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Anderson Cooper brings you highlights from CNN's premier nightly news program AC360.

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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. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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.” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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.” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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.” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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.” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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.” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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.” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 31, 2021
Ghislaine Maxwell Found Guilty of Sex Trafficking
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A jury found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on five of six counts related to her role in Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse of minor girls between 1994 and 2004. She faces up to 65 years in prison. Former federal prosecutor and CNN Legal Analyst Jennifer Rodgers joins AC360 to discuss the verdict and explains why it was “a good day for justice.” Plus, the CDC predicts more than 44,000 new Covid-19 deaths over the next four weeks as cases continue to surge. The U.S. hit a seven-day average of 256,427 new coronavirus cases, blowing past the country’s previous record. Dr. James Phillips is the Chief of Disaster Medicine at George Washington University Hospital. He tells AC360 the rise in cases is “unlike anything” he’s ever seen, even at the peak of the prior surges. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 30, 2021
New Cases of Covid Are Now Averaging More Than a Quarter-Million a Day
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With rising Covid numbers, many people are concerned about what the next few weeks will be like. Andy Slavitt, former Biden White House Sr. Advisor for Covid Response, talks about what this all means.  And Harry Reid, the former Senate Majority Leader, passed away. CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen talks about Reid's legacy.  Plus, the National Football League (NFL) says legendary football coach and broadcaster John Madden has died. According to the NFL, Madden, 85, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday morning. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 29, 2021
CDC Shortens Covid Isolation Period From 10 Days to 5
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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shortened the recommended time people should isolate when they’ve tested positive for Covid-19 from 10 days to five days if they don’t have symptoms. The CDC also shortened the recommended time for people to quarantine if they are exposed to the virus to a similar five days if they are vaccinated and often to no time if they are boosted. Doctors Leana Wen and Almaz Dessie talk about what this means and other possible concerns.  Plus, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont talks about steps his administration is taking to try to stop the spread of the virus.   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 28, 2021
Anderson Cooper 360 Update for December 24, 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. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 25, 2021
Kim Potter Found Guilty of Manslaughter in Death of Daunte Wright
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Former police officer Kim Potter was found guilty of first- and second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright. The jury deliberated for about 27 hours over the course of four days. Potter’s sentencing is scheduled for February 18, 2022. Jonathan Mason mentored Wright and was his high school adviser. He tells AC360 the verdict wasn’t justice for Daunte but “it’s accountability.” Plus, the CDC says healthcare workers who test positive for Covid-19 no longer need to isolate for ten days but can return to work after seven days if they are asymptomatic and test negative. Dr. Jerome Adams was the U.S. Surgeon General under former President Trump. He joins AC360 to discuss the latest CDC guidance and says “it’s a decision that’s been made necessary by the fact that the virus is spiraling out of control.” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 24, 2021
FDA Authorizes First Pill to Treat Covid-19
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer’s antiviral pill to treat Covid-19 as cases across the country continue to rise because of the Omicron variant. Both Washington, DC and New York state set a daily record for new coronavirus cases. Michael Osterholm is the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. He tells AC360 the number of cases right now is “really unprecedented in any respiratory pathogen” he has ever seen and warns “we may have more people hospitalized than we ever did with Delta.”  Plus, the jury in the trial of the former police officer Kim Potter ended its third day of deliberations without a verdict. Criminal defense attorney Sara Azari joins AC360 to discuss what could be holding up the jury. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 23, 2021
Biden: People Who Are Vaccinated and Have Gotten Boosters Have "Much Less Reason to Worry"
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President Joe Biden said that people who are “not fully vaccinated” have “good reason to be concerned” as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread rapidly throughout the United States. The President reassured those who are vaccinated and have gotten boosters that they have “much less reason to worry” and to feel comfortable with your holiday plans. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky joins AC360 to discuss the rise in cases and whether it’s safe to gather with family and friends during the holidays.  Plus, the jury in the trial of former police officer Kim Potter asked for guidance "if they cannot reach a consensus.” Mark O’Mara is a criminal defense attorney and was George Zimmerman’s attorney. He tells AC360 what he thinks is holding the jury up from reaching a verdict.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 22, 2021
It’s Official: Omicron Is #1 In The U.S.
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One day before President Biden addresses the nation on Covid, the CDC reports the Omicron variant of the virus is now the dominant strain of new cases in the United States. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 21, 2021
CDC Director: We Expect Omicron to Become Dominant Variant in the Coming Weeks
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The Delta variant continues to spread in the United States but CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky says the Omicron variant is "increasing rapidly" and expected "to become the dominant strain” in the coming weeks. New York state just reported its highest single-day Covid-19 case count since the beginning of the pandemic. Dr. Francis Collins is the director of the National Institutes of Health. He joins AC360 to discuss what people can expect in the coming weeks and months.  Plus, sources tell CNN members of the January 6 committee investigating the attack on the Capitol believe that former Texas Governor and Trump Energy Secretary Rick Perry was the author of a text message to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows the day after the 2020 election pushing “strategy” to undermine the results. Democratic Rep. Pete Aguilar is a member of that committee. He tells Anderson Cooper he thinks it’s “more important” to understand the White House chief of staff was “entertaining text messages” like these about “overturning the elections.” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 18, 2021
Biden Warns of a “Winter of Severe Illness and Death for the Unvaccinated”
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President Joe Biden sent a grim warning that a “winter of severe illness and death” is ahead for the unvaccinated as the U.S. sees a sharp increase in Covid cases from both the Delta and Omicron variants. New York City’s positivity rate doubled in just four days with a medical adviser to the mayor saying “we’ve never seen this before.” Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency room physician and the former Baltimore health commissioner. She tells Anderson Cooper she urges people to be “extremely cautious” when gathering for the holidays.  Plus, a judge is allowing a major defamation case against Fox News to move forward after it was found the network’s coverage of election fraud after the 2020 election may have been inaccurate. CNN Chief Legal Analyst and former federal prosecutor Jeffrey Toobin joins AC360 to discuss the win by Dominion Voting and says “it’s a very big deal but it’s not a surprise.” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 17, 2021
Fauci: “No Doubt” There Will be Breakthrough Infections with the Omicron Variant
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says there’s “no doubt” that fully vaccinated people will have breakthrough infections from the Omicron Covid variant. A study from the National Institutes of Health shows a third dose of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine offers protection against the variant that’s 20 times better than the antibody of just two doses. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells Anderson Cooper just how important boosters are in the fight against both Delta and Omicron variants. Plus, President Joe Biden visited Kentucky to assess the damage from the deadly tornadoes and storms that devastated the area last weekend. Multiple states are in the path of another intense storm system moving from the Rockies into the Plains that is producing tornadoes and damaging winds. CNN Meteorologist Tom Sater gives AC360 an update on the severe weather and what states are in the path. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 16, 2021
House to Vote on Holding Mark Meadows in Contempt
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The House is expected to vote on whether to hold former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress after he stopped cooperating with the January 6 committee investigating the attack on the Capitol. Dustin Stockton is a conservative activist and helped promote rallies leading up to January 6. He was subpoenaed by the committee and has been cooperating. He tells Anderson Cooper why he decided to comply with the subpoena.  Plus, the Omicron variant of coronavirus has been found in at least 32 states and Dr. Anthony Fauci says it’s likely to become the dominant strain in the U.S. Michael Osterholm is the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. He joins AC360 to discuss the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in the U.S. and says we’re witnessing a war between the “Delta variant and Omicron variant as to who’s going to become the king of the viral hill.” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 15, 2021
Death Toll is 74 After Tornadoes Ripped Through Kentucky
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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says the death toll now stands at 74 and 109 people are still unaccounted for after tornadoes tore through the state. Indianapolis Fire Department Division Chief Thomas Neal came to Kentucky to help and is leading the search and rescue efforts. He tells Anderson Cooper he has “high confidence” everyone is accounted for at a candle factory that was devastated by the tornado.  Plus, the January 6 committee investigating the attack on the Capitol unanimously voted to hold former President Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress after he stopped cooperating. Rep. Zoe Lofgren is a member of the committee. She joins AC360 to discuss why she voted to hold her former colleague in contempt.   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 14, 2021
CDC: Most Omicron Cases in U.S. Have Been Mild but Most Were Vaccinated
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The CDC says most of the known Omicron variant cases in the U.S. have yielded mild symptoms and most had been vaccinated. The country is approaching 800,000 Covid-19 deaths, a number infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm predicted the country would reach in 18-months, back in April 2020. Osterholm is the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. He tells Anderson Cooper he thinks the number of coronavirus cases will “increase substantially” for at least the “next six to ten weeks.”  Plus, the Supreme Court left a Texas abortion law in place that bans the procedure after around six weeks of pregnancy. The justices did say abortion providers have the right to challenge the law in federal court. Wendy Davis is a former Democratic Texas state senator who blocked a 2013 anti-abortion bill in the state during a 13-hour filibuster. She joins AC360 to discuss the Supreme Court’s decision. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 11, 2021
Jussie Smollett Found Guilty on 5 of 6 Charges
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After deliberating for more than nine hours over two days, a jury found Jussie Smollett guilty of five counts of disorderly conduct for making false reports to police that he was a victim of a hate crime in January 2019. Paul Callan is a criminal defense attorney and joins AC360 to discuss the verdict.  Plus, an appeals court rejected former President Trump’s effort to keep documents from the January 6 committee. Noah Feldman is a professor at Harvard Law School and was a witness for the prosecution in the first impeachment of the former President. He tells Anderson Cooper whether he thinks the Supreme Court will take up this case. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 10, 2021
Mark Meadows Sues Pelosi and January 6 Committee to Block Subpoenas
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Former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is suing the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Meadows is asking a federal court to block the enforcement of two subpoenas as the committee has signaled it would pursue a criminal contempt referral against him because of his refusal to sit for a deposition. Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff is a member of the committee. He tells AC360 he thinks it’s a “very superficial filing” and it’s meant to “obstruct and stall.”  Plus, former Vice President Mike Pence was in New Hampshire where he made a number of stops to talk to voters. CNN National Correspondent Randi Kaye tracked him down to ask a question many are wondering: if Donald Trump runs for president in 2024, will he still run? She joins AC360 to let us know his answer. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 09, 2021
January 6 Committee Casts a Wide Net with Over 100 Subpoenas for Phone Records
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The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol has formally subpoenaed the phone records for more than 100 people, including the former President’s one-time chief of staff Mark Meadows, who has stopped cooperating with the committee. Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe tells Anderson Cooper what kind of impact they could potentially have on the investigation.  Plus, in a new book by Meadows, it is revealed then-President Trump’s blood oxygen level dipped to a “dangerously low level” hours after he announced he had tested positive for Covid-19 back in October 2020. Dr. Craig Spencer contracted Ebola in 2014 after treating patients in West Africa and then-citizen Trump called him a “very selfish person” after he returned to New York. He is now the director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Spencer joins AC360 to discuss just how sick he thinks the former President really was. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 08, 2021
Top Pence Aide Cooperating with January 6 Committee
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Marc Short, the former chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, is cooperating with the January 6 committee. Short remains one of Pence’s closest advisers and is a firsthand witness to many critical events the committee is investigating. Bob Woodward is an associate editor at the Washington Post and the co-author of the book “Peril.” He joins AC360 to discuss Short’s cooperation and says it “opens a big door.”  Plus, Michigan authorities executed a search warrant at the home of the man accused of helping the alleged school shooter’s parents. CNN Correspondent Adrienne Broaddus gives Anderson Cooper an update on the investigation. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 07, 2021
Manhunt Underway for Michigan High School Shooting Suspect’s Parents
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The FBI, U.S. Marshals and a police fugitive team are searching for the Michigan high school shooting suspect’s parents, who were supposed to be arraigned on involuntary manslaughter charges. Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald joins AC360 to give an update on the search for the parents and says she has no idea where they are but is “confident they will be apprehended swiftly.”  Plus, Donald Trump’s former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows doubled down on the baseless claim the 2020 election was stolen and whitewashed the January 6 attack on the Capitol in his new book obtained by CNN. John Dean was the White House counsel for President Nixon. He tells Anderson Cooper whether Meadows writing about conversations he had with the former President undermines his claim of executive privilege.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 04, 2021
Facebook Sold Ads Comparing U.S. Government’s Covid Response to Nazi Germany
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A CNN exclusive reveals Facebook sold ads promoting anti-vaccine messages and comparing the U.S. government’s response to Covid-19 to Nazi Germany. Ads were also sold that casted doubt on the result of the 2020 election and pushed political violence. Facebook whistleblower and former Facebook executive Frances Haugen tells Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview that Facebook knows the “biases in the algorithms give the most rage for the least amount of dollars” to extreme content.  Plus, President Biden urged all Americans to get boosted as the U.S. joins a growing list of countries that have confirmed cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul revealed there are five confirmed cases of the variant in her state. Dr. Ashish Jha is the Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. He joins AC360 to discuss what we know and don’t know about the new Covid-19 variant.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 03, 2021
U.S. Confirms First Case of Omicron Variant in California
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The United States’ first confirmed case of the Covid Omicron variant has been identified in California. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the person was fully vaccinated and has “mild symptoms.” CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells Anderson Cooper how soon we could see community spread. Plus, the 15-year-old boy accused of killing four students in an Oxford, Michigan school was charged as an adult with four counts of first-degree murder and terrorism. Several other people were injured in the shooting. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel joins AC360 to discuss the tragedy and the charges against the alleged shooter. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 02, 2021
At Least 3 Killed in Shooting at Michigan High School
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At least three teenagers were killed and eight people were injured in a shooting at a high school in Oxford, Michigan. The 15-year-old suspect, a sophomore at the school, was taken into custody after police responded to the shooting. Aiden Page is a senior at Oxford High School and barricaded in a classroom during the shooting. He tells Anderson Cooper about the moment he realized he was hearing gunshots.  Plus, the CDC is expanding surveillance at four U.S. international airports to look for the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in travelers. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins AC360 to discuss whether or not vaccines will help protect against the new variant.   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 01, 2021
Pfizer CEO Thinks Covid-19 Vaccine Will Work Against Omicron Variant, but Could Offer Less Protection
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As Omicron variant cases spread in other countries, there’s a rush to impose travel bans. At least 46 countries and territories have imposed travel restrictions from several African countries following the discovery of the variant. Japan and Israel have banned all foreign nationals from entering their countries. Late today, responding to the potential threat, and the word "potential" should be underscored here, the CDC amped-up its advice on vaccine boosters. The old word was that anyone 18 or older "may" get a booster. The new word they've chosen is "should." Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla joins Anderson to talk boosters, possible new versions of the vaccine and a pill the company has been testing to treat Covid.  Also, Tiger Woods says his days of being a full-time golfer are over. Anderson talks to Henni Koyack, the reporter who had an exclusive interview with the golf legend.   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 30, 2021
All Three Men Convicted of Murder in Killing of Ahmaud Arbery
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A Georgia jury has found all three men charged in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery guilty of murder and other charges. Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. could possibly face life in prison without parole. Arbery's death sparked national outrage after a video of his shooting was made public. Arbery was jogging in Brunswick, Georgia, when he was fatally shot in 2020. Arbery’s aunt Theawanza Brooks joins to talk about the verdict.  Plus, as Americans are about to gather with family and friends for Thanksgiving, the CDC has an unsettling forecast on Covid-19. Officials there predict that the number of new Covid deaths and hospitalizations are likely to increase over the next four weeks. Previously, the forecast had been for a stable or possibly uncertain trend. President Biden's chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, joins AC360 to talk about safe practices for the holiday and what lies ahead.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 25, 2021
Jury Finds Unite the Right Defendants Liable for More Than $26 Million in Damages
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A jury has awarded more than $26 million in damages after finding White nationalists who organized and participated in the violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia back in 2017 liable on a state conspiracy claim and other claims. Susan Bro’s daughter, Heather Heyer, was killed that day when a man sped his car through a crowd of counterprotesters. She tells AC360 the verdict “speaks volumes to trying to set things straight.”  Plus, the jury began deliberations in the trial of the three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery. Sara Azari is a criminal defense attorney. She joins AC360 to discuss the trial. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 24, 2021
At Least 5 Killed After SUV Plows into Wisconsin Holiday Parade
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At least five people were killed and at least 48 more were injured when an SUV plowed into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The police chief said the suspect is facing five counts of intentional homicide with more charges possible. Kelly Davis was at the parade where two of his children were marching. One of his kids was just barely missed by the SUV as it barreled through the crowd. He joins AC360 to describe the horrific scene and gives an update on how his children are doing.  Plus, the January 6 committee issued new subpoenas for five Trump allies, including Roger Stone and Alex Jones. Carrie Cordero is a CNN Legal Analyst and a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. She tells AC360 it’s “unlikely” they’ll be persuaded to cooperate but she thinks the committee is “doing everything” within its power to try and get that cooperation.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 23, 2021
Kyle Rittenhouse Found Not Guilty on All Charges
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Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager accused of killing two people and shooting another during unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August 2020, was found not guilty on all charges. The 12-person jury deliberated for more than 25 hours over the course of four days. Former federal prosecutor Laura Coates joins AC360 to discuss the verdict.  Plus, President Biden was deemed “fit to successfully execute the duties of the President” after his first physical in office. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells Anderson Cooper about what he noticed when he read through the doctor’s report. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 20, 2021
Defense Rests in the Trial Over Ahmaud Arbery’s Death
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The defense teams for the three White men accused in Ahmaud Arbery’s killing rested after presenting their case for two days and calling seven witnesses, including one of the defendants. Arbery’s family has said he was out for a jog when he was shot and killed. Paul Callan is a criminal defense attorney and a former homicide prosecutor. He joins AC360 to discuss what to expect with closing arguments next week.  Plus, the jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial finished its third day of deliberations without a verdict. CNN’s Senior National Correspondent Sara Sidner tells Anderson Cooper about what one of the jurors requested and how the city of Kenosha is preparing for a possible verdict.   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 19, 2021
Republican Rep. Paul Gosar Censured Over Violent Video
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The House voted to censure Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona and remove him from his two committee assignments. Just two Republicans voted with Democrats to make Rep. Gosar the first sitting House member to be censured in more than 10 years. The Arizona Congressman was punished for posting a photoshopped anime video showing him appearing to kill Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Joe Biden. Jonathan Karl is the chief Washington correspondent for ABC News and is the author of the new book “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show.” He tells Anderson Cooper when talking to lawmakers on the Hill for his book, “the way Republicans would talk about Gosar privately is entirely different” than the way they defended him today.  Plus, the jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial has ended the second day of deliberations without a verdict. Mark O’Mara is a criminal defense attorney and successfully defended George Zimmerman. He joins AC360 to discuss the ongoing deliberations. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 18, 2021
Rittenhouse Jury Wraps First Day of Deliberations Without Verdict
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The jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial wrapped its first day of deliberations without a verdict but did ask the judge for extra copies of the instructions. Rittenhouse is charged with five felonies. Laura Coates is a former federal prosecutor and a CNN Senior Legal Analyst. She tells Anderson Cooper whether the amount of time the jury deliberates favors one side or the other.  Plus, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he believed the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 was the result of former President Trump’s lie that the 2020 election was stolen. He joins AC360 to discuss his new book, “Republican Rescue” and says “I don’t” regret supporting Trump. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 17, 2021
Jury Deliberations in Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Begin Tuesday
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Jury deliberations in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial begin tomorrow following a day full of instructions and closing arguments in the case. Rittenhouse, who killed two people and wounded another during unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August 2020, is charged with five felonies. Paul Callan is a criminal defense attorney and former homicide prosecutor. He tells Anderson Cooper what struck him is throughout the whole day you had “two very starkly different pictures of what happened that night.”  Plus, President Joe Biden signed the $1.2 trillion bipartisanship infrastructure package into law at a White House event with lawmakers from both parties. Ron Klain is the White House chief of staff. He joins AC360 to discuss the major legislative victory. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 16, 2021
Federal Grand Jury Indicts Former Trump Adviser Steve Bannon
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A federal grand jury returned an indictment against former Trump adviser Steve Bannon for contempt of Congress. Bannon was charged with one count related to his refusal to appear for a deposition and another related to his refusal to produce documents. Joshua Green is the author of “Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency.” He tells Anderson Cooper he thinks this indictment gives Bannon “an opportunity to publicly flaunt his loyalty to Trump.”  Plus, New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams joins AC360 to discuss vigilantism and policing in America. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 13, 2021
Federal Appeals Court Pauses Release of Trump White House Records Ahead of Deadline
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A federal appeals court granted former President Trump’s request to pause the release of key White House records from his presidency to the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The former President appealed a lower court’s decision that he can’t claim executive privilege to keep them secret. CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin tells Anderson Cooper what exactly this move by the court of appeals means for the House investigation.  Plus, the defense rested in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial after calling ten witnesses. The 18-year-old gave a tearful testimony in his own defense as he faces charges that he killed Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz using an AR-15-style rifle during protests last summer following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Grosskreutz joins AC360 to discuss Rittenhouse’s testimony and says it seemed “like a child being upset because they were caught, not upset because of what they had done wrong.” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 12, 2021
Kyle Rittenhouse Testifies in His Own Defense
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Kyle Rittenhouse, the armed Illinois teenager who killed two people and wounded another during unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, testified in his own defense during his trial on homicide charges. At one point, the 18-year-old broke down while describing the night of the shooting. He said under oath that he didn’t intend to kill anyone but agrees he used “deadly force.” Paul Callan is a criminal defense attorney and a former homicide prosecutor. He joins Anderson Cooper to discuss the defense’s decision to put Rittenhouse on the stand and says he was “very surprised at how remarkably effective he was as a witness.”  Plus, sources tell CNN the House committee investigating January 6 is interested in gathering information from at least five members of former Vice President Mike Pence’s inner circle. Jamie Gangel tells Anderson who the committee hopes to speak to and whether or not some Pence aides would be willing to cooperate.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 11, 2021
January 6 Committee Issues 10 More Subpoenas, Including to Stephen Miller and Kayleigh McEnany
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The House committee investigating the Capitol insurrection issued ten more subpoenas to Trump allies, including Stephen Miller and Kayleigh McEnany. Robert Costa is a national political reporter for the Washington Post and the co-author of “Peril.” He joins Anderson Cooper to discuss the new batch of subpoenas and says it shows the committee is “casting a wide net.”  Plus, investigators are working to determine the causes of death of the eight people killed in a crowd at the Astroworld Festival in Houston. 18-year-old Ayden Cruz was at the concert where he climbed a camera platform and pleaded to stop the show. He tells Anderson about the moment he knew something was wrong and people were in serious danger.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 10, 2021
January 6 Committee Issues 6 Subpoenas to Top Trump Campaign Associates
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The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol issued six additional subpoenas to top Trump campaign associates, including Michael Flynn, John Eastman and Jason Miller. Republican Rep. Fred Upton voted to impeach then-President Trump following the January 6 riot and voted to hold Trump loyalist Steve Bannon in contempt. He tells Anderson Cooper why he thinks it’s important for people to cooperate with the select committee if they’re subpoenaed. Plus, a crowd surge at the Astroworld Festival in Houston killed eight people and injured dozens more. Concertgoers were crushed and trampled as waves of people moved toward the stage while headliner Travis Scott performed. Authorities say the criminal investigation could take weeks. Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña joins AC360 to explain how something like this could happen and says “actions weren’t taken quickly enough.”  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 09, 2021
Speaker Pelosi Says House Will Vote on Infrastructure Bill
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A vote is expected soon on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill even though sources tell CNN roughly 20 progressives have said they will vote no.  Plus, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers confirmed he is unvaccinated against Covid-19 despite telling reporters in August that he was “immunized.” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 06, 2021
Pelosi Scrambles to Gather Votes for Key Biden Bills
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House Democratic leaders were hoping for a vote on President Biden’s social safety net plan, but as of now a vote doesn’t seem imminent. Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer joins Anderson Cooper to discuss how close House Democrats are to a vote.  Plus, the chair of the House select committee investigating Jan. 6 told reporters that he signed about 20 subpoenas and they are going out “soon.”     To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 05, 2021
Democrats Play Blame Game After Election Night
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Last night's elections and months of in-fighting over President Biden’s legislative agenda showed the divisions in the Democratic party. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, joins Anderson Cooper to discuss what — and who — is to blame for the Democrats losing Virginia.  Plus, children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to get Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy tells Anderson that now “many parents can take a sigh of relief.”    To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 04, 2021
All Eyes On Virginia
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Tomorrow's election for the governor of Virginia could be one of the most consequential since the last presidential election, especially because of the implications it could have for the midterms next year. What could tomorrow mean for future elections?  Plus, two key conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court signaled today that they would allow abortion providers to challenge a Texas law that has virtually ended abortion in the state after six weeks of pregnancy. That would represent an important shift from a 5-to-4 ruling in September that allowed the law to go into effect. The justices must decide whether abortion providers in Texas and the Justice Department have the legal right to challenge the law which encourages citizens to sue anyone involved in an abortion.     To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 02, 2021
Virginia Gubernatorial Candidates In Close Race With National Implications
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The Virginia governor's race has potentially national implications. It is a dead heat between Democrat Terry McCauliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin, the former governor versus the uneasy recipient of a Trump endorsement, with the former president a wildcard in the wings. CNN Senior Political Commentator David Axelrod and CNN Political Analyst and Axios Managing Editor Margaret Talev talk about the significance being attached to the race by Democrats for what it could foretell about next year's midterms. Plus, Pope Francis and President Biden, the world's two most powerful members of the Catholic faith, met today at the Vatican. After, Biden said Francis had told him he was pleased he was a "good Catholic," and that he should continue receiving communion, despite opposition from some conservative American bishops over his support for abortion. CNN Political Commentator and Former Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Joe Kennedy talks about the President's visit with the Pope.  Airdate: October 29, 2021 Guests: David Axelrod, Margaret Talev and Joe Kennedy. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 30, 2021
House Democrats Again Delay Infrastructure Vote
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Late today, House Democratic leaders pushed back a vote on the already Senate-approved infrastructure bill. Progressives are refusing to support it until Senate moderates sign off on the President's “Build Back Better” social and environmental legislation. White House Domestic Policy advisor and former UN Ambassador Susan Rice joins Anderson to talk about President Biden's agenda. Plus, Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn and Carl Cameron, the former chief political correspondent for Fox News, join Anderson to talk about Rupert Murdoch letting his media empire spread myths about the January 6 Capitol insurrection and election conspiracy theories.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 29, 2021
Santa Fe County Sheriff: “Live Round” Killed Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins
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The Santa Fe County Sheriff said a “live round” killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of “Rust.” District attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said the investigation is ongoing, and prosecution will be initiated if facts and documents support charges. The DA and Sheriff Adan Mendoza both join AC360 to discuss the latest with the investigation. Plus, Democrats are expected to scrap paid family and medical leave from their economic and climate package. Rep. Pramila Jayapal is the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. She tells Anderson Cooper “we haven’t drawn red lines but I just think that we need to be really thinking about what we are saying about the United States’ leadership with this bill.” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 28, 2021
Democrats Hope For Deal Soon As Sens. Manchin & Sinema Meet With Biden At White House
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Democratic party leaders have been working to reach an agreement and finalize a deal on President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan. The White House got on board with a proposal from Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others to prevent large, profitable corporations from paying nothing in federal taxes. Sen. Warren joins AC360 to discuss the latest on negotiations and says she’s feeling “optimistic.” Plus, FDA advisers voted to recommend Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Dr. Peter Hotez is the co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital. He tells Anderson Cooper “we learned this summer that Covid-19’s a very bad actor” in children of that age group and that’s why we need the vaccine. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 27, 2021
“Rust” Assistant Director Was Fired From Previous Movie After Gun Incident
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Dave Halls, the assistant director on the movie “Rust” who handed a prop gun to Alec Baldwin before the fatal shooting last week, had been fired from a previous movie after a crew member was injured when a gun “unexpectedly discharged.” Court documents show the shot that killed Halyna Hutchins was fired as Baldwin was practicing drawing his gun. CNN National Correspondent Gary Tuchman has Larry Zanoff, a motion picture armorer and weapons safety specialist, walk us through the safety precautions that should be in place whenever there’s a weapon on a movie set. Plus, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to the massive Facebook document dump saying “we are seeing a coordinated effort to selectively use leaked documents to paint a false picture of our company.” Scott Galloway is a marketing professor at the NYU Stern School of Business. He tells Anderson Cooper what impact Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony could have on Facebook’s future. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 26, 2021
Alec Baldwin Says He’s “fully cooperating with the police” After Fatal Shooting On “Rust” Set
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Alec Baldwin was on the set of his new movie “Rust” when he discharged a prop firearm that killed Halyna Hutchins, the film’s director of photography. Director Joel Souza was also injured in the incident and transported to a local hospital. The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation “remains open and active” and Baldwin said he’s “fully cooperating with the police investigation.” No charges have been filed. Hollywood weapons expert Larry Zanoff walks Anderson Cooper through how prop guns are usually handled on film sets and the safety guidelines that go along with them. Plus, experts say the notebook found near Brian Laundrie’s remains in a Florida nature reserve park could shed some light on the details surrounding his disappearance and the violent death of his fiancé, Gabby Petito. CNN National Correspondent Randi Kaye joins AC360 to give an update on the investigation. Airdate: October 22, 2021 Guests: Larry Zanoff & Randi Kaye. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 23, 2021
CNN Town Hall With President Biden
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Anderson Cooper moderates a Presidential CNN Town Hall live form Baltimore, as Joe Biden reaches a pivotal moment in his presidency, trying to pass legislation that could bring about the biggest change to America's social safety net in decades. The President takes questions about his how close the Democrats are to agreeing the details of his “Build Back Better Plan” with voters airing their concerns about support for elder care, childcare and what Medicare will be expanded to cover in the final deal. Later, the President discusses the future of the filibuster, and his view on the DOJ prosecuting those who have defied the January 6 Select Committee subpoenas. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 22, 2021
FBI: Human Remains Found In The Search For Brian Laundrie
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The FBI announced “what appears to be human remains” were found in the search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie. A notebook and backpack that appear to belong to Laundrie were also found in an area “that up until recently have been under water.” Lawrence Kobilinsky is a forensic scientist and a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He tells Anderson Cooper what the next steps in identifying the remains will be and says if a body was submerged in water “decomposition would have been slowed down, as compared to a body above ground.” Plus, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney blasted former President Trump’s ally Steve Bannon for refusing to cooperate with the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol. She said his claim of executive privilege is not only invalid but suggests the former President was “personally involved” in the planning and execution of the events that day. Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff is a member of the House select committee. He joins AC360 to discuss Bannon’s refusal to cooperate. Airdate: October 20, 2021 Guests: Lawrence Kobilinsky & Rep. Adam Schiff To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 21, 2021
Jan. 6 Committee Votes To Hold Trump Ally Steve Bannon In Criminal Contempt
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The House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol is moving forward to hold Trump ally Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena. The contempt report will now be referred to the House for a vote. If it passes there, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will certify the report to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. Rep. Elaine Luria is a member of that committee. She tells Anderson Cooper the message the vote sends is “the law applies to everyone and Mr. Bannon should understand that he can’t evade a subpoena from Congress.” Plus, Alex Murdaugh, the embattled attorney accused of misappropriating millions of dollars in funds meant for the family of his longtime housekeeper, was denied bond. CNN Correspondent Amara Walker gives AC360 details about what happened in court and what’s next for Murdaugh. Airdate: October 19, 2021 Guests: Rep. Elaine Luria & Amara Walker To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 20, 2021
Colin Powell Dies Of Covid-19 Complications
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Colin Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, died from complications from Covid-19. His leadership in several Republican administrations helped shape American foreign policy in the last years of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st century. Powell had multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells that suppresses the body’s immune response, as well as Parkinson’s. Madeleine Albright preceded Powell as Secretary of State. She joins AC360 to remember her friend and says he was one of the “warmest, kindest, smartest, and patriotic" people she had met. Plus, Bob Woodward interviewed Powell last summer for what is believed to be his final interview. He talked about his health saying “don’t feel sorry for me” and said the greatest person he’s ever known was his wife of 58 years, Alma. Woodward tells Anderson Cooper about their conversation and what stuck out the most to him. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 19, 2021
U.S. Capitol Police officer indicted on obstruction of justice charges in connection with January 6
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A U.S. Capitol Police officer was indicted on obstruction charges in connection to the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Michael A. Riley was the first police officer on duty on January 6 to be charged with allegedly advising a rioter to delete selfies and videos that placed him in the Capitol during the insurrection. Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin is a member of the House select committee investigating the attack. He joins AC360 to discuss the indictment and gives an update on what the committee is going to do about the people who have defied their subpoenas. Plus, 90-year-old William Shatner made history as the oldest person to go to space and said it was the “most profound experience.” He tells Anderson about his journey to space and his emotions when he landed back on Earth.   Airdate: October 15, 2021   Guests: Rep. Jamie Raskin William Shatner To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 16, 2021
January 6 committee moves to hold Steve Bannon in criminal contempt
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  The committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol said it’s moving forward with holding Trump ally Steven Bannon in criminal contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena. Bannon’s lawyer wrote in a letter that his client won’t provide testimony or documents until the committee reaches an agreement with former President Trump over executive privilege or a court says otherwise. Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger is a member of the committee. He tells Anderson Cooper anybody who is "either being subpoenaed now or will be in the future, think twice before you reject a lawful order from Congress." Plus, former FBI Deputy Director and current CNN senior law enforcement analyst Andrew McCabe was once fired by Trump hours before his retirement. He’s settled a lawsuit with the Justice Department that allows him to officially retire, recoup hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and his pension. He tells AC360 "it's an incredible relief."  Airdate: October 14, 2021   Guests: Rep. Adam Kinzinger Andrew McCabe       To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 15, 2021
White House formally rejects Trump’s request to protect specific documents being given to January 6 investigators
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The White House formally rejected former President Trump’s latest request to assert executive privilege to shield a subset of documents that had been requested by lawmakers on the House committee investigating the January 6 attack. In a letter from White House counsel Dana Remu it said President Biden “maintains his conclusion that an assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interests of the United States, and therefore is not justified as to any of the documents provided to the White House on September 8, 2021." Elie Honig is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and a CNN legal analyst. He tells Anderson Cooper that Trump has “two options. One, he can do nothing and let it be which means 30 days from now, those documents go over to the committee” or two Trump can “ask a court to block those documents from going over” but “that’s a serious uphill climb, legally.” Plus, 90-year-old William Shatner made history as the oldest person to go to space and said it was the “most profound experience.” Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson joins AC360 to discuss Captain Kirk’s journey to the edge of outer space.   Airdate: October 13, 2021   Guests: Elie Honig Neil deGrasse Tyson To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 14, 2021
Coroner: Gabby Petito’s cause of death was strangulation
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The Teton County coroner announced Gabby Petito’s cause of death was strangulation and the manner of death was homicide. Petito was reported missing on September 11. She had been traveling on a road trip with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, who returned to Florida without her and hasn’t been in over a month. Dr. Brent Blue is the Teton County coroner. He tells Anderson Cooper “there is no evidence that this was done by any kind of animal” and “we believe this is strangling by human being.” The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is considering making changes to its guidance on taking a daily aspirin to prevent heart disease and stroke. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins AC360 to explain the possible changes and says “they’re not saying you should stop” taking an aspirin if you’ve already been taking one.   Airdate: October 12, 2021   Guests: Dr. Brent Blue Dr. Sanjay Gupta To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 13, 2021
Trump keeps peddling the big lie in run-up to 2024
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  At a campaign-style rally in Iowa, former President Trump continued to peddle the big lie about the 2020 election as he teased a run in 2024. At the event, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said it’s “smart” to accept Trump’s endorsement even though after the January 6 insurrection on the Capitol he said “history is going to judge” him. CNN Political Commentator S.E. Cupp tells AC360 it’s “deeply disappointing” and an “embarrassment” to see lawmakers like Sen. Grassley “leaning into this.” Plus, the Teton County, Wyoming coroner is holding a press conference tomorrow regarding Gabby Petito’s final autopsy report. CNN National Correspondent Randi Kaye joins AC360 to give more details on the expected autopsy report.     Airdate: October 11, 2021   Guests: S.E. Cupp Randi Kaye   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 12, 2021
Biden refuses to assert privilege over Trump documents sought by January 6 committee
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The White House informed the National Archives that it isn’t asserting executive privilege on an initial batch of documents related to the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. This allows the Archives to share documents with the House committee investigating the attempted insurrection. Former President Trump sent a letter to the National Archives that argued approximately 40 of the documents initially requested by the committee are subject to executive privilege. John Dean was the White House counsel for President Nixon. He joins AC360 to discuss executive privilege and says he thinks this will eventually “rule against Trump.”  Plus, the Laundrie family attorney declined to comment on whether or not Brian’s parents would take a polygraph at a later time. Police are still searching for Gabby Petito’s fiancé after he returned to his family home without her in early September, refused to cooperate with investigators and has been missing for nearly a month. Mark O’Mara is a criminal defense attorney. He tells AC360 it’s “criminal defense 101” to not have your client do a police-administered polygraph test before “quietly and confidentially” completing one in private.  Airdate: October 8, 2021   Guests: John Dean Mark O’Mara To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 09, 2021
Trump suggested he’ll attempt to assert executive privilege to thwart the Jan. 6 committee’s probe
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Former President Trump indicated that he’ll attempt to assert executive privilege to prevent the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol from getting information from certain witnesses. A source confirmed to CNN that an attorney for the former President sent letters to some of the subpoena targets that informed them of his plan to defend executive privilege. John Dean is a former White House Counsel for President Nixon. He joins AC360 to discuss whether or not Trump could even use executive privilege as an argument. Plus, Brian Laundrie’s father joined police on the search for his son, showing authorities the trails and locations where they hiked and frequented. Laundrie returned to his family home without his fiancé Gabby Petito in early September, refused to cooperate with investigators and has been missing for more than three weeks. Criminal defense attorney Mark O’Mara tells Anderson Cooper what Laundrie’s defense should be if he is found alive and charged with Petito’s murder.   Airdate: October 7, 2021   Guests: John Dean Mark O’Mara To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 08, 2021
House committee investigating January 6 can’t find Trump aide to serve subpoena
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The House select committee investigating the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has been unable to physically serve a subpoena to former President Trump aide Dan Scavino. The committee’s deadline for Scavino and three other close allies of the former President to comply with subpoenas requesting documents is at midnight on October 7. Democratic Rep. Peter Aguilar is a member of that committee. He tells Anderson Cooper maybe they need to “look in Dan Scavino’s mom’s basement for him” and that the select committee will “do what we need to do.” Plus, Captain Kirk is headed to space! William Shatner will be on the next Blue Origin flight. He shares with Anderson how he’s been “training” for his mission to space and what he’s hoping not to see while he’s up there.   Airdate: October 6, 2021   Guests: Rep. Peter Aguilar William Shatner   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 07, 2021
Brian Laundrie’s sister talks to CNN
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Brian Laundrie’s sister told CNN it’s been about two weeks since she’s spoken to her parents.  Cassie Laundrie said her parents’ attorney is advising them not to discuss the case with anyone, including her.  Lenny DePaul is a former commander for the U.S. Marshals Service Regional Fugitive Task Force. He joins AC360 to discuss the latest on the search for Laundrie after the death of his fiancé Gabby Petito.  Plus, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before a Senate subcommittee and said “I am here today because I believe Facebook’s products harm children, stoke division, and weaken our democracy.” Jennifer Grygiel is an associate professor of communications at Syracuse University and they tell Anderson Cooper on Instagram we’re seeing an “imminent threat to teenagers.”   Airdate: October 5, 2021   Guests: Lenny DePaul Jennifer Grygiel  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 06, 2021
Whistleblower: "Almost no one outside of Facebook knows what happens inside Facebook'
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The Facebook whistleblower who released tens of thousands of pages of internal research and documents said the social media company could “destroy her for speaking out.” Frances Haugan said she came forward because "I recognized a frightening truth: almost no one outside of Facebook knows what happens inside Facebook." Haugen's lawyer John Tye tells Anderson Cooper "there are actually a few very simple changes that Facebook could make to its algorithm that would have marginal impacts on growth" but "would have huge impacts on the spread of misinformation, conspiracy theories, violent and inciting content." Plus, New York Times Washington Correspondent and CNN Political Analyst Maggie Haberman joins AC360 to discuss whether or not former President Trump is going to run for President again in 2024.   Airdate: October 4, 2021   Guests: John Tye Maggie Haberman To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 05, 2021
Biden meets with Democrats as infrastructure negotiations continue
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President Biden met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill as negotiations over the Senate-passed infrastructure bill continue. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders are working to build support for the bill as progressives warn they won’t vote for the legislation before striking a deal with moderates on a spending package. Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal is the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. She tells Anderson Cooper she’s “confident” a deal will get done. Plus, new bodycam video reveals what Gabby Petito told police about a domestic dispute with fiancé Brian Laundrie. Rita Smith is the former executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She joins AC360 to discuss what she sees in the new bodycam video and says it’s “important for us to try to understand what didn’t go well in this call” because “we have to get this right.”   Airdate: October 1, 2021   Guests: Rep. Pramila Jayapal Rita Smith To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 02, 2021
Sources: Pelosi working to flip Dems for infrastructure bill; progressive leader Rep. Jayapal: “stick to the plan”
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A source familiar with the whip operation of the House progressive caucus tells CNN that their number of “no” votes remains “solid” despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi working to flip their votes. Democratic leaders are struggling to strike a deal with progressives, who have said they won’t vote for the Senate-passed infrastructure bill before reaching a deal on a spending package. Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal is the chair of the head of the House progressive caucus. She joins AC360 to give an update on negotiations and says she doesn’t think Speaker Pelosi will bring a vote to the floor because “there’s just not the votes there.” Plus, the FBI visited the home of Brian Laundrie again as the police continue to search for him. The family attorney told CNN the FBI was there to collect items to help in the search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé. Lenny DePaul is a former commander for the U.S. Marshals Service Regional Fugitive Task Force. He tells Anderson Cooper authorities are “leaving no stones unturned.”   Airdate: September 30, 2021   Guests: Rep. Pramila Jayapal Lenny DePaul To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 01, 2021
Rep. Jayapal: If infrastructure vote happens tomorrow, “we’ll vote it down”
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Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the leader of the progressive caucus, is skeptical that a deal can be struck on the spending bill that will satisfy progressives and said if there is an infrastructure vote tomorrow “we’ll vote it down.” Democratic leaders are struggling to strike a deal among progressives, who have said they won’t vote for the infrastructure bill before striking a deal on a spending package. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders gives AC360 an update on negotiations. Plus, the search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie continues as CNN has learned he bought a cell phone at an AT&T store in North Port, Florida on September 4th. Lenny DePaul is a former commander for the U.S. Marshals Service Regional Fugitive Task Force. He tells Anderson Cooper he’s be “quite shocked” if Laundrie didn’t have a prepaid phone.   Airdate: September 29, 2021   Guests: Sen. Bernie Sanders Lenny DePaul To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 30, 2021
Milley defends Trump-era calls to Chinese counterpart in congressional Afghanistan hearing
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The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley defended his behavior during the last days of the Trump administration, including a phone conversation with his Chinese counterpart, which was intended to assure him the U.S. was not about to launch a military attack. Gen. Milley told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee he “personally informed both Secretary of State Pompeo and White House Chief of Staff Meadows about the call.” Independent Sen. Angus King is a member of that committee and questioned Milley. He tells AC360 he was “doing his job, and he may well have prevented a war.” Plus, the search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie continues as CNN has learned Laundrie and his parents stayed at a campground about 75 miles away from their home in early September. The camping trip was during the window of time that Laundrie returned to Florida without Petito and she was later reported missing. CNN National Correspondent Randi Kaye gives AC360 the latest on the investigation.   Airdate: September 28, 2021   Guests: Sen. Angus King Randi Kaye To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 29, 2021
Senate Republicans block bill to suspend debt limit and avert shutdown
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President Biden’s legislative agenda enters a critical week as his bipartisan infrastructure deal hangs in the balance and a government shutdown looms after Senate Republicans blocked a House-passed bill to suspend the debt limit. Democratic leaders have struggled to strike a deal among progressives and moderates on the Senate-passed infrastructure bill. John Podesta was former President Bill Clinton’s White House chief of staff and was the campaign chairman for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential run. He tells Anderson Cooper his advice to Democrats is to “work it out” or “you’ll pay a heavy political price” for failing to act on the crises we’re facing. Plus, the search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie continues with the FBI asking for items of his for possible DNA matching. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe joins AC360 to discuss the search for Laundrie and what the FBI could do with his DNA.   Airdate: September 27, 2021   Guests: John Podesta Andrew McCabe To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 28, 2021
Trump-backed Arizona election audit reaffirms Biden win
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The Trump-backed Arizona election audit reaffirmed President Joe Biden’s win in Maricopa County. Despite the findings, former President Trump said “massive fraud was found in the Arizona Forensic Audit” and that the “numbers are Election Changing.” CNN’s Senior National Correspondent Kyung Lah has been reporting on the audit from the start. She joins AC360 to discuss the results and says the company that was in charge of this sham audit are actually recommending 13 different points of legislation that will restrict voting access in Arizona. Plus, new details are emerging about Brian Laundrie’s behavior in the days after his fiancé Gabby Petito went missing. A source tells CNN he left behind his wallet and cell phone when he was last seen leaving his parents’ home ten days ago. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe tells Anderson Cooper that Laundrie not having his cell phone is frustrating to investigators and a “big deal” because it means one of the “primary ways that you can track somebody electronically is not at play.”   Airdate: September 24, 2021   Guests: Kyung Lah Andrew McCabe To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 25, 2021
FBI: Arrest warrant issued for Brian Laundrie
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The U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie after a federal grand jury indicted him for “use of unauthorized devices” following the death of his fiancé, Gabby Petito. Police are still searching for Laundrie, who hasn’t been seen in more than a week. John Walsh is the host of “In Pursuit with John Walsh” on Investigation Discovery and is a child safety advocate after his own son was abducted and murdered 40 years ago. He joins AC360 to discuss the search for Laundrie and says he was “really surprised” that it took this long to get an arrest warrant. Plus, at least one person is dead and 12 others are injured after a shooting at a Kroger in Collierville, Tennessee. Tawana French was just about to head into the grocery store when she heard gunshots. She walks Anderson Cooper through what she saw and heard as she was just about to walk inside the store.   Airdate: September 23, 2021   Guests: John Walsh Tawana French To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 24, 2021
Search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie intensifies
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A law enforcement underwater dive team arrived at a nature reserve in Florida as the search for Brian Laundrie intensifies. Investigators are trying to piece together what happened to Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old whose remains were found near a campsite in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest. The coroner made an initial determination that she died by homicide. John Walsh is the host of “In Pursuit with John Walsh” on Investigation Discovery and is a child safety advocate after his own son was abducted and murdered 40 years ago. He joins AC360 to discuss where he thinks Laundrie is hiding and who he thinks helped him. Plus, President Biden is racing to unify moderate and progressive House Democrats as a key infrastructure vote is just days away. Evan Osnos is the author of “Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now.” He tells AC360 Biden knew he was inheriting a country that had “fundamental fissures.”   Airdate: September 22, 2021   Guests: John Walsh Evan Osnos   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 23, 2021
FBI: Autopsy confirms remains found in Wyoming are Gabby Petito’s
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Autopsy results have confirmed the remains found in Wyoming are those of Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old woman who disappeared while on a trip exploring national parks with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie. The coroner ruled her death a homicide but the “cause of death remains pending final autopsy results.” The police are still trying to find Laundrie, who returned to his family home without Petito earlier this month, has refused to cooperate with investigators and has been missing since last week. John Walsh is the host of “In Pursuit with John Walsh” on Investigation Discovery and is a child safety advocate after his own son was abducted and murdered 40 years ago. He joins AC360 to discuss the search efforts for Laundrie and where he thinks he’s hiding. Plus, President Biden plans to meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other key Democrats as his legislative agenda reaches its highest stakes moment. CNN’s Political Director David Chalian tells AC360 just how important this week is for the Biden administration.   Airdate: September 21, 2021   Guests: John Walsh David Chalian To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 22, 2021
FBI: Search of Brian Laundrie’s family home has ended
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A day after the remains that are believed to be 22-year-old Gabby Petito were found in Wyoming, the FBI entered and searched the family home of her fiancé Brian Laundrie in Florida. Laundrie returned to the home without Petito earlier this month, declined to talk to investigators and then went missing last week. John Walsh is the host of “In Pursuit with John Walsh” on Investigation Discovery and is a child safety advocate after his own son was abducted and murdered 40 years ago. “I believe the public will catch this guy,” Walsh told Anderson Cooper. Plus, Pfizer said their Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 was safe and generated a “robust” antibody response. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins AC360 to discuss Pfizer’s data and when he thinks the vaccine could be available to children.   Airdate: September 20, 2021   Guests: John Walsh Dr. Sanjay Gupta   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 21, 2021
FDA advisers recommend boosters for people 65+ and those at higher risk of severe Covid-19
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FDA advisers voted to recommend emergency use authorization of a booster dose of Pfizer's vaccine six months after full vaccination in people 65 and older and those at high risk of severe Covid-19. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells Anderson Cooper why the advisers didn’t recommend the booster for everyone 16 and older. Plus, CNN National Correspondent Randi Kaye gives AC360 an update on the search for Gabby Petito, the missing 22-year-old whose family last heard from her in late August. She was on a cross country road trip with her fiancé, who returned home to Florida without Petito and isn’t cooperating with the police. Airdate: September 17, 2021   Guests: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Randi Kaye To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 18, 2021
DHS warns of potential for violence surrounding the “Justice for J6” rally in intelligence brief
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The Department of Homeland Security warned Thursday about the potential for violence from people involved in or opposed to the "Justice for J6" rally planned for Saturday in Washington, according to an unclassified intelligence briefing that was shared with state and local authorities and obtained by CNN. The memo also warned of potential violence on the day before the rally. "We are aware of a small number of recent online threats of violence referencing the planned rally, including online discussions encouraging violence the day before the rally," the brief from the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis says. Anderson gets perspective from former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe. And vaccine advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration start meeting early Friday to discuss whether Americans need booster shots yet. The debate has become bogged down in politics and turf battles.  And at times it seemed to put the FDA's independence at odds with a White House team eager to appear to be out ahead of an unpredictable pandemic. Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Leana Wen talk about what to expect.   Date: September 16, 2021   Guests: Andrew McCabe Dr. Sanjay Gupta Dr. Leana Wen To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 17, 2021
Gen. Milley called Chinese general in consultation with then-Defense Secretary Esper
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The upcoming book “Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa details Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley’s phone conversations to reassure a nervous Chinese general and efforts Milley took to limit then-President Trump from potentially ordering a dangerous military strike. Milley conducted the October 30 call in consultation with then-Defense Secretary Mark Esper. Gen. Wesley Clark is a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander. He tells Anderson Cooper he thinks “there should be a lot of praise for Gen. Milley” and that he did “the best he could to maintain strategic stability.” Plus, three reports published in The New England Journal of Medicine support the argument that people need a booster dose of the Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins AC360 to discuss the findings and the upcoming meeting of FDA vaccine advisers.   Airdate: September 15, 2021   Guests: Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) Dr. Sanjay Gupta To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 16, 2021
Newsom looks to hold on to his job as California governor
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California voters will decide whether they want to remove Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office. Last month Sen. Bernie Sanders urged voters to reject a “bold-faced Republican power grab.” He joins AC360 to discuss whether or not he thinks Newsom will remain in office and says he thinks he’s done a “good job under very difficult circumstances.” Plus, CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel has details from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s new book “Peril.” She tells Anderson Cooper about what former President Trump was doing while rioters were breaking into the Capitol on January 6 and about what Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley did because he was worried the former President would “go rogue.”   Airdate: September 14, 2021   Guests: Sen. Bernie Sanders Jamie Gangel To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 15, 2021
House grills Blinken on chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal
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Secretary of State Antony Blinken testified before Congress and defended the chaotic evacuation effort. He said President Biden faced the choice of “ending the war or escalating it” after not inheriting “a plan” from the Trump administration. Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard. He tells AC360 he was “completely unsatisfied” with Blinken’s answers. Plus, former President Trump has stirred up voter fraud lies on the eve of the California recall election. Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar joins AC360 to discuss Trump’s big lie and explains why she thinks Newsom will remain the governor.   Airdate: September 13, 2021   Guests: Rep. Adam Kinzinger Sen. Amy Klobuchar   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 14, 2021
Pres. Biden to GOP critics looking to challenge new vaccine requirements in court: 'Have at it'
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Pres. Joe Biden challenged Republicans to test his new vaccine requirements in court as he stressed his administration's commitment to keeping students safe when he visited a Washington, DC, middle school on Friday. Biden addressed criticism from Republicans, including several governors, who say his new plan amounts to government overreach and that they plan to challenge it in court. The Republican National Committee has said it plans to sue the administration over the stringent new measures. "Have at it. Look, I am so disappointed that, particularly some of the Republican governors have been so cavalier with the health of these kids, so cavalier with the health of their communities," Biden said. For perspective on the actions, and the GOP reaction, Dr. Jerome Adams, who served as U.S. Surgeon General under President Trump and Robert Reich, a Clinton-era Secretary of Labor, the Department that is drafting the business rules for the mandate, join the program.  Plus, in just four days the final votes will be cast in the California recall election. Former California Governor Jerry Brown joins AC360 to discuss the race. Date: September 10, 2021   Guests: Jerome Adams Robert Reich Jerry Brown   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 11, 2021
Pres. Biden: “Our patience is wearing thin"
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President Biden laid out a six-point plan today to combat the Delta variant surge. The President imposed stringent new vaccine rules on federal workers, large employers and health care workers – requirements that could apply to as many as 100 million Americans. "We've been patient, but our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us," Biden said, his tone hardening toward Americans who still refuse to receive a vaccine despite ample evidence of their safety and full approval of one. The President's chief medical officer Dr. Anthony Fauci joins Anderson. Plus, an incredible conversation about the long road of grief. Anderson talks with a woman, whose mom worked in the Twin Towers and disappeared nearly 20 years ago on 9/11. For years she hoped her mom was somehow still alive but recently her remains were finally identified.    Date: September 9, 2021     Guests: Anthony Fauci Nykiah Morgan To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 10, 2021
Florida judge allows school mask mandates to continue despite governor's appeal
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According to the CDC, the rise in Covid deaths may continue over the next month, even as hospitalizations possibly stabilize. This is even though more than 75 percent of adults have received one vaccine shot. However, the CDC also noted today, the pace of vaccinations is down.   The spike in cases comes not only as America's schools re-open, but as new data from the American Academy of Pediatrics says 1 in 4 of these new cases is of a child. The organization says there has been a 250 percent increase in infections of children from five weeks ago. In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis banned school mask mandates that didn't allow for a parental opt-out. That led to a legal fight. And today a Florida judge ruled against DeSantis’ appeal, allowing Florida schools to continue to have mask mandates while the case is appealed at a higher level. One of the school superintendents front and center in the fight talks to Anderson. And is former President Trump making plans to enter the 2024 GOP Presidential race? Mary Trump, his niece, joins Anderson to discuss the possible political moves.    Airdate: September 8, 2021   Guests: Carlee Simon Mary Trump To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 09, 2021
President Biden tours storm-ravaged NJ, NYC
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  President Biden is pledging “bold action now” on climate change after seeing the storm damage in New Jersey and New York City. The President again pitched his sweeping infrastructure plan, which he argues would better protect the nation from future extreme weather events and cut emissions. New York Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shares her thoughts on the President's visit, the fight over infrastructure and the Democrats' budget resolution. Plus, conservative radio talk show host Erick Erickson tells Anderson about why he cares about those “spreading lies and misinformation and disinformation” about Covid.   Airdate: September 7, 2021    Guests: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Erick Erickson To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 08, 2021
Death Toll Rises in the Northeast After Ida
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At least 52 people are now confirmed dead in six Northeast states after remnants of Hurricane Ida tore through the region last week causing tornadoes and massive flooding.   On Tuesday, President Biden will survey the damage in New York and New Jersey.  Perspective on the destruction, as well as the President visit, from Eric Adams. He’s the Brooklyn Borough President and the Democratic nominee for Mayor of New York City. Plus, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona joins Anderson to talk about battle over mask mandates and other issues facing students as they start a new school year during a Covid surge. Anderson also talks with the captain of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, Becky Sauerbrunn, about their battle for equal pay.   Airdate: September 6, 2021    Guests: Eric Adams Miguel Cardona Becky Sauerbrunn To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 07, 2021
Fauci: Three doses of Covid-19 vaccine are likely needed for full protection
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An official rollout of Covid-19 vaccine booster doses could begin within weeks, pending FDA authorization. The Biden administration has had internal conversations about scaling back the ambitious booster plan laid out by federal health officials. The Pfizer/BioNTech booster plan remains on track but one source tells CNN it may take a few weeks longer to move forward with a third dose for Modern’s vaccine. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci said it’s likely three doses are needed for full protection. Dr. Jeremy Faust is an emergency medicine physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Leana Wen is the former Baltimore health commissioner and is also an emergency room physician. They both join AC360 to discuss whether or not they think people should be getting a third dose.   Airdate: September 3, 2021   Guests: Dr. Jeremy Faust Dr. Leana Wen To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 04, 2021
Death toll rises to 46 after historic flooding pounds Northeast
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Remnants of Hurricane Ida unleashed dangerous flash floods and tornadoes across the Northeast, killing at least 46 people. Camilla Akbari was traveling on a New Jersey transit train trying to get home when the water started coming onto the train. She walks AC360 through the 12-hour journey that usually takes just one hour. Plus, New York’s Gov. Kathy Hochul tells Anderson Cooper search and rescues are still underway in New York City.   Airdate: September 2, 2021   Guests: Camilla Akbari Gov. Kathy Hochul To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 03, 2021
White supremacist praise of the Taliban takeover concerns U.S. officials
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White supremacist and anti-government extremists expressed admiration when the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, which has worried U.S. officials who have been grappling with the threat of domestic violent extremism. Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe tells Anderson Cooper we’ve seen over time that the domestic extremist community “cherry pick facts,” “take them out of context” and “weave them into their grievances and conspiracy theories to make a point.” Plus, Roe v. Wade is in jeopardy as the Supreme Court and a federal appeals court failed to rule on a controversial Texas law that bans abortions at six weeks. Cecile Richards is the former president of Planned Parenthood. She joins AC360 to discuss the Texas law and says “it’s a tragic day for women not only in Texas but across the country.”     Airdate: September 1, 2021   Guests: Andrew McCabe Cecile Richards   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 02, 2021
Biden praises military evacuation of Kabul, calling it an "extraordinary success"
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President Biden defended his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan saying he refused to start another “decade of war.” Biden said that the U.S. government believes there are about 100 to 200 Americans remaining in Afghanistan and Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the U.S. remains committed to help Afghan partners who have fought alongside the U.S. She specifically thanked an Afghan interpreter, Mohammed, who was part of the 2008 rescue mission for then Sens. Joe Biden, Chuck Hagel and John Kerry. According to the Wall Street Journal, Mohammed currently has a Special Immigrant Visa stuck in processing. He tells Anderson Cooper he “trusts” Biden to get him out. Plus, CNN National Correspondent Gary Tuchman brings AC360 to Grand Isle, Louisiana, after Hurricane Ida devasted the town. Gary and his team are the first television crew to reach barrier island.   Airdate: August 31, 2021   Guests: Mohammed Gary Tuchman To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 01, 2021
U.S. announces completion of Afghanistan withdrawal
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The Pentagon announced the last U.S. military plane left Afghanistan, marking the end of the United States’ longest war. The evacuation met President Biden’s withdrawal deadline but has been marked by chaotic and bloody events, including the killing of 13 U.S. servicemembers in last week’s Kabul airport attack. Alena Knauss lost her husband that day, Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss. She joins AC360 to remember Ryan and says she wants people to know “if he would have known the outcome he would have still done it” because “he was doing what he wanted to be doing.” Plus, Louisiana state officials are conducting search and rescue efforts as more than 1 million people are still without power after Hurricane Ida made landfall as a powerful category 4 storm. Mike Foster is president of Tidewater Disaster Response and has been aiding with the rescue. He tells Anderson Cooper the biggest challenge is gaining access to the neighborhoods because of all the flooding.   Airdate: August 30, 2021   Guests: Alena Knauss Mike Foster To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 31, 2021
Biden is warned “another terror attack in Kabul is likely”
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President Biden and Vice President Harris were warned by their national security team that “another terror attack in Kabul is likely” as the mission enters its “most dangerous period to date.” The names of the 13 U.S. servicemen who were killed in the suicide bombing outside the airport are starting to come out. The family of U.S. Marine Rylee McCollum confirmed to CNN that he died in the attack and said he was “an amazing man with a passion for the Marines.” Rep. Adam Kinzinger is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard. He tells Anderson Cooper “while it’s extremely tragic that these 13 people were killed” they were killed “saving lives.” Plus, CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward was able to evacuate Kabul last week. Before leaving she sat down for an exclusive interview with a commander of ISIS-K, the terror group that claimed responsibility for the Kabul airport attack.   Airdate: August 27, 2021   Guests: Rep. Adam Kinzinger Clarissa Ward   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 28, 2021
At least 13 U.S. service members killed in Kabul airport attack
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President Biden vowed to “hunt” down the terrorists who attacked Kabul’s airport that killed at least 13 U.S. service members and more than 60 Afghans. The President said the U.S. will “respond with force and precision” to the deadly attack. Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling tells Anderson Cooper it will be difficult to hunt down the terrorists responsible since there are less troops on the ground which means less intelligence. Plus, Matthieu Aikins is a journalist for The New York Times and lives in Kabul. He was at the scene of the attack less than an hour after it happened and joins AC360 to describe the chaotic scene. Airdate: August 26, 2021   Guests: Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling Matthieu Aikins To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 27, 2021
U.S. embassy warns Americans at certain Kabul airport gates to "leave immediately"
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The U.S. Embassy in Kabul advised U.S. citizens at a number of gates at the airport to “leave immediately,” noting “security threats outside the gates.” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said there are approximately 1,500 people who may be Americans stuck in Afghanistan. Anderson Cooper spoke to Najibullah, a permanent resident of the U.S who traveled to Afghanistan for his father’s funeral but is now trying to evacuate. He describes the chaos at the airport. Plus, Johnson & Johnson says their booster shot for their one-shot vaccine generated a big spike in antibodies. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins AC360 to discuss J&J’s booster shot data.   Airdate: August 25, 2021   Guests: Najibullah Dr. Sanjay Gupta To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 26, 2021
Biden: 70,000+ people evacuated from Afghanistan in 10 days
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President Joe Biden said the U.S. is on track to complete its evacuation mission by August 31 and doesn’t plan to have troops stay in the country past that date. The President also said the U.S. has helped more than 70,000 people evacuate Afghanistan in the last 10 days. Leon Panetta is the former Defense Secretary under President Obama. He tells Anderson Cooper we made a promise to U.S. citizens who are in Afghanistan and to Afghans who helped us that “we would do everything we could to evacuate them. I think we’ve got to still keep that promise.” Plus, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Floridians largely support mask mandates and oppose Gov. Ron DeSantis’ efforts to block them in schools. Dr. Aileen Marty is an infectious disease expert at Florida International University and a Miami-Dade County Public Schools medical task force member. She joins AC360 to discuss the important of masks in schools and says “the governor” and “all leaders should be working with us to do everything possible to slow down transmission.”     Airdate: August 24, 2021   Guests: Leon Panetta Dr. Aileen Marty To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 25, 2021
FDA grants full approval to Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for people age 16 and older. Dr. Anthony Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He tells Anderson Cooper if most eligible people get vaccinated, the U.S. could have control over Covid-19 entering Spring 2022. Plus, CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward joins AC360 to give an update on the situation in Afghanistan and describes just how chaotic it was trying to get out of Kabul.   Airdate: August 23, 2021   Guests: Dr. Anthony Fauci Clarissa Ward To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 24, 2021
Desperation grows as thousands still wait to evacuate Kabul
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Chaotic scenes played out at the Kabul airport as thousands desperately sought to reach evacuation flights out of Afghanistan. President Joe Biden pledged to get Americans who are still trapped in the country out. The President also extended that promise to Afghan translators who risked their lives to help U.S. troops and diplomats over the 20-year U.S. presence in Afghanistan. CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward and her team were among some of the evacuees who were able to get out of Kabul. She joins AC360 to describe the chaotic scene at the airport. Plus, a senior federal official tells CNN full FDA approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is “imminent.” Dr. Jerome Adams is the former U.S. Surgeon General. He tells Anderson Cooper if the vaccine gets full approval, it “will pave the way for organization to have more aggressive tactics in terms of getting their employees vaccinated.”   Airdate: August 20, 2021   Guests: Clarissa Ward Dr. Jerome Adams To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 21, 2021
U.S. is working directly with Taliban leaders on the ground trying to salvage Biden's crisis in Afghanistan
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The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Admn. Peter Vasely, is leading the effort to negotiate with his Taliban counterpart to maintain security at the Kabul airport and ensure the safety of both Americans and Afghans hoping to escape. Ryan Crocker is a former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria. He tells Anderson Cooper he thinks the Admiral is “doing the right thing.” Plus, Miami-Dade County, Florida’s largest school district, voted 7-1 in favor of a mask mandate, in defiance of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order that blocks mask mandates in schools. Alberto Carvalho is the superintendent of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. He joins AC360 to explain why he thinks he’s doing the right thing and says he will wear the consequences of his decision as a “badge of honor.”   Airdate: August 19, 2021   Guests: Amb. Ryan Crocker Alberto Carvalho To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 20, 2021
Top U.S. general: The situation in Afghanistan “is still very dangerous”
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told reporters the situation in Afghanistan “is still very dangerous, very dynamic and very fluid” and said U.S. troops are “at risk.” CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward joins AC360 from Kabul to describe the chaos she’s been seeing as people have been rushing to the airport in an effort to flee and countries are racing to evacuate their citizens. Plus, Covid-19 vaccine booster shots will be offered in the U.S. beginning September 20, pending FDA authorization. Dr. Francis Collins is the director of the National Institutes of Health. He tells Anderson Cooper “when you try to balance benefits and risk,” getting a booster shot seems like “the wisest thing.”   Airdate: August 18, 2021   Guests: Clarissa Ward Dr. Francis Collins To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 19, 2021
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tests positive for Covid-19
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has tested positive for Covid-19, despite being fully vaccinated. The Republican has opposed mask mandates and issued an executive order banning school districts from requiring masks. Dr. Peter Hotez is the co-director at the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital. He tells Anderson Cooper school hasn’t started yet and kids are getting sick. Plus, CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward joins AC360 from Kabul Afghanistan to describe the fear women now have that the Taliban have taken over saying they seem to “have largely melted away.”   Airdate: August 17, 2021   Guests: Dr. Peter Hotez Clarissa Ward To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 18, 2021
Biden: “I stand squarely behind my decision”
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During an address to the nation, President Biden admitted the collapse of the Afghan government and the Taliban retaking control happened more quickly than the U.S. government had expected. Biden said he stands “squarely behind my decision.” Thomas Friedman is a foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times. He tells Anderson Cooper the President “certainly made clear they had made mistakes and they weren’t prepared.” Plus, CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward takes AC360 to Kabul to give an update on the evacuation of Afghan allies from the capital city. She says many Afghans she’s met are in a “state of shock” and “struggling to process the last 24 hours.”   Airdate: August 16, 2021 Guests: Thomas Friedman Clarissa Ward   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 17, 2021
CDC recommends third Covid-19 vaccine dose for certain immunocompromised people
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Vaccine advisers to the CDC voted unanimously to recommend an extra dose of the Covid-19 vaccine for some immunocompromised people. The FDA had already authorized a third dose in certain patients who are likely to have had a poor response to two doses of either Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccine. Dr. Peter Hotez is the co-director for the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital. He joins AC360 to discuss the CDC’s recommendation. Plus, John Cohen, the Homeland Security Intelligence chief told CNN online extremist rhetoric is strikingly similar to the buildup to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger is a member of the bipartisan House select committee that’s investigating the insurrection. He tells Anderson Cooper conspiracy theories and false narratives can grow into action and “it’s a real concern.”   Airdate: Friday August 13, 2021   Guests: Dr. Peter Hotez Rep. Adam Kinzinger To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 14, 2021
More than 98% of U.S. residents live in an area with “high” or “substantial Covid-19 transmission
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More than 98% of U.S. residents now live in an area with a “high” or “substantial” risk of Covid-19 community transmission, up from 19% just a month ago. Meanwhile, the FDA is expecting to authorize coronavirus vaccine booster shots for some immunocompromised people. Dr. Anthony Fauci is the director for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He joins AC360 to discuss the recent surge in cases and the anticipated authorization of booster shots. Plus, there are only 368 ICU beds currently available in Texas as the state faces another rise in hospitalization. Gov. Greg Abbott announced that more than 2,500 medical personnel will be deployed to hospitals around the state to help care for the increasing number of Covid-19 patients despite defying science and having issued an executive order prohibiting state governmental entities from requiring mask wearing. Beto O’Rourke is a former U.S. Congressman from Texas and he tells Anderson Cooper “this is a crisis and we need the governor to treat it as such.”   Airdate: August 12, 2021   Guests: Dr. Anthony Fauci Beto O’Rourke To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 13, 2021
FDA expected to authorize Covid-19 booster shots for some immunocompromised people
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expect to authorize Covid-19 vaccine booster shots for some immunocompromised people. This would be a third shot to the current two-shot Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Dr. Leana Wen is the former Baltimore health commissioner and an emergency room physician. She joins AC360 to discuss the FDA’s expected decision. Plus, a federal judge ruled that House Democrats can get some of former President Trump’s tax records through a subpoena to his accounting firm. Norman Eisen is a former special counsel to the House Democrats in Trump's first impeachment trial as well as a CNN legal analyst. He tells Anderson Cooper he thinks “it’s an important milestone on holding Trump accountable.”   Airdate: August 11, 2021   Guests: Dr. Leana Wen Norman Eisen To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 12, 2021
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he is resigning, effective in 14 days after a state investigation found he “sexually harassed multiple women and violated state law.” He’s denied the allegations. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will replace Cuomo and will become the state’s first female governor. CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash joins AC360 to discuss Cuomo’s resignation. Plus, President Joe Biden celebrated the Senate’s passage of a historic, sweeping $1.2 trillion bipartisan deal. But hurdles remain in the House. But White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain tells Anderson Cooper “today’s win is a great win” and to do it on a bipartisan basis makes it a “more sustainable and stronger win.”   Airdate: August 10, 2021   Guests: Dana Bash Ron Klain To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 11, 2021
Gov. DeSantis threatens salaries if schools mandate masks
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Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the state could move to withhold salaries of those who violate the ban on mask mandates in schools. Gov. DeSantis issued an executive order last month directing the state’s health and education departments to issue rules preventing the implementation of school mask mandates. Dr. Richard Besser is the former acting director of the CDC and a pediatrician. He tells Anderson Cooper the best place for children this fall is in school learning and the best way to keep that happening is to “ensure that teachers and staff are vaccinated, that parents are vaccinated and that everyone in schools is wearing masks.” Plus, sources tell CNN that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in a “fighting mood” as his closest aides and confidants spent the weekend trying to get him to resign. Christine Quinn is a former New York City Council Speaker and the president of the organization, Women in Need. She joins AC360 to discuss Cuomo’s future and says he “really has one gear, and that gear is fight.”   Airdate: August 9, 2021   Guests: Dr. Richard Besser Christine Quinn To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 10, 2021
The Delta Surge: Masks, Science and Politics
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The superintendent of Texas' largest school district plans to propose a mask mandate. If approved, the Houston Independent School District would likely be the first in the state to violate Gov. Greg Abbott’s mask mandate ban. Houston's mayor joins AC360 for reaction and shares what the city is doing to combat the Delta variant. Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono talks about Jeffrey Clark, the high-ranking member of the Justice Department under the former president, and his apparent willingness to undermine the 2020 election despite receiving a classified briefing that said his information was incorrect. Plus, CNN's Clarissa Ward has an exclusive report from the battle lines in Afghanistan with Taliban forces gaining ground.   Airdate: August 6, 2021   Guests: Mayor Sylvester Turner Sen. Mazie Hirono  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 07, 2021
Biden signs bill awarding medals to Jan. 6 first responders
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Senate Judiciary Committee member Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota joins Anderson to talk about honoring the Capitol Police officers with the Congressional Gold Medal for their actions on January 6th. Plus, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell continues to claim he has evidence that China hacked U.S. voting systems and switched votes for the former president to Biden votes. Lindell is not backing down even as he faces a lawsuit from voting machine-maker Dominion alleging he's defamed the company with his false accusations. And Lindell's company is counter-suing.  CNN's Drew Griffin went to Minnesota to talk to Lindell about his claims that threaten democracy. And in Tennessee, Dr. Michelle Fiscus was fired last month from her position as Director of Immunization programs for the state.  She says it was after she sent a memo to medical providers informing them about a decades-old Tennessee's law that essentially says teenagers can get the vaccine without their parents' permission, in some cases. Dr. Fiscus and her husband, Brad, who's a former teacher and a school board member, join Anderson.     Airdate: August 5 2021   Guests: Sen. Amy Klobuchar   Dr. Michelle Fiscus    Brad Fiscus  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 06, 2021
Bill Gates on Covid and the Delta Variant threat
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Bill Gates joins Anderson to talk about the latest Covid headlines. His foundation has donated billions of dollars to the cause of global health and fighting infectious disease, including development of Moderna's mRNA vaccine technology. Plus, Democratic Congressman and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff talks with Anderson about former President Trump, the 2020 election, and battle over democracy at the DOJ during his presidency. And, Keeping Them Honest, Randi Kaye finds and confronts a Florida doctor who experts say is the ultimate super-spreader of Covid misinformation.   Airdate: August 4, 2021   Guests: Bill Gates Rep. Adam Schiff To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 05, 2021
Report: NY Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women; he denies wrongdoing
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New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women and created a "hostile" work environment for women, a report released by New York Attorney General Letitia James said. The findings of her civil review into the harassment allegations have created a political firestorm around the scandal-plagued governor. A panel of New York political insiders weigh in on the findings and defiance from Cuomo.  Plus, a fourth police officer who was on duty at the January 6th Capitol riots has died by suicide. The DC Metropolitan police says Officer Kyle DeFreytag was found dead on July 10. Colorado Democratic Congressman Jason Crow, who witnessed the insurrection first-hand, has a message for the officers who served that day.   Airdate: August 3, 2021     Guests:  Maggie Haberman Christine Quinn Maya Wiley Rep. Jason Crow To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 04, 2021
Growing evidence the country is facing some hard weeks ahead
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Former Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams joins Anderson to talk about the latest with Covid, vaccines and the Delta variant surge. The White House is saying tonight it tried but could not find a legal justification for extending the federal eviction moratorium but said it isn't giving up. Several progressive members of Congress have been camped out on the steps of the Capitol since Friday, trying to bring attention to the problem. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, the chair of the House Democratic Caucus, talks with Anderson about the millions who could lose their homes. Plus, CNN's Matt Rivers talks with the widow of Haiti's slain president and she shares what she experienced that horrible night. Airdate: August 2, 2021 Guests: Dr. Jerome Adams Sen. Chris Murphy Rep. Hakeem Jeffries To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 03, 2021
CDC document: Covid-19 Delta variant spreads as easily as chicken pox
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An internal Center for Disease Control and Prevention document revealed the Covid-19 Delta variant appears to cause more severe illness and spread as easily as chicken pox. President Joe Biden said the U.S. will “in all probability” see more restrictions due to the rise in cases. Dr. Peter Hotez is the co-director for the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital. He tells Anderson Cooper he thinks it will “get worse for lots of unvaccinated individuals” as schools open, especially in the South. Plus, Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order to prevent mask mandates in schools. Dr. Aileen Marty is an infectious disease expert at Florida International University. She joins AC360 to discuss DeSantis’s decision and says the situation in Florida is “grave” and is getting worse day-by-day. Airdate: July 30, 2021 Guests: Dr. Peter Hotez Dr. Aileen Marty To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 31, 2021
Biden: "Every federal government employee will be asked to attest to their vaccination status"
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President Joe Biden announced new measures to boost vaccinations including requiring that all federal workers “attest to their vaccination status.” He added “anyone who does not attest or is not vaccinated will be required to mask no matter where they work, test one or two times a week to see if they've acquired Covid, socially distance, and generally will not be allowed to travel for work.” U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy tells Anderson Cooper he hopes that other institutions will “look at the steps the President took” and he hopes “this movement continues to grow.” Plus, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plan to meet with the President to discuss the path forward on voting rights legislation. Former U.S. Congressman Beto O’Rourke is currently participating in a four-day “Moral March for Democracy” to put pressure on the Biden administration to advance the bill. The Texas Democrat joins AC360 to discuss what passing federal voting rights legislation could mean for the country.   Airdate: July 29, 2021   Guests: Dr. Vivek Murthy Sharon Stone To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 30, 2021
Biden: “The pandemic we have now is a pandemic of the unvaccinated”
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After months of encouraging employees to get the Covid-19 vaccine, companies like Google, Facebook and Netflix are starting to take a harder line and roll out mandates. President Joe Biden said “we still have a lot of people not vaccinated” and “the pandemic we have now is a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells Anderson Cooper the reason cases are going up is because unvaccinated people are spreading the virus to other unvaccinated people. Plus, Simone Biles dropped out of the women’s gymnastics individual all-around competition to focus on her well-being. Apolo Ohno won eight Olympic medals in short track speed skating. He joins AC360 to discuss the pressure that comes with being an Olympic athlete and says we should support athletes when they “need it most.”   Airdate: July 28, 2021   Guests: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Apolo Ohno To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 29, 2021
Officers describe hand-to-hand combat on January 6
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Four officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on January 6 testified on Capitol Hill today about their mental health and lingering wounds with one saying “January 6 still isn’t over for me.” The four officers who testified told members of the Select Committee investigating the January 6th attack about the brutality they experienced that day. Becky Anderson is a psychologist and the clinical director of the DC Metropolitan Police Employee Assistance Program. She’s counseled Officer Fanone and many others in the wake of the Capitol riot. She tells Anderson Cooper the officers were exhausted after the traumatic stress from 2020 and the Capitol insurrection. Plus, President Joe Biden will announce a requirement that all federal employees and contractors be vaccinated against Covid-19 or get regular testing done. Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams joins AC360 to discuss whether he thinks other companies and businesses will follow Biden’s lead. Airdate: July 27, 2021   Guests: Becky Anderson Dr. Jerome Adams   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 28, 2021
House Republicans demand Pelosi seat McCarthy’s picks for January 6 committee
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House Republicans attempted to pass a resolution that would make House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seat Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s picks to the January 6 select committee but it was tabled 218-197. Pelosi refused to seat two of McCarthy’s picks which led the House GOP leader to pull all five of his selections. Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff is one of Pelosi’s picks who will serve on the committee. He joins AC360 to discuss the back-and-forth between Pelosi and McCarthy and says this is “just more of the same effort at distraction.” Plus, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that all state employees and health care workers will be required to provide proof of vaccination or get regular testing. All city workers in New York City will be required to get vaccinated or tested for Covid-19 once a week by September 13. Dr. Tom Frieden is the former CDC director. He tells Anderson Cooper the more people who get the vaccine, “the safer we’ll be.”   Airdate: July 26, 2021   Guests: Rep. Adam Schiff Dr. Tom Frieden   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 27, 2021
Alabama Republican Gov. Ivey: ‘Start blaming the unvaccinated folks' for rise in Covid cases
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Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey called out “the unvaccinated folks” for the rise in Covid-19 cases in her state. Ivey told reporters “folks are supposed to have common sense. But it's time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It's the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down.” Alabama is the least vaccinated state in the country with roughly only 33.9% of residents fully vaccinated. Former Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams joins AC360 to discuss the rise in cases and says if people want bars and restaurants to stay open and be able to go out into communities without your mask, “then you’ve got to do your part and get vaccinated.” Plus, former President Donald Trump is returning to Arizona where he’s expected to claim, yet again, the Arizona audit will be the first domino in showing fraud in a string of states that Biden narrowly won. Maggie Haberman is the Washington Correspondent for The New York Times and has covered Trump for years. She tells Anderson Cooper the former President’s advisers aren’t happy with his focus on these Arizona efforts and they think it's “counterproductive.”   Airdate: July 23, 2021   Guests: Dr. Jerome Adams Maggie Haberman To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 24, 2021
CDC Director: “Virus has no incentive to let up”
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CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky urged unvaccinated Americans to take the Delta variant seriously and said “this virus has no incentive to let up, and it remains in search of the next vulnerable person to infect.” President Biden didn’t rule out a change in mask guidance as he stressed the pandemic is among the unvaccinated. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent tells Anderson Cooper that if the mask issue “wasn’t so politicized,” I think the answer would be that if you’re vaccinated and inside around unvaccinated people, you should “probably put a mask on.” Plus, NFL Network Host Rich Eisen joins AC360 to discuss his reaction when he found out he tested positive for Covid-19, despite being vaccinated.   Airdate: July 22, 2021   Guests: Dr. Leana Wen Rich Eisen   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 23, 2021
President Biden: Listen to science
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President Joe Biden addressed the rising number of Covid-19 cases and said “we have a pandemic for those who haven’t gotten the vaccine. It’s that basic, that simple” during an exclusive town hall. CNN Medical Analyst and emergency room physician Dr. Leana Wen joins AC360 to discuss the surge of cases in unvaccinated Americans and Biden’s plea for Americans to get vaccinated. Plus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of the five Republicans House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy chose for the House select committee created to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol. CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash tells Anderson Cooper Pelosi did “what she knew was right.”  Airdate: July 21, 2021   Guests: Dr. Leana Wen Dana Bash To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 22, 2021
Bezos: Seeing Earth during spaceflight "was more profound for me than I expected"
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Just moments after landing back on Earth, Jeff Bezos said the experience of flying to space was “amazing” and “more profound for me than I expected.” The Amazon and Blue Origins founder talks to Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview about his trip to the edge of space and reveals whether or not his expectations were met. Plus, Bezos announced he planned to award $100 million each to CNN Contributor Van Jones and chef José Andrés. Both Jones and Andrés join AC360 to discuss what they plan to do with the money.  Airdate: July 20, 2021   Guests: Jeff Bezos Van Jones José Andrés To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 21, 2021
Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths are increasing; vast majority were not vaccinated
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The surge of Covid-19 cases fueled by the Delta variant and vaccine hesitancy has led to a 66% jump in average daily cases from last week. Deaths have also increased by 13% from just a week ago. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said 99.5% of deaths are among the unvaccinated. He tells Anderson Cooper “you should take measures if you’re unvaccinated, like masking, distancing and avoiding indoor gatherings.” Plus, Amazon founder and current executive chair Jeff Bezos is getting ready to take a supersonic joyride to the edge of space. He’ll be flying aboard New Shepard, a suborbital capsule and rocket system built by his space company Blue Origin. Sirisha Bandla is the vice president of government affairs and research operations at Virgin Galactic and flew with Richard Branson aboard his space craft earlier this month. She joins AC360 to discuss her experience in space and what Bezos and his crew can expect during their trip tomorrow Airdate: July 19, 2021 Guests: Dr. Vivek Murthy Sirisha Bandla To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 20, 2021
CDC director: Covid-19 “is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated”
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Covid-19 cases are rising in all 50 states as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads and health officials say it’s clear that unvaccinated people are both driving the increase in new cases and are most at risk. The CDC director warned this “is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” Dr. Craig Spencer is the Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and treated coronavirus patients in New York at the height of the pandemic. He tells Anderson Cooper if you are “fully vaccinated, the likelihood that I will see you in the emergency room as a Covid patient is near zero.” Plus, a federal judge in Texas ruled that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the Obama-era program shielding certain undocumented immigrants from deportation, is illegal and blocked new applicants. CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin joins AC360 to discuss the ruling.   Airdate: July 16, 2021   Guests: Dr. Craig Spencer Jeffrey Toobin To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 17, 2021
McCarthy & Trump meet as hearing on January 6 riot looms
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House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy met with former President Donald Trump at his Bedminster golf club just a day after the select committee investigating the Capitol riot said it will hold its first public hearing on July 27. Journalist and author Carl Bernstein joins AC360 to discuss McCarthy’s meeting with Trump and says the Republican party is “beholden to Donald Trump and Trumpism.” Plus, as the Covid-19 Delta variant is spreading, Los Angeles County in California has reinstated its mask mandate for everyone. Andy Slavitt is the former White House Senior Adviser for Covid-19 response. He tells Anderson Cooper we need people who are hesitant to get vaccinated to step back, get the real facts, talk to their doctors or people they trust.   Airdate: July 15, 2021   Guests: Carl Bernstein Andy Slavitt To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 16, 2021
New book: Top generals feared Trump would attempt a coup after election
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CNN has obtained a series of excerpts from the new book “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year” by Pulitzer-prize winning journalists for the Washington Post, Carol Leonnig and Phillip Rucker. CNN’s Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel obtained the upcoming book and tells Anderson Cooper the top U.S. military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley, was so shaken that then-President Trump and his allies might attempt a coup or take other dangerous or illegal measures after the November election that Milley and other top officials informally planned for different ways to stop Trump. Plus, the Tennessee Department of Health confirmed it has temporarily halted all adolescent vaccine outreach for the Covid-19 vaccines and even others not related to the virus. Dr. Michelle Fiscus was the state’s medical director of the vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization. She was fired in a dispute over parental permission for vaccinating children. She joins AC360 to discuss the issue of vaccine hesitancy and says this is “politics getting in the way of public health.”   Airdate: July 14, 2021   Guests: Jamie Gangel Dr. Michelle Fiscus To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 15, 2021
Biden: "We are facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War"
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President Joe Biden urged Congress to pass federal voting rights legislation during a speech in Philadelphia. Biden called the issue a “test of our time” and said “we are facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War.” The speech came as Texas House Democrats fled the state and traveled to Washington, D.C. in an effort to halt state Republicans from passing a new restrictive voting law. Beto O’Rourke is a former Democratic U.S. Representative from Texas. He tells Anderson Cooper the Texas delegation has been able to “galvanize the conscious of this country” and “ get us focused on the issue of voting rights.” Plus, Michael Wollf, author of the new book “Landslide,” joins AC360 to discuss former President Trump’s lies about the election, his relationship with Rudy Giuliani and his post-presidency life at Mar-a-Lago.   Airdate: July 13, 2021   Guests: Beto O’Rourke Michael Wolff To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 14, 2021
Texas House Democrats leave state to block Republicans from passing voting restrictions
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Texas House Democrats left the state to fly to Washington, D.C. in an effort to block Republicans from passing a restrictive voting law. Chris Turner is a Democratic Texas State Representative and the chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus. He was on the flight from Texas to Washington, D.C and tells AC360 their objective is to “kill this bill.” President Joe Biden held a meeting with Attorney General Merrick Garland and local leaders including law enforcement and elected officials to discuss the summer rise in violent crime as pandemic restrictions loosen. New York Democratic mayoral primary winner Eric Adams was one of the leaders in attendance. Adams joins AC360 to discuss what he heard from the President during the meeting.   Airdate; July 12, 2021   Guests: Chris Turner Eric Adams To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 13, 2021
Vaccine confusion
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The last thing a country in the middle of another coronavirus surge and battling vaccine disinformation needs is conflicting messages from the government and a vaccine maker about the efficacy of its vaccine past the six-month period. But that's exactly what's occurred the past 24 hours, ending with an apology, sort of, from the company that started it.  Expert, pediatrician and the dean of the school of tropical medicine at Baylor university, Dr. Peter Hotez talks with Anderson about all the confusion.Plus, this weekend on CNN, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at your favorite sitcoms from across the decades. The characters you can't stop laughing at, in the situations you can't get enough of. Famed TV sitcom creator Norman Lear joins Anderson to talk about his creative process and his secret to longevity.   Airdate: July 9, 2021   Guests: Dr. Peter Hotez Norman Lear To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 10, 2021
Pfizer sees waning immunity from its Covid vaccine
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Days after President Biden spoke of gaining our independence from Covid, Pfizer says it is seeing waning immunity from its coronavirus vaccine and is now picking up efforts to develop a booster dose to protect people from the variants. It will seek emergency use authorization from the FDA in August for a booster dose. Dr. Leana Wen joins Anderson to discuss. Plus, Senator Bernie Sanders weighs in on the fight for voting rights. And President Biden announced today that the U.S. mission in Afghanistan will end on August 31. Jimmy Hatch, a former U.S Navy SEAL, who was wounded in combat in Afghanistan, talks with Anderson about the withdrawal and what he thinks it means. Airdate: July 8, 2021   Guests: Dr. Leana Wen Sen. Bernie Sanders Jimmy Hatch To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 09, 2021
Assassination of Haiti's President
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Haiti's President was assassinated in his home. It would be a shattering development to any country. But Haiti has had more than its share of misfortune - whether from poverty, natural disaster, or now, political violence. A journalist in Haiti joins Anderson to talk about what is happening right now. In Florida, there is the grim but sadly not unexpected breaking news on the condo collapse. The search and rescue effort is now a recovery operation with the fatality number rising sharply today as the work there goes on. Also, the former president is trying to take social media to court for banning him while uttering the kind of inflammatory things that got him barred in the first place. We're joined by First Amendment scholar, Laurence Tribe, who weighs in on the lawsuit.    Airdate: July 7, 2021   Guests: Harold Isaac Laurence Tribe To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 08, 2021
6 Months since the Insurrection
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It’s six months to the day since the attack on the Capitol. The FBI and the Department of Justice released new videos today from the January 6 insurrection in hopes getting the public's continued help with identifying the alleged rioters. Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois joins Anderson to discuss. And a warning today from President Biden on Covid. Despite cases and deaths being down 90-percent since January, he says the Delta variant should be taken very seriously. According to the CDC, that variant now accounts for more than half of all new infections in the U.S. The President's warning comes in wake of word from the Israeli government, that as the Delta variant has spread there, efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine has fallen. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the President's Chief Medical Advisor talks about the latest concerns. Airdate: July 6, 2021   Guests: Rep. Adam Kinzinger Dr. Anthony Fauci To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 07, 2021
117 people remain unaccounted for in Surfside condo collapse
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The death toll in the Florida condo collapse has risen to 28, with 117 others still unaccounted for. Structural engineer Allyn Kilsheimer was hired by the city of Surfside to investigate the cause of the collapse. He and Los Angeles-based structural engineer Kit Miyamoto talk to AC360 about the demolition of the Champlain Towers South building and the investigation. Plus, new preliminary data from the Israeli government shows a decline in the efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine as the Delta variant spreads. Dr. Leana Wen weighs in on this new development. And, Elie Honig, former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and CNN Senior Legal Analyst, talks to AC360 about his new book: “Hatchet Man: How Bill Barr Broke the Prosecutor's Code and Corrupted the Justice Department."      Airdate: July 5, 2021   Guests: Allyn Kilsheimer Kit Miyamoto  Dr. Leana Wen Elie Honig To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 06, 2021
January 6th rioter joins Republican members of Congress on border trip
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As Congress puts together a special committee to investigate the January 6th insurrection, several Republican House members visited the U.S.-Mexico border accompanied by a right-wing YouTube personality who participated in the riot. CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen and Former Congressman Denver Riggleman discuss how this could impact Republicans.  In Florida, the death toll rises in the condo collapse.  And another condo building in a nearby town is evacuated due to unsafe conditions.  Plus, CNN’s Randi Kaye reports on a reunion between two Champlain Tower residents. One helped the other get out of the building. And sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson was suspended one month from the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team after testing positive for THC, a chemical found in marijuana. Richardson was poised to be the first American to possibly win the gold medal in the 100-meter women's race since Gail Devers won back in 1996. Devers talks to AC360 about the track star’s punishment.   Airdate: July 2, 2021   Guests: David Gergen Former Congressman Denver Riggleman, (R) Virginia Alfredo Lopez Esther Gorfinkel  Gail Devers To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 03, 2021
Trump CFO indicted on 15 felony counts, alleged 15-year tax scheme
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New York prosecutors charged the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, with an alleged 15-year tax scheme. The Trump Organization CFO was charged with 15 felony counts in connection with the alleged scheme stretching back to 2005 "to compensate Weisselberg and other Trump Organization executives in a manner that was 'off the books.'" Timothy O’Brien is the author of “TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald” and a senior columnist for Bloomberg Opinion. He tells AC360 he thinks the “function of this indictment” is to “encourage Allen Weisselberg to flip” against former President Trump. Plus, President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden traveled to Surfside, Florida to meet with search and rescue personnel, first responders and some of the families of the victims and the 145 people still accounted for in the deadly condo collapse. Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett joins AC360 to discuss the President’s visit and to give an update on the search and rescue efforts.   Airdate: July 1, 2021   Guests: Tim O’Brien Mayor Charles Burkett To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 02, 2021
Death toll rises to 18 in condo collapse
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At least 18 people are dead and 147 are unaccounted for after a south Florida condo building partially collapsed last week. The Miami-Dade mayor announced that two children, ages 4 and 10 are among the lives lost. Ashley Dean’s sister, Cassondra Stratton, is among the unaccounted for. Cassondra’s husband told the Miami Herald he was on the phone with her when she told him their condo was shaking and a sink hole had opened up where the pool used to be just before the line went dead and the building came crashing down. Dean tells AC360 her sister was “very, very vivacious and she just had a zest for life.” Plus, Bill Cosby has been released from prison after the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania vacated his 2018 conviction on sexual assault charges and judgment of sentence. Patricia Leary Steuer says Cosby assaulted her on two occasions. She joins AC360 to discuss Cosby’s release and says she’s “sad” and “feeling like this is a loss for me and for the other women who came forward.” Airdate: June 30, 2021   Guests: Ashley Dean Patricia Leary Steuer To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 01, 2021
12 dead, 149 unaccounted for in Surfside condo collapse
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Six days after the 12-story condo building in Surfside, Florida came crashing down, search and rescue crews continue to comb through the rubble as 149 people are still unaccounted for. Officials announced another confirmed death, bringing the number of fatalities up to 12. A structural engineer from Washington, DC has been called to investigate the collapse. Allyn Kilsheimer was part of the September 11 Pentagon attack investigation, as well as the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995, and the World Trade Center bombing in 1993. He walks AC360 through what the investigation will look like. Plus, Sara Nir along with two of her children safely escaped the condo just before it came crashing down. Sara and her daughter Chani join AC360 to describe how they safely escaped and why they first thought it was an earthquake.   Airdate: June 29, 2021   Guests: Allyn Kilsheimer Sara and Chani Nir   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 30, 2021
Death toll rises to 11 in condo collapse
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Authorities say the death toll has risen to eleven after the collapse of a 12-story residential building in Surfside, Florida five days ago. Search and rescue teams are continuing to work around the clock to find the 150 people who are still unaccounted for. Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett tells AC360 his number one priority is “pulling these people out of the rubble.” Plus, the Miami Herald published photos reportedly taken by a pool contractor just 36 hours before the condo building came crashing down. The reporter told CNN the contractor saw cracks in the concrete and rebar in the pool equipment room and wondered why the building hadn’t been maintained better. Asher Cohen is a forensic engineer who evaluates damage to residential and commercial buildings. He joins AC360 to discuss what he sees in the photos and says this did not happen in the past 24 hours or even the past 24 months. Airdate: June 28, 2021 Guests: Mayor Charles Burkett Asher Cohen To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 29, 2021
159 people remain unaccounted for in condo collapse
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  Anderson Cooper reports from Surfside, Florida as an intense search and rescue effort continues for what could be as many as 159 trapped in the rubble of a collapsed 12-story condo building. Bettina Obias spoke to Anderson. She is hoping her aunt and uncle, Maria and Claudio Bonnefoy, will be rescued. Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the dangers rescuers are encountering at the collapse site. Plus, an update from Miami-Dade County officials, who have the latest information about rescue operations.   Airdate: June 25, 2021   Guests:   Sanjay Gupta Bettina Obias Mayor Daniella Levine Cava To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 26, 2021
Miami-Dade Police: 99 people still unaccounted for in condo collapse
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An intense search and rescue effort will continue through the night as nearly 100 people remain unaccounted for after a 12-story condo building collapsed in Surfside, Florida. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at least one person has died and the cause of the collapse is still unknown. Kevin Spiegel’s wife, Judy Spiegel, is one of the missing. He tells Anderson Cooper his family has “a lot of hope that Judy is still alive” and she’s an “amazing person.” Plus, President Biden says “we have a deal” on infrastructure with a bipartisan group of senators. It’s still unclear if the bill will have enough support from GOP senators or progressive lawmakers for it to be signed into law. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders joins AC360 to discuss what he thinks of the deal.   Airdate: June 24, 2021   Guests: Josh Spiegel Sen. Bernie Sanders   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 25, 2021
New videos show Capitol rioters attacking police calling them “pigs” and “f***ing traitors”
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The Justice Department released six new police body camera and surveillance videos that show rioters harassing and attacking police on January 6 around the Capitol building, even calling them “pigs” and “f***ing traitors.” Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was injured while physically engaging with the rioters and later died after he collapsed. Sicknick’s life partner, Sandra Garza, and his mother, Gladys Sicknick, join AC360 to react to the new video and the attempt by some members of the GOP to whitewash what happened on January 6. Plus, Republican Sen. Mitt Romney and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced there’s an agreement with White House officials and ten senators on infrastructure. The senators said it’s fully paid for and offsets the new spending. Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy tells Anderson Cooper “we’re going to have to take a deep dive into the agreement that they’ve reached and square it with the needs of our voters.”   Airdate: June 23, 2021   Guests: Sandra Garza Gladys Sicknick Sen. Chris Murphy To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 24, 2021
Voting rights bill dead after Senate Republicans block it
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Senate Republicans blocked a signature Democratic voting and election bill during a key test vote. Democrats were united in favor of the bill after securing support from Sen. Joe Manchin. Democratic Sen. Chris Coons joins AC360 to discuss the vote and says he doesn’t know if “there’s anything we can do to get Republicans on board with protecting access to the ballot with voting rights.” Plus, Dr. Anthony Fauci called the Delta coronavirus variant, the “greatest threat” in the country’s fight against Covid-19. Dr. Paul Offit is the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He tells Anderson Cooper we aren’t helpless here, “just get vaccinated.” Airdate: June 22, 2021 Guests: Sen. Chris Coons Dr. Paul Offit To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 23, 2021
Poll: Most Americans reject validity of 2020 election audits
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A new Monmouth University poll suggests most Americans reject Republican efforts to audit states’ 2020 election results and they believe the reviews are an attempt to undermine valid election outcomes. The poll showed that 57% of Americans say they view the audits as “partisan efforts to undermine valid election results.” The problem-ridden audit in Arizona has yet to uncover any evidence suggesting widespread voter fraud. Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs tells there’s “nothing that can be done now to overturn the election” even if the Arizona audit was valid. Plus, as President Joe Biden’s agenda enters a critical week on Capitol Hill ahead of a looming Senate recess, CNN Contributor and staff writer for The New Yorker Evan Osnos joins AC360 to discuss whether Sen. Joe Manchin’s search for common ground could wreck the Democrats’ agenda.   Airdate: June 21, 2021   Guests: Katie Hobbs Evan Osnos To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 22, 2021
New videos obliterate GOP whitewashing of Capitol riot
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Newly released video from January 6 shows a supporter of former President Trump, Scott Fairlamb, taunting, stalking, and punching law enforcement outside the U.S. Capitol. Fairlamb is charged with 12 criminal counts including assaulting police and carrying a dangerous weapon into the Capitol. These videos recently released by the Department of Justice undermine Republican efforts to whitewash the January 6 insurrection. Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego tells Anderson Cooper he doesn’t think these videos will change any of his Republican colleagues’ minds. Plus, despite the Vatican’s warning, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops proceeded with a plan that could deny communion to public figures who support abortion rights, like President Joe Biden. Rev. James Martin said he was very surprised and discouraged by the vote. He joins AC360 to discuss whether or not he thinks the vote was politically motivated.   Airdate: June 18, 2021   Guests: Rep. Ruben Gallego Rev. James Martin To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 19, 2021
DOJ releases new body camera video of January 6 riot
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The Justice Department released horrifying new police body camera video from the Capitol hill insurrection on January 6. The video shows a man, who is being charged with seven federal crimes, screaming profanities at officers, threateningly wielding a flagpole and rushing at officers. Sandra Garza’s life partner, Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, was injured while physically engaging with the rioters and later died after he collapsed. Garza tells Anderson Cooper “this is not loving America.” Plus, Sen. Joe Manchin, a key Democratic vote in a 50-50 Senate, has said he’s opposed to the For the People Act in its current form but released a proposal of his own. His compromises include making Election Day a holiday, banning gerrymandering, mandating at least 15 consecutive days of early voting and instituting a voter ID requirement that includes a utility bill as an alternative. Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar is a co-sponsor of the For the People Act. She joins AC360 to discuss Manchin’s proposed changes.     Airdate: June 17, 2021   Guests: Sandra Garza Sen. Amy Klobuchar To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 18, 2021
Biden on historic Putin summit: “I did what I came to do”
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President Joe Biden said he raised human rights and cyberattacks during a summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Both Biden and Putin said the talks were generally positive but walked away with no major breakthroughs. “I did what I came to do,” Biden said.  Fiona Hill is the former senior director for European and Russian Affairs on the National Security Council and was at the infamous meeting between former President Trump and Putin in Helsinki in 2018. She joins AC360 to discuss how Biden’s summit with Putin was compared to Trump’s three years ago. Plus, 21 House Republicans voted no on a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the officers who defended the Capitol on January 6. One of those Congressmen who voted against the legislation was Rep. Paul Gosar, who also referred to the shooting of Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt as an execution. Jennifer Gosar is Rep. Gosar’s sister and along with her other siblings, has campaigned against her brother. They recently put out an attack ad calling out their brother’s lies about the insurrection. She tells Anderson Cooper it doesn’t surprise her that her brother actively trying to erase what happened on January 6. Airdate: June 16, 2021   Guests: Fiona Hill Jennifer Gosar To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 17, 2021
Biden and Putin to meet as relations at lowest point since Cold War
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President Joe Biden will meet with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday and U.S. officials say it could last four to five hours. Biden said he’s going to “make clear to President Putin that there are areas where we can cooperate if he chooses.” A source tells CNN Biden will raise an array of concerns including ransomware and human rights during the summit. The New York Times Foreign Affairs Columnist Thomas Friedman tells Anderson Cooper “our problem is Vladimir Putin has become America’s bad ex-boyfriend from hell” and we would “really like to date someone else.” Plus, the U.S. reached 600,000 Covid-19 deaths as the new, dangerous Delta variant is on the rise. Both New York and California have reopened and dropped most of their restrictions. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy joins AC360 to discuss the grim death toll and just how worried people should be about the Delta variant. Airdate: June 15, 2021   Guests: Thomas Friedman Dr. Vivek Murthy To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 16, 2021
Biden preparing intensely for Putin’s tactics with aides and allies
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President Joe Biden has been using his spare time on his European tour to prepare intensely for his meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Biden has been leaving his mornings free for consultations with advisers like Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan. CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward joins AC360 to discuss the President’s upcoming meeting with Putin. Plus, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said her comments comparing mask mandates and vaccination passports to the Holocaust were “offensive” after she visited the Holocaust museum. Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen is Jewish and tells Anderson Cooper he thinks it was good she apologized and went to the museum but her apology and speech after “didn’t sound like it came from the heart.”  Airdate: June 14, 2021   Guests: Clarissa Ward Rep. Steve Cohen To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 15, 2021
Trump DOJ requested data on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses from Apple
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The Department of Justice under former President Trump demanded metadata from Apple on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, the company said.  It was part of the DOJ’s leak investigation that targeted Democratic members of Congress, staffers and their families. One target of the investigation was House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who held a briefing today with fellow Democrats. A source tells CNN the Democratic committee members were “animated” in trying to figure out who at the DOJ and in the Trump administration were behind the effort to seize their records. Rep. Jim Himes is a member of the committee. He joins AC360 to discuss the latest in the investigation and whether or not he thinks any of his records were seized. Plus, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe knows what it’s like to be the subject of a leak investigation. He tells AC360 “when you see that the machinery of the Department of Justice has been activated against you and they’re actively trying to throw you in jail, it is absolutely terrifying.” Airdate: June 11, 2021   Guests: Rep. Jim Himes Andrew McCabe To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 12, 2021
Bipartisan group of 10 senators agree on infrastructure plan
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A bipartisan group of ten senators say they’ve reached an agreement on infrastructure that would be “fully paid for and not include tax increases.” The group was compromised of five Democrats and five Republicans but some members of the Senate Democratic Caucus have threatened to oppose it. Democratic Strategist James Carville joins AC360 to discuss how difficult it will be to pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill if Democrats can’t even get on the same page. Plus, the FDA’s vaccine advisers debated the urgency of getting children vaccinated against Covid-19. Dr. Cody Meissner, director of pediatric infectious diseases at Tufts University School of Medicine, tells AC360 why he thinks it’s too early to be vaccinating kids.   Airdate: June 10, 2021   Guests: James Carville Dr. Cody Meissner To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 11, 2021
Biden sets ambitious agenda on first overseas trip
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President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda is stalled in Washington, D.C. while he is overseas for his first trip abroad to talk with world leaders. Biden is set to meet with Russia President Vladimir Putin next week and says he won’t hold back and the U.S. will “respond in a robust and meaningful way if the Russian government engages in harmful activities.” David Axelrod is a former senior adviser to President Obama and has been on similar trips. He tells AC360 the President feels “quite confident” on the global stage and this is “comfortable terrain” for him. Plus, a growing number of Democrats are urging Biden and the Democratic leadership to act without their Republican colleagues to get legislation passed in Congress as bipartisan negotiations around infrastructure and gun reform seem to have crumbled. Democratic Sen. Ed Markey joins AC360 to discuss whether he thinks bipartisanship is a realistic goal to getting Biden’s agenda passed.   Airdate: June 9, 2021   Guests: David Axelrod Sen. Ed Markey To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 10, 2021
White House negotiations with Capito-led Republicans officially done
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Infrastructure negotiations between President Joe Biden and a group of Republican senators led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito broke down. Sen. Capito said Biden “ultimately chose not to accept the very robust and targeted infrastructure package, and instead, end our discussions” and “this does not mean bipartisanship isn't feasible.” Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine joins AC360 to discuss and says “if the Republicans decide they don’t want to engage, we’ll move forward anyway with tools at our disposal.” Plus, in an exclusive interview with Anderson Cooper, former President Barack Obama criticized Republicans for embracing 2020 election falsehoods and said they’ve been “cowed into accepting” a series of positions that "would be unrecognizable and unacceptable even five years ago or a decade ago.” Former Senior Adviser to Obama Valerie Jarrett tells AC360 the Republican party has become “completely unrecognizable.”   Airdate: June 8, 2021   Guests: Sen. Tim Kaine Valerie Jarrett To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 09, 2021
NY Times: Trump Organization executive testifies before a grand jury
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The New York Times reports that senior Trump Organization financial official Jeffrey McConney has testified before a grand jury in Manhattan as part of an investigation into former President Trump and his company. Former federal prosecutor Elliot Williams tells Anderson Cooper this is a sign that “they’re putting pressure” on the Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer, Allan Weisselberg, in an “attempt to get him to cooperate in the investigation” and potentially testify against the former President. Plus, Facebooks says Trump is now suspended from their platform until at least January 2023. Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin joins AC360 to discuss Trump’s suspension and the effect his refusal to admit the election wasn’t stolen has on the future of democracy.  Airdate: June 4, 2021   Guests: Elliot Williams Doris Kearns Goodwin To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 05, 2021
Manchin signals he’s not ready to buck Republicans on key issues
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Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin holds a powerful position as a pivotal swing vote for the party and he’s made it clear he’s not ready to abandon Republicans for Democrats to try and push legislation on their own. The senator from West Virginia said bipartisan infrastructure talks should continue even as pressure builds for Democrats to move forward without any Republican support. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders joins AC360 to discuss Manchin’s stand on bipartisanship and says “I want to make the Senate work.” Plus, former Vice President Mike Pence said he’s spoken to former President Trump “many times” since they left office but “I don’t know if we will ever see eye to eye” about what happened on January 6 when rioters stormed the Capitol. He added he’s proud of their accomplishments and won’t let Democrats and “their allies in the media” use “one tragic day” to discredit millions of Americans. CNN Chief White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins tells Anderson Cooper it’s “stunning” for Pence to make these comments considering the rioters were chanting “hang Mike Pence” and he had to be escorted out.   Airdate: June 3, 2021   Guests: Sen. Bernie Sanders Kaitlan Collins To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 04, 2021
Former Trump advisers: The former President is more obsessed than ever with the 2020 election
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Advisers for former President Trump tell CNN that he is more obsessed than ever with the 2020 election and is listening to “the bottom of the bottom of the crazies in the barrel.” The New York Times is reporting Trump is telling his allies he expects to be reinstated as President by August, which is not even a possibility. Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger has been an outspoken critic of the former President and the lies his GOP colleagues have been spreading about the 2020 election. He joins AC360 to discuss whether or not he agrees that the American democracy is in peril. Plus, state lawmakers from Pennsylvania traveled to meet with members of the Arizona legislature about the “audit” happening in Maricopa County. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs joins AC360 to discuss the “audit” and says it’s “dangerous” and will do “nothing to determine the validity of election results.” Airdate: June 2, 2021   Guests: Rep. Adam Kinzinger Katie Hobbs To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 03, 2021
Biden slams GOP voting restrictions as “simply un-American”
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President Joe Biden announced Vice President Kamala Harris will lead his administration’s efforts on voting rights. Biden condemned the efforts by Republican-led state legislatures to pass restrictive laws that the President called “simply un-American.” Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar tells Anderson Cooper she agrees with Biden that these restrictions are an “unprecedented assault on our democracy.” Plus, while Biden was in Tulsa, he seemed to call out two moderate Democratic senators “who vote more with my Republican friends,” likely referring to West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Arizona Sen. Krysten Sinema. Both vote more with the Democrats than the Republicans but aren’t always aligned with the Democratic caucus on some key parts of the President’s agenda. CNN Senior Political Correspondent Abby Phillip was with Biden in Tulsa, Oklahoma and joins AC360 to discuss his comments.   Airdate: June 1, 2021   Guests: Sen. Amy Klobuchar Abby Phillip To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 02, 2021
Manhunt underway for at least three suspects in Florida club shooting
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Breaking news in the search for three people who opened fire at a concert venue outside Miami over the weekend. Two people were killed, 21 others wounded, and just a short time ago, we learned authorities have a key new piece of evidence to work with.. CNN's Leyla Santiago has the latest. Plus, the Mayor of Miami Dade joins Anderson to talk about the manhunt for suspects. And Rep. Elaine Luria talks with Anderson about Memorial Day and what Former national security adviser Flynn has been saying about how to get the former president back in office. Guests: Mayor Daniella Levine Cava Rep. Elaine Luria To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 01, 2021
Podcast May 28, 2021
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Today, in the very chamber overun by a violent mob just a few months ago, Senate Republicans blocked the creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack. Anderson talks with Paul Begala and Scott Jennings about the politics and repercussions of the vote. And the writers of the 2018 book "How Democracies Die" talk to Anderson about today’s vote. When the book was published then-presidential candidate Biden was reportedly obsessed with it and carried it everywhere.  Also, a Tennessee pastor is under fire for preaching lies about Covid and the vaccines. CNN's Elle Reeve first talked to the pastor back in December and he doubled-down on his mistruths. Now almost six months later, a family whose uncle attended the church, and died of Covid, is distraught over the misinformation from the pulpit. Elle Reeve went back to the church and wanted to ask the pastor more questions but it didn't go as planned. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 29, 2021
McConnell doubles down to pressure Republicans, asks for “personal favor” to block January 6 commission
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has ramped up the pressure on his GOP colleagues to oppose a bill that would create a commission to investigation the January 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill. One Republican told CNN that McConnell asked senators to support filibustering the bill as a “personal favor to him.” Democratic Sen. Tina Smith tells Anderson Cooper that McConnell’s ask for a “personal favor” feels like a threat and that the commission is the “right thing to do to get to the bottom of what happened.” Plus, the gunman who killed nine of his colleagues at a light rail yard in San Jose before killing himself was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in 2016 and was found with a “memo book filled with notes of hatred toward VTA” and “books about terrorism and fear and manifestos.” Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner and Washington, DC Police Chief Charles Ramsey joins AC360 to discuss how the gunman slipped through the cracks after being detained.   Airdate: May 27, 2021   Guests: Sen. Tina Smith Charles Ramsey To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 28, 2021
At least 8 killed in San Jose shooting
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At least eight people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the Valley Transportation Authority rail yard in San Jose, California. The shooter, who was a VTA employee, is also dead. Jonathan is a videographer who went to the shooting as it was unfolding. He tells Anderson Cooper he lives within a mile radius of the rail yard and thought it was a drill until he saw law enforcement bringing people out of the facility. Plus, prosecutors investigating former President Trump have told a witness to prepare for grand jury testimony. Former federal prosecutor Elliot Williams tells AC360 “it’s clear the district attorney believes there is evidence of a crime.”   Airdate: May 26, 2021   Guests: Jonathan Elliot Williams To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 27, 2021
Washington Post: Manhattan DA convenes grand jury in Trump probe
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The Washington Post reports that the Manhattan district attorney has convened a grand jury in the Trump criminal probe that’s expected to decide whether to indict former President Trump and other Trump organization officials. Daniel Goldman is a former federal prosecutor and a former assistant U.S. attorney. He tells Anderson Cooper that typically in fraud cases prosecutors believe they have a case against the defendant and “the grand jury will usually vote to indict.” Plus, memorial events and marches marked one year since George Floyd was murdered. His family and friends visited President Biden at the White House and lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Floyd’s girlfriend Courteney Ross joins AC360 to remember him and says “it’s been the hardest year of my life.” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 26, 2021
GOP leaders silent on Greene comparing mask mandate to Holocaust
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Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene compared House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to continue the mask mandate to the Holocaust. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik haven’t responded to multiple requests by CNN to respond to Greene’s comments. Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen joins AC360 to react to Greene’s comments and said he thinks she’s “playing to her base.” He also said a lot of Republicans today have “no experience in government.” Plus, Arizona and Georgia audits are moving forward as Republicans continue to push election fraud lies. In Georgia’s Fulton County, a judge green-lit the unsealing of 147,000 mail-in ballots cast there in the 2020 election. Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robb Pitts tells Anderson Cooper the election was “open, fair and transparent.” Airdate: May 24, 2021   Guests: Rep. Steve Cohen Robb Pitts To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 25, 2021
Police to release all video in death of Ronald Greene
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CNN has obtained new body camera video from one Louisiana State Police trooper who arrived on the scene as other officers had Ronald Greene on the ground, attempting to arrest him back in 2019. Police say they will release all the video. Greene’s family said police initially told them he died from a car crash after a police pursuit. Greene’s mother, Mona Hardin, tells Anderson Cooper “they were planning to kill Ronnie way before the car was stopped.” Plus, federal authorities investigating alleged sex trafficking by Rep. Matt Gaetz have secured the cooperation of his ex-girlfriend, a former Capitol Hill staffer. Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig joins AC360 to discuss what this could mean for Gaetz.   Airdate: May 21, 2021   Guests: Mona Hardin Elie Honig To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 22, 2021
January 6 commission vote: Unlikely 10 Republicans go against McConnell
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The chances of 10 Senate Republicans going against Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and siding with the Democrats to establish an independent and bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 riot is looking unlikely. McConnell has already said he’s against the legislation. Democrats have the majority in the Senate and would need 10 members of the GOP to vote for the bill to pass. Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono tells AC360 any of her Republican colleagues who vote against the bill are “closing their eyes, ears, everything to what happened.” Plus, Ronald Greene’s family was told he died in a car wreck after a 2019 encounter with police. More than two years later, new body camera video obtained by the Associated Press shows Greene was kicked, dragged and tased by police. Charles Ramsey is the former Philadelphia Police Commissioner and Washington, DC Police Chief. He joins AC360 to discuss the new video and says it’s clearly “a case of excessive force.”     Airdate: May 20, 2021   Guests: Sen. Mazie Hirono Charles Ramsey To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 21, 2021
35 Republicans vote with Democrats in favor of January 6 Capitol riot commission
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The House passed a bill to create an independent and bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol. 35 Republicans voted with the Democrats despite opposition from GOP leadership. Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice joins AC360 to discuss the bipartisan vote. Plus, the New York attorney general has opened a criminal tax investigation into the Trump Organization’s CFO, Allen Weisselberg. The development comes just one day after the attorney general announced she’s joining the Manhattan district attorney’s office in a criminal investigation into the Trump Organization. Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig tells Anderson Cooper if prosecutors can flip Weisselberg, it’s a “gamechanger.”   Airdate: May 19, 2021   Guests: Rep. Kathleen Rice Elie Honig To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 20, 2021
McCarthy won’t support bipartisan January 6 commission
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House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy won’t support a deal to form a January 6 commission, siding with some other Republicans who have tried to downplay and move on from the violent efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Democratic Rep. Jason Crow was in the Capitol the day of the insurrection and comforted his colleagues as rioters stormed the building. He tells Anderson Cooper that McCarthy wants to sweep the insurrection under the rug and that he needs former President Trump’s support regardless of his behavior and incitement of the insurrection. Plus, the Pasquotank County district attorney said the deputies who fatally shot Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City, North Carolina last month were justified in using deadly force. The three deputies who fired at Brown will be reinstated and retrained. Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump joins AC360 to discuss the district attorney’s comments and says he’s trying to “whitewash this unjustified killing of a black man.”  Airdate: May 18, 2021   Guests: Rep. Jason Crow Benjamin Crump To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 19, 2021
New York won’t require masks or social distancing for fully vaccinated people
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York will adopt the CDC’s guidelines to not require masks, inside or outside, or social distancing for people who are fully vaccinated. The CDC said adults and children who aren’t vaccinated still need to wear masks. Many states have lifted restrictions and started reopening as more people have received the vaccine. Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency room physician and the former Baltimore health commissioner. She tells Anderson Cooper only 37% of the population is fully vaccinated so “we have to consider our obligation to protect the most vulnerable” and right now policies don’t reflect that. Plus, Joel Greenberg, a former Florida tax collector and close confidant of Rep. Matt Gaetz, formally pleaded guilty to six federal charges. Greenberg admitted to a judge he had knowingly solicited and paid a minor for sex. Federal investigators are looking at whether Gaetz broke federal sex trafficking, prostitution and public corruption laws and whether he had sex with a minor. He hasn’t been charged and denies any wrongdoing. Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig joins AC360 to discuss what Greenberg’s guilty plea could mean for Florida Congressman.  Airdate: May 17, 2021   Guests: Dr. Leana Wen Elie Honig To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 18, 2021
Confusion over CDC’s new mask guidelines
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There’s confusion after the CDC said if you're fully vaccinated you don't need to wear a mask in most cases.  Drs. Paul Offit and Ashish Jha answer your questions about masks. Plus, across the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Israel there’s growing tension. CNN's Ben Wedeman is in Jerusalem with the latest.  Airdate: May 14, 2021   Guests: Dr. Paul Offit Dr. Ashish Jha To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 15, 2021
CDC: Fully vaccinated Americans no longer need masks in most cases
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More than 15 months after the CDC first recommended wearing masks, the federal health agency now says that if you're fully vaccinated, you don't need a mask anymore in most cases.  Drs. Sanjay Gupta and Leana Wen answer your questions about mask wearing. Plus, Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings reacts to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's confrontation on Capitol Hill with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Demings also shares her thoughts on the ousting of Congresswoman Liz Cheney from her Republican leadership position.   Airdate: May 13, 2021   Guests: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Dr. Leana Wen Rep. Val Demings To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 14, 2021
Cheney: "I will do everything I can to ensure" that Trump "never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office"
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Rep. Liz Cheney was removed from her position as House GOP conference chair. After the vote she said she “will do everything I can to ensure” that Trump “never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.” Rep. Elise Stefanik is expected to replace Cheney and says she “absolutely” has enough support to replace her as chair, even with a challenge. Conservative lawyer George Conway joins AC360 to discuss the future of the Republican Party. Plus, the CDC director has recommended the use of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in children ages 12-15-years-old. Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells Anderson Cooper the vaccine is very “safe and effective.”   Airdate: May 12, 2021   Guests: George Conway Dr. Sanjay Gupta To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 13, 2021
Rep. Liz Cheney: “Remaining silent and ignoring the lie, emboldens the liar”
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Rep. Liz Cheney spoke on the House floor about the move to oust her from her leadership position. She vowed not to remain silent as the former President continues to spread election lies and said our freedom only lasts if we protect it. Former U.S. Representative Mia Love joins AC360 to react to her former colleague’s speech. Plus, Andrew Brown Jr’s family said the roughly 19 minutes of videos they saw of the fatal shooting shows an unjustified killing. Brown was shot and killed April 21st when deputies were trying to execute an arrest warrant. Chance Lynch represents the Brown family and was able to watch the videos with them. He tells Anderson Cooper he saw Brown sitting in his car, afraid and in shock when the police arrived on the scene.   Airdate: May 11, 2021   Guests: Mia Love Chance Lynch To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 12, 2021
Caitlyn Jenner on Biden: “He is our President. I respect that.”
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California recall candidate Caitlyn Jenner said she doesn’t believe the election was “stolen” and Biden “is our President. I respect that.” Jenner, a longtime Republican, is challenging Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is likely facing a recall over his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. She joins AC360 to discuss the economy, immigration and what she’d do if elected governor. Plus, the FDA has authorized Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for children ages 12 to 15. Dr. Leana Wen tells AC360 that during the trials the vaccine seemed to have 100% efficacy in preventing the virus.  Airdate: May 10, 2021   Guests: Caitlyn Jenner Dr. Leana Wen To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 11, 2021
Texas House passes election overhaul bill that adds new restrictions
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The Texas House of Representatives passed an election overhaul bill that would add new voting restrictions and penalties to address voter fraud, even though there was no evidence of it in the 2020 election. It’s the latest effort by Republicans across the country to reduce voting access. Beto O’Rourke, a former Democratic Congressman from Texas, joins AC360 to discuss the Texas bill and says young and old people, African Americans and the disabled will likely be most affected if this bill is signed into law. Plus, a federal grand jury has indicted Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis Police officers in connection with the death of George Floyd, alleging the officers violated Floyd’s constitutional rights. Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig breaks down the new charges.  Airdate: May 7, 2021   Guests: Beto O’Rourke Elie Honig To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 08, 2021
Trump allies search for viable Cheney foe in Wyoming
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With Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, about to be forced out of her leadership position for telling the truth that Trump lost the 2020 election, people are already lining up to challenge her in 2022. CNN National Correspondent Gary Tuchman takes AC360 to Wyoming to talk to Cheney’s constituents about whether they support her or the former president’s “Big Lie” about the past election. Plus, Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice joins AC360 to discuss the future of the Republican Party and says its “completely co-opted and owned by Donald Trump.”  Airdate: May 6, 2021   Guests: Gary Tuchman Rep. Kathleen Rice To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 07, 2021
Rep. Liz Cheney: Republicans must choose between the truth and Trump
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Rep. Liz Cheney: Republicans must choose between the truth and Trump   In a new op-ed in the Washington Post, Rep. Liz Cheney says the Republican Party is at a “turning point” and must choose between the truth and Trump’s 2020 election lies. The No. 3 House Republican called out the House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy for “changing his story” on Trump’s responsibility in inciting the violence on January 6th. Former Republican Congresswoman Mia Love tells Anderson Cooper she doesn’t understand why other Republicans aren’t embracing Cheney and the truth. Plus, allies of Rudy Giuliani have been calling on former President Trump and Republicans to pay for the former New York City mayor’s efforts around the 2020 election, and help subsidize his mounting legal fees. Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig joins AC360 to discuss the Giuliani investigation and says in his experience the two most common reasons people decide to cooperate with prosecutors are time and money.   Airdate: May 5, 2021   Guests: Mia Love Elie Honig To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 06, 2021
House GOP leader: “I’ve had it” with Liz Cheney
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House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy was caught on a hot mic talking negatively about Rep. Liz Cheney, saying “I’ve had it with her” and “I’ve lost confidence” in her. McCarthy has claimed that Cheney, No. 3 in House GOP leadership, has failed to do her job in driving the party’s message to take back the majority. Sources tell CNN that McCarthy thinks he has the votes to oust the Wyoming Congresswoman from her leadership position and is pushing for Trump loyalist Rep. Elise Stefanik to replace her. Conservative lawyer George Conway joins AC360 to discuss the future of the Republican party. Plus, President Biden announced his next goal is to administer at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot to 70% of U.S. adults by July 4th. White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain tells Anderson Cooper their goal is to make it easy and convenient for people who aren’t vaccinated to find vaccines.     Airdate: May 4, 2021   Guests: George Conway Ron Klain To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 05, 2021
Rep. Liz Cheney: Trump’s election lies are “poison”
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Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, said her party can’t accept the “poison” of the idea that the 2020 election was stolen. She also said they shouldn’t “whitewash” the Capitol riot on January 6th and the former President’s role in inciting the violence. The Wyoming Congresswoman has been at odds with Trump since the insurrection, which has made her a target of the former President and his supporters. New York Times Foreign Affairs Columnist Thomas Friedman joins AC360 to discuss Cheney’s comments and says she’s “standing up for our democracy.” Plus, the family of Andrew Brown Jr. gathered at a church in Elizabeth City, North Carolina to remember his life and continued their calls for justice and accountability. Authorities have released few details about the fatal shooting of the 42-year-old, who was fatally shot by sheriff deputies when they were trying to execute a warrant. Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump gives Anderson Cooper an update on when the family will finally be able to see the full body camera video of the shooting.  Airdate: May 3, 2021   Guests: Thomas Friedman Benjamin Crump To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 04, 2021
Trump allies worry Giuliani raid sent “strong message” to the former President’s inner circle
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An adviser to former President Trump is worried the Rudy Giuliani raid sent a “strong message to a lot of people inside Trump’s world” and that more investigations could be coming. Federal agents recently executed a search warrant on Giuliani’s apartment and office. The former mayor of New York City has been the focus of an investigation surrounding his activities in Ukraine. Daniel Goldman was counsel for the Democrats during former President Trump’s first impeachment trial. He joins Anderson Cooper to discuss the Giuliani investigation. Plus, beginning May 4th the Biden administration will restrict travel from India, where one of the world’s worst Covid-19 outbreaks is devastating the country. CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward brings AC360 to New Delhi for an update on the lack of oxygen and other hospital supplies.  Airdate: April 30, 2021   Guests: Daniel Goldman Clarissa Ward To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 01, 2021
India experiencing world’s worst Covid-19 outbreak
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India is currently experiencing the world’s worst Covid-19 outbreak with daily cases and deaths rising every day. Bodies are being burned in makeshift crematoriums and hospitals are running low on supplies, some on the verge of collapse. CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward takes AC360 to New Delhi to show just how dire the situation is there. Plus, Cindy McCain joins Anderson Cooper to discuss her new memoir, the future of the Republican party and her late husband Sen. John McCain’s legacy.   Airdate: April 29, 2021   Guests: Clarissa Ward Cindy McCain To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 30, 2021
CDC issues new outdoor mask guidance for full vaccinated people
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The CDC issued new outdoor mask guidance for people who are fully vaccinated, allowing them to unmask in small outdoor gatherings and while eating outside. Unvaccinated people are encouraged to wear masks if they are in similar situations. The federal agency said even vaccinated people should still avoid large gatherings. Dr. Peter Hotez is the Co-Director at the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children's Hospital. He tells AC360 whether or not he thinks the new guidelines are too conservative. Plus, CNN obtained new surveillance video that a source says shows sheriff’s deputies arriving in a pickup truck to serve a warrant on Andrew Brown Jr., moments before he was fatally shot. Despite cries for transparency, authorities have yet to release any of the body camera video to the public. Wayne Kendall, one of the attorneys representing the Brown family, joins AC360 to discuss the new video and say it shows an “execution.”   Airdate: April 27, 2021   Guests: Wayne Kendall Dr. Peter Hotez To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 28, 2021
Brown family attorney: Video of police shooting shows “execution”
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An attorney for Andrew Brown Jr.’s family said the shooting of the North Carolina Black man was an “execution.” The family was only shown a short snippet of the body camera video. Pasquotank County sheriff’s deputies fatally shot Brown when they attempted to serve him an arrest warrant. Few details and no video has been released publicly. Brown’s son, Khalil Ferebee, joins AC360 to remember his father and says he’s “heartbroken.” Plus, sources tell CNN President Biden will announce new CDC guidance about wearing masks outdoors. Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency room physician and the former Baltimore Health Commissioner. She tells Anderson Cooper outdoor masks mandate “can go” and says we should be focused on “reducing risk” not necessarily “eliminating risk.”   Airdate: April 26, 2021   Guests: Khalil Ferebee Dr. Leana Wen To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 27, 2021
CDC & FDA lift pause on J&J coronavirus vaccine
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The CDC and FDA lifted the pause on the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine after use of the shot was halted while rare, severe blood clots were investigated. The label will be updated to add a warning about the possible rare blood clots. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins AC360 to discuss the safety of the J&J vaccine. Plus, sources tell CNN investigators are looking into whether or not Rep. Matt Gaetz took gifts, including travel and paid escorts, in exchange for political favors. Federal authorities are investigating whether a 2018 trip to the Bahamas involving Gaetz and several young women was part of an orchestrated effort to influence the Florida Congressman in the area of medical marijuana. Matt Zapotosky covers the Justice Department for The Washington Post’s national security team. He tells Anderson Cooper “it’s tough to substantiate federal public corruption charges.”   Airdate: April 23, 2021   Guests: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Matt Zapotosky To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 24, 2021
Daunte Wright’s mother: “My son should be burying me”
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Friends and family gathered in Brooklyn City, Minnesota to say goodbye to Daunte Wright, a Black man whose death at the hands of a police officer reignited conversations about policing and use of force. The 20-year-old’s mother said she “never imagined that I would be standing here” and that the roles “should completely be reversed. My son should be burying me.” Jonathan Mason attended the funeral and was Wright’s mentor and high school adviser. He tells Anderson Cooper that Wright was “such a joyful, spunky young man.” Plus, a new study suggests that in the six months after diagnosis, people who had Covid-19 face a greater risk of death and ongoing health problems. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins AC360 to discuss the new findings and says “we’re still learning a lot about this virus” and what exactly it’s doing in the body.   Airdate: April 22, 2021   Guests: Jonathan Martin Dr. Sanjay Gupta To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 23, 2021
DOJ launches broad investigation into Minneapolis policing
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The Justice Department has launched a federal civil probe into the policing policies in Minneapolis. The investigation comes a day after former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted for the murder of George Floyd. Tom Perez is a former Assistant Attorney General and the former Head of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. He walks Anderson Cooper through what the investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department will look like in terms of resources and timeline. Plus, in an exclusive interview, George Floyd’s sister Bridgette Floyd joins AC360 to discuss how she’s feeling after the guilty verdict and says justice for her would be Chauvin getting the maximum sentence for each charge.   Airdate: April 21, 2021   Guests: Tom Perez Bridgett Floyd To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 22, 2021
Derek Chauvin found guilty on all three charges
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Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three charges in the murder of George Floyd. Chauvin was taken away in handcuffs and faces up to 40 years in prison for the second-degree murder charge, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for second-degree manslaughter. Floyd’s cousin Shareeduh Tate joins AC360 to describe how she felt when she heard the guilty verdict and says “it’s still sinking in.” Plus, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said the verdict is “an important step toward justice” but he tells Anderson Cooper “now the work begins.”   Airdate: April 20, 2021   Guests: Shareeduh Tate Gov. Tim Walz To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 21, 2021
Jury deliberating in Derek Chauvin murder trial
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Jurors have been sent to deliberate in the trial of former Minneapolis Police offer Derek Chauvin after 45 witnesses were called over three weeks of testimony. During the state’s closing argument, one of the prosecutors said Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd’s neck and back for 9 minutes and 29 seconds because of his pride and his ego. Meanwhile, the defense told the jury Chauvin acted as a “reasonable officer.” Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump tells Anderson Cooper he thought the state’s closing arguments were “very persuasive.” Plus, the U.S. has reported at least 50 mass shootings since the Atlanta spa shootings on March 16. Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy has been advocating for gun reform since the horrific Sandy Hook shooting that took the lives of 26 people, including 20 children. He joins AC360 to discuss where gun control legislation stands in Congress.  Airdate: April 19, 2021   Guests: Benjamin Crump Sen. Chris Murphy     To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 20, 2021
Another mass shooting
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Police say the gunman who opened fire at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis killing eight people was a 19-year-old former employee.  Ali Brown, a member of the Indianapolis City-County Council, speaks with Anderson about how the community is reacting.  Also, perspective from neuroscientist Dr. Charles Morgan on the split-second decision by a Chicago Police officer to shoot 13-year-old Adam Toledo. Plus, GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is launching a new "America First" caucus, her office confirmed Friday. Her goal is to bring together a group of far-right lawmakers known for their controversial rhetoric. They will push for a "common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions,” according to one report.  Airdate: April 16, 2021   Guests:   Ali Brown  Dr. Charles Morgan To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 17, 2021
Video released in police shooting of a 13-year-old in Chicago
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Chicago police released video today in the fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo. The Toledo family attorney joins Anderson.  In the trial of Derek Chauvin, testimony ended today in court. Closing arguments will be heard on Monday. George Floyd's brother, Terrence Floyd, talked to CNN’s Sara Sidner about his brother and the nearby fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright. The ex-police officer charged in Wright’s death made her first court appearance today.    Airdate: April 15, 2021     Guests:  Adeena Weiss-Ortiz Terrence Floyd To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 16, 2021
Protests continue in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota after police killing of Daunte Wright
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Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter was arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter today for shooting and killing 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Protesters are calling for justice and are on the streets for a fourth consecutive night. Former Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau weighs in on how a 26-year veteran of the police department could mistake a gun for a taser. Plus, CNN’s Gary Tuchman takes us inside a taser training center at the Camden County, New Jersey Police Department. And, with usage of the Johnson and Johnson coronavirus vaccine on hold in the United States, CDC vaccine advisers held an emergency meeting to discuss whether or not there was enough information to recommend changes or suggest extending the pause. Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Ala Stanford, founder of the Black Doctors Covid-19 Consortium, discuss the latest.   Airdate: April 14, 2021   Guests: Janeé Harteau, Former Minneapolis Police Chief Dr. Sanjay Gupta Dr. Ala Stanford To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 15, 2021