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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
Pres. Trump gambling with dollars and lives
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The House of Representatives passes a bill with larger relief checks for coronavirus relief pushed by Pres. Trump, which the Senate has previously opposed. Rep. Adam Kinzinger speaks out about the divisive and unpredictable politics right now in Congress. Also, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate candidate, Jon Ossoff, speaks to AC360 about his battle against incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue. Plus, as America sets a new high for current Covid-19 hospitalizations, Dr. Leana Wen talks to AC360 about the latest virus and vaccines developments. And don’t miss CNN’s Sara Sidner’s exclusive report about the first coronavirus epicenter in the United States, a nursing home in Washington state, where nurses are finally getting access to vaccines.   Airdate: December 28, 2020   Guests: Rep. Adam Kinzinger Jon Ossoff Dr. Leana Wen Sara Sidner   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 29, 2020
Trump issues more pardons including to his former campaign chairman and Jared Kushner’s father
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Pres. Trump pardons former Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, for longtime ally Roger Stone and Jared Kushner’s father Charles Kushner along with 23 others. Andrew Weissman who led the prosecution of Paul Manafort for the Special Counsel’s Office at the Justice Department reacts. Former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean and CNN Legal analyst Carrie Cordero also weigh in. Also, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks out about tonight’s pardons and the President’s latest showdowns with Congress over the coronavirus relief bill and the National Defense Authorization Act. Plus, as millions of Americans travel for the holidays, coronavirus deaths and infections are still hitting record levels. Dr. Chris Murray explains his team’s new model predicting thousands more coronavirus deaths in the United States by April 1. Dr. Leana Wen explains the new coronavirus variant strains and how they may affect children.   Airdate: December 23, 2020   Guests: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Carrie Cordero Chris Murray Dr. Leana Wen To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 24, 2020
Trump issues series of pardons including to former GOP Congressmen
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Pres. Trump issued a series of pardons that includes two former GOP Congressmen and two men who pleaded guilty in Robert Mueller’s investigation. Among the pardons are former Republican Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins and former campaign aide George Papadopoulos. These are the first of what is expected to be a flurry of pardons and commutations in the coming weeks as Trump gets ready to leave the White House. James Clapper is the former Director of National Intelligence and also a CNN National Security Analyst. He joins AC360 to react to Trump’s wave of pardons. Plus, Dr. Anthony Fauci is warning that there could be a “superimposed” surge on top of the current uptick in cases if people travel for the holidays. Dr. Tom Frieden is a former CDC Director and he tells AC360 staying indoors, wearing masks and getting vaccinated will all help control the spread of Covid-19.   Airdate: December 22, 2020   Guests: Lt. Gen. James Clapper (Ret.) Dr. Tom Frieden To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 23, 2020
Trump meets with lawmakers to push election fraud claims
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Pres. Trump is meeting with lawmakers to push his false election fraud claims. Some in the White House fear the finals days of the Trump presidency saying “no one is sure where this is heading.” Conspiracist lawyer Sidney Powell, who was dumped from his official legal team, along with fired national security adviser Michael Flynn and onetime chief strategist Steve Bannon have found themselves in the Oval Office or on the phone advising the President on how to reverse his election loss, even floating the idea of declaring martial law. Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff,  Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, joins AC360 to react to the President’s last-ditch effort to overturn the election results and says if Trump can stay in power through stealing, lying, and cheating, he will do it. Plus, the U.S. has surpassed 18 million Covid-19 cases as a new coronavirus variant was discovered in the United Kingdom. Dr. Peter Hotez is the Co-Director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital and the Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He joins AC360 to discuss whether or not Americans should be worried about the new variant.   Airdate: December 21, 2020   Guests: Rep. Adam Schiff Dr. Peter Hotez To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 22, 2020
Covid-19 Model: 562,000 deaths in U.S. by April 1
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An influential Covid-19 model from the University of Washington predicts there will be 562,000 deaths by April 1st. If 95% of people wore masks, 55,000 lives could be saved. 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 when he thinks the vaccines will make a major dent on the daily death rate. Plus, the FDA has issued emergency use authorization for Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine. Dr. William Schaffner is a professor at the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and is also a member of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. He tells AC360 that getting the Moderna vaccine to rural hospitals and health departments will be much easier because it doesn’t have the intense, cold storage requirements that the Pfizer vaccine has.   Airdate: December 18, 2020   Guests: Dr. Chris Murray Dr. William Schaffner To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 19, 2020
The White House ignores spike in Covid-19 deaths, cases and hospitalizations
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Just over six months and 190,000 deaths ago, Vice President Mike Pence penned an OP-ED for the Wall Street Journal titled: There Isn't a Coronavirus 'Second Wave.' And now, months later - when it is even clearer that is not true - President Trump along with the vice president are still not addressing the nightmare as cases and deaths hit records each day. Former Covid Task Force Advisor to VP Pence, Olivia Troye, speaks out about what went on behind the scenes when that OP-ED was published. “The facts weren’t there, and I was known for briefing him and sticking to the facts,” Troye says she has been appalled at Pence’s recent behavior,  “I don't know how you can morally look at yourself in the mirror and say this is ok.” She adds, “I know that he is in a tough situation but at some point when people are dying and you are responsible for the protection of the country you really have a responsibility to take a stand.” And, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Celine Gounder discuss the latest Covid-19 vaccines developments. Plus, Democratic Congressman Jim Himes who is on the House Intelligence Committee and has been briefed, talks about the suspected Russian hack which occurred at some of the highest levels of several government agencies and some private companies.    Airdate: December 17, 2020   Guests: Olivia Troye Dr. Sanjay Gupta Dr. Celine Gounder Rep. Jim Himes, (D) Connecticut   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 18, 2020
Trump has told some advisers he’ll refuse to leave the White House
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Pres. Trump has told some advisers he will refuse to leave the White House on Inauguration Day with one source saying “he’s throwing a f***ing tantrum” but “he's going to leave. He's just lashing out." Meanwhile, Trump is weighing pardons for more than two dozen people in his orbit. One source told CNN “it’s turned crazy” and there are so many requests for pardons or commutations that there’s a spreadsheet to keep track of them. CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger and CNN Political Commentator Van Jones join AC360 to discuss Trump’s final days in the White House. Plus, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor about some of his Republican colleagues’ false accusations of voter fraud and how he worries it could lead to the end of American democracy. He tells Anderson Cooper “their allegiance is first and foremost to Donald Trump” and “they’re willing to do anything to keep him in power even if it means overturning the election.”   Airdate: December 16, 2020   Guests: Sen. Chris Murray Van Jones Gloria Borger To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 17, 2020
Sen. Mitch McConnell finally acknowledges Joe Biden is the President-elect
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finally congratulates President-elect Joe Biden, as many Republicans in Congress still refuse to recognize his victory amid President Donald Trump's continued refusal to accept defeat. Democratic Congressman and Majority Whip James Clyburn weighs in, telling Anderson, “this democracy is very very fragile,” and adding “this democracy can be brought to an end if we are not careful.” Also, where do Trump's "Election Defense Fund" donations really go? Bloomberg Opinion Senior Columnist and author of "TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald," Timothy O'Brien discusses. Plus, as vaccines continue to be administered across the United States, the infection numbers are still surging. Anderson talks to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Rep. James Clyburn, and Timothy O'Brien.   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 16, 2020
Biden: “The integrity of our elections remains intact”
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Electors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia gathered to cast their votes and affirmed Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States. The states Biden won and Trump challenged—Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin—all cast their electoral votes for the president-elect. Biden declared it’s time to “turn the page. To unite. To heal” in a speech to the nation. George Conway is a conservative lawyer and co-founder of the Lincoln Project. He’s been an outspoken critic of President Trump and he tells Anderson Cooper that Trump is delusional for not accepting the election results and is basically running “a scam on the American people.” Plus, early voting is underway in Georgia for the two critical Senate runoffs that will determine the balance of power in Congress. Biden is set to campaign for the Democratic candidates, Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock. Many have credited Stacey Abrams, a former Georgia State Representative, for helping Biden become the first Democrat to win the state in nearly three decades. She joins AC360 to react to Biden securing the electoral college votes and says it was a “thrilling relief” and it’s disappointing the President is trying to undermine the integrity of the vote. Airdate: December 14, 2020 Guests: George Conway Stacey Abrams To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 15, 2020
Supreme Court rejects Texas and Trump's bid to overturn 2020 election
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The Supreme Court rejected a bid from Texas' attorney general, which was supported by President Donald Trump, to block millions of ballots in four battleground states that went in favor of President-elect Joe Biden. Even the justices who Trump placed on the court had no interest in allowing this latest legal bid to continue. CNN Political Correspondent Abby Phillip and CNN Contributor and Former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean discuss. Also, the Attorney General of Michigan, Dana Nessel, tells Anderson, “we will continue to fight as vigorously as possible to ensure that the person who actually won the presidential election is sworn into office on January 20th.” Plus, Dr. Sanjay Gupta weighs in on the latest developments before an emergency use authorization may be approved by the FDA for a coronavirus vaccine. Guests on Friday, December 11, 2020 were Abby Phillip, John Dean, Dana Nessel, Michigan Attorney General, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 12, 2020
FDA advisers recommend authorization of Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine
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FDA advisers have recommended emergency authorization of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine as a record 107,248 people are hospitalized in the U.S. with the virus. The CDC Director warns for “the next 60 to 90 days, we're going to have more deaths per day than we had in 9/11.” An influential University of Washington model is projecting there will be 502,000 U.S. Covid-19 deaths by April 1. Dr. Chris Murray is the director of the group that’s been working on these models throughout the pandemic. He tells Anderson Cooper that 56,000 lives could be saved if there was 95% universal mask wearing. Plus, the threat of a government shutdown looms as Senate leaders try to resolve last minute holdups to the spending bill vote. Independent Senator Bernie Sanders is demanding a vote on a proposal that would give individuals a second round of stimulus checks. He joins AC360 to discuss why he wants the stimulus checks and says it’d be “outrageous” and “simply unacceptable” for members of Congress to go home to their families over the holidays when tens of millions of working class families in this country are facing economic desperation. Guests are Dr. Chris Murray and Sen. Bernie Sanders. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 11, 2020
All 50 states and D.C. certify presidential election results
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All 50 states and Washington, D.C. have certified their presidential election results despite Pres. Trump asking the Supreme Court to block millions of votes from four battleground states that voted for President-elect Biden. The Texas Attorney General filed the lawsuit looking to invalidate millions of votes cast in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Pres. Trump has asked Ted Cruz to argue Texas election lawsuit if it reaches Supreme Court. John Dean is a former Nixon White House Counsel and is also a CNN Contributor. He tells Anderson Cooper he doesn’t believe the lawsuit has any merit. Plus, the FDA is scheduled to meet Thursday to authorize Pfizer’s vaccine but there are many questions surrounding the plan to get the shots from the manufacturers into hospitals, assisted living facilities and pharmacies. Kathleen Sebelius is the former Department of Health and Human Services Secretary. She joins AC360 to discuss the latest with the vaccine and says “we have to balance some unknowns still with the vaccines with the notion that this will absolutely save lives.”   Airdate: December 9, 2020   Guests: John Dean Kathleen Sebelius To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 10, 2020
Supreme Court rejects Republican attempt to block Biden victory
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The former top administration official for cybersecurity, Chris Krebs, whom Pres. Donald Trump fired after saying the election was the most secure in American history, speaks out about his defamation lawsuit against the Trump campaign and a lawyer working with the campaign - Joseph diGenova. Krebs also reacts to today’s Supreme Court decision, which rejected an attempt by Pennsylvania Republicans' to block the election results certification in the commonwealth. Also, Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings reacts to the Supreme Court refusing to stop Pennsylvania from certifying the election for President-elect Joe Biden and her Republican colleagues who refuse to accept that the 2020 election is over. Plus, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times Sharon LaFraniere and Dr. Celine Gounder, who is a member of president-elect Joe Biden's coronavirus task force, weigh in on the latest with the coronavirus vaccine approval process in the United States.   Airdate: December 8, 2020   Guests: Christopher Krebs Rep. Val Demings, (D) Florida Dr. Sanjay Gupta Dr. Celine Gounder Sharon LaFraniere To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 09, 2020
Trump continues to ignore pandemic and lie about election fraud
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Pres. Trump still won’t face reality and admit he lost the election. Instead he’s ignoring the Covid-19 pandemic and the record deaths and hospitalizations in the U.S. Some House conservatives are urging Trump to not concede after President-elect Joe Biden wins the Electoral College and want the party’s leaders to battle it out on the House floor. Thomas Friedman is a Foreign Affairs Columnist for the New York Times. He tells Anderson Cooper the fact that Trump won’t take charge and won’t help Biden is despicable. Plus, the Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says armed protesters gathered outside her Detroit home to protest the election results. In a statement Benson said protesters made “unambiguous, loud and threatening demands to overturn the results of the election.” She joins AC360 to explain what happened and says her job is to defend the voters and she will do that every day “despite any threats of violence or bullying.”   Airdate: December 7, 2020   Guests: Thomas Friedman Jocelyn Benson To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 08, 2020
Influential model projects almost 539,000 U.S. Covid-19 deaths by April
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An influential University of Washington model is projecting there will be more than 538,800 U.S. Covid-19 deaths by April. The model also predicts daily deaths will peak in the range of 3,000 in mid-January. 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 tells Anderson Cooper “although the hope of vaccines is there, it is not going to come in time to deal with the January/February surge.” Plus, Pres. Trump is getting ready to head to Georgia to campaign for two GOP senators facing critical runoff races next month. Some Republicans are worried Trump’s recent criticism will hurt them rather than give them a boost at the polls. Sources tell CNN the President called Georgia’s Republican governor a “moron” and a “nut job” and asked why Sen. Kelly Loeffler didn’t secure a majority of the votes on Election Day. Democratic Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joins AC360 to discuss whether or not the Republicans should be worried about Trump’s upcoming visit.   Airdate: December 4, 2020   Guests: Dr. Chris Murray Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 05, 2020
Biden: I will ask all Americans to wear a mask for the first 100 days
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President-elect Joe Biden said he’ll ask all Americans to wear a mask the first 100 days after he takes office and thinks the country will see “a significant reduction.” Biden also revealed he asked Dr. Anthony Fauci to be a chief medical adviser and part of his Covid-19 response team. The U.S. recently reported its highest one-day Covid-19 death tally with more than 2,800. There’s also at least 100,600 people hospitalized with the virus, a new high since the pandemic began. Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency room physician and the former Baltimore Health Commissioner. She explains to Anderson Cooper why she’s urging Americans to cancel their Christmas and holiday celebrations now. Plus, two legendary journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, whose reporting on the Watergate scandal helped lead to former Pres. Richard Nixon resigning, join AC360 to discuss the similarities and differences between Pres. Trump and Nixon.   Airdate: December 3, 2020   Guests: Dr. Leana Wen Carl Bernstein Bob Woodward To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 04, 2020
Source: Expect a “flurry” of pardons before Trump leaves office
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A source close to the White House says the public should expect a “flurry” of pardons before Pres. Trump leaves office in January. The source also tells CNN that some of Trump’s advisers think it’d be perfectly fine if he preemptively pardoned his family members and associates, even though they haven’t been formally charged with any crimes. Andrew Weissmann served as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s lead prosecutor. He tells Anderson Cooper unless there can be a bribe shown, pardoning himself or family members is legal but he can’t pardon anyone for state crimes or future crimes. Plus, Senator Bernie Sanders joins AC360 to discuss Trump floating the idea about running again in 2024, the Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing stimulus bill negotiations.   Airdate: December 2, 2020   Guests: Andrew Weissmann Sen. Bernie Sanders         To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 03, 2020
CDC: Healthcare workers and long term care facility residents should get vaccines first
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Vaccine advisers to the Center for Disease Control voted that healthcare workers and residents in long term care facilities should be first in line to get any Covid-19 vaccines. Both Moderna and Pfizer have applied for emergency authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA is set to meet with its advisory board committee in the coming weeks to review both applications. Dr. William Schaffner is a professor at the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and serves as an advisor to the CDC. He joins AC360 to explain how the CDC determined who should get the Covid-19 vaccines first. Plus, the New York Times is reporting Pres. Trump has discussed pardons for his three eldest children, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and his son-in-law Jared Kushner. Also, a source tells CNN that Giuliani and other Trump associates are seeking preemptive pardons for “blanket” protection. John Dean is the former Nixon White House Counsel. He tells Anderson Cooper he thinks it might be a trial balloon to gauge reaction but he’d be more surprised if it doesn’t happen.   Airdate: December 1, 2020   Guests: Dr. William Schaffner John Dean To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 02, 2020
Fauci: “All things considered, we’re not in a good place”
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Covid-19 cases are at record-breaking levels and with a possible surge in the U.S. before Christmas, White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci says “all things considered, we’re not in a good place.” Moderna and Pfizer have both officially filed for FDA emergency authorization for its coronavirus vaccines and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says “we could be seeing both of these vaccines out and getting into people’s arms before Christmas.” William Haseltine is the Chair and President of ACCESS Health International. He tells AC360 the vaccine news is promising but there are still a lot of unanswered questions. Plus, President Trump said he’ll be coming to the Georgia to campaign for Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who face two Senate runoff elections in January. Senator Perdue’s opponent, Jon Ossoff, joins AC360 to react to the President’s visit and says Perdue is griping about Trump in private but in public he’s “indulging the President’s fantasy that he actually won.” Airdate: November 30, 2020 Guests: William Haseltine Jon Ossoff To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Dec 01, 2020
Millions of Americans traveling despite CDC warning
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One health expert is warning Thanksgiving could be “the mother of all super spreader events” and Dr. Anthony Fauci is asking Americans to keep indoor gatherings “as small as you possibly can.” Millions are traveling for Thanksgiving despite the CDC recommending not to. More than 261,000 people have died from Covid-19 and the U.S. is seeing record hospitalizations. Dr. James Phillips is the Chief of Disease Medicine at George Washington University Hospital. He tells AC360 “people are going to die because they’re choosing to go home for Thanksgiving” and “if we had proper messaging from the top, from the beginning, more lives would’ve have been saved.” Plus, President Trump has pardoned former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Carrie Cordero is a CNN National Security Analyst and a Senior Fellow Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. She joins AC360 to react to the President’s decision and says she thinks this is “just the beginning of the pardons that we’re probably going to see between now and January 20th.” Airdate: November 25, 2020 Guests: Dr. James Phillips Carrie Cordero To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 26, 2020
Biden: “I want this country to be united”
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President-elect Joe Biden says he would consider appointing Republicans who voted for Trump to his cabinet because he wants “this country to be united” and “we can't keep this virulent political dialogue going.” Biden’s transition team has been in contact with all federal agencies, including the White House, just 24 hours after the GSA said the official transition process can begin. The President-elect says all outreach has been “sincere.” Christine Todd Whitman is the former Republican Governor of New Jersey but endorsed Biden in the 2020 election. She joins AC360 to discuss how Trump delayed the transition and still refuses to accept the results of the election. Plus, the U.S. is approaching 260,000 Covid-19 deaths and has seen another day of record hospitalizations with at least 88,080. Dr. Craig Spencer is the Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. He tells AC360 the system can’t last that much longer if we continue to have such a crush of new cases throughout the country. Airdate: November 24, 2020 Guests: Christine Todd Whitman Dr. Craig Spencer To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 25, 2020
GSA says Biden transition can formally begin
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The General Services Administration has informed President-elect Joe Biden and his team that the Trump administration is ready to begin the transition process more than two weeks after the former Vice President was declared the election winner. In a letter, GSA administrator Emily Murphy said she wasn’t pressured by the White House to delay the formal transition. Now that the transition can officially begin, current administration officials can coordinate with the incoming Biden team. David Gergen is a former Presidential Adviser to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton and is also a CNN Political Analyst. He tells AC360 he thinks Trump did the right thing but it’s vital that he tells his base and the whole country that Joe Biden is a legitimate president and he is not put there by fraud. Plus, Covid-19 hospitalizations and cases are rising with Thanksgiving only days away. The CDC is advising people to not travel to see family and friends. White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said what worries him most is “the immediate situation with people traveling from different places, coming home for Thanksgiving.” Dr. William Schaffner is a professor at the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt Medical Center. He joins AC360 to discuss his concerns for the upcoming holiday season.     Airdate: November 23, 2020   Guests: David Gergen Dr. William Schaffner   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 24, 2020
Senior GOP lawmakers grow anxious over Trump’s efforts to overturn election results
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Few Republicans have spoken out publicly but a growing number of GOP lawmakers are growing restless and pushing back on Trump’s effort to overturn the election results.  Still, it seems most of the other GOP members are afraid to anger Trump, or the party’s base who could help decide the winner of the upcoming twin runoff elections in Georgia. William Cohen is a former Republican Congressman and Senator who also served as Defense Secretary under Pres. Clinton. He joins AC360 to discuss how he thinks the GOP and the President are handling the election loss. Plus, the President’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., is the latest in the Trump inner circle to test positive for coronavirus. Trump Jr. has spread a significant amount of false information about the deadly virus, including telling Fox News that the number of Covid-19 deaths is “almost nothing.” More than 254,000 have died in the U.S. and an influential model projects that number will rise to 471,000 deaths by March 1 assuming 40 states’ governments impose or re-impose social distancing and other mandates. If that doesn’t happen, the death toll could reach 658,000. 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 tells AC360 the numbers are going up faster than expected and he thinks one of the reasons is people are not being as cautious.     Airdate: November 20, 2020   Guests: William Cohen Dr. Chris Murray   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 21, 2020
Georgia confirms Biden victory and finds no widespread voter fraud
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Georgia finished its statewide audit and confirmed President-elect Joe Biden won the state by 12,284 votes over Pres. Trump. The audit found no evidence of widespread voter fraud or irregularities in the election despite the President’s baseless claims. Georgia’s voting system implementation manager Gabriel Sterling tells Anderson Cooper once the vote is certified, Pres. Trump can request a recount since he’s within 0.5% of Biden. Plus, at least 252,400 people have died from Covid-19 and nearly 80,000 people are currently hospitalized, the highest since the pandemic started. Pfizer and Moderna say their vaccines are highly effective and are waiting for the FDA to issue an emergency use authorization. Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, joins AC360 to discuss the recent vaccine developments and what he thinks the next year looks like.   Airdate: November 19, 2020   Guests: Gabriel Sterling Bill Gates     To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 20, 2020
U.S. surpasses 250,000 Covid-19 deaths
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Covid-19 has killed more than 250,000 people in the U.S in less than 10 months. The country is currently averaging more than 157,000 cases per day, the highest since the pandemic started. Dr. Leana Wen is the former Baltimore Health Commissioner and an emergency room physician. She joins AC360 to react to this grim milestone and says the end is near with the two promising vaccines but we have to get through the winter first. Plus, the Georgia recount results are expected to show that President-elect Joe Biden did win the state by about 13,000 votes and election officials say the audit hasn’t found any evidence of widespread voter fraud. Stacey Abrams, the former Democratic gubernatorial candidate who lost in 2018, and other grassroots groups helped register new voters and motivate Black turnout ahead of the election. Democrats are hoping those same voters will turnout for the two Georgia runoff races in January that will determine which party will control the U.S. Senate. Atlanta Democratic Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tells Anderson Cooper it’s not going to be easy and it’ll take everyone coming out to vote in order for Democrats to win the Senate seats.   Airdate: November 18, 2020   Guests: Dr. Leana Wen Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 19, 2020
Pres. Trump fires top DHS cybersecurity official Chris Krebs
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Pres. Trump fired the top Department of Homeland Security official, Chris Krebs, who has repeatedly rejected his baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. Krebs was the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and has said there “is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.” Miles Taylor is a former DHS Chief of Staff in the Trump administration. He was hired on the same day as Krebs and worked closely with him. He tells Anderson Cooper “the President is very afraid to hear the truth and Chris Krebs knows more about the truth of the security of this election than anyone in the government.” Plus, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina admitted and defended his outreach to officials in Arizona, Nevada and Georgia, all states that Democratic President-elect Joe Biden won. Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia Secretary of State, accused Graham of asking him to “look hard and see how many ballots you could throw out” referring to absentee ballots that heavily favored Biden. The Senator denied the accusation calling it “ridiculous” and claims he was pushing Raffensperger to strengthen signature verification rules for mail-in ballots ahead of the Senate runoffs that will determine the next majority in the Senate. Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting system implementation manager, was also on the call and corroborated Raffensperger’s claims. Sterling joins AC360 to discuss what he heard on the call.   Airdate: November 17, 2020   Guests: Miles Taylor Gabriel Sterling       To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 18, 2020
Biden: “More people may die if we don’t coordinate”
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President-elect Joe Biden warned that “more people may die” if Pres. Trump doesn’t start to cooperate with the transition process and it could potentially delay the rapid distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine when his administration takes over in January. More than 73,000 people are currently hospitalized with coronavirus in the United States, the highest number the country has seen. More than 247,000 Americans have died because of the virus. Dr. Thomas Frieden is a former CDC Director. He tells Anderson Cooper “it’s essential that there’s collaboration, communication and coordination to pass the baton.” Plus, Trump is showing little indication he plans to back off the false claim he won the election even as his legal challenges fizzle. Lawsuits that attempted to disrupt Biden’s wins in four states have been withdrawn. Mary Trump is Pres. Trump’s niece and the author of “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man.” She joins AC360 to react to her uncle refusing to accept reality and says his behavior continues to undermine people’s faith on the legitimacy of this election and the legitimacy of the incoming administration.   Airdate: November 16, 2020   Guests: Dr. Tom Frieden Mary Trump To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 17, 2020
Pres. Trump threatens to deny New York a vaccine
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Pres. Trump threated to deny New Yorkers a vaccine in his first public appearance since losing the election and with more than 244,000 Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. Trump said the federal government won’t deliver a possible vaccine to New York until Gov. Cuomo lets the administration “know when he is ready for it.” Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said New York health officials will review any federally approved vaccine and he wouldn’t recommend the vaccine to New Yorkers until the state-run process is complete. He joins AC360 to react to the President’s comments and says what the President says “doesn’t matter” and whether or not Americans trust a potential vaccine does matter. Plus, the U.S. has shattered the single-day record for new Covid-19 cases with more than 172,000 today as the holidays are approaching and people are forced to stay inside because of colder weather. Dr. Celine Gounder is an infectious diseases specialist and epidemiologist and now serves on President-elect Joe Biden's coronavirus task force. She tells Anderson Cooper she’s concerned about the holiday season and possible superspreader events which she says could be like “pouring gasoline on what is already a raging fire.”   Airdate: November 13, 2020   Guests: Gov. Andrew Cuomo Dr. Celine Gounder   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 14, 2020
Biden continues transition plans as Trump refuses to concede
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President-elect Joe Biden is continuing his transition plans by narrowing down his list of potential West Wing advisers. Biden has chosen his longtime adviser Ron Klain as White House chief of staff.  Meanwhile, Pres. Trump, who continues to fight the results of the election with baseless accusations, met with political advisers to discuss a path forward. Thomas Friedman is a columnist for The New York Times. He tells Anderson Cooper we have a President “who puts himself before country” and who is “trying to soil what is actually the greatest expression of our democracy.” Plus, Trump’s refusal to accept the election results has stalled the required steps to transition government to President-elect Biden. Bob Bauer is a Senior Adviser to the Biden Campaign. He joins AC360 and says the election will not be overturned.   Airdate: November 11, 2020   Guests: Thomas Friedman Bob Bauer To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 12, 2020
Biden: Trump’s actions are “an embarrassment”
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President-elect Joe Biden says he is “well underway” with his transition effort despite Pres. Trump refusing to accept the results of the election. Biden called Trump’s actions “an embarrassment” and that it “will not help the President’s legacy.” Bob Woodward is the author of “Rage” and spoke to Trump frequently on the phone and in person throughout the year. He joins AC360 to react to the President’s refusal to concede and says he is “obviously wounded.” Plus, Democrats have shifted their focus to Georgia where incumbent Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are both expected to miss the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff, pitting them against Democrat candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. Ossoff and Warnock need to win their runoffs to get Democrats the majority in the Senate. Jon Ossoff tells Anderson Cooper “Democrats in Georgia right now are invigorated like I’ve never seen.”   Airdate: November 10, 2020   Guests: Bob Woodward Jon Ossoff To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 11, 2020
Keeping them Honest: “This election is over”
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President-elect Joe Biden declared “this election is over.” Meanwhile, Attorney General Barr has told federal prosecutors to look into unsupported allegations of voting irregularities. CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, Republican election lawyer Benjamin L. Ginsberg and Senior Adviser to the Biden-Harris Transition team Jen Psaki weigh in. Also, the widow of Republican Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain, Cindy McCain, speaks out about the 2020 election results and aftermath. McCain is now a member of the bipartisan Biden-Harris transition advisory team. Plus, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Michael T. Osterholm, who was just named as a member of the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, weighs in on the surge in coronavirus cases in the U.S. and Pfizer announcing their Covid-19 vaccine shows that it’s more than 90% effective.   Airdate: November 9, 2020   Guests: Jim Acosta Benjamin L. Ginsberg  Jen Psaki Cindy McCain Dr. Sanjay Gupta Michael T. Osterholm   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 10, 2020
Biden and Trump hit battleground states on Election Day Eve
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Pres. Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are giving their final campaign pitches to voters in battleground states. Former President Barack Obama was out campaigning in Atlanta for his friend, Joe Biden. He told the crowd he hadn't originally planned to come to the state, but he was told Georgia "could be the place where we put this country back on track.” Stacey Abrams has been in Georgia politics since 2007 and is the former Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee. She tells Anderson Cooper the winner will be determined by turnout and she thinks Biden will turn Georgia blue. Plus, both candidates were in Pennsylvania on the last day before Election Day which shows just how much they both want and need to win the Keystone State. Trump tweeted that a Supreme Court decision about counting mail-in ballots after Election Day in the state will allow rampant and unchecked cheating. Kathy Boockvar is the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She joins AC360 to react to the President’s comments and says she wants to make sure every qualified voter has the right and opportunity to vote.   Airdate: November 2, 2020   Guests: Stacey Abrams Kathy Boockvar To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 03, 2020
Biden and Trump blitz battleground states with Election Day two days away
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With Election Day just two days away, both Pres. Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the campaign trail hard while encouraging people to get out and vote. More than 93 million ballots have already been cast. A source tells CNN the Trump campaign is prepared to declare victory even if many ballots haven’t been counted yet. The President says that’s not true. David Axelrod is a former Senior Adviser to President Obama and a CNN Senior Political Commentator. He tells Anderson Cooper why he’d much rather be Biden than Trump right now. Plus, internal documents show postal service officials are pushing workers “to get every ballot possible to officials” on Election Day. In Michigan, one of the battleground state, ballots must be arrive by 8pm on Election Day in order for them to count. Jocelyn Benson, the Michigan Secretary of State, joins AC360 and says she’s “confident we’re doing everything we can to ensure that every ballot does get in by the deadline.”   Airdate: November 1, 2020   Guests: David Axelrod Jocelyn Benson   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 02, 2020
Beto O'Rourke on final campaign stretch of Biden vs. Trump
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With only 3 days until the election, there’s new CNN polling from four battleground states. Already more than 91 million Americans have either voted in person or mailed-in their ballots. That's more than two-thirds of the entire votes cast in the 2016 presidential election. Former congressman and presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke joins Anderson to talk about the tight race in Texas.   Airdate: October 31, 2020 Guest: Beto O'Rourke To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nov 01, 2020
Thomas Friedman on his election concerns
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With only 4 days until the election and daily U.S. Covid-19 cases topping 90,000 for the first time, Pres. Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned in several key Midwest states.  New York Times Columnist and author Thomas Friedman shares his concerns for the election and America's future.  Airdate: October 30, 2020   Guest: Thomas L. Friedman To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 31, 2020
Sen. Elizabeth Warren's thoughts on the election
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With only 5 days until the election, former Democratic Presidential candidate and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren weighs in on the race for the White House and shares her thoughts on a federal appeals court ruling regarding Minnesota’s mailed ballots.   Airdate: October 29, 2020   Guest: Sen. Elizabeth Warren To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 30, 2020
Sen. Bernie Sanders on the election and new Woodward audio with Jared Kushner
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With 6 days to election day, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a former Democratic presidential candidate, talks to Anderson about the White House race and what he thinks about the latest CNN national poll. Also, legendary journalist Bob Woodward releases audio of his interviews with Pres. Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. In some of the taped interviews, Kushner described the political calculations the President made – instead of coming up with a federal plan to tackle the coronavirus.   Airdate: October 28, 2020   Guests:  Sen. Bernie Sanders Bob Woodward To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 29, 2020
Rep. Jim Clyburn reacts to WH claiming “ending the COVID-19 pandemic”
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The White House science office falsely claims “ending the Covid-19 pandemic” as one of the top accomplishments of the Trump administration's first term despite the fact new coronavirus cases in the U.S. are on the rise with some hospitals approaching maximum capacity. Congressman Jim Clyburn reacts to the White House claiming victory on the pandemic and weighs in on Joe Biden's chances of turning traditionally red states blue. Airdate: October 27, 2020   Guest:  Rep. Jim Clyburn To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 28, 2020
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Reacts to Trump's Attacks on Harris
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Pres. Trump's campaign speeches over the last few weeks have included some attacks against Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris, including one today when he mocked Harris during a rally in Pennsylvania and said, “She will not be the first woman president — you can’t let that happen.” It also seems he has gone out of his way to mispronounce her name.  Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee reacts to the president's tactics.     Airdate: October 26, 2020   Guest:  Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 27, 2020
New Covid-19 model: Wearing masks could save more than 100,000 lives through February
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An influential Covid-19 model suggests more than 100,00 lives could be saved if 95% of people wore masks. In September, only about 49% of Americans reported they “always” wear masks in public. If that continues, the modeling projects the U.S. death toll could reach about 1 million by the end of February. 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 tells Anderson Cooper the U.S. is “going to go into that nearly exponential growth in cases and deaths over the next few weeks and months.” Plus, Pres. Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, joins AC360 to react to her uncle’s debate performance and his dramatic shift in tone.   Airdate: October 23, 2020   Guests: Dr. Chris Murray Mary Trump   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 24, 2020
Feds: Russia and Iran have interfered with presidential election
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The Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced both Iran and Russia have obtained U.S. voter registration information in an effort to interfere in the 2020 presidential election. Andrew McCabe, former Deputy Director of the FBI and CNN Contributor, tells Anderson Cooper this is a threat so significant that it should be led by the President of the United States. Plus, former President Obama was out on the campaign trail for his friend and former Vice President, Joe Biden. He gave a blistering speech about Pres. Trump and argued he “hasn’t show any interest in doing the work or helping anybody but himself and his friends or treating the presidency like a reality show he can use to get attention.” Reggie Love is a former Special Assistant and Personal Aide to Pres. Obama. He joins AC360 to react to the former President’s speech and says he thinks it was based around the idea of wanting to remind people their voice matters.   Airdate: October 21, 2020   Guests: Andrew McCabe Reggie Love To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 22, 2020
Stimulus deal negotiations continue with Election Day two weeks away
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are in negotiations in hopes of reaching an agreement on a major relief package that could pass before Election Day. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have continued to cast doubt that a pre-Election Day deal will be reached. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer joins AC360 to discuss the status of the negotiations and says Sen. Mitch McConnell is the problem and doesn’t want to get a deal done. Plus, the former head of U.S. Special Operations Command, retired Navy Adm. William McRaven who oversaw the bin Laden raid, revealed he voted for Joe Biden and said he “will be a much, much better leader than Donald Trump.” He joins other high profile Republicans and retired military leaders who have thrown their support behind the former Vice President. Chuck Hagel is a former Republican Senator and Defense Secretary under President Obama who has also endorsed Biden. He tells Anderson Cooper “Biden is a uniter. He’s not a divider. He understands that you got to bring the country together.”   Airdate: October 20, 2020   Guests: Chuck Hagel Sen. Chuck Schumer   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 21, 2020
Pres. Trump: “People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots”
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Pres. Trump is attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert and White House Task Force Member, as the U.S. coronavirus death toll tops 220,000 and hospitalizations increasing more than 5% in 42 states. Trump claims “people are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots” and that Dr. Fauci is a “disaster.” Dr. Frieden is a former CDC Director. He joins AC360 to react to the President’s comments and says it’s not about agreeing or disagreeing with someone, it’s about whether you follow policies that’ll protect people. Plus, Election Day is just 15 days away and former President Obama is getting ready to hit the campaign trail for his friend Vice President Joe Biden. Valerie Jarrett is a former Senior Adviser to President Obama and she tells Anderson Cooper that President Obama is laser focused on making an affirmative case for why Joe Biden is the best person to become the President of the United States.   Airdate: October 19, 2020   Guests: Dr. Tom Frieden Valerie Jarrett   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 20, 2020
Rudy Giuliani’s daughter: Vote for Biden and Harris to “end the nightmare”
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Caroline Giuliani, the daughter of President Trump’s personal attorney and former New York City mayor, Rudy Giuliani, is urging voters to vote for former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris to end Trump’s “reign of terror.” Caroline Giuliani wrote in Vanity Fair “I may not be able to change my father's mind, but together, we can vote this toxic administration out of office.” She tells Anderson Cooper she thinks our country has been “in crisis for four years, if not more.” Plus, President Trump says the “light at the end of the tunnel is near” despite the Director of the National Institutes of Health saying Covid-19 deaths are likely to rise as hospitalizations jump. An influential model projects 389,000 deaths by February 1 with 2,200 people dying per day in January because of the winter surge. 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 explain why we aren’t “rounding the turn” like Trump claims and says “the worst is still to come.”   Airdate: October 16, 2020   Guests: Caroline Rose Giuliani Dr. Chris Murray To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 17, 2020
Chris Christie: “I was wrong to not wear a mask” at the White House
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Chris Christie spent seven days in the ICU after testing positive for Covid-19. Christie helped President Trump prepare for the first 2020 Presidential debate and says he was “wrong to not wear a mask” and urged people to take the virus “very seriously.” Meanwhile, President Trump is falsely claiming the CDC says 85 percent of people wearing masks “catch” the virus. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman tells Anderson Cooper that President Trump is a small man in a big time. Plus, more than 17 million people have already voted with Election Day still 19 days away. There have been hours-long lines in several states, voter registration glitches in Virginia and disputes over mail-in-voting drop-boxes in Texas and California. Jena Griswold is the Colorado Secretary of State where since 2013 every registered voter is mailed a ballot that they can either put back in the mail or place in a designated drop-box. She joins AC360 to discuss her concerns about what’s going on in other states and says “despite the roadblocks that are being put up, Americans are showing up in record numbers” and it’s a “great thing for our democracy.”   Airdate: October 15, 2020   Guests: Tom Friedman Jena Griswold To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 16, 2020
William Haseltine: “Herd immunity is another word for mass murder”
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In an open letter signed by 80 scientists from around the world, they claim the idea of herd immunity is a “dangerous idea” that could lead to unnecessary deaths and economic turmoil while President Trump continues to hold large rallies with little mask-wearing and no social distancing. William Haseltine, Chair and President of ACCESS Health International, said he is “extremely concerned that the President is being advised by people who speak of herd immunity” and said it is “another word for mass murder.” Dr. Richard Besser is the former Acting Director of the CDC. He tells Anderson Cooper if “people all were to wear masks, we’d have a lot more economic activity than we currently have.” Plus, according to the Washington Post, a Trump-hyped investigation into whether Obama-era officials improperly requested names redacted in U.S. intelligence documents or “unmasking” has concluded without any charges. John Brennan and James Clapper both worked for the Obama administration, Brennan as CIA Director and Clapper as the Director of National Intelligence. They join AC360 to react to the conclusion of the investigation and Brennan says it was clearly a “politically motivated probe.”   Airdate: October 14, 2020   Guests: Dr. Richard Besser John Brennan Lt. Gen. James Clapper (Ret.) To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 15, 2020
Democrats grill Judge Amy Coney Barrett on abortion, health care and the election
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For a second day, Judge Amy Coney Barrett took questions from Senate Judiciary Committee members on Capitol Hill on topics ranging from the Affordable Care Act to Roe v. Wade and legalization of same-sex marriage. Judge Barrett declined to give answers on how she would rule on those matters after repeated questions from Democrats. Senator Amy Klobuchar was one of those Democrats questioning Judge Barrett. She tells Anderson Cooper Judge Barrett’s record is the polar opposite of what Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for her whole life. Plus, New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has seen the extreme rise and fall of Covid-19 cases in his state. New York was the first epicenter of the virus where more than 33,000 people have died. Governor Cuomo joins AC360 to discuss the status of the recent flare ups in New York City and reacts to President Trump’s mask-less campaign rallies.   Airdate: October 13, 2020   Guests: Gov. Andrew Cuomo Sen. Amy Klobuchar   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 14, 2020
Pres. Trump campaigns in Florida as cases rise nationally
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President Trump had his first campaign rally, without a mask, since testing positive for Covid-19. He told the Florida crowd he feels “powerful” and would “kiss everyone.” Those comments come as cases across the country are rising and U.S. deaths near 215,000. Dr. Anthony Fauci, a White House Coronavirus Task Force Member, says holding political rallies is “asking for trouble.” Dr. Aileen Marty is an Infectious Disease Expert at Florida Atlantic University and she tells Anderson Cooper events like the Trump rally will cause more cases and the messaging is “completely wrong.” Plus, Tony Green supports President Trump and thought the coronavirus was a hoax until he had a family gathering at his house in June and all six people, including him, tested positive for Covid-19. It continued to spread and 14 family members ended up getting sick and two eventually died. He joins AC360 to describe the guilt he has for pushing the family to get together.   Airdate: October 12, 2020   Guests: Dr. Aileen Marty Tony Green To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 13, 2020
Trump plans to hold in-person White House event
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President Trump plans to hold an in-person event at the White House with thousands invited just a little more than a week after revealing on Twitter he had tested positive for Covid-19 and was hospitalized for symptoms. He’s also planned a rally in Florida just a few days later despite the obvious risk of the virus spreading. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent and he tells AC360 the mass gathering at the White House, which falls exactly two weeks after the event Dr. Anthony Fauci called a super spreader event, is reckless and a terrible idea. Plus, Hurricane Delta made landfall near Creole, Louisiana as a Category 2 storm with winds near 100 mph. Delta is the fourth major storm to hit Louisiana this year. Tom Sater, an AMS and CNN Meteorologist joins AC360 to give an update on the path of the storm and the expected storm surge.   Airdate: October 9, 2020   Guests: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Tom Sater To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 10, 2020
13 charged in plot to kidnap Michigan governor and overthrow several state governments
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Thirteen people have been charged in an alleged domestic terrorist plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and overthrow several state governments that the suspects "believe are violating the U.S. Constitution,” according to a federal criminal complaint. Six people were charged federally with conspiracy to kidnap and Dana Nessel, the Attorney General of Michigan, announced state charges against the other seven associated with the group, “Wolverine Watchmen.” She tells Anderson Cooper groups like this one aren’t just a Michigan problem but an American problem. Plus, a new projection by the CDC predicts there could up to 230,000 deaths in the U.S. by the end of November. Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, joins AC360 to discuss how concerned he is with cases rising across the country as the weather gets colder and flu season ramps up.   Airdate: October 8, 2020   Guests: Dana Nessel Bill Gates To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 09, 2020
White House aide Stephen Miller tests positive for Covid-19
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Stephen Miller, a top aide to President Trump, has tested positive for Covid-19. At least 11 people, including President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, have tested positive for the virus inside the White House. John Podesta was Chief of Staff for President Clinton and he tells Anderson Cooper the most damning thing for the American people is the President’s tweet to not be afraid of the coronavirus and it’s no worse than the flu. Plus, former First Lady Michelle Obama released her closing campaign message, calling out the President’s actions and urging voters to vote for Joe Biden like “your lives depend on it.” Both David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett worked in the Obama White House. They join AC360 to react to the former First Lady’s pitch to voters and discuss whether or not they think her message will get people to the polls in November.   Airdate: October 6, 2020   Guests: John Podesta David Axelrod Valerie Jarrett To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 07, 2020
Pres. Trump leaves Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and returns to White House
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President Trump returned to the White House after being treated for coronavirus symptoms at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. His return to the White House comes as more of his aides test positive and his doctors warn he isn’t “out of the woods yet.” Dr. Thomas Frieden, former CDC Director, tells Anderson Cooper “anyone who underestimates this virus is putting themselves at risk. They’re putting their family at risk and they’re putting those for whom they have responsibility at risk.” Plus, shortly after Trump returned to the White House he tweeted a video about coronavirus saying “Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it.” Katie Coelho lost her husband, Jonathan, to Covid-19 back in April. Katie was left to raise their two small children by herself. She joins AC360 to react to the President’s comments and says he’s weak and asks “what does he have to lose to show sympathy?”   Airdate: October 5, 2020   Guests: Dr. Thomas Frieden Katie Coelho To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 06, 2020
President Trump: “I think I’ll be back soon”
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In a video posted to his social media accounts, President Trump says he “thinks I’ll be back soon.” His doctor told reporters "the President is doing very well.” But a source identified as White House chief of staff Mark Meadows by the New York Times and Associated Press told reporters, “the President’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical.”   Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent joins AC360 to react to the conflicting reports about the timeline of when the President actually found out he tested positive for Covid-19. Plus, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie checked himself into the hospital as a precaution after testing positive for coronavirus. Christie helped with President Trump’s debate prep and sat next to him and others who also tested positive. Dana Bash, CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent tells Anderson Cooper the people who were around those who tested positive didn’t have a chance to protect themselves and their families early on because the White House hasn’t been forthcoming.   Airdate: October 3, 2020   Guests: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Dana Bash To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 04, 2020
Pres. Trump hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center after testing positive for Covid-19
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President Trump took Marine One to Walter Reed Medical Center to stay “for at least a few days” after testing positive for Covid-19. In a short video tweeted out, Trump said, “I think I’m doing very well” and he’s going “to make sure that things work out.” The President was said to be spooked after he announced he tested positive, and has become increasingly alarmed by his diagnosis as he developed symptoms like a fever overnight, according to a person familiar with his reaction. Dr. Celine Gounder is an Infectious Disease Specialist and Epidemiologist, as well as a CNN Medical Analyst. She joins AC360 to react to President Trump’s hospitalization and says it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when Trump was infected because daily testing may not actually be happening at the White House which makes it hard to contact trace. Plus, President Trump being hospitalized for coronavirus is the most serious health threat to a sitting President since Ronald Reagan was shot in 1981. CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen was working in the Reagan White House at the time. He tells Anderson Cooper that experience taught him a lot of things, including how important it is for the government to be straightforward and truthful so the American people know the full story. .   Airdate: October 2, 2020   Guests: David Gergen Dr. Celine Gounder To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 03, 2020
DHS unlikely to meet its deadline to release threat assessment, draft flagged White supremacist threat
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The Department of Homeland Security is unlikely to meet its deadline to release its homeland threat assessment. All three drafts said that among domestic extremists, White supremacists will be the most “persistent and lethal threat” in the U.S. through 2021. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany deflected when she was asked why the President won’t fully denounce White supremacy, instead pointing to Trump’s prior comments and even blamed the media for popularizing the far-right group known as the Proud Boys, who Trump told to “stand back and standby” at the first 2020 Presidential debate. Elizabeth Neumann, Former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, worked to develop policies, laws and programs to help prevent domestic terrorism. She joins AC360 to explain why she says what Trump is doing is treasonous. Plus, a former close friend and adviser to Melania Trump shares phone recordings between her and the First Lady with AC360. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff’s role in the East Wing was terminated in 2018 after an investigation revealed her firm was paid nearly $26 million to put together President Trump’s inauguration. She says all but $1.6 million was paid to subcontractors and vendor. She tells Anderson Cooper “the Trump administration along with the Presidential Inauguration Committee tandemly created a narrative I wouldn’t follow and I needed to be the scapegoat with.”   Airdate: October 1, 2020   Guests: Elizabeth Neumann Stephanie Winston Wolkoff   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 02, 2020
Trump claims he doesn’t know Proud Boys after name-checking them at the debate
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President Trump says he doesn’t know the far-right group, Proud Boys, a day after he told them to “stand back and stand by” and refusing to condemn white supremacy at the first 2020 Presidential debate. Susan Bro lost her daughter, Heather Heyer, three years ago when a self-professed neo-Nazi plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia at the “Unite the Right” rally. Trump said back then there were “very fine people on both sides.” She tells Anderson Cooper she gasped when she heard what the President said at the debate but wasn’t surprised by Trump’s comments. Plus, Susan Rice, a former Ambassador to the United Nations and President Obama's former National Security Adviser, joins AC360 to react to the debate and says, “we have a racist-in-chief in the White House.”   Airdate: September 30, 2020   Guests: Susan Bro Susan Rice To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Oct 01, 2020