led to direct threats against him and his family. Dr. Fauci tells Anderson Cooper that Sen. Paul is “making me polarized by saying things about me that are completely untrue.”

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Jan 12, 2022
Trump's Potential Liability for Capitol Riot Faces Major Test in Court
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A federal judge in Washington, DC is questioning whether former President Trump is immune from liability relating to his supporters attacking the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. The judge brought up the two hours that the former President failed to speak up asking people to stop the violence saying "what do I do about the fact the President didn't denounce the conduct immediately?" Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell along with a group of House Democrats and Capitol Police officers were the ones who filed the three different lawsuits against the former President. The Congressman joins AC360 to discuss the judge's comments and says the purpose of pursuing the lawsuits is "accountability." 

Plus, a judge in Melbourne, Australia ruled that tennis star Novak Djokovic should be released from detention and the government's cancellation of his visa be overruled after it was revoked last week when authorities said he didn't qualify for a Covid-19 vaccine medical exemption. James Blake is a former professional tennis player. He tells Anderson Cooper how the ordeal affects the sport of tennis.

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Jan 11, 2022
Former Biden Health Advisers: Change Covid Strategy to Face "New Normal"
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Six former advisers to President Biden are calling for new measures to move toward a "new normal" with endemic Covid-19. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel is a former member of Biden's Transition Covid-19 Advisory Board. He joins AC360 to discuss what the future of masking, testing and vaccines might look like, and says that Covid is "just not going to go away."

Plus, all three men convicted in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery were sentenced to life in prison, with two having no possibility of parole. CNN National Correspondent Ryan Young joins Anderson Cooper to discuss the sentencing.

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Jan 08, 2022
Anderson Cooper 360 Update for January 6, 2022
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There is no new episode of the Anderson Cooper 360 showcast. If you haven’t already, please check out CNN’s other podcasts and showcasts at cnn.com/audio.

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Jan 07, 2022
Attorney General: January 6 Perpetrators “Must Be Held Accountable”
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On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the January 6 attack on the Capitol, Attorney General Merrick Garland vowed to hold all perpetrators “accountable under law whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy." Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff is a member of the House committee investigating the insurrection. He tells Anderson Cooper who he thinks the Justice Department should also be focusing on. 

Plus, more than 340,000 students in Chicago are out of school as the teachers union and Chicago Public Schools try to reach an agreement on Covid-19 safety measures. Arthur Caplan is the director of the division of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center. He joins AC360 to discuss the importance of children being in school.

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Jan 06, 2022
January 6 Committee Seeks Cooperation from Fox News' Sean Hannity
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The January 6 committee investigating the attack on the Capitol is asking for Fox News’ Sean Hannity’s voluntary cooperation with their investigation. The committee says it’s received “dozens” of his text messages sent to and from former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows that suggest he had "advance knowledge regarding President Trump's and his legal team's planning for January 6th." Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe joins AC360 to discuss the committee’s request and says if Hannity doesn’t cooperate then he thinks they will have to subpoena him. 

Plus, after criticism from medical experts, the CDC updated its Covid-19 isolation and mask guidance. Retired Admiral Brett Giroir, MD is the former HHS Assistant Secretary for Health under President Trump. He tells Anderson Cooper the guidelines “are confusing and lacking in content.”

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Jan 05, 2022
U.S. Covid Cases Top 400,000 as Hospitalizations Surpass 100,000
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The FDA expanded the emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine boosters to children ages 12-15 as cases top 400,000 and hospitalizations surpass 100,000. Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency room physician and the former Baltimore health commissioner. She tells Anderson Cooper the Omicron variant is pushing hospitals “over the edge” because they were “already at the brink.” 

Plus, the New York Attorney General’s office subpoenaed Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. as part of its civil investigation into whether the Trump Organization manipulated the value of its properties. Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara joins AC360 to discuss the investigation.

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Jan 04, 2022
Anderson Cooper 360 Update for December 31, 2021
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There is no new episode of the Anderson Cooper 360 showcast. If you haven’t already, please check out CNN’s other podcasts and showcasts at cnn.com/audio.

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Jan 01, 2022
Fauci: U.S. Omicron Cases Could Peak in Late January
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The U.S. reported a record high of Covid-19 cases for the third day in a row as pediatric hospitalizations reach an all-time high. Dr. Anthony Fauci said the country’s Omicron cases could peak by late January. Dr. Danny Benjamin is a distinguished professor of pediatrics at Duke University. He joins AC360 to explain why kids should remain in school and why it’s the safest place for children, even as cases continue to rise.

Plus, Dr. Craig Spencer, the director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, joins AC360 to discuss whether he thinks the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City’s Times Square should have been canceled because of the surge in coronavirus cases.

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Dec 31, 2021