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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
Protesters on the streets for third night after police shooting in Minnesota
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As curfew approaches, people march on the streets of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota calling for justice for Daunte Wright. Officer Kim Potter, the police veteran who fired the deadly shot, has quit the force. The chief of police has also stepped down. The city manager has been fired. Jonathan Mason, who mentored Daunte Wright in high school, talks to Anderson about Wright's hopes and dreams.   And in the trial of Derek Chauvin, it was day one for the defense. But testimony under cross examination from a key witness might have been more useful to the prosecution.  George Floyd family attorney, Antonio Romanucci, joins Anderson.     Airdate: April 13, 2021     Guests:  Jonathan Mason  Antonio Romanucci  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 14, 2021
Protesters on the streets in Minnesota with curfews in effect
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Another deadly police shooting in Minnesota. Duante Wright was killed during a traffic stop and a medical examiner has ruled his death a homicide. Sybrina Fulton, the mother of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot to death by a neighborhood watchman in 2012, joins Anderson to discuss the pain associated with the killing of a loved one. Plus, Senator Bernie Sanders is pushing the White House to expand Medicare as part of President Biden’s massive infrastructure bill. Sanders wants to lower Medicare’s eligibility age from 65 down to 60 or 55 year olds. He explains why the expansion should be prioritized. And a sad update to a story about addiction we first brought to you more than 3 years ago. Airdate: April 12, 2021   Guests: Sybrina Fulton Sen. Bernie Sanders To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 13, 2021
Medical Examiner: Floyd had heart disease but officer interaction "was more than Floyd could take"
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On the tenth day of witness testimony in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, two physicians, including the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on George Floyd and ruled his death a homicide, faced intense questioning from the prosecution and the defense. Benjamin Crump is the attorney for George Floyd's family. He joins AC360 to discuss the trial. Plus, the United Kingdom is mourning with Queen Elizabeth at the loss of her beloved husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. He was 99.    Airdate: April 9, 2021   Guests: Benjamin Crump Lawrence Kobilinsky To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 10, 2021
Doctor: Floyd’s preexisting conditions and drug use had no impact on death
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A renowned pulmonary critical care doctor testified that George Floyd’s preexisting conditions and drug use had no impact on his death and that he died from “low level of oxygen” when former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the street. Shareeduh Tate is George Floyd’s cousin and the president of the George Floyd Foundation. She joins AC360 to discuss the trial and says she “feels good about what the prosecution is doing.” Plus, at least one person was killed and five others were wounded in a shooting in Texas just hours after President Biden announced limited gun restrictions. Rep. Lucy McBath has been fighting in Congress for legislation around gun safety after her son was shot and killed in 2012. She tells Anderson Cooper that Biden is acting to save lives but it’s up to Congress to “do right by Americans and put forth life saving measures.”  Airdate: April 8, 2021   Guests: Shareeduh Tate Rep. Lucy McBath To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 09, 2021
CDC Director: UK variant is now dominant coronavirus strain in the U.S.
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CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the coronavirus variant first identified in the United Kingdom is now the most common strain in the United States. Studies suggest the UK variant is more contagious than the original strain. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci tells Anderson Cooper it’s a race between getting people vaccinated and a potential surge. Plus, a Los Angeles Police Department use-of-force expert says former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin used “deadly force” on George Floyd when none was necessary. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, has tweeted “Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd in cold blood. It’s not that complicated.” He joins AC360 to discuss the trial and says he believes the evidence “points to a clear conviction.”     Airdate: April 7, 2021   Guests: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Dr. Anthony Fauci To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 08, 2021
Police use-of-force expert: Derek Chauvin’s kneeling is not trained restraint tactic
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A Minneapolis Police use-of-force training instructor testified that Derek Chauvin’s kneeling on George Floyd’s neck is not a trained restraint tactic. Meanwhile, the defense zeroed in on a theory that bystanders distracted the former Minneapolis Police officer. Jose Baez is a criminal defense attorney and successfully represented Casey Anthony when she was on trial for first-degree murder of her 2-year-old daughter. He joins AC360 to discuss the defense’s argument. Plus, the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman is reporting that Rep. Matt Gaetz privately asked the White House for blanket pre-emptive pardons for himself and unidentified congressional allies during President Trump’s final days in office. The Florida Republican is being investigated by the DOJ for allegations that he broke federal sex trafficking and prostitution laws. Haberman tells Anderson Cooper White House officials thought it was bizarre and “knocked it down pretty quicky.”   Airtime: April 6, 2021   Guests: Jose Baez Preet Bharara To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 07, 2021
Police Chief: Chauvin “absolutely” violated neck restraint policy
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Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified that former officer Derek Chauvin’s actions were “in no way, shape or form” proper and “absolutely” violated the department’s neck restraint policy. Former Washington DC Police Chief and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey joins AC360 to discuss the police chief’s testimony. Plus, Michigan recently added more than 8,400 new Covid-19 cases in one day, the most since December. CNN Senior National Correspondent Miguel Marquez brings AC360 into a Michigan hospital that’s fighting its third coronavirus surge.   Airdate: April 5, 2021   Guests: Charles Ramsey Miguel Marquez To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 06, 2021
Chauvin’s supervisor: Restraint of Floyd could have ended earlier
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Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin’s supervisor testified that the force being used by officers should have stopped earlier. Retired Sgt. David Pleoger told the court “when Mr. Floyd was no longer offering up any resistance to the officers, they could have ended the restraint.” Chauvin’s defense team has already said the jury will learn that the former police officer “did exactly what he had been trained to do.” Mark O’Mara is a criminal defense attorney and successfully represented George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty for the murder of Trayvon Martin. O’Mara joins AC360 to discuss Pleoger’s testimony and the strategy for the defense. Plus, sources tell CNN Rep. Matt Gaetz showed nude photos of women he said he’d slept with to lawmakers, including while on the House floor. The Florida Republican is being investigated by the Justice Department over sex trafficking allegations. Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara tells AC360 the DOJ takes these cases seriously because “it involves minors.”   Airdate: April 1, 2021   Guests: Mark O’Mara Preet Bharara To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 02, 2021
Graphic body cam videos of George Floyd’s arrest played in court
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Body camera videos from Minneapolis police officers were played in court during his criminal trial and showed the jury what witnesses saw as George Floyd took his last breaths. One video showed Floyd crying and begging officers to “please don’t shoot me” as they first approached him in a car. Witnesses can also be heard on the footage pleading with officers to check his pulse. Former federal prosecutor Laura Coates joins AC360 to discuss the new video and whether or not she thinks the defense team will have Chauvin take the stand. Plus, a source tells CNN the Justice Department is investigating Rep. Matt Gaetz over allegations involving sex trafficking and prostitution. The inquiry is part of a broader trafficking probe into another Florida politician. Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe tells AC360 nobody opens a sex trafficking investigation on a sitting member of Congress without having a significant degree of information.   Airdate: March 31, 2021   Guests: Laura Coates Andrew McCabe To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 01, 2021
Firefighter, 9-year-old and teens give powerful testimony in Derek Chauvin trial
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Six bystanders who witnessed George Floyd die took the stand on the second day of Derek Chauvin’s criminal trial. The jury heard testimony from a 9-year-old, three high school students, a mixed martial arts fighter and a Minneapolis firefighter. MMA fighter Donald Wynn Williams II said he “felt the need to call the police on the police” because “I believe I witnessed a murder.” Former federal prosecutor Laura Coates tells AC360 testimony like Williams’ helps the prosecution “tremendously” because it builds upon what other witnesses are testifying. Plus, all 50 states have expanded or have plans to expand their Covid-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and up as cases rise in 24 states. Dr. Peter Hotez is the co-director at the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children's Hospital. He joins AC360 to discuss to the spike in cases and says it’s a matter of “not doing reckless things until we can vaccinate the American people.”  Airdate: March 30, 2021   Guests: Laura Coates Dr. Peter Hotez To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 31, 2021
CDC Director: “I’m scared”
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CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky shared a feeling of “impending doom” with Covid-19 cases spiking throughout the country and said “I’m scared.” President Biden called on state and local officials to “please” reinstate the mask mandates. Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency room physician and the former Baltimore health commissioner. She tells AC360 we’re making so much good progress and “that’s why this is so frustrating because we are so close.” Plus, opening statements began in the criminal trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who’s charged with the murder of George Floyd. Chauvin’s defense argued he "did exactly what he had been trained to do" as a police officer. Mark O’Mara is a criminal defense attorney and successfully represented George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty for the murder of Trayvon Martin. O’Mara joins AC360 to discuss where he thinks the defense will go in this trial.   Airdate: March 29, 2021   Guests: Dr. Leana Wen Mark O’Mara To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 30, 2021
Biden: Justice Department is “taking a look” at Georgia law
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President Joe Biden called a new Georgia law that imposes voting restrictions “Jim Crow in the 21st century” and an “atrocity.” When asked if there was anything the White House could do to protect voting rights in Georgia, the President said “the Justice Department is taking a look.” Democratic Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tells AC360 we have to “bring people to the polls to stand up for those votes suppressed.” Plus, in an exclusive interview, former CDC director Robert Redfield said he believes Covid-19 came from a Chinese lab but didn’t provide any evidence. Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins AC360 to discuss Redfield’s comments and whether or not he thinks his theory could be correct. Airdate: March 26, 2021  Guests: Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Dr. Sanjay Gupta To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 27, 2021
Georgia lawmakers move to restrict voting access
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Georgia Republicans sped a sweeping elections bill into law that imposes new voter identification requirements for absentee ballots, empowers state officials to take over local elections boards, limits the use of ballot drop boxes and makes it a crime to approach voters in line to give them food and water. In President Biden’s first White House news conference he said he will “do anything” in his power to halt efforts to restrict voting rights. CNN Political Commentator Van Jones tells Anderson Cooper the new law is “an attack on democracy and civil rights.” Plus, Erika and Ellen Mahoney join AC360 to remember their dad and husband, Kevin Mahoney, who was one of the ten lives lost when a gunman opened fire in a Boulder grocery store. Airdate: March 25, 2021 Guests: Van Jones Erika and Ellen Mahoney To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 26, 2021
People line the streets of Boulder to honor slain police Officer Eric Talley
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Hundreds of people lined the streets as a hearse transferred the body of Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley to a funeral home in Aurora. His patrol vehicle parked in front of the police station has become a shrine full of flowers, wreaths and cards. Talley was one of ten people killed when a gunman opened fire in the Boulder supermarket. Survivors have been returning to the scene to honor the victims and pay their respects. Kimberly Moore is a pharmacy technician at the King Soopers grocery store. She tells Anderson Cooper about the terrifying moments she was hiding in the pharmacy and remembers her co-worker Rikki Olds, who was one of the ten lives lost.  Plus, a new video obtained by the New York Times appears to show the attack on Officer Brian Sicknick during the Capitol riot on January 6th. Sicknick collapsed in his office after fighting off protestors and died the following day. Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe joins AC360 to discuss the new video and how it could help the investigation.   Airdate: March 24, 2021   Guests: Kimberly Moore Andrew McCabe To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 25, 2021
10 killed in Colorado grocery store shooting
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Police identified the ten people killed in the Boulder, Colorado grocery store shooting. One of the victims was 51-year-old Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley, who was one of the first officers on the scene. He leaves behind a wife and seven children. Pres. Joe Biden praised the heroism of Office Talley saying “that’s the definition of an American hero.” Maggie Montoya is a pharmacy technician at the King Soopers grocery store. She joins AC360 to describe the terrifying moments she spent hiding with her co-worker wondering where the shooter was and if he was going to find them. Plus, the President said he would do everything in his power to keep Americans safe and urged the Senate to immediately pass two House-passed bills on gun reform. 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 tells Anderson Cooper why he thinks there’s a pathway to 60 votes to get the bills passed in the Senate.   Airdate: March 23, 2021   Guests: Maggie Montoya Sen. Chris Murphy To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 24, 2021
Multiple people killed in Colorado store shooting
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Multiple people have been killed, including one police officer, in a shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado. Authorities said one suspect is in custody. A witness told CNN affiliate KCNC he was inside the grocery store at the time of the shooting and said “everybody was running.” CNN’s Lucy Kafanov is on the scene and gives Anderson Cooper the latest updates. Plus, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe joins AC360 to react to the latest details.   Airdate: March 22, 2021   Guests: Lucy Kafanov Andrew McCabe To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 23, 2021
Biden: Asian Americans have been “attacked, blamed, scapegoated and harassed”
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Pres. Joe Biden condemned the “skyrocketing” hate crimes against Asian Americans in the wake of the Atlanta-area shootings that left eight dead, including six women of Asian descent. He said Asian Americans have been “attacked, blamed, scapegoated and harassed.” Asian American Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth tells Anderson Cooper “we have been marching towards more and more violent hate crimes against AAPIs in the last year, in particular in the past four years under the Trump presidency.” Plus, while Biden toured the CDC and thanked the staffers for their work fighting Covid-19, his team announced they met their goal of 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days, 42 days early. Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins AC360 to discuss how the acceleration of the vaccine rollout is affecting the case and death projections.   Airdate: March 19, 2021   Guests: Sen. Tammy Duckworth Dr. Sanjay Gupta To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 20, 2021
GOP lawmaker uses hearing on anti-Asian violence to invoke lynching
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Reports of anti-Asian hate incidents have been on the rise in recent months and Asian American lawmakers are asking their Republican colleagues to tone down rhetoric in the wake of attacks on their community. GOP Rep. Chip Roy used a hearing on anti-Asian violence to invoke lynching by bringing up an “old saying in Texas” about finding “all the rope in Texas and get a tall oak tree.” Democratic Rep. Marilyn Strickland, who is half Korean, joins AC360 to react to Rep. Roy’s comments and says “what we need to do is speak out against that ignorance and hate.” Plus, Republican Sen. Rand Paul went off on Dr. Anthony Fauci about masks and called them “theater.” Dr. Fauci responded by saying “masks are not theater. Masks are protective.” Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency room physician and the former Baltimore Health Commissioner. She tells Anderson Cooper masks are our ticket back to normalcy.   Airdate: March 18, 2021   Guests: Rep. Marilyn Strickland Dr. Leana Wen To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 19, 2021
Atlanta shootings a terrifying escalation for Asian Americans
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Since the Covid-19 pandemic began Asian Americans throughout the United States have been verbally harassed, spat on and injured in a “disgusting pattern of hate.” Even though police haven’t determined a motive, the Atlanta spa shootings that killed eight people, most of them Asian, jolted a community already on edge. Professional basketball player Jeremy Lin revealed he was called “coronavirus” on the court. He joins AC360 to discuss the rise of attacks and violence against the AAPI community since the start of the pandemic and the racism he’s personally experienced. Plus, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez tells Anderson Cooper why he called one of his Republican colleagues’ remarks about the Capitol insurrection “racist,” “hurtful” and a “stain” on his office.   Airdate: March 17, 2021   Guests: Jeremy Lin Sen. Bob Menendez To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 18, 2021
Biden to migrants: “Don’t come” across U.S.-Mexico border right now
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Pres. Joe Biden discouraged migrants from coming to the United States telling them “don’t come” and “don’t leave your town or city or community.” The administration is dealing with a surge of unaccompanied migrant children at the border trying to come to the U.S. CNN Senior Political Correspondent Abby Philip joins AC360 to react to Biden’s comments and to discuss his administration’s response. Plus, at least eight people have died in shootings at three Atlanta-area spas and one suspect has been apprehended. CNN National Correspondent Ryan Young is on the scene and gives Anderson Cooper the latest updates.   Airdate: March 16, 2021   Guests: Abby Phillip Ryan Young To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 17, 2021
Biden administration would welcome Trump’s help in promoting vaccine
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The White House said it would welcome former Pres. Trump’s help in promoting the coronavirus vaccine to his supporters. A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll shows 47% of people who supported Trump in the 2020 election said they wouldn’t get the vaccine. Pres. Biden urged “all local docs and ministers and priests to talk about why - why it's important to get in - to get that vaccine, and even after that, until everyone is in fact vaccinated, to wear this mask.” Former CDC Director Tom Frieden joins AC360 to discuss vaccine hesitancy. Plus, the President and other top officials, including Vice Pres. Kamala Harris and First Lady Jill Biden, have started their cross-country “Help is Here” tour to promote the Covid relief plan. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tells Anderson Cooper how the package will benefit Americans.   Airdate: March 15, 2021   Guests: Dr. Tom Frieden Secy. Pete Buttigieg To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 16, 2021
CDC: U.S. tops 100 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered
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The U.S. has administered more than 100 million Covid-19 vaccine doses as Pres. Joe Biden announced his mission to open vaccine access to all adults by May 1 in his first prime-time address. Washington had one of the first coronavirus outbreaks in the U.S. more than a year ago. Governor Jay Inslee joins AC360 to react to Biden’s goal and says his state’s vaccine rollout is rapidly increasing as more doses become available. Plus, both New York senators are urging Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign in the wake of sexual harassment allegations and his handling of Covid-19 deaths at state nursing homes. Cuomo has denied the allegations and said he won’t resign. Maggie Haberman is a White House Correspondent for the New York Times and has covered New York politics for years. She tells Anderson Cooper she doesn’t see the governor changing his stance on stepping down.   Airdate: March 12, 2021   Guests: Gov. Jay Inslee Maggie Haberman To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 13, 2021
Biden directs states to make all adults eligible for Covid-19 vaccines by May 1
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One year after the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a global pandemic, Pres. Joe Biden remembered the lives lost and honored the frontline heroes during his first prime-time address to the nation. He also announced he wants states to open vaccine eligibility to all adults by May 1 and that enjoying Independence Day with your family “is the goal.” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky joins Anderson Cooper to react to Biden’s speech and says we are still in a “race against the variants” despite the downward trends in daily cases and deaths.   Airdate: March 11, 2021   Guests: Dr. Rochelle Walensky To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 12, 2021
Pres. Biden calls $1.9 trillion passage of Covid relief bill an “historic victory”
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It is an historic day in Washington, DC as Pres. Joe Biden's signature domestic policy issue, the Covid relief bill, passed in the House of Representatives. The President also announced plans for a deal that would produce 100 million more doses of the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. CNN’s Gloria Borger and John King discuss the next challenges ahead for the President, promoting and executing on the promises in the bill. Also, Democratic congressional progressive caucus chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal tells Anderson Cooper, “My message tonight is: help is on the way, real tangible help, money in your pockets… and it is going directly to the people.” Rep. Jayapal also says it was a very big tactical mistake for the Republicans who didn't back the stimulus bill. Plus, there’s a legal battle over the Texas governor lifting the state’s mask mandate. Austin Mayor Steve Adler speaks out against calls from the Texas attorney general for local officials to rescind orders requiring face masks. “We’re not going to rescind anything, we are going to continue to do what’s right,” Mayor Adler tells Anderson Cooper.     Airdate: March 10, 2021   Guests: John King Gloria Borger Rep. Pramila Jayapal Mayor Steve Adler  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 11, 2021
House set to pass Biden’s Covid relief plan
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The House passed a procedural vote to move the Covid-19 bill to a final vote. The nearly $2 trillion package includes $1,400 stimulus checks to many Americans, billions in dollars for states and municipalities, schools, small businesses and vaccine distribution. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer rallied his caucus to get the bill passed through the Senate, 50-49. He tells Anderson Cooper his message to Americans is “help is on the way.” Plus, nearly 1 in 10 people in the U.S. are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Michael Osterholm is the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. He joins AC360 to discuss why he thinks the country is in the eye of the hurricane and on the brink of another surge.   Airdate: March 9, 2021   Guests: Sen. Chuck Schumer Michael Osterholm To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 10, 2021
CDC releases new guidance for people fully vaccinated against Covid-19
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Highly anticipated guidance from the CDC says people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can safely visit with other vaccinated people and small groups of unvaccinated people in some circumstances. The new guidelines mean vaccinated grandparents may finally feel comfortable visiting some family members. Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins AC360 to discuss the new guidance. Plus, the British royal family is facing a major crisis after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, alleged racism and neglect in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Meghan revealed that she contemplated suicide after being so isolated and lonely while working as a royal and admitted she “just didn’t want to be alive anymore.”  The Duchess of Sussex also said unnamed member of the family discussed their then-unborn first child and had “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be” and “what that would mean or look like.” Bonnie Greer is an author, playwright and a columnist for the New European. She tells Anderson Cooper she thinks it’s true the conversation happened.     Airdate: March 8, 2021   Guests: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Bonnie Greer To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 09, 2021
Deal reached to move forward with Covid relief bill
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A source tells CNN that Democratic Senators have reached a deal to move forward with the Covid relief bill, agreeing to extend the enhanced unemployment insurance program through September 6 at $300 a week. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin stalled the bill for hours while his Republican colleagues urged him to support a less generous plan on jobless benefits. In a 50-50 Senate with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaker, the Democrats can’t afford to lose even one vote. Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley tells AC360 a “compromise has been forged.” Plus, a CNN analysis finds the U.S. could reach herd immunity by summer through vaccinations alone. Dr. Ashish Jha joins AC360 to discuss whether or not he thinks that timeline is realistic.   Airdate: March 5, 2021   Guests: Sen. Jeff Merkley Dr. Ashish Jha To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 06, 2021
Federal investigators examining communications between U.S. lawmakers and Capitol rioters
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Federal investigators are examining the communications between members of Congress and the pro-Trump mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6. A U.S. official says the investigation is moving closer to exploring whether lawmakers wittingly or unwittingly helped the insurrectionists. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe joins AC360 to discuss the investigation. Plus, Dr. Anthony Fauci says the U.S. shouldn’t loosen coronavirus restrictions until daily new cases fall below 10,000. Errick Simmons is the mayor of Greenville, Mississippi and strongly disagrees with his governor’s decisions to allow businesses to fully open and get rid of the mask mandate. He tells Anderson Cooper we can’t let down our guard.     Airdate: March 4, 2021   Guests: Rep. Jason Crow Mayor Errick Simmons To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 05, 2021
Biden criticizes Texas and Mississippi for lifting restrictions
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Pres. Joe Biden criticized Texas and Mississippi for lifting their Covid-19 restrictions and called it “neanderthal thinking.” Biden said “I think it's a big mistake” and that he hopes “everybody's realized by now, these masks make a difference.” Beto O’Rourke is a former U.S. Congressman who represented El Paso and the surrounding area in Texas. He says the governor’s decision was a “death warrant for Texans” and tells Anderson Cooper that Abbott has given the green light to anybody who doesn’t want to wear a mask. Plus, security around the U.S. Capitol has increased after the Department of Homeland Security and FBI alerted lawmakers to a potential threat. The House changed its voting schedule after U.S. officials warned of increased chatter among extremist groups discussing a possible plot against the Capitol on March 4. Former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security Juliette Kayyem joins AC360 to discuss the potential threat and how some members of the GOP have contributed.   Airdate: March 3, 2021   Guests: Beto O’Rourke Juliette Kayyem To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 04, 2021
FBI Director knocks down GOP conspiracy theories about January 6 attack
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FBI Director Christopher Wray knocked down a conspiracy theory that the January 6th rioters were “fake Trump protestors,” a baseless claim that’s been pushed by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. Wray also made it clear to lawmakers that Antifa and other left-wing groups weren’t part of the violence saying “we have not, to date, seen any evidence of anarchist violent extremists or people subscribing to Antifa in connection to the 6th.” Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and questioned Wray. She tells Anderson Cooper “to pretend we don’t know who it is, is not just hypocritical, it’s dangerous.” Plus, President Biden says the U.S. will have enough vaccines for every adult by the end of May. Meanwhile, both Mississippi and Texas announced they are lifting mask mandates and allowing businesses to operate at full capacity even as experts warn about the spreading variants. Austin Mayor Steve Adler tells AC360 people in his Texas city are dumbfounded and “we should be guided by the science and the data.”   Airdate: March 2, 2021   Guests: Sen. Amy Klobuchar Mayor Steve Adler To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 03, 2021
CDC Director warns all recent Covid-19 progress could be wiped out by variants
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The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning Americans that the country is at risk of losing recent gains in the battle against Covid-19 as highly contagious variants continue to spread. Dr. Rochelle Wolensky encouraged people to “stay strong” and said “vaccination is what will bring us out of this pandemic. To get there, we need to vaccinate many more people.” Moderna, Pfizer and just recently approved Johnson & Johnson say they’ll deliver enough doses to fully vaccinate 130 million people by the end of March. Dr. Leana Wen is the former Baltimore Health Commissioner and is currently an emergency room physician. She also has been a volunteer participant in the two-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine trial. She joins AC360 to discuss Wolensky’s warning and the advantages of the newly approved J&J vaccine. Plus, GOP legislators around the country—including the battleground states of Georgia and Arizona—are trying to roll back voting access in the wake of the 2020 election. Stacey Abrams is the founder of Fair Fight, a national voting rights organization rooted in Georgia that encourages voter participation in elections around the country. She tells Anderson Cooper “they are not fighting to protect elections. They are fighting to preserve their ability to win.”   Airdate: March 1, 2021   Guests: Dr. Leana Wen Stacey Abrams   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 02, 2021
FDA recommends Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine
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The FDA vaccine advisers recommended authorization of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine. In the U.S., the single-shot showed an overall efficacy of 72% in preventing moderate to severe disease and 85% effective in preventing severe disease. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins AC360 to discuss why people shouldn’t hesitate to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, even if the efficacy is lower than both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Plus, the House is expected to vote to approve Pres. Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package. If passed, the bill will move to the Senate. One item missing from the Senate’s version is the $15 federal minimum wage provision, something the Senate parliamentarian ruled against. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders has been a strong advocate of increasing the federal minimum wage. He tells Anderson Cooper they’re looking at another way to raise wages, including a tax provision “which says if you’re not paying your worker a living wage of $15 an hour, you’re going to have to pay more in taxes.”   Airdate: February 26, 2021   Guests: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Sen. Bernie Sanders To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Feb 27, 2021
Capitol Police Chief: Extremists want to “blow up the Capitol”
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The acting Capitol Police chief warned militia groups involved in the January 6 insurrection want to “blow up the Capitol” “and “kill as many members as possible” when President Joe Biden addresses Congress. Members of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group, participated in the riot and their leader tells CNN he has no sympathy for the members of Congress who feared for their lives. Andrew McCabe is a former FBI Deputy Director and is currently a CNN Contributor. He joins AC360 to discuss the sharp rise of extremist groups. Plus, the U.S. carried out its first known military action under Biden, targeting sites used by Iranian-back militia. The New York Times Foreign Affairs Columnist Thomas Friedman joins Anderson Cooper to react to the airstrike.   Airdate: February 25, 2021   Guests: Andrew McCabe Thomas Friedman To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Feb 26, 2021
FDA: Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe and effective
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The U.S. Food and Drug administration found the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective and meets the emergency use authorization requirements. If authorized, it’ll be the third shot option in the United States. Dr. Leana Wen is the former Baltimore Health Commissioner and is currently an emergency room physician. She also has been a volunteer participant in the two-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine trial. She joins AC360 to react to the FDA’s analysis. Plus, authorities say Tiger Woods won’t face any charges after his rollover car crash because it was “purely an accident.” CNN Correspondent Kyung Lah gives AC360 an update on the golfer’s condition and the crash investigation.   Airdate: February 24, 2021   Guests: Dr. Leana Wen Kyung Lah To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Feb 25, 2021
Tiger Woods injured in car crash
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Golfer Tiger Woods suffered serious leg injuries after his SUV crossed onto the wrong side of the road and rolled over several times near Los Angeles. A first responder says the five-time Masters winner couldn’t stand on his own but was “lucid and calm.” Woods last won the Masters Tournament in 2019 and is tied for most all-time career victories with 82 PGA Tour wins. Bob Costas is a Hall of Fame broadcaster and is currently a CNN Contributor. He joins AC360 to discuss Woods’ legendary career. Plus, law enforcement officials told lawmakers that they were prepared for the possibility of limited violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, but the intelligence available ahead of time didn’t warn of a coordinated attack that overwhelmed officers and led to multiple casualties. Rep. Jason Crow was in the gallery during the attack. He joins AC360 to react to what he heard from officials and says there are still far more questions than answers.   Airdate: February 23, 2021   Guests: Bob Costas Rep. Jason Crow To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Feb 24, 2021
Supreme Court allows release of Trump tax returns to New York prosecutor
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The Supreme Court ruled that former Pres. Trump’s tax returns can be released to a New York prosecutor. The decision deals a massive lost to Trump, who has fought tirelessly to shield his financial papers from investigators. The former President reacted to the decision by saying “the Supreme Court never should have let this 'fishing expedition' happen, but they did.” Susanne Craig is an investigative reporter for the New York Times and has been focused on Trump’s finances and taxes since 2016. She joins AC360 to discuss what this could mean for the former President and says she thinks prosecutors will be able to piece together what they’re looking for. Plus, the U.S. has surpassed 500,000 coronavirus deaths. President Biden honored the lives lost during a moment of silence and candlelight vigil. He told Americans “we will get through this, I promise you.” Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells AC360 many of these deaths could have been preventable and we should learn the lessons now so it doesn’t happen again.   Airdate: February 22, 2021   Guests: Susanne Craig Dr. Sanjay Gupta To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Feb 23, 2021
More than 14.9 million Texans impacted by water distribution
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Approximately 165,000 Texans remain without power and more than 14.9 million have been impacted by a water crisis as the state braces for another deep freeze. While Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has been dealing with the fallout over his quick trip to Cancun, Mexico, two of his Democratic opponents, Beto O’Rourke and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have been raising money and offering resources to Texans who are struggling after the winter storm. Amanda Carpenter is the former Communications Director for Cruz. She tells Anderson Cooper she thinks the Senator has “lost sight of what it means to represent Texans.” Plus, President Joe Biden toured a Pfizer vaccine manufacturing facility in Michigan and said “I believe we’ll be approaching normalcy by the end of this year” but warns “things can change.” The White House announced that bad weather has created a backlog of about six million Covid-19 vaccine doses. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hosted the President while he was in Michigan and tells AC360 she thinks the vaccine roll out will catch up and make up for lost time.   Airdate: February 19, 2021   Guests: Amanda Carpenter Gov. Gretchen Whitmer To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Feb 20, 2021
Cruz responds to criticism over Cancun trip
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Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz returned from Cancun, Mexico with hundreds of thousands of Texans still without power and dealing with severe water issues. Cruz took a flight back to Houston after claiming he flew to the Mexican resort city for a night because his daughters “asked to take a trip with friends” but later said “it was obviously a mistake, and in hindsight I wouldn't have done it.” He also admitted his family had planned on staying through the weekend, not just the night, like he had originally claimed. Texas Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro represents San Antonio and the surrounding neighborhoods where many were without power for days. He joins AC360 to react to Cruz’s trip and says he thinks he “threw in the towel on Texas.” Plus, researchers found that just one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine provides more than 90% protection against the virus. The Pfizer vaccine is meant to be given as two doses, three or four weeks apart. Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains to Anderson Cooper why people should still get the recommended second dose.     Airdate: February 18, 2021   Guests: Rep. Joaquin Castro Dr. Sanjay Gupta   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Feb 19, 2021
2.6+ million Texans without power with no end in sight
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A winter storm and lengthy cold snap has crippled power facilities in Texas and left more than 2.6 million people without power for several days. The outages cover the area served by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, and some Texas officials have pointed the blame at the power company and some are blaming Republican Governor Greg Abbott for failing to adequately prepare for the storm. Beto O’Rourke is a former Democratic Presidential Candidate and was a U.S. Congressman representing the district around El Paso. He joins AC360 to discuss the power crisis in Texas. Plus, several states across the country are forced to delay Covid-19 vaccinations due to the extreme winter weather. Meanwhile, studies suggest both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can protect against the current known coronavirus variants. Dr. Anthony Fauci is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He tells Anderson Cooper we should be in good shape if we roll out the vaccine appropriately, efficiently and effectively while maintaining public health measures. Airdate: February 17, 2021 Guests: Beto O’Rourke Dr. Anthony Fauci To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Feb 18, 2021
Republicans facing backlash after impeachment vote
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The North Carolina GOP censured Sen. Richard Burr after he voted to convict former President Trump. 16 other Republicans are facing similar backlash. Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced plans for a “9/11-type commission” to investigate the Capitol attack. Independent Senator Bernie Sanders joins AC360 to discuss the clear divide in the GOP and his thoughts on the commission. Plus, the CDC recently released new guidelines for reopening schools including five key mitigation strategies: wearing masks, physical distancing, handwashing, maintaining clean facilities and contact tracing. CNN has learned that about 89% of children under 18 live in a county considered a “red zone” with high levels of Covid-19 transmission. Dr. Paul Offit is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He joins Anderson Cooper to react to the new CDC guidelines and whether or not he thinks the country is “turning the corner.” Airdate: February 15, 2021 Guests: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) Vermont Dr. Paul Offit To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Feb 16, 2021
New details about Trump-McCarthy shouting match show Trump refused to call off the rioters
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As the Capitol was under attack on January 6th, then-Pres. Trump told House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy the rioters cared more about the election results than he did. In the expletive-laced phone call, McCarthy insisted the rioters were Trump’s supporters and begged him to tell them to stop. The Republican members of Congress who were briefed on the call say the exchange shows the former President had no intention of calling off the rioters. Noah Feldman is a professor at Harvard Law School and was a witness for the prosecution during Trump’s first impeachment trial. He joins AC360 to discuss how these new details could affect the impeachment trial. Plus, one of Trump’s attorneys claims “there was no insurrection.” CNN’s resident fact-checker Daniel Dale talks with Anderson Cooper about some of the false claims from the Trump legal team.       Airdate: February 12, 2021   Guests: Noah Feldman Daniel Dale   As the Capitol was under attack on January 6th, then-President Trump told House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy the rioters cared more about the election results than he did. In the expletive-laced phone call, McCarthy insisted the rioters were Trump’s supporters and begged him to tell them to stop. The Republican members of Congress who were briefed on the call say the exchange shows the former President had no intention of calling off the rioters. Noah Feldman is a professor at Harvard Law School and was a witness for the prosecution during Trump’s first impeachment trial. He joins AC360 to discuss how these new details could affect the impeachment trial. Plus, one of Trump’s attorneys claims “there was no insurrection.” CNN’s resident fact-checker Daniel Dale talks with Anderson Cooper about some of the false claims from the Trump legal team.       Airdate: February 12, 2021   Guests: Noah Feldman Daniel Dale To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Feb 13, 2021
GOP Senators and Trump’s defense team met to discuss “strategy”
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Former Pres. Trump’s legal team met with Republican Senators, who are also jurors in the impeachment trial, to discuss “strategy.” Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy is also a juror in the trial. He joins AC360 to react to his colleagues meeting with Trump’s lawyers. Plus, a source tells CNN that Trump’s attorneys are looking to shorten their Senate presentation to as little as three hours in order to make it “short, tight and direct.” The former President’s legal team is expected to argue there is no “direct” link between the insurrectionists and Trump. George Conway is a conservative lawyer and has been a staunch critic of the former President. He tells Anderson Cooper that Trump knows the effect of his words and that he had a duty to protect the country on January 6th but did the exact opposite.   Airdate: February 11, 2021   Guests: Sen. Chris Murphy George Conway To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Feb 12, 2021
Trump advisers say he hasn’t shown remorse for the insurrection
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Advisers to former Pres. Trump say he still hasn’t shown any remorse for the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th. House impeachment managers released new video of the violent mob’s assault, including a clip of then-Vice President Mike Pence and his family being hustled away by Secret Service after rioters entered the building. Independent Sen. Angus King was also at the Capitol that day and is a juror in the trial. He joins AC360 to react to the newly released video and says seeing what Trump did and didn’t do that day was some of the most damning evidence. Plus, legendary newsman Dan Rather reacted to the second day of the impeachment trial by saying “the evidence is damning, chilling, and overwhelming. Only cowardice and complicity stands in the way of conviction.” He tells Anderson Cooper since “we have the proof. We have the clarity. What we need now is the reckoning and the accountability.”       Airdate: February 10, 2021   Guests: Sen. Angus King Dan Rather To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Feb 11, 2021
Sources: Trump unhappy with lawyer’s performance on first day of trial
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Sources tell CNN former Pres. Trump was unhappy with his attorney Brian Castor’s opening argument on the Senate floor during the first day of his second impeachment trial but Castor said “I thought we had a good day.” Six GOP senators joined the Democrats to vote that the impeachment trial is constitutional, including Sen. Bill Cassidy who said he made his decision after Trump’s legal team failed to make a compelling argument. Rep. Adam Kinzinger was one of ten House Republicans to cross party lines and vote to impeach then-President Trump. He tells Anderson Cooper he thinks Trump “bears serious responsibility for what we saw on the 6th and not just the speech that day. It’s the four years of building the ground work leading up to that.” Plus, a GOP senator says a number of their Republican colleagues not only universally believed that the former President’s attorneys were awful during their opening arguments but added “no wonder why the other guys quit.” George Conway is a conservative lawyer, co-founder of the Lincoln Project, and has been a staunch critic of Trump. He joins AC360 to discuss Trump’s legal team and to explain why he says these lawyers were “terrible.”   Airdate: February 9, 2021   Guests: Rep. Adam Kinzinger George Conway To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Feb 10, 2021
Sources: Trump telling aides he believes he’ll be acquitted
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On the eve of his second impeachment trial, sources tell CNN since leaving office former Pres. Trump is fixated on “accountability” for the Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach him and is telling aides he believes he’ll be acquitted. The Trump legal team argues that the former President’s words “fight like hell” at the “Stop the Steal” rally before the insurrection did not incite riots. Meanwhile, a former aide recalls the then-President “loving watching the Capitol mob.” Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar is a juror in the upcoming trial and she tells Anderson Cooper “you can’t have a President who just because he clearly loses an election, decides he’s going to mess around with our democracy and literally attack a co-equal branch of government that was simply doing its job to certify the votes that had already been certified.” Plus, the CDC says more than 42 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the U.S. as the country is averaging half the new daily cases it was logging just a few weeks ago. Experts warn now is not the time to get complacent because the new variants spreading in the U.S. put the country in the “eye of the hurricane.” Dr. Leana Wen is the former Baltimore Health Commissioner and is currently an emergency room physician and CNN Medical Analyst. She joins AC360 to discuss her worries about the new variants and says we may be in the “calm before the storm.”   Airdate: February 8, 2021   Guests: Sen. Amy Klobuchar Dr. Leana Wen To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Feb 09, 2021
Biden: “There is no need” for Trump to get intel briefings
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Pres. Biden says former Pres. Trump should no longer receive classified intelligence briefings pointing to his “erratic behavior unrelated to the insurrection.” Former presidents traditionally have access to the same intelligence briefings their successors have. James Clapper is the former Director of National Intelligence and is a CNN National Security Analyst. He tells Anderson Cooper he agrees with Biden and says “it’s absolutely the right thing to do.” Plus, controversial Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says her party is completely under the power of Donald Trump and it “doesn’t belong to anyone else.” Former Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock joins AC360 to react to Greene’s claim and says she wouldn’t be surprised if Greene is eventually kicked out of the party.   Airdate: February 5, 2021   Guests: James Clapper Barbara Comstock  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Feb 06, 2021
House strips Rep. Greene from committee assignments
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The House voted to strip Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments after past violent statements and controversial conspiracy theories came to light. Eleven Republicans voted with the Democrats to remove the congresswoman from her committees. Anthony Scaramucci is a Republican and briefly served as the White House Communications Director in the Trump administration but has since been a critic of the former President. He joins AC360 to react to the distinct divide in the Republican party and says this is the after-glow of the Trump presidency and the GOP is allowing Trumpism to invade the party. Plus, former Pres. Trump quickly rejected the House impeachment managers’ request for his testimony at the upcoming Senate impeachment trial. Attorneys for Trump responded saying "the use of our Constitution to bring a purported impeachment proceeding is much too serious to try to play these games.” Harvard constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe tells Anderson Cooper he’s not surprised Trump decline to testify.   Airdate: February 4, 2021   Guests: Anthony Scaramucci Laurence Tribe   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Feb 05, 2021
McCarthy punts on punishing QAnon-aligned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
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House Republican leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy says Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s past statements “do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference,” suggesting she won’t be stripped of her committee assignments. A growing number of the GOP, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, are speaking out about wanting their party to expunge voices promoting wild conspiracy theories. Meanwhile, Greene says “I don’t think I have anything to apologize for” and that her social media posts do not reflect who she is as a person. Democratic Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon tells Anderson Cooper she doesn’t think Greene is interested in serving in Congress and instead is interested in being on Twitter and spouting whatever pops into her head. Plus, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney defended her decision to vote to impeach former Pres. Trump saying “I won’t apologize for the vote.” Cheney was among 10 House Republicans who sided with the Democrats to impeach Trump for inciting the insurrection at the Capitol that left five people dead. The House GOP Conference voted to keep Cheney as the third ranking Republican. CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash joins AC360 to discuss Cheney’s future and says this is about somebody who voted her conscience because she thought that a President, regardless of party, incited an insurrection on the building where she works.   Airdate: February 3, 2021   Guests: Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon Dana Bash To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Feb 04, 2021
House Dems: Trump is “singularly responsible” for inciting insurrection
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The House impeachment managers argue that former Pres. Trump is “singularly responsible” for inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol as Trump’s legal team claims he’s protected by the First Amendment and a Senate conviction would be unconstitutional. Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries was an impeachment manager during Trump’s first impeachment trial. He joins AC360 to react to the former President’s defense strategy. Plus, Senate Republicans are distancing themselves from GOP Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene as many are indicating enough is enough. House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy met with Greene after several of her debunked theories over the years came to light, ranging from her questioning whether the Parkland school shooting was a “false flag” to whether a plane really hit the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Sen. John Thune, a member of the GOP leadership, said House Republicans have to decide if they want to focus on “limited government and fiscal responsibility, free markets, peace through strength and pro-life” or if they “want to be the party of conspiracy theories and QAnon.” George Conway is a conservative lawyer and co-founder of the Lincoln Project. He tells Anderson Cooper we’re watching the “moral collapse of the Republican party.”   Airdate: February 2, 2021   Guests: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries George Conway To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Feb 03, 2021
Adviser: Trump wants world to know “election was stolen from him”
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An adviser to former Pres. Trump says he may add more attorneys to his legal team before his impeachment trial starts. Trump named two new lawyers for his trial a day after five members of his team left and his team effectively collapsed. A separate adviser said the former President is still obsessed with the false conspiracy theory that he won the election and “he just wants the world to know the election was stolen from him.” Republican Senator John Cornyn who is a member of the GOP leadership, told CNN it would be a “disservice for Trump’s legal team to focus on his baseless claims.” Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal is a juror in the upcoming trial and tells Anderson Cooper the argument that impeaching a former president is unconstitutional is flat wrong. He thinks it’d be wiser to rely on that defense instead of arguing the election was stolen, which has already been rejected by the courts. Plus, new Covid-19 hospitalizations and cases are down dramatically even as January became the deadliest month of the pandemic. Dr. Anthony Fauci is warning that even if you’ve had the virus, there’s a “very high rate” of being reinfected with the new variants if they become dominant. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins AC360 to discuss Dr. Fauci’s warning about the new variants and how crucial it is to get vaccinated.   Airdate: February 1, 2021   Guests: Sen. Richard Blumenthal Dr. Sanjay Gupta   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Feb 02, 2021
U.S. weighs results of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine trials
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Johnson & Johnson released the efficacy results of their one-shot Covid-19 vaccine candidate as coronavirus variants are increasingly being found in the U.S. The company announced their vaccine was shown to be 66% effective in preventing moderate and severe disease in a global Phase 3 trial and 85% effective against severe disease. It also was shown to be 72% effective against moderate and severe diseases in the U.S. While the trial apparently shows a lower efficacy rate than the other two vaccines on the market from Pfizer and Moderna, experts say the Johnson & Johnson vaccine would help fight the pandemic. Dr. Leana Wen is the former Baltimore Health Commissioner, an emergency room physician and a CNN Medical Analyst. She tells Anderson Cooper these results are promising. Plus, Pres. Joe Biden plans to intensify public lobbying for his Covid-19 relief bill and says it “has to pass.” Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has said the timeline for this bill to pass is “as soon as we possibly can.” He joins AC360 to give an update on where the $1.9 trillion bill stands on Capitol Hill and whether or not the Democrats have the votes to pass without any Republican support.   Airdate: January 29, 2021   Guests: Dr. Leana Wen Sen. Bernie Sanders   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 30, 2021
Pelosi to GOP leadership on response to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene: “What could they be thinking?”
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Republican leadership on their failure to rebuke Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene over her past comments. Greene repeatedly indicated support for executing prominent Democratic politicians, including Pelosi, in 2018 and 2019 before being elected to Congress. The House Speaker is also criticizing Greene’s placement on the House Education and Labor Committee after comments surfaced that showed her agreeing with people who said the 2018 Parkland school shooting was a “false flag” operation. Democratic Congresswoman Haley Stevens is a member of that committee and has called for Greene’s removal. She tells Anderson Cooper these types of antics have no place in their committee. Plus, South Carolina has detected the first U.S. cases of the Covid-19 strain first seen in South Africa. Scientists are concerned about this strain because it seems to be more transmissible. Dr. Leana Wen is the former Baltimore Health Commissioner, an emergency room physician and is a CNN Medical Analyst. She joins AC360 to discuss her concerns about the new variant.   Airdate: January 28, 2021   Guests: Rep. Haley Stevens Dr. Leana Wen To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 29, 2021
U.S. to buy 200 million additional doses of Covid-19 vaccines
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Pres. Joe Biden announced several measures to help ramp up Covid-19 vaccinations, including his administration’s plan to purchase 200 million additional doses. With the purchase of the additional doses, Biden says there would be enough to vaccinate 300 million Americans, nearly entire U.S. population by the end of the summer or early fall. Michael 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 Biden administration’s timeline is doable but the biggest challenge will be vaccine hesitancy. Plus, CNN has learned the House impeachment managers are planning to show how former Pres. Trump’s words and actions motivated the Capitol Hill rioters even as most Republicans claim impeaching Trump is unconstitutional because he’s no longer in office. Noah Feldman is a constitutional scholar, a professor at Harvard Law School and was a witness for the prosecution during Trump’s first impeachment trial. He joins AC360 to discuss whether or not he thinks impeaching a former President is constitutional.   Airdate: January 26, 2021   Guests: Michael Osterholm Noah Feldman   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 27, 2021
House delivers Trump impeachment article to the Senate
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The nine House impeachment managers delivered the article of impeachment against former Pres. Trump to the Senate. The trial isn’t expected to begin until February 9th. Democratic Congressman David Cicilline is one of those nine impeachment mangers who will be arguing the case against Trump. He tells Anderson Cooper they will present “overwhelming evidence” that Trump incited a violent attack on the Capitol. Plus, Pres. Joe Biden raised the bar on his promise to vaccinate 100 million people in his first 100 days in office and suggests the U.S. could reach 1.5 million shots in arms per day. Meanwhile, an influential University of Washington model is projecting 569,000 U.S. Covid-19 deaths by May 1. Dr. Chris Murray is the director of the group at the University of Washington that’s been working on these models throughout the pandemic. He joins AC360 to discuss the latest model and how increasing vaccinations could affect the number of deaths.   Airdate: January 25, 2021   Guests: Rep. David Cicilline Dr. Chris Murray To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 26, 2021
Trump’s impeachment trial delayed until February
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that former President Trump’s impeachment trial won’t begin until February 9, giving time for the Senate to confirm Pres. Joe Biden’s Cabinet. A growing number of Republicans have expressed confidence that the party will acquit the former President. Democratic Congressman. Jim Himes joins AC360 to react to the trial delay and says “it’s the best play against a pretty tough hand here.” Plus, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is privately saying he wants Trump gone as CNN has learned that dozens of influential Republicans—including some top Trump administration officials—have been quietly lobbying GOP members to vote to impeach and convict the former President. Scott Jennings was a Special Assistant to Pres. George W. Bush and is a longtime political adviser to McConnell. He tells AC360 he thinks the GOP influence could have some impact and “any political operative could reasonably conclude it would be insane for the Republican party to continue to follow Donald Trump.”   Airdate: January 22, 2021   Guests: Rep. Jim Himes Scott Jennings To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 23, 2021
Fauci: Working with Biden is “liberating” compared to working with Trump
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Pres. Joe Biden rolled out a national strategy to combat Covid-19 in his first full day in office. Biden said his plan is “based on science, not politics” and was developed with input from Dr. Anthony Fauci and other experts. In his return to the White House briefing room, Dr. Fauci told reporters working with Biden is a “liberating feeling.” Dr. Leana Wen is an Emergency Room Physician and is the former Baltimore Health Commissioner. She tells Anderson Cooper the Biden administration’s goal to vaccinate 100 million people in the first 100 days isn’t an aspirational goal because the country is already vaccinating one million people a day right now. Plus, seven Senate Democrats filed an ethics complaint against Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley and are called for an investigation into how their objections to the Electoral College votes may have contributed to inciting the Capitol Hill insurrection. Senator Mazie Hirono is one of those Democrats to call for the probe. She joins AC360 to discuss why she thinks there should be an investigation and says neither Senator has shown any contrition.   Airdate: January 21, 2021   Guests: Dr. Leana Wen Sen. Mazie Hirono Ken Burns  Doris Kearns Goodwin To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 22, 2021
Biden as U.S. hits 400,000 deaths: “To heal, we must remember”
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On the eve of being inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States, and in front of a memorial remembering the more than 400,000 lives lost to Covid-19, President-elect Joe Biden calls on Americans to “shine the lights in the darkness.” Meanwhile, sources tell CNN that Pres. Trump is spending the final hours of his presidency secluded in the White House with a muted demeanor. The President and First Lady are breaking with tradition by leaving the White House without greeting the Bidens. Trump will be the first president in modern history to not attend his successor’s inauguration. Former Vice President Al Gore joins AC360 to discuss Trump’s refusal to graciously accept the election results and predict what the next four years may look like. Plus, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin join Anderson Cooper to reflect on President Trump’s last four years and how the U.S. will respond to the challenges ahead with Biden in the White House.   Airdate: January 19, 2021   Guests: Al Gore Ken Burns Doris Kearns Goodwin To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 20, 2021
Trump’s final days: hiding in the White House and focused on pardons
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Pres. Trump has been hiding in the White House and spending his final days as Commander-in-Chief focusing on about 100 pardons and commutations he’s expected to issue in his last full day in office. Trump hasn’t been seen since his trip to Texas nearly a week ago but sources tell CNN he’s taped a farewell message touting his accomplishments. New York Times Foreign Affairs Columnist Thomas Friedman joins AC360 to discuss Trump’s final days in office and what his legacy will be. Plus, the acting Defense Secretary says “we have no intelligence indicating an insider threat” to the inauguration but National Guard members arriving in Washington are being vetted by law enforcement. Jeh Johnson served as Homeland Security Secretary under Pres. Obama and was in charge of security for the Trump’s inauguration four years ago. He tells Anderson Cooper this will be the “most secure domestic event we’ve seen in a very, very long time.”   Airdate: January 18, 2021   Guests: Tom Friedman Jeh Johnson To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 19, 2021
Pentagon authorizes 25,000 National Guard members for inauguration
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The Pentagon has authorized up to 25,000 National Guard members for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration as the nation braces for more possible violence after the deadly Capitol Hill riots. After a FBI bulletin warned of armed protests in all 50 state capitols in the days leading up to January 20th, the National Guard Bureau said “every state, territory and the District of Columbia will have National Guard men and women supporting the inauguration.” Jonathan Wackrow was a Secret Service Agent during the Obama Administration and helped with the 2013 inauguration committee planning. He joins AC360 to discuss the current threat to Washington, DC and says the worry should be people acting as lone wolves. Plus, Pres. Trump is planning to leave for his new home in Florida the morning of the inauguration and sources say he’s considering a color guard, military band, 21-gun salute and even a red carpet for his departure ceremony. Tony Schwartz is co-author of Trump’s “Art of the Deal.” He tells Anderson Cooper he isn’t surprised and doesn’t think the President is able to take in the “enormity of the defeat.”   Airdate: January 15, 2021   Guests: Jonathan Wackrow Tony Schwartz To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 16, 2021
Trump consumed by the unraveling of his presidency as Senate trial looms
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One day after being impeached for the second time, Pres. Trump has been lashing out at aides, allies and lawyers trying to protect him from criminal exposure following his role in inciting the violence on Capitol Hill that left five people dead. Sources tell CNN he’s grown more and more worried about what legal and financial woes may be waiting for him once he leaves the protection of the presidency. Anthony Scaramucci worked briefly in the Trump White House as Communications Director. He joins AC360 to react to the President’s mood following being impeached again and says in 50 years historians will look at what happened and say “he didn’t accept the election, he signaled prior to the election that he wasn’t going to, and he incited an insurrection where people descended on the Capitol building calling for the death of his Vice President.” Plus, the National Mall will be closed to the public on Inauguration Day as authorities brace for the possibility of more extremist violence. Former FBI Director James Comey is the author of “Saving Justice: Truth, Transparency, and Trust." He tells Anderson Cooper moving the inauguration indoors would be a “win for a group of terrorists.”   Airdate: January 14, 2021   Guests: James Comey Anthony Scaramucci   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 15, 2021
Pres. Trump impeached for the second time
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Donald Trump became the first U.S. President to be impeached twice. Ten Republicans sided with the Democrats as a senior Trump adviser says “it all came crashing down” because the President “could never tell the truth.” Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff was the lead impeachment manager during the 2019 impeachment trial. He tells Anderson Cooper he would have liked to see more than ten Republicans recognize the severity of what Trump did. Plus, sources tell CNN Trump is in “self-pity mode” as he contemplates using pardons to change the subject away from impeachment and the Capitol Hill riots. Legendary journalist Carl Bernstein joins AC360 to discuss Trump’s final days in the White House.   Airdate: January 13, 2021   Guests: Rep. Adam Schiff Carl Bernstein To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 14, 2021
GOP Rep. Liz Cheney: I will vote to impeach Pres. Trump
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Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking House leader, announced she will vote to impeach Pres. Trump saying “there has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.” Cheney is one of three House Republicans who say they will vote to impeach Trump. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he thinks the President committed impeachable offenses and impeaching him will make it easier to get rid of him and Trumpism from the Republican Party, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney joins AC360 to react to some Republicans announcing they’ll vote to impeach and says right now is “time to stand up and be counted.” Plus, Trump says his speech right before the Capitol Hill riot was “totally appropriate” and he took no responsibility for inciting the deadly insurrection. The New York Times Foreign Affairs Columnist Thomas Friedman tells Anderson Cooper he wishes he could impeach Trump “four, five, six times” to send the message “you shall never do this again.”   Airdate: January 12, 2021   Guests: Sen. Sean Patrick Maloney Thomas Friedman To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 13, 2021
Acting DHS Secretary resigns as FBI issues chilling warning
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Chad Wolf, the acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary, announced his resignation after instructing the U.S. Secret Service to begin National Special Security Event operations for the inauguration a week early. Meanwhile, the FBI issued a chilling warning about “armed protests” planned at the U.S. Capitol and all 50 state capitols. The FBI is also tracking threats against President-elect Joe Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Jonathan Wackrow is a former Secret Service Agent during the Obama Administration. He joins AC360 to react to the FBI’s warning and Wolf’s resignation. Plus, Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown is calling for his colleagues, Republican Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, to resign after they both voted to overturn the election after rioters overran Capitol Police and breached the U.S. Capitol. Senator Brown says the Senate should expel them if they don’t resign. He tells Anderson Cooper the Senate needs to “take action.”   Airdate: January 11, 2021   Guests: Jonathan Wackrow Sen. Sherrod Brown To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 12, 2021
Twitter permanently suspends Pres. Trump’s Twitter account
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Twitter announced that Pres. Trump’s account is permanently suspended “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” Meanwhile, the White House is in “crisis management” mode and lawyers are being consulted about a potential impeachment. George Conway, a conservative lawyer and co-founder of the Lincoln Project, has been a staunch critic of the President. He joins AC360 to react to Trump’s permanent suspension and the possibility of getting impeached again. Plus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats are prepared to move forward with impeachment if Trump doesn’t resign. Democratic Congressman Jim Himes is calling for a second impeachment. He tells Anderson Cooper the country will never get back to normal if we don’t hold people accountable.   Airdate: January 8, 2021   Guests: George Conway Rep. Jim Himes To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 09, 2021
Trump condemns Capitol Hill violence day after telling rioters “we love you”
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Pres. Trump released a video message hours after defending rioters saying “I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem.” This comes a day after telling the same people “We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You're very special." Democratic leadership is weighing a quick impeachment vote if Vice President Pence doesn’t use the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. Independent Senator Bernie Sanders joins AC360 to react to the President’s latest message and says the best step is getting him out of office as soon as possible. Plus, a federal prosecutor is examining the President’s role in sparking the violence at the Capitol. Mary Trump, President Trump’s niece and author of “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man” tells Anderson Cooper as inauguration gets closer, the country needs to be prepared for what Trump could do and thinks it’s “extraordinary unlikely” he resigns.   Airdate: January 7, 2021   Guests: Sen. Bernie Sanders Mary Trump   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 08, 2021
U.S. Capitol secured, woman dead after rioters storm the halls of Congress to try and block Biden’s win
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Lawmakers reconvened on Capitol Hill to count electoral college votes after supporters of Pres. Trump stormed the halls of the Capitol, engulfing it in chaos. One woman died after being shot in the chest on Capitol grounds. Multiple officers were injured and at least one had to be taken the hospital. Former Pres. Barack Obama reacted to the violence saying “history will rightly remember today's violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation. But we'd be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise.”   Airdate: January 6, 2021 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 07, 2021
WH Adviser: Trump’s call to Georgia Secretary of State was “crazy” and a “mistake”
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A top Georgia election official methodically shot down a list of election conspiracy theories Pres. Trump aired in a phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. In the one-hour call Trump is heard pressuring Raffensperger, who is also a Republican, to “find” votes to overturn the election in Georgia and touted baseless election fraud claims multiple times. Democratic Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy joins AC360 to react to the President’s efforts to overturn the election he lost. Plus, over the past week one American died every 33 seconds from Covid-19. December was the deadliest month of the pandemic as the CDC says about 15.4 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S. but only 4.5 million people have received their first doses, falling short of the 20 million Operation Warp Speed had hoped to have vaccinated by the end of 2020. Rick Bright is a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s Covid-19 Advisory Board and is also an immunologist and vaccine researcher. He tells Anderson Cooper there hasn’t been a federal coordinated vaccination plan and program.   Airdate: January 4, 2021   Guests: Sen. Chris Murphy Rick Bright To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jan 05, 2021
CDC: Nearly 2.8 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered
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The CDC says nearly 2.8 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administrated despite Operation Warp Speed’s goal of 20 million by the end of the year. The White House coronavirus testing czar admits “we need to be doing a better job” with the vaccine rollout. Olivia Troye is a former Covid-19 Task Force Adviser to Vice President Mike Pence and she joins AC360 to discuss the vaccine rollout. Plus, Republican Senator Josh Hawley says he’s planning to delay the affirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory by objecting when Congress counts the Electoral College votes. This will force lawmakers in both the House and Senate to go on the record and vote on whether to accept the results of Biden’s win. Hawley’s colleague in the Senate, Democratic Senator Tim Kaine tells AC360 they’ll reject President Trump’s effort “to overthrow the will of the American electorate.” Guests on December 30, 2020 were Olivia Troye at Sen. Tim Kaine. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 31, 2020
Fauci: “I think we just have to assume that it’s going to get worse”
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Dr. Anthony Fauci warns that recent holiday travel could make January even worse than December when it comes to the Covid-19 pandemic adding the surge has just gotten out of control in many respects. U.S. officials promised 20 million vaccine shots in American’s arms by the end of December but only 2.1 million vaccines have been administered so far. President-elect Joe Biden says President Trump's plan to distribute the Covid-19 vaccine is "falling far behind." Kathleen Sebelius is the former Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and she’s also the former Governor of Kansas. She tells AC360 there’s never been a federal plan at any point during the pandemic with testing, PPE and now vaccinations. Plus, sources tell CNN that Trump has been in a sour mood at Mar-a-Lago, spending an increasing time behind closed doors and is angered by the renovations, which were overseen by his wife. Anthony Scaramucci was the White House Communications Director. He joins AC360 to react to the Trump’s final days as President and says the last 30 days have been the worst of his presidency. Guests on December 29, 2020 were Kathleen Sebelius and Anthony Scaramucci. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 30, 2020