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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
First 2020 presidential debate preview
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On the eve of the first 2020 presidential debate, how are Pres. Trump and former Vice President Biden preparing and what do we know of how the debate will go? Anderson speaks with someone who has knowledge of how one would prepare to debate Pres. Trump, former Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta.   Airdate: September 28, 2020 Guests:  Arlette Saenz John Podesta To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 29, 2020
NY Times: Trump paid no income taxes in 10 out of 15 years beginning in 2000
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Tax return data obtained by The New York Times shows Donald Trump reported he was losing significantly more money than he made and has paid no income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years beginning in 2000. President Trump claimed the report is “fake news” and said he pays “a lot” in federal income taxes. Tim O’Brien, Senior Columnist at Bloomberg Opinion and a Trump Biographer, joins AC360 and says “the taxes show that he’s an abysmally bad businessman and deal maker but someone who’s not shy at all about bending the tax code to the point that the IRS is now auditing him.” Plus, with the first 2020 presidential debate days away, John Kasich, former Republican Ohio Governor and 2016 Presidential Candidate, who debated Trump, tells Anderson Cooper you can’t go into the gutter and “start throwing mud” because you’ll lose.   Airdate: September 27, 2020   Guests: Tim O’Brien John Kasich To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 28, 2020
Attorney for Breonna Taylor’s family on seeking grand jury transcripts
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On a third night of protests in Louisville, Kentucky, Lonita Baker, an attorney for Breonna Taylor's family joins Anderson to discuss the family’s reaction to no officer being directly charged in the shooting death.  She also shares the family's message to protestors and why they are seeking the grand jury’s transcripts.   Airdate: September 25, 2020 Guest:  Lonita Baker To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 26, 2020
Attorney for Breonna Taylor’s family reacts to grand jury’s decision
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The attorney for Breonna Taylor's family, Benjamin Crump, joins Anderson to discuss the family's reaction to a grand jury’s decision to charge one officer with “wanton endangerment.” But that officer and the two others involved in the case do not face any charges related to Taylor’s death.   Airdate: September 24, 2020 Guest:  Benjamin Crump To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 25, 2020
Reaction to grand jury’s decision on Breonna Taylor’s death
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Protesters took to the streets in Louisville and other cities after no police officers were directly charged in the death of Breonna Taylor. The 26-year-old emergency room technician was killed in a botched police raid back in March. The former detective who was charged today is accused of "wanton endangerment" for allegedly firing blindly through a door and window, with bullets entering an adjacent apartment. He has already posted bond and been released from jail. Anderson spoke with Congresswoman Karen Bass, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, to get her reaction to the grand jury’s decision.   Airdate: September 23, 2020   Guest:  Rep. Karen Bass To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 24, 2020
Remembering Adeline Fagan, 28-year-old coronavirus victim
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Doctor Adeline Fagan was just 28 years old. She was in her second year of an OB/GYN residency at a hospital in Houston, where she also worked the front lines caring for Covid-19 patients. In July, she tested positive for the virus. By August, she was on a ventilator. Last week, she seemed to be turning a corner. Then, on Friday night, she developed bleeding in her brain and died early Saturday with her parents by her side. Her parents, Brant and Mary Jane Fagan, joined Anderson to remember their daughter.   Airdate: September 22, 2020   Guests: Brant Fagan Mary Anne Fagan   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 23, 2020
Nearly 200,000 Americans killed by Coronavirus
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Dr. Rebecca Shadowen was a specialist in infectious diseases and healthcare epidemiology in Bowling Green, Kentucky. As a frontline doctor, she helped establish a coronavirus unit for her local hospital. She was also instrumental in assisting her local government deal with the disease when she was diagnosed with it back in May. She died on September 11th. Anderson spoke with her family. Airdate: September 21, 2020 Guests: Dr. David Shadowen Kathryn Shadowen Jesse Shadowen   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 22, 2020
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer at 87. She was appointed by Bill Clinton in 1993 and has served as the most senior member of the court’s liberal wing. Betsy West, director of the documentary "RBG,” joins AC360 to discuss the life and legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.   Airdate: September 18, 2020   Guest: Betsy West To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 19, 2020
Trump: Redfield was "confused" and "made a mistake" on vaccine distribution timeline
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CDC Director Robert Redfield told a Senate Committee he thinks a Covid-19 vaccine won’t be available to the American public until the late second quarter or third quarter of 2021. When asked about Redfield’s comments, President Trump said he was “confused” and “made a mistake” and then went on to claim a vaccine could be ready by October. The CDC later said Redfield misunderstood the questions during the hearing and his 2021 vaccine comment was when all Americans would be vaccinated. Dr. Eric Topol, Executive Vice President at Scripps Research, tells Anderson Cooper he believes Dr. Redfield was telling the truth and “it’s like a circus act in the midst of an important pandemic.” Plus, Michael Caputo, the top spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, who claimed, without evidence, the CDC has a “resistance unit” to work against the President, announced he’s taking a two-month "medical leave of absence” following his apology for the conspiracy-laden rant. Anthony Scaramucci, former White House Communications Director joins AC360 to react to Caputo’s comments and says when it’s corrupt at the top, it spills over into everybody.   Airdate: September 16, 2020   Guests: Dr. Eric Topol Anthony Scaramucci To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 17, 2020
Bob Woodward: “Trump is the wrong man for the job”
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Bob Woodward interviewed President Trump 18 times for his new book “Rage.” Trump talked to Woodward about a wide variety of topics from his handling of Covid-19 saying “nothing more could have been done” to meeting with the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, saying “what do we have to lose?” Bob Woodward joins AC360 to explain why after all his interviews with Trump and others in his administration, he thinks “Trump is the wrong man for the job.”   Airdate: September 15, 2020   Guest: Bob Woodward To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 16, 2020
Trump: “This thing is a killer if it gets you”
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When speaking to Bob Woodward back in April when nearly 30,000 Americans had already died from Covid-19, President Trump admitted that the virus “is a killer if it gets you. If you’re the wrong person, you don’t have a chance.” Meanwhile, he was telling the public the country needs to reopen and the return of live sports. Carl Bernstein, journalist, author and CNN Political Analyst, joins AC360 to react to the President’s comments and says “we’re witnessing a homicidal president.” Plus, a top spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services claimed, without evidence, the Center for Disease Control has a “resistance unit” to work against Trump. Michael Caputo, a defender of the President, made these claims after sources told CNN he and his team demanded to see weekly CDC documents before they were released. Dr. Tom Frieden, former Director at the CDC, tells Anderson Cooper the virus responds to “science-driven action” and what we’re seeing is “an attempt to meddle with science.”   Airdate: September 14, 2020   Guests:  Carl Bernstein Dr. Tom Frieden To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 15, 2020
New Covid-19 projection: 415,000 deaths by January 1
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New Covid-19 projection: 415,000 deaths by January 1 As the U.S. Covid-19 death toll nears 200,000, an influential model projects nearly 415,000 deaths by January 1. That number decreases to around 298,000 if there is 95% universal mask wearing. Right now mask use is slipping below 45%. 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 how important mask wearing is and predicts the U.S. will see a “deadly December.” Plus, in August after NBA players boycotted their playoff games following the shooting of Jacob Blake, the Black man who was shot seven times in the back by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Kenny Smith, former NBA champion and Analyst for Inside the NBA on TNT, walked off the set saying “as a black man, as a former player, I think it's best for me to support the players and just not be here tonight.” He tells Anderson Cooper sometimes you need to talk about the march but other times you need to join the march and he said he thought it was a “join the march moment.” Airdate: September 11, 2020 Guests: Dr. Chris Murray Kenny Smith To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 12, 2020
New book reveals Trump knew in early February that Covid-19 was dangerous, highly contagious, and "deadly"
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Bob Woodward’s new book, “Rage,” reveals President Trump admitted in early February he knew just how dangerous, highly contagious, and "deadly" the coronavirus was weeks before there was the first confirmed case in the United States. Then in March, Trump told Woodward “I wanted to always play it down” yet the White House is saying “the President never downplayed the virus.” Dr. Craig Spencer is the Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and has been on the frontlines of this deadly virus in New York City for months. He joins AC360 to react to Trump’s comments and says “I’m furious because many of those deaths didn’t need to happen if we took the right steps early on and got prepared like we needed to and the President clearly knew we needed to.”  Woodward’s book also claims an aide to former Defense Secretary James Mattis heard the President say in a meeting "my f---ing generals are a bunch of p***ies" because they cared more about alliances than trade deals. Retired Lt. Gen. James Clapper served as Director of National Intelligence under President Obama and is a CNN National Security Analyst. He tells Anderson Cooper these comments are “just more stunning reinforcement of the President’s real distain for the military.” Airdate: September 9, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 10, 2020
Three Trump advisers: Atlantic story losing punch unless sources go public with allegations
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President Trump is back on the campaign trail days after the bombshell Atlantic report claiming he disparaged the military. In several conversations since the story was published, Trump has adamantly denied the comments and bragged about what he’s done for the military. Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth, a U.S. Army veteran who lost both her legs while serving in Iraq, joins AC360 to react to the President’s alleged comments. She says if you set aside the article that nobody disbelieves because it’s very consistent with who Donald Trump is, “he’s done a number of other things that are very consistent that shows that he is not fit to be Commander-in-Chief.” Plus, nine vaccine makers have signed a joint safety pledge in the race for a Covid-19 vaccine. The pledge says they will uphold “high ethical standard,” suggesting they won’t seek premature government approval. President Trump has frequently pushed for a fast vaccine timeline, even hinting there would be one before Election Day. William Haseltine, Chair and President of ACCESS Health International, tells Anderson Cooper “a rush to a vaccine without due caution is a very dangerous thing.” Airdate: September 8, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 09, 2020
Trump says report that he called U.S. service members who died in war “losers” and “suckers” is a hoax
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President Trump forcefully denied a report in The Atlantic magazine that claimed he disparaged U.S. service members killed in battle. The report also alleges that Trump chose to skip a ceremony honoring veterans and said “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.” Trump said the allegations are a hoax and nobody feels more strongly about our soldiers and veterans than he does. CNN has not been able to independently confirm The Atlantic’s report. Maj. General Paul Eaton joins AC360 to react to the report and says this President doesn’t understand the nature of respect and says he has to go. Plus, an influential Covid-19 model says there will be 410,000 coronavirus deaths in the next four months if mask use wanes despite President Trump saying we’re “rounding the corner.” William Haseltine, Chair and President of ACCESS Health International joins AC360 to react to the latest projections.    Airdate: September 4, 2020   Guests: Maj. General Paul Eaton (Ret.) William Haseltine To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 05, 2020
Jacob Blake tells Joe Biden he’s not going to give up and nothing is going to defeat him
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Joe Biden traveled to Wisconsin to speak with Jacob Blake’s family and community leaders in Kenosha. Biden also spoke with Jacob Blake, the Black Wisconsin man who was shot seven times in the back by a police officer, about faith and Blake’s determination to not give up. Benjamin Crump, the Blake family attorney, joins AC360 to discuss how the family’s visit with Biden went and says “the meeting was hopeful, spiritual and at times very substantive.” Plus, seven Rochester police officers have been suspended over the death of Daniel Prude back in March. Prude, a Black man, died after he was pinned to the ground on his stomach. Video released shows officers covering the man’s head with a “spit sock” and holding him on the ground before he stopped breathing. Charles Ramsey, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner, walks AC360 through the disturbing video    Airdate: September 3, 2020   Guests: Benjamin Crump Charles Ramsey To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 04, 2020
CDC tells states to get ready for vaccines as soon as late October
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has told states across the country to prepare for a possible Covid-19 vaccine as soon as late October. Robert Redfield, the Director of the CDC, says his agency is preparing for one or more coronavirus vaccines to be ready by the end of the year. Saskia Popescu is an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist and she tells AC360 this is “extremely concerning” and “very premature.” Plus, President Trump claimed there was a flight to Washington that was “almost completely loaded with thugs wearing these dark uniforms” set on causing destruction in the streets during the Republican National Convention. Attorney General William Barr said authorities were tracking people who had flown from city to city to stir up violence but said Trump was speaking “in general terms.” Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu is one of two House Democrats who sent a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray asking if the FBI has been tasked with investigating the theory. He joins AC360 and says Barr was once again “making stuff up” because the President was very specific about the details.    Airdate: September 2, 2020   Guests:  Saskia Popescu Rep. Ted Lieu To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 03, 2020
Trump doesn’t address systematic racism during Kenosha visit
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At a roundtable event during President Trump’s visit to Kenosha, he neither addressed systematic racism nor met with Jacob Blake’s family, the Black man who was shot seven times by a police officer in Kenosha. The only two Black people in attendance were two pastors for Jacob Blake’s mother. They were asked whether they believe police violence was a systematic issue and the President interjected saying, “I don't believe that. I think the police do an incredible job and I think you do have some bad apples." Justin Blake, Jacob Blake’s uncle, joins AC360 to react to the President’s comments and says “he’s a lying president—racial things he said invoked and empowered police officers all over the country to reign down hate upon African Americans.” Plus, a National Institutes of Health panel says there’s no evidence backing the use of convalescent plasma to treat Covid-19 despite the FDA issuing an emergency use authorization just a week prior and the President declaring it a historic breakthrough. Dr. Eric Topol, Executive Vice President at Scripps Research, disagreed with Trump and the FDA. He wrote a letter to Dr. Stephen Hahn, the FDA Commissioner, telling him he should either tell the truth or resign. He tells AC360 he doesn’t expect Dr. Hahn to hold a press conference and tell the truth. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 02, 2020
Trump refuses to denounce violent actions by right-wing agitators
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President Trump refused to denounce the actions of his supporters in Portland and Wisconsin. Trump also said Kyle Rittenhouse, who is facing homicide charges as well as a felony charge for attempted homicide, “probably would have been killed” had he not fatally shot two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The President warned Americans that the violence they’re seeing in cities right now is what a Biden presidency would be like. Van Jones, former Special Adviser to President Obama and a CNN Political Commentator, tells Anderson Cooper Trump loves to act like the tough guy but he often is whining and complaining.  Plus, Trump also went into a lengthy defense apparently aimed at police officers who he says “choke” and went on to say, “We don’t want to have, when somebody makes a mistake, he chokes, or in some cases you have bad cops, we have to take care of that. In other cases they choke. They’re under – they have a quarter of a second. A quarter of a second to make a decision, and sometimes they make the wrong decision. If they make the wrong decision you know if they make the wrong decision in the other direction they’re probably dead.” Charles Ramsey, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner joins AC360 to react to the President’s comments and says he thinks it’s a “slap in the face to the men and women across the country who face danger every single day and believe me, they do not choke.” Airdate: August 31, 2020   Guests: Van Jones Charles Ramsey To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Sep 01, 2020
Jacob Blake's father: "We're not taking it anymore, I ask everyone to stand up"
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Jacob Blake, a Black Wisconsin resident who was shot seven times in the back by a White police officer who tried to detain him in Kenosha, is no longer handcuffed to his hospital bed after a warrant for his arrest was vacated. Blake is paralyzed from the waist down and family members said seeing him shackled to the hospital bed was heartbreaking. Jacob Blake Sr. was in Washington, D.C. for the March on Washington and told the crowd, “And we're not taking it anymore, I ask everyone to stand up. No justice, no peace!" He joins AC360 to give an update on his son and says his son asked him why he was shot so many times. Plus, Mary Trump, President Trump’s niece, has new audio recordings of her aunt Maryanne Trump Barry, President Trump’s sister, talking about her brother and his family. She tells Anderson Cooper the reason she secretly recorded these conversations was to protect herself and she understands “how this family operates and you need to bring receipts.”    Airdate: August 28, 2020   Guests:  Jacob Blake Sr. Mary Trump   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 29, 2020
FDA authorizes Covid-19 treatment
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the emergency use of convalescent plasma to help treat patients with Covid-19 saying the “known and potential benefits of the product outweigh the known and potential risks of the product.” President Trump claimed “political reasons” held up this treatment after he accused members of the FDA of being part of the “deep state.” William Haseltine, Chair and President of ACCESS Health International, tells Anderson Cooper “the data does not support the approval of this drug” and it’s “a very modest improvement for people who take it very early, if it’s an improvement at all.” Plus, the Republican National Convention is set begin and details are beginning to emerge about the schedule and speakers for the 4-day event. President Trump is expected to make an appearance every night of the RNC. One of his appearances will be with a group of doctors, nurses and EMTs who have been on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis. Former Republican Senator Rick Santorum joins AC360 and says he thinks there will be a lot of comparisons about Joe Biden and President Barack Obama’s handling of the H1N1 virus and admits he thinks the President “rhetorically has handled the Covid-19 crisis horribly.” Airdate: August 23, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 24, 2020
Covid-19 model projects 310,000 U.S. deaths by December
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President Trump says his administration is delivering “one victory after another” as more than 175,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus. A key model now projects 310,000 Covid-19 related deaths by December but nearly 70,000 lives could be saved if people wear masks consistently. 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 in order to help save almost 70,000 Americans, political leaders, business leaders and community leaders need to take charge and put mask mandates with “some teeth” in place. Plus, Steven Bannon is calling his arrest a “political hit job.” The former White House Chief Strategist was arrested on federal charges of fraud tied to a fundraising campaign allegedly trying to help Trump’s border wall. Anthony Scaramucci briefly worked alongside Bannon in the White House and it was pretty well-known the two didn’t get along. He joins AC360 to react to Bannon’s arrest and says he’s “just not a good guy.” Airdate: August 21, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 22, 2020
Democrats prepare for Democratic National Convention
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Democrats are getting ready for Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris to officially accept their nominations in an unconventional Democratic National Convention. Former First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders and Governor Andrew Cuomo are just a few of the many noteworthy Democratic figures giving speeches during the 4-day event. Congressman James Clyburn from South Carolina is also scheduled to speak. He endorsed Biden right before the South Carolina primary which arguably helped propel the former Vice President to a huge win in the state and gain the momentum he needed to rally Democrats to win the nomination. He tells Anderson Cooper why he wanted to put his support behind Biden. Plus, David Axelrod, a former Senior Adviser to President Obama and CNN Senior Political Commentator, joins AC360 to discuss what the Democrats have to do to get their party excited and says “conventions are important even when they’re unconventional like this one.” Airdate: August 16, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 17, 2020
Postal service IG reviewing Postmaster General’s policy changes and potential ethics conflicts
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The Postal Service Inspector General is reviewing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s controversial policy changes and his compliance with federal ethics rules. DeJoy made some disruptive changes like eliminating overtime and slowing some mail delivery. Democrats are accusing DeJoy of trying to disrupt mail-in-voting in the November election, which he has denied. President Trump has also said he’s holding up funding for the USPS because he doesn’t want to see it used for mail-in-voting. Jena Griswold is the Secretary State of Colorado and is in charge of overseeing the state’s elections. She joins AC360 to react to the Postal Service IG review and says Trump is “trying to undermine the safest way to vote during a pandemic and enforce Americans to choose between risking their lives and casting a ballot.” Plus, President Trump was asked if he had an issue with a strong woman of color being in the presidential race. His answer: “No. None whatsoever, as you now.” Despite his answer, the President has given the opposite impression when he’s interacted with strong women of color. Democratic Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta is a Biden supporter and she tells Anderson Cooper this President is a “disgrace to our country and it’s only getting worse.”   Airdate: August 14, 2020   Guests: Jena Griswold Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 15, 2020
Pres. Trump doesn’t refute false birthday theory about Sen. Kamala Harris
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During a press briefing President Trump refused to refute a false birther story about Senator Kamala Harris saying he “will take a look.” Harris was born in California and is the first Black and South Asian American woman to run on a major party’s presidential ticket. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee joins AC360 to react to the President’s comments and says, “It’s wrong. It’s not true. She’s an American citizen.” Plus, collegiate and professional sports organizations are trying to navigate how to play safely during the coronavirus pandemic. Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, says there will be fans in the stands when his team takes the field next month. Damien Williams is a running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, the defending Super Bowl Champions. He has opted out of the season because his mother has cancer and he’s concerned he might expose her to the virus if he plays. He tells Anderson Cooper he just wants to spend time with his mom and be there for her. Airdate: August 13, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 14, 2020
Biden and Harris appear together for first time as running mates
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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris made their first public appearance a day after Biden chose the California Democrat to be his running mate. In Harris’s speech, she went after President Trump criticizing his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic saying the U.S. leads the world with five millionCovid-19 cases “because of Trump’s failure to take it seriously from the start.” Congresswoman Karen Bass, also a Democrat from California, is the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. She joins AC360 to discuss how excited she is for Senator Harris and hopes that excitement will be felt throughout the country. Plus, the White House released new safety recommendations for schools which encourages mask use but doesn’t require it. Dr. Tom Frieden is the former Director of the CDC, and he tells Anderson Cooper any community can open schools but only a community that does these two things can keep them open: control Covid-19 so it’s not spreading and adapt in the schools.   Airdate: August 12, 2020   Guests:  Rep. Karen Bass Dr. Tom Frieden To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 13, 2020
Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate
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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden made history by picking California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. Harris will be the first Black and South Asian American woman to run on a major party’s presidential ticket. “I've decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021,” Biden said.  Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee and Eleanor Holmes Norton join AC360 to reflect on the historic day and explain why they think Harris was the best choice. Plus, Vladimir Putin says Russia approved the “world’s first” Covid-19 vaccine. Kirill Dmitriev is the CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which is financing the vaccine research. He tells Anderson Cooper safety and efficiency is at the core of the vaccine and they’ve already received 1 billion preorders but they haven’t entered phase three trials yet. Airdate: August 11, 2020 Guests: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton Kirill Dmitriev   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 12, 2020
Pres. Trump continues to falsely claim children have immunity to Covid-19
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A new report says there’s been a 90% increase in the number of Covid-19 cases among children in the U.S. in just the last four weeks. President Trump says he thinks children are immune for the most part and “they don’t catch it easily.” Dr. Sean O’Leary is the Vice Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases, which helped produce the report. He tells Anderson Cooper it’s not fair to say the deadly virus is completely benign in children. Plus, leaders from college football’s “Power Five” conferences are reportedly discussing the possibility of postponing the upcoming season that’s slated to start in a few weeks because of coronavirus concerns. Bob Costas, Hall of Fame broadcaster and CNN Contributor, joins AC360 to discuss the future of college football and how it could affect both athletes and fans. Airdate: August 10, 2020 Guests:  Dr. Sean O’Leary Bob Costas To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 11, 2020
President Trump continues to claim the virus will “go away”
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As the U.S coronavirus death toll tops 161,000, President Trump lays out potential executive actions if Congress doesn't reach agreement on a Covid-19 relief package. Also, an emotional plea from a teacher to her state's governor. Ellen Gurrola says "I'm a teacher and I'm scared." She talks with Anderson about her concerns and what the Minnesota Governor told her. Plus, a 8 year-old-boy is being called the “miracle” survivor. Jorden Hutchins suffered from multi-system inflammatory syndrome. He was put on a ventilator, then his kidneys stopped working and he was on dialysis. And that's not all, he also had two strokes that caused some paralysis and heart surgery.  He and his mom talk with Anderson Cooper about what they wish parents know about the disease.   Airdate: August 7, 2020   Guests: Ellen Gurrola Jorden and  Beverly Hutchins To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 08, 2020
President Trump continues to claim the virus will “go away”
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As nearly 158,000 Americans have died from coronavirus, President Trump continues to suggest the virus will “go away.” But, White House Task Force Member Dr. Anthony Fauci says “I don’t think we’re going to eradicate this from the planet.” Dr. Richard Besser, the former Acting CDC Director under President Obama, joins AC360 to react to President Trump’s comments and says if there’s not leadership from the top at the federal level as we start to reopen schools, we’re going to see disease spread in out of control ways. Plus, a 29-year-old man is being called the “miracle” survivor. 29-year-old Chris Rogan spent 132 days in the hospital battling Covid-19. Doctors didn’t expect him to make it but he defied the odds and beat the virus. He tells Anderson Cooper he wishes people would take the virus seriously and he never thought he’d get this sick. Airdate: August 5, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 06, 2020
Trump on Covid-19 death toll: “It is what it is”
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With more than 156,000 Americans dead from the coronavirus, President Trump says the death toll “is what it is.” David Hart lost his husband, Dr. Joseph Costa, to the deadly virus. They were married for 28 years and Dr. Costa had been on the frontlines fighting Covid-19 before it took his life. Hart joins AC360 to share memories of his late husband and says he’s blessed for every second he was able to be with Joe. Plus, after weeks of attacking mail-in-voting, President Trump is now encouraging voters in Florida to vote by mail saying their election system is “safe and secure.” Just a day earlier, Trump threatened to sue Nevada after the state approved a plan to mail ballots to all registered voters. In a tweet, the President accused Nevada Democrats of orchestrating an “illegal late night coup” that makes it impossible for Republicans to win the swing state. Democratic Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak tells Anderson Cooper his priority is making sure voters “have every legitimate legal option to vote.”  Airdate: August 4, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 05, 2020
Pres. Trump publicly criticizes WH Task Force Coordinator Dr. Birx
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President Trump criticized White House Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx in a tweet after she said the pandemic is “extraordinary widespread” in the U.S. Trump said he thinks “we’re doing very well.” California was one of the first states to shut down and was relatively successful at containing the virus but since the state re-opened, it has overtaken New York for the most Covid-19 cases. Dr. Desmond Carson is an Emergency Medicine Physician in California and he tells Anderson Cooper “people are selfish and self-centered. Just wear a mask. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing.” Plus, Georgia’s largest school district has reported around 260 employees have either tested positive for coronavirus or have been exposed. Many parents are grappling with the decision whether or not to send their children back to school. Becky Stone, Director of Schools for Alcoa City Schools, in Tennessee and Brian Woods, Superintendent of Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas join AC360 to discuss the difficulties they’re facing and what they’re doing to keep the students and staff as safe as possible.  Airdate: August 3, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 04, 2020
Trump: “I think we’ve done really well in Florida”
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Florida just recorded the highest daily coronavirus death toll for the fourth straight day but President Trump says he thinks “we’ve done really well in Florida.” Dr. Aileen Marty is an Infectious Disease Expert at Florida International University in Palm Beach County, one of the hardest hit counties. She joins AC360 to react to the President’s comments and says the reality is “absolutely heartbreaking” and they’ve had many children die. Plus, as the world waits for a an effective Covid-19 vaccine, there are some promising therapeutics that have been helpful. William Haseltine, Chair and President of ACCESS Health International, tells Anderson Cooper if he was a betting man, he would bet 95% on drugs and 50% on vaccines as being the most effective way to handle this disease. Airdate: July 31, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Aug 01, 2020
Pelosi: All lawmakers and staff required to wear masks in the House
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced all lawmakers and staff members will be required to wear face coverings in the House chamber. Pelosi announced the new rule after GOP Congressman Louie Gohmert, who frequently refused to wear a mask, announced he tested positive for Covid-19. Speaker Pelosi joins AC360 to discuss the testing difficulties going on throughout the country and gives an update on the stimulus bill that is still being negotiated. Plus, a day after Attorney General William Barr told Congress he doesn’t believe there’s systemic racism in police departments, Writer, Producer, Director and Actor Tyler Perry tells Anderson Cooper he still gets pulled over by the police “because I’m in a nice car in a neighborhood that they don’t even know that I live in until they realize it’s me.” He adds he thinks his greatest gift he’s been given is he’s been able to live on both sides of the wealth gap. Airdate: July 29, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 30, 2020
Trump as U.S. nears 150,000 deaths: “Nobody likes me”
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During a coronavirus press briefing President Trump questioned why his approval rating wasn’t as high as White House Task Force Member Dr. Anthony Fauci. He also promoted unproven hydroxycholoroquine as a treatment for Covid-19 despite the FDA, Dr. Fauci and other doctors saying it’s not an effective treatment. Republican Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has been leading his state through the pandemic and has clashed with the President about testing. He joins AC360 to react to Trump’s recent messaging and gives an update on Maryland’s testing situation. Plus, 21 NFL players have tested positive for coronavirus since reporting to training camps and many players have already opted out of the season because of health concerns. Dr. Myron Rolle is currently a neurosurgery resident and also played in the NFL. He tells Anderson Cooper he doesn’t think it’s safe to return to sports right now and says if the NFL wants to be part of the community, they need to look what’s happening and put the safety of players and their families first. Airdate: July 28, 2020     To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 29, 2020
Florida cases up more than 1,500% since May reopening
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stood outside the White House two months ago declaring his state’s victory against the deadly coronavirus. Less than 10 weeks later, Florida has surpassed New York’s total count for Covid-19 cases, with at least 432,747. Democratic Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber wrote a letter to DeSantis blaming him for the “unconstrained growth” of Covid-19. Mayor Gelber joins AC360 to explain why he called the governor’s response “unprepared” and “failed.” Plus, Congressman John Lewis lies in state at the U.S. Capitol. Congressman James Clyburn tells Anderson Cooper about his friendship with Lewis dating back to the 1960s. Airdate: July 27, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 28, 2020
WH Press Secretary: “There has been no change” in Trump’s tone on coronavirus
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The U.S. is on track for topping 1,000 daily coronavirus deaths for the 4th straight day. In the last week President Trump canceled the Republican National Convention activities in Jacksonville, Florida, encouraged Americans to wear masks and changed his tone on the severity of the deadly virus. White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx said California, Florida, Arizona and Texas seem to be plateauing after weeks of surging cases and deaths. Dr. Joseph Donnelly is an emergency room physician in El Paso, Texas and has been treating Covid-19 patients throughout the pandemic. He joins AC360 to describe his experiences and says this virus is nothing like the flu. Plus, the CDC recently released new guidance to help schools reopen in the fall. Trump said he would be “comfortable” with his son and grandchildren returning to school for in-person learning. Arne Duncan, former Education Secretary for the Obama administration tells AC360 if we “had a White House that led, had a national plan, we wouldn’t be jeopardizing our children’s chance to go back to school in the next couple weeks.”   Airdate: July 24, 2020   Guests:  Dr. Joseph Donnelly Arne Duncan To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 25, 2020
Trump on coronavirus crisis: “Cases remain low and very stable”
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President Trump held another coronavirus briefing without the nation’s top doctors. He declared “cases remain low and very stable” as the U.S. nears 4 million cases and deaths have topped 142,000 people. California was one of the first states to shut down and seemed to have the virus under control, but after a resurgence, it has surpassed New York with the most coronavirus cases in the country. Dr. Barbara Ferrer is the Los Angeles County Public Health Director and says Covid-19 is set to become one of the leading causes of death in her county. Plus, the President says he will “surge” federal law enforcement officers to Chicago and other American cities even though local leaders are pushing back. Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said it would be a “cold day in hell” before he would agree to a “unilateral, uninvited intervention.” He joins AC360 and says he’s disappointed with the President’s response and it seems like a “reality TV approach” to a very serious problem.  Airdate: July 22, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 23, 2020
Pres. Trump: Pandemic will probably get worse before it gets better
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In his first coronavirus briefing in months, President Trump admitted the Covid-19 crisis will probably get worse before it gets better. The President encouraged “everybody” to wear a mask and said “whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact.” Dr. Peter Hotez is the Dean of the School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor University in Texas where cases are spiking in the state and the reopening has been paused. He tells AC360 President Trump lacked empathy and compassion for the Southern states in dire situations and he showed no urgency in making a federal plan. Plus, protesters and federal agents continue to clash in downtown Portland, Oregon as local officials and lawmakers scrutinize the increased federal presence. Mayors of six large cities sent a letter to the administration slamming deployment of federal forces to stop protests. Democratic Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is one of those mayors and has been monitoring the protests in his city for weeks. He joins AC360 and says the presence of the federal officers and their actions is what’s making the people of Portland so angry especially when the protests were mostly peaceful.  Airdate: July 21, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 22, 2020
Pres. Trump: Mask wearing is “patriotic” when you can’t distance
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President Trump tweets out a photo of himself wearing a mask and says that “it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance” one day after an interview aired where he continued to downplay the impact of coronavirus in the United States. The President also said in that interview, “I don’t agree with the statement if everybody wear a mask everything disappears.”  CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta explains what is behind the President’s change in tone and why daily Coronavirus Task Force briefings are going to return. Also, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Florida International University infectious disease expert Dr. Aileen Marty discuss what needs to be done to get the pandemic under control in Florida and across the country. Plus, CNN’s Gary Tuchman takes us inside an intensive care unit treating Covid-19 patients in Georgia. Airdate: July 20, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 21, 2020
Fauci: U.S. may need to “reset” as virus spirals out of control
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As Covid-19 cases continue to rise throughout the South and Southwest of the U.S., White House Task Force Member Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested the country might need to “reset.” At least 27 states have paused or rolled back their re-openings as the U.S. recently saw the highest daily number of cases, 67,417. William Haseltine, Chair and President of ACCESS Health International, tells Anderson Cooper we are in a very dangerous situation and desperately need guidance.  Plus, the Moderna coronavirus vaccine is showing “promising” safety and immune response results. Dr. Tal Zaks, Moderna’s Chief Medical Officer, joins AC360 to give an update on the trial and thinks the chances of this vaccine working are “pretty good.” Airdate: July 15, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 16, 2020
Pres. Trump gives campaign-like speech at the White House as coronavirus cases surge
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President Trump gave a campaign-like speech in the Rose Garden and offered no plan to help stop the surge of coronavirus cases throughout the country. Meanwhile, White House Task Force Member Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Covid-19 could become as serious as the 1918 flu that killed more than 50 million people. Arizona had to pause its reopening because cases were spiking. Dr. Quinn Snyder is an Emergency Room Physician on the frontline in Arizona fighting the virus. He tells Anderson Cooper he wishes the President and other politicians would let medical professionals and scientists handle the pandemic because “the virus is going to do what it wants to do.” Plus, the President took aim at governors during his rant at the White House saying his administration “made a lot of governors look fantastic.” Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been outspoken about the White House’s handing of the pandemic. She joins AC360 to react to the President’s comments and says it’s “troubling and disturbing” to hear remarks like that when there’s so much work to do. Airdate: July 14, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 15, 2020
Pres. Trump: “I have a very good relationship with Dr. Fauci”
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President Trump says he has a very good relationship with White House Task Force Member Dr. Anthony Fauci despite the White House attempting to discredit the nation’s top infectious disease expert. Dr. Fauci has been increasingly vocal about his concerns over reopening the country while there’s a surge of coronavirus cases in some states. Peter Staley, an AIDS activist and a member of the Covid-19 Working Group of New York, has worked with Dr. Fauci for decades and has been talking to him throughout the pandemic. He tells Anderson Cooper Dr. Fauci is “deeply frustrated” and just wants to fight the virus and save lives. Plus, the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the country, announced they will start the school year online only, despite the President and his administration pushing for schools to reopen. Arne Duncan, former Education Secretary in the Obama Administration, joins Anderson Cooper and says superintendents ultimately have the power to make the decisions that are best for their schools, not the governors or the President. Airdate: July 13, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 14, 2020
Pres. Trump: “We’re getting back on track”
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  President Trump says the United States is “getting back on track” as the country saw the highest single-day coronavirus cases, 63,900. Meanwhile, White House Task Force Member Dr. Anthony Fauci says the country is in the middle of a “very serious problem.” Dr. Fauci and the President haven’t seen each other in at least 2 months. William Haseltine, Chair and President of ACCESS Health International, has worked with Dr. Fauci and tells Anderson Cooper “it’s like turning off your radar in the middle of a storm” if you’re not talking to Dr. Fauci during a crisis like this. Plus, President Trump commuted the prison sentence of his friend and former political adviser Roger Stone days before he was supposed to report to prison. Our Legal Analysts, Jeffery Toobin and Preet Bharara, join AC360 to react to the President’s decision.   Airdate: July 10, 2020   Guests: William Haseltine Preet Bharara Jeffrey Toobin To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 11, 2020
Trump threatens to cut funding if schools don’t reopen
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As coronavirus cases are surging in some areas of the country, President Trump and his administration are pushing schools to reopen by fall. Trump threatened he “may cut off funding” to schools that don’t reopen and says he disagrees with the CDC guidelines for safely reopening schools because they are “very tough” and “expensive.”  Vice President Pence now says the CDC will issue new guidelines. Richard Carranza, Chancellor for the New York City Department of Education, tells Anderson Cooper they are depending on the CDC guidance to keep the students and teachers stay safe as they try to return to in-person learning. Plus, a new Yale study says half of coronavirus cases could be caused by “silent spreaders,” people who are asymptomatic or presymptomatic. Alison Galvani, the director at the Yale Center for Infectious Disease Modeling and Analysis, joins AC360 to discuss what the study found and says one of the challenges of Covid-19 is people are most infectious before they have any symptoms. Airdate: July 8, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 09, 2020
President Trump: “We are in a good place”
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President Trump claims the country is “in a good place” despite more than 131,000 people dying from COVID-19 and the U.S. seeing the highest single day of new COVID-19 cases. A key model now projects more than 208,000 deaths by November. Dr. Chris Murray is the director of the group at the University of Washington that’s been working on the models throughout the pandemic. He tells Anderson Cooper that kids going back to school and the seasons changing contribute to the higher projection. Plus, President Trump’s niece accuses him of being a “sociopath” in her forthcoming tell-all book. She also claims he hired and paid someone to take his SATs but the White House says that is false. Maggie Haberman, White House Correspondent for the New York Times and CNN Political Analyst, has been reporting on the book and has been covering Donald Trump for years. She joins AC360 to discuss the portrait the book paints of the Trump family.  Airdate: July 7, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 08, 2020
Keeping them Honest: Pres. Trump’s divisive, inflammatory and racist words
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President Trump says that 99 percent of Covid-19 cases are totally harmless and instead focuses his national leadership message on dividing the country with racist remarks about the confederate flag. Meanwhile, White House Task Force Member Doctor Anthony Fauci continues to sound the alarm on the pandemic saying that "we are still knee-deep in the first wave of this." Dr. Peter Hotez and Professor William Haseltine weigh in on the rise in cases around the country. Professor Haseltine tells Anderson Cooper that contact tracing is no longer effective, that “It's unfortunately up to each individual to be responsible for themselves ... I am afraid at this point we are past the point of no return in many of our states.” Also, former Democratic South Carolina lawmaker Bakari Sellers and CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash discuss President Trump’s focus on confederate imagery and racist tweets. Plus, former Health and Human Services Secretary under President Obama, Kathleen Sebelius, weighs in on the U.S. military announcing that they will send medical and support personnel to help support San Antonio after the rise in coronavirus cases in Texas. Airdate: July 6, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 07, 2020
7,500 people gather for Pres. Trump event, without social distancing or enforced mask use
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As the U.S. continues to see record increases in new coronavirus cases, Pres. Trump prepares to speak to an estimated 7,500 person crowd at an early Fourth of July event at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Mask use is optional and there will be no social distancing. Dr. Leana Wen and Dr. Celine Gounder speak to AC360 about the medical repercussions for people attending the event and for Americans over the holiday weekend. Also a concern at Mount Rushmore: fireworks that pose a potential wildfire hazard. The former superintendent for the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Cheryl Schreier, speaks to AC360 about how Pres. Trump’s event is endangering park employees and attendees.  Plus, CNN’s Gary Tuchman introduces us to a woman who recently recovered from coronavirus. She also beat cancer and the 1918 flu.   Airdate: July 3, 2020   Guests: Dr. Leana Wen   Dr. Celine Gounder   Cheryl Schreier, Former Superintendent, Mount Rushmore National Memorial   CNN National Correspondent, Gary Tuchman To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 04, 2020
Dr. Fauci: U.S. isn’t going in the right direction
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As 38 states see a rise in coronavirus cases, White House Task Force Member Dr. Anthony Fauci says he thinks “it’s pretty obvious that we are not going in the right direction.” The Texas governor is now requiring face coverings in public places “in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases” after the state saw its highest number of cases in a single day. William Haseltine, Chair and President of ACCESS Health International, joins AC360 to discuss the surge in cases throughout the country and a new CDC forecast predicts nearly 148,000 coronavirus deaths by July 25. Meanwhile, President Trump told reporters the situation in the country is “getting under control.” Maggie Haberman, White House Correspondent for the New York Times and a CNN Political Analyst, tells AC360 “this President wants to run his re-election effort a certain way, and that does not relate to talking about the coronavirus unless it’s about describing his administration’s response in glowing terms that just don’t comport with reality.” Airdate: July 2, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 03, 2020
Pres. Trump says he thinks at some point Covid-19 will just disappear
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As the U.S. sees the highest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases, Pres. Trump repeats his claim that he thinks at some point the illness will just disappear.  Florida Democratic Congresswoman Donna Shalala and Clinton White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta speak to AC360 about lack of guidance from President Trump. Also, former National Security Adviser to Pres. Obama Susan Rice reacts to reporting from CNN’s Jim Sciutto. Multiple former Trump administration officials who briefed the President told Sciutto that Trump's resistance to intelligence warnings about Russia led his national security team - including those who delivered the President's Daily Brief to him orally - to do so less often. “You don't intimidate the messengers .. this President is derelict in his duty as commander in chief to brush off information that is critical to the life and death of our service members and do so just because he doesn't want to hear bad news,” says Rice. Airdate: July 1, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 02, 2020
Dr. Fauci warns U.S. could hit 100,000 cases a day
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With the U.S. seeing 40,000+ new cases a day, White House Coronavirus Task Force Member Dr. Anthony Fauci warned a Senate committee that new cases could rise to 100,000 a day. Colorado just became the 18th state to pause or roll back their reopening plans. William Haseltine, Chair and President of ACCESS Health International, tells Anderson Cooper because the country is lacking leadership from the President, governors and other local officials are stepping up to try and protect their states and cities. Plus, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy was one of the lawmakers asking Dr. Fauci and other Task Force members questions. He joins AC360 to discuss how coronavirus dominates everyone’s lives and says President Trump can’t just wish it away. Airdate: June 30, 2020  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jul 01, 2020
At least 16 states have paused reopening plans
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Florida is one of at least 16 states that have paused or rolled back reopening plans. Governor Ron DeSantis suspended alcohol consumption in bars but has yet to put a statewide face mask requirement in place. Nikki Fried, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, says the governor needs to be more engaged and “get his head out of the sand.” Plus, sources tell CNN during hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign leaders, President Trump was consistently unprepared and posed a danger to national security. CNN Political Analyst and longtime journalist Carl Bernstein joins AC360 to discuss how sources told him some of Trump’s former top deputies concluded he was “delusional” in his dealings with foreign leaders. Airdate: June 29, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 30, 2020
Pence: U.S. is opening “safely and responsibly” even as cases surge in many states
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During the first White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing in nearly two months, Vice President Michael Pence claims Americans are seeing “encouraging news” despite 32 states across the country seeing an increase over the past week. Pence also defended the President’s recent rallies in Oklahoma and Arizona, two states seeing a spike in cases, saying Americans have freedoms of speech and assembly. Marc Lotter is the Director of Strategic Communications for Trump 2020. He joins AC360 and says even in the states with a jump in cases, masks shouldn’t be mandatory statewide and it should be up to the governors, mayor and local executives to put those rules in place. Plus, Texas was one of the first states to reopen but because of the volume of new cases, the Governor has “paused” the state’s phased economic reopening. Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of the School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor University, tells AC360 Texas is in a better position with more people wearing masks and bars closed but he isn’t sure that will be enough to stop the virus.     Airdate: June 26, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 27, 2020
COVID-19 model projects nearly 180,000 deaths by fall
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An influential COVID-19 model projects nearly 180,000 deaths in the U.S. by October 1. That number drops to 146,000 if 95% of Americans wear face masks. Dr. Chris Murray is the director of the group at the University of Washington that’s been working on the models. He joins AC360 to explain how wearing masks could not only save lives but also help the economy. Plus, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler says the House “may very well” try to impeach Attorney General William Barr. This comes after a deputy to formal special counsel Robert Mueller who prosecuted the Roger Stone case testified in front of lawmakers that Stone was “treated differently from any every other defendant” because of his relationship to the President. Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff tells Anderson Cooper that what Barr has done with the DOJ is dangerous and there are two standards of justice: one for friends of the President and another for everyone else. Airdate: June 24, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 25, 2020
Dr. Fauci: “We’re going to be doing more testing, not less”
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White House Coronavirus Task Force Member Dr. Anthony Fauci testified in front of a House committee on the Trump’s administration’s response to the pandemic and directly contradicted the President. “We’re going to be doing more testing, not less,” said Fauci. Dr. Richard Besser, former Acting Director of the CDC, tells Anderson Cooper the mixed messaging could result in some parts of the country slipping back to a worse situation than they were several months ago. Plus, Democratic Senator Kamala Harris joins AC360 to discuss police reform and explains why she thinks we need to “reimagine public safety.” Airdate: June 23, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 24, 2020
Two more Trump campaign staffers test positive for coronavirus after Tulsa rally
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Right before Trump’s weekend rally in Tulsa, OK, it was reported that six campaign staffers had tested positive for COVID-19. Since then the campaign has revealed two more staff members tested positive and they were both at rally but wearing masks. At that rally, President Trump said he told his staff to slow down testing for the virus in order to keep the number of cases down. But his administration is now saying his comments were just “tongue-in-cheek.” William Haseltin, Chair and President of ACCESS Health International, tells Anderson Cooper closing the economy during the pandemic is not the answer but being careful is. Plus, Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono joins AC360 to react to the President calling the deadly virus the “Kung flu.” Airdate: June 22, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 23, 2020
Trump pushes ahead with Tulsa rally as coronavirus cases spike in Oklahoma
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Leaders and health experts have raised concerns about President Trump’s upcoming rally in Tulsa. Theyworry it could be a new hot spot for coronavirus infections. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany says she won’t be wearing a mask at the rally where an estimated 19,000 could be inside Tulsa’s Bank of Oklahoma arena. Dr. Stephen Prescott, President of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, joins AC360 to discuss his concerns with having such a large gathering especially when coronavirus cases are on the rise in Oklahoma. Plus, as many are marching and gathering to commemorate the end of slavery during the Juneteenth holiday, the country is still struggling with systematic racism and injustice. When asked repeatedly to say “Black lives matter” in an interview, Vice President Pence said “all lives matter.” Professor Cornel West reacts to the Vice President’s comments and talks about the meaning behind Juneteenth.      Airdate: June 19, 2020   Guests: Dr. Stephen Prescott Cornel West To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 20, 2020
Former officer who shot Rayshard Brooks charged with felony murder
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Garrett Rolfe, the former Atlanta police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks, is facing 11 charges, including a felony murder charge. At a news conference, the District Attorney revealed a photo he said shows Rolfe kicking Brooks after he had been shot. Tomika Miller, Brooks’s widow, said she was “appalled” after hearing and seeing the new details. L. Chris Stewart, the Brooks’s family attorney tells Anderson Cooper that Miller had to leave the courtroom because she was so upset. Plus, coronavirus cases are still rising in Tulsa, Oklahoma as President Trump gets ready to hold his first rally since the pandemic shut down most of the country. Dr. Jabraan Pasha wrote a letter signed by local health care workers asking the mayor to postpone the President's rally. He joins AC360 to discuss his concerns for holding such a large event while daily new cases are still surging.  Airdate: June 17, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 18, 2020
Key model projects 200,000+ coronavirus deaths by October
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President Trump is getting ready to hit the campaign trail for his first rally since the coronavirus shut down most of the country. That rally will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma where social distancing is unlikely and face masks are optional. With Oklahoma’s cases rising, many fear how the rally could potentially spread the virus. A key model often used by the White House is now projecting the United States will have more than 200,000 coronavirus-related deaths by October. Dr. Chris Murray is the director of the group at the University of Washington that’s been working on these models. He joins AC360 to explain why the new modeling suggests so many more deaths. Plus, the President signed an executive order on police reform that includes a national database of police officers with a history of excessive force. A day earlier, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced police reforms for her city following the killing of Rayshard Brooks by Atlanta police. She tells Anderson Cooper the national database is an important step but there’s much more to be done. Airdate: June 16, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 17, 2020
Atlanta Mayor: “We saw the murder of Rayshard Brooks”
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Rayshard Brooks was shot twice in the back by an Atlanta police officer after two officers tried to handcuff him for suspected DUI. Videos show Brooks grabbing one of the officer’s Taser and then firing it as he ran away. The Fulton County medical examiner has listed the death as homicide. In a tearful interview with CNN, Brooks’s widow asked for peaceful protests and said she wants change through communication, not aggression. Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. tells AC360 he is weighing charges for both officers involved in the shooting. Plus, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled federal civil rights law protects LGBTQ workers from discrimination. Eric Cervini, author of “The Deviant's War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America” joins Anderson Cooper to discuss the landmark ruling.               Airdate: June 15, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 16, 2020
President Trump: “We have to dominate the streets”
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President Trump spoke at a "justice disparities" event in Dallas and didn’t  focus on police violence against African Americans. And, in an interview with Fox News, the President defended his “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” tweet. Anderson Cooper discusses the president’s comments with Van Jones, David Axelrod and Gloria Browne-Marshall. Plus, Dr. Chris Murray explains his team’s new model predicting nearly 170,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States by October 1. And, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot joins AC360 to talk about the investigation into Chicago police officers who were caught on camera lounging inside a Congressman’s office during violent protests in the city. Airdate: June 11, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 12, 2020
George Floyd’s brother to Congress: ‘I am here to ask you to make it stop. Stop the pain’
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Philonise Floyd testifies on Capitol Hill one day after his brother George Floyd’s burial in Houston. He asked the House Judiciary Committee to take action on policing in the United States. Anderson speaks to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democratic member of the committee, and CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.  Amber Ruffin, a comedian and writer for “Late Night with Seth Meyers” speaks to Anderson about the personal, painful, and dangerous interactions she has had with the police as a black woman. CNN’s Gary Tuchman takes us to Camden, New Jersey where several years ago every member of the police department was fired and a new police force was created. Plus, the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute projects another 100,000 people in the United States will die from Covid-19 by September. Dr. Leana Wen talks about the rise in coronavirus cases as states are reopening around the country. “We know how to prevent the next 100,000 deaths, but we are not doing that,” says Dr. Wen. Airdate: June 10, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 11, 2020
George Floyd laid to rest after 14 days of protests
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Two weeks after George Floyd was killed while in Minneapolis police custody, his family, friends and prominent figures gather in Houston to celebrate his life and call for justice. Dr. Cornel West reflects on the solemn day and talks about racial justice in America. Then, Anderson talks to a friend of the 75-year-old protester who was pushed to the ground by police in Buffalo, New York. Plus, filmmaker Spike Lee talks about the protesters marching for racial justice around the world. “We need a just police system … we cannot let this moment slide by ... we have to mobilize,” says Lee.   Airdate: June 9, 2020   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 10, 2020
Samuel L. Jackson on race in America
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Alumni of George Floyd's high school are gathered for a vigil at the football field in Houston where Floyd once played. Meanwhile, protesters continue to march and push for police reforms. As a young man, Samuel L. Jackson fought for equal rights. He was even an usher at the funeral for Dr.  Martin Luther King. He tells Anderson what’s happening in America right now evokes very personal memories of the civil rights struggle. Airdate: June 8, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 09, 2020
Goodell: “We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter”
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President Trump says it's a "great day” for George Floyd without speaking about the injustices leading up to his killing or how to end them going forward after eleven days of protests around the country demanding change. Anderson Cooper speaks to CNN Political Commentator Van Jones and CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell releases a video statement condemning racism and the systematic oppression of black people and admitting quote “we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter.” Anderson Cooper speaks to retired NFL Player Benjamin Watson, Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones and CNN Sports Analyst Christine Brennan. Plus, Senior Pastor Miles McPherson of the Rock Church in San Diego talks about how to bring communities together. Airdate: June 5, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 06, 2020
George Floyd remembered at memorial service in Minneapolis
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Family members, community leaders, and activists gathered in Minneapolis to honor and remember George Floyd in the first of many memorial services. Floyd lived in Houston for many years and that’s where he will be laid to rest. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tells Anderson Cooper that Floyd and his family will have a police escort the day of the funeral. Plus, retired four-star Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen criticized the President’s threat to use the U.S. military on protesters saying “it may well signal the beginning of the end of the American experiment.” He joins AC360 and says “instead of debating whether to commit federal troops against America citizens, let’s debate how we can pursue real reform.” Airdate: June 4, 2020   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 05, 2020
All four former police officers charged in George Floyd’s death
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Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck, has had his charge of third-degree murder upped to a more serious charge of second-degree murder. The other three former officers who were at the scene are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who announced the charges, tells Anderson Cooper he’s “committed to holding the defendants accountable at the highest ethical charge.” Plus, NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joins AC360 to react to the protests going on throughout the country and says it’s not enough to say “that was terrible and my thoughts and prayers are with you.” Airdate: June 3, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 04, 2020
Bishop of DC church Trump visited: “I just can't believe what my eyes have seen”
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A day after having peaceful protesters tear-gassed so he could have a photo-op in front of St. John’s Church, President Trump, along with First Lady Melania Trump, visited the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington. The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Mariann Edgar Budde, was outraged when she saw the President hold a bible in front of St. John’s Church. She tells Anderson Cooper that the President’s photo-op and visit to the shrine didn’t seem to be “an expression of faith or of solidarity with faith.” Plus, radio personality Charlamagne tha God joins AC360 to discuss how the protests could impact the 2020 presidential  race and what he thinks Biden needs to do to win.  Airdate: June 2, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 03, 2020
Pres. Trump says he’s an “ally of all peaceful protestors”
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Pres. Trump says he’s an “ally of all peaceful protesters” as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at peaceful protestors so he could have a photo-op at a church across the street from the White House. He also vowed to deploy the U.S. military if states can’t control the protests.  Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer tells Anderson Cooper she was “shocked” when she heard the President threaten to deploy troops and that “we need a leader who can bring calm, who can bring unity, who can show compassion and competence that we need.” Plus, NBA legend and business leader Magic Johnson  joins AC360 to react to the protests going on throughout the country. Airdate: June 1, 2020   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Jun 02, 2020
Fired officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck charged with murder
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Derek Chauvin, the fired Minneapolis police officer, who was seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd’s neck is charged with third-degree murder and also faces a charge of second-degree manslaughter. The death of Floyd has sparked outrage across the country. Ben Crump, the Floyd family attorney, joins AC360 to react to the charges against Chauvin and to the protests throughout the country. Plus, Cornel West tells Anderson Cooper “we are witnessing America as a failed social experience.”   Airdate: May 29, 2020   Guests: Benjamin Crump Cornel West To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 30, 2020
U.S. death toll surpasses 100,000
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More than 100,000 people in the United States have died from the coronavirus, almost twice the number of Americans lost in the Vietnam War. Dr. Anthony Fauci says he’s hopeful for a vaccine by the end of the year. William Haseltine, Chair and President of ACCESS Health International, tells Anderson Cooper many of the deaths in this country “didn’t have to happen if we had been prepared.” Plus, Democratic Senator Kamala Harris joins AC360 to react to the grim milestone and says President Trump “is not a leader.” Airdate: May 27, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 28, 2020
As coronavirus deaths approach 99,000 in the U.S., Joe Biden speaks out about Pres. Trump.
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CNN’s Dana Bash speaks to Former Vice President Joe Biden for his first in-person interview since being knocked off the campaign trail during the coronavirus pandemic. Biden calls President Trump a “fool” for fueling a cultural opposition to wearing masks when "every leading doc in the world is saying we should wear a mask when you're in a crowd." Then, Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine weighs in on how businesses are reopening there and the importance of protecting people during the pandemic. Plus, another reason why public officials are worried about people who don't wear masks or self-distance - CNN’s Randi Kaye reports on so called “super spreader” events. Airdate: May 26, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 27, 2020
Beach towns full of people not wearing masks spark fear of future covid-19 outbreaks
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Large crowds over Memorial Day weekend could cause new outbreaks as people ignore the CDC guidelines which state that “everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public.” CNN’s Gary Tuchman takes us to the Gulf Coast of Alabama for a report. Then, Montgomery, Alabama Mayor Steven Reed tells Anderson Cooper that his city still has a “ways to go to beat this virus” and that “we have to get people to understand that, or we're going to have a second wave that's going to cost us much more than it already has.” Plus, Tomas Pueyo who has written extensively on the pandemic weighs in.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 26, 2020
Pres. Trump says CDC director doing a “very good job”
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Despite CNN’s reporting that Dr. Redfield, the CDC director, is on the hot seat, Trump says he’s doing a “very good job.” Kathleen Sebelius, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, tells Anderson Cooper it’s a terrible time for tension with the CDC, who are “gold standard epidemiologists.” Plus, as many fans are desperate for sports to return, Charles Barkley, former NBA player and Turner Sports analyst, is hosting “The Match” to raise money for COVID-19 relief. It’s a golf tournament featuring some of the most well-known athletes in the world: Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning vs. Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. He joins AC360 to preview the event.   Airdate: May 20, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 21, 2020
Pres. Trump defends use of hydroxychloroquine, says it “doesn’t harm you”
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Despite the FDA’s warning of serious side effects from taking hydroxychloroquine, the President of the United States has defended his decision to take the drug. David Holtgrave, a lead researcher in a hydroxychloroquine study, tells Anderson Cooper in their study they didn’t find a statistically significant benefit of the drug in terms of death rate or abnormal heart rhythms. Plus, Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist, adds that there is no sign of any efficacy by taking the anti-malaria drug but there is a sign of significant hazard.   Airdate: May 19, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 20, 2020
President Trump says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19
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The President of the United States says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus, despite the FDA warning it could have harmful side effects. Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist, tells Anderson Cooper “we have all the data to support risk and no data to show benefit.” Plus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins AC360 to react to the President firing the State Department inspector general. CNN reported the IG was investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s role in a Saudi arms deal before he was fired. Airdate: May 18, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 19, 2020
Trump: Dr. Fauci's comments on schools reopening "not an acceptable answer"
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Dr. Anthony Fauci testified in front of a Senate committee that some schools shouldn't reopen in the fall and President Trump called those comments "not an acceptable answer." New Jersey has been one of the hardest hit states in the country. Democratic Governor Phil Murphy joins AC360 to discuss what he plans to do about schools and universities in his state next fall. Plus, a mystery illness similar to Kawasaki disease that is believed to be related to COVID-19 is now affecting children. Roup Hardowar is the father to 8-year-old, Jayden, who nearly lost his life due to a mysterious illness. Jayden's older brother helped perform CPR on his brother until EMTs arrived. They both give Anderson Cooper an update on how Jayden is doing.   Airdate: May 13, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 14, 2020
Fauci: States could face serious consequences if they reopen too early
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Dr. Anthony Fauci testified before a Senate committee and warned about needless suffering and death if the U.S. is opened prematurely. Ohio is just one of those states reopening without meeting certain White House guidelines. Republican Governor Mike DeWine joins AC360 to explain why he decided to begin reopening his state. Plus, as parts of upstate New York start to slowly reopen, the timeline of New York City reopening is still unknown. Corey Johnson, the speaker of the New York City Council, tells Anderson Cooper what he thinks reopening could look like and says it would be devastating if the city saw another spike in cases of the virus. Airdate: May 12, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 13, 2020
President Trump ends news conference after contentious exchange with reporter
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President Trump abruptly ended his news conference after a Chinese American reporter asked him why he always says the U.S. is doing far better when it comes to testing for than any other country. "Maybe that's a question you should ask China, don't ask me, ask China that question, OK?," Trump told the reporter. Andrew Yang, a former Democratic presidential candidate and Biden supporter, joins AC360 to react to the President's comments. Plus, the biotech company Regeneron says it will start clinical trials for a possible COVID-19 treatment. The company's Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. George Yancopoulos, tells Anderson Cooper how this treatment would work on patients with coronavirus. Airdate: May 11, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 12, 2020
At least 43 states expected to partially reopen despite death toll continuing to rise
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Many states are beginning to lift their stay-at-home orders and reopen restaurants, stores and other public spaces. Caitlin Rivers, a senior associate at the John Hopkins Center for Health Security, testified on Capitol Hill about the pandemic response. She joins AC360 to explain why she told members of Congress that none of those states have met the White House's guidelines to reopen and why increased testing is crucial. Plus, a pregnant New York City nurse contracted coronavirus and gave birth to her baby after a COVID-19 related heart attack and had other complications. Shirley Licin speaks to Anderson Cooper about her sister's condition and how people can help. Airdate: May 6, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 07, 2020
U.S. death toll tops 70,000 as White House considers winding down coronavirus task force
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The White House is considering winding down the coronavirus task force starting around Memorial Day as an influential model predicts more than 134,000 U.S. deaths by August 4. Laurie Garrett, author of "The Coming Plague," joins AC360 to explain why her best case scenario is a 36-month event horizon for the virus. Plus, John Miller, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism, tells Anderson Cooper about his battle with COVID-19 and how the department is coping with losing at least 38 members to the deadly disease. Airdate: May 5, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 06, 2020
Key model predicts 134,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States
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A key model that is often cited by the White House now predicts more than 134,000 coronavirus deaths in the U.S. by early August. Dr. Chris Murray is the director of the group at the University of Washington that's working on these models. He joins Anderson Cooper to discuss why the projection nearly doubled and how relaxed social distancing and increased mobility could affect the death toll. Plus, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine tells AC360 he's trying to balance the need to re-open and get people back to work with the need to keep people safe. Airdate: May 4, 2020 Guests: Dr. Chris Murray Gov. Mike DeWine To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 05, 2020
FDA approves emergency use of remdesivir to treat coronavirus
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The experimental drug remdesivir has been approved by the FDA to help treat hospitalized patients with severe cases of COVID-19. Dr. Llyod Minor, dean of Stanford University's School of Medicine, tells Anderson Cooper about the effects the drug can have on a patient who has the deadly virus. Plus, Naomi Hartwig lost her mother and father to the coronavirus. They died just one week apart. She joins AC360 to share their love story. Airdate: May 1, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
May 02, 2020
WHO launches new program to accelerate COVID-19 vaccines
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The World Health Organization is launching a new program to accelerate the development of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics. Michael Osterholm and Dr. Sanjay Gupta join Anderson Cooper to discuss the logistics of getting a working vaccine and when or if people should expect one. Plus, Captain Brett Crozier was fired after warning of a coronavirus outbreak that was spreading throughout the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. Now the Navy is recommending that Captain Crozier be reinstated as the ship's commander. Captain Crozier's friend Brett Odom tells AC360 Captain Crozier is humbled and excited to potentially lead his sailors again. Airdate: April 24, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 25, 2020
Las Vegas mayor wants to re-open casinos, theater and restaurants but doesn't give any safety guidelines
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Carolyn Goodman, the mayor of Las Vegas,wants casinos, theaters and restaurants in her city to re-open but says it's not her job to provide any social distancing guidelines. She says the owners "better figure it out. That's their job." Democratic Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak joins AC360 to respond to the mayor's comments and says Nevada is "clearly not ready to re-open." Plus, former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius tells Anderson Cooper she's alarmed the American public is getting "political spin before and after scientists talk." Airdate: April 22, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 23, 2020
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp faces resistance from mayors and business owners over move to re-open state
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Georgia Republican Governor is pushing to reopen a range of businesses in the state, including hair and nail salons, gyms, and restaurants despite White House guidelines that suggest waiting for a 14-day downward trajectory of COVID-19 cases. Jamie Booth, an Atlanta hair salon owner, joins AC360 to explain why she will remain closed until at least mid-May to keep both herself and her clients safe. Plus, after President Trump tweeted "Liberate Michigan," the state's Democratic Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, responded in an op-ed saying "we need to get this right" when it comes to re-opening any state. She tells Anderson Cooper she's trying to save lives. Airdate: April 21, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 22, 2020
Congressional leaders and the White House negotiate another coronavirus relief funding package
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Key congressional leaders and the Trump administration are trying to strike a deal on a nearly $500 billion package that would replenish funding for small businesses and provide additional money for hospitals and coronavirus testing. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins AC360 to give an update on negotiations and responds to Trump's comments calling her "nasty." One of the sticking points to negotiations is how to run an effective national testing strategy. Harvard professor Danielle Allen explains why she's advocating for a massive increase in testing-5 million a day by early June and then 20 million a day by late July-to fully remobilize the economy. Airdate: April 20, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 21, 2020
Gov. Inslee: Trump is encouraging "illegal and dangerous acts"
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President Trump is calling for some states such as Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia to "liberate" just a day after saying governors will "call your own shots" when deciding to re-open their state. Democratic Governor Jay Inslee from Washington says these comments encourage "illegal and dangerous acts." He joins Anderson Cooper to discuss that and how a lack of test kits is still a major issue in his state. Plus, Dr. Chris Murray gives an update on his group's latest modeling that predicts some states like Vermont, West Virginia, Montana and Hawaii could open by May 4 but other states may have to wait until late June or early July. Airdate: April 17, 2020 Guests: Gov. Jay Inslee Dr. Chris Murray To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 18, 2020
Los Angeles Mayor: Large gatherings unlikely until 2021
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Mayors in both New York and Los Angeles suggest concerts and sporting events are unlikely to happen until 2021. California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris joins AC360 to react to that and to discuss legislation she plans to introduce to establish a 9/11-type commission to investigate the U.S. response to the coronavirus. Plus, Dr. Craig Spencer reacts to the decision by President Trump to temporarily halt funding to the World Health Organization over the handling of the pandemic and calls it a "dangerous distraction." Airdate: April 15, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 16, 2020
Trump retreats and acknowledges governors will have the authority to open their states when they're ready
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President Trump backs away from his "total authority" comment and now says he'll work with all 50 governors to get the country running again. Governor Kate Brown, a Democrat from Oregon, joins AC360 to react to Trump's reversal and shares why she agreed to work with the governors of California and Washington to decide when they should re-open their states. Plus, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy joins Anderson Cooper to discuss why he thinks the Trump administration didn't take coronavirus seriously enough back in February. Airdate: April 14, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 15, 2020
Pres. Trump claims "authority of the President is total" when deciding to re-open the economy
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While governors on the East and West coasts of the country have formed pacts by region to decide when to end their stay-at-home orders, President Trump claims he holds the power to re-open the economy. Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican from Ohio, joins Anderson Cooper to react to the President's comments. Plus, Dr. Chris Murray tells AC360 about his group's latest modeling and why their latest projection suggests there will be zero deaths after June 21st. Airdate: April 13, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 14, 2020
More than 500,000 coronavirus cases in the U.S. as deaths top 18,000
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There are more than 500,000 coronavirus cases in the U.S. with California accounting for more than 21,000 of those cases. That's compared to nearly 175,000 cases in New York. California Governor Gavin Newsom tells Anderson Cooper the reason the numbers in California are relatively lower than New York's is because the 40 million people in his state have practiced social distancing and stayed at home but now is not the time to back down. Plus, Dr. Chris Murray joins AC360 to discuss his group's latest modeling and says if social distancing ends in May the number of cases and deaths would spike again. Airdate: April 10, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 11, 2020
We Remember: Legendary singer-songwriter John Prine
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John Prine, the raspy-voiced, country-folk singer-songwriter whose career spanned five decades, died from complications related to coronavirus. Bonnie Raitt, who performed with Prine just last November at Austin City Limits, tells Anderson Cooper about her favorite memories of Prine and what she loved most about her friend. Plus, Dr. Cory Deburghgraeve, an anesthesiologist in Chicago, tells AC360 about what he's seeing when he has to intubate COVID-19 patients and why he describes his job as "basically being next to the nuclear reactor." Airdate: April 8, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 10, 2020
We Remember: Legendary singer-songwriter John Prine
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John Prine, the raspy-voiced, country-folk singer-songwriter whose career spanned five decades, died from complications related to coronavirus. Bonnie Raitt, who performed with Prine just last November at Austin City Limits, tells Anderson Cooper about her favorite memories of Prine and what she loved most about her friend. Plus, Dr. Cory Deburghgraeve, an anesthesiologist in Chicago, tells AC360 about what he's seeing when he has to intubate COVID-19 patients and why he describes his job as "basically being next to the nuclear reactor." Airdate: April 8, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 09, 2020
Coronavirus death toll in U.S. passes 12,700
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As the death toll surpasses 12,700 across the country, more than 800 lives lost were lost in New York City. Simone Hannah-Clark, an ICU nurse at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City, joins AC360 to discuss what she's been seeing on the front lines. Plus, former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, who now serves in Congress, discusses the new report by the HHS Inspector General that painted a picture of widespread problems in hospitals around the country dealing with coronavirus. Airdate: April 7, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 08, 2020
U.S. coronavirus death toll tops 10,000
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo say it's a "good sign" new hospitalizations are down in the state. Dr. Steve Corwin, President and CEO of New York-Presbyterian joins Anderson Cooper to discuss what he's seeing in his hospitals across one of the most hard hit areas. He also gives an update on supplies, including N95 masks and ventilators. Plus, Senator Chuck Schumer responds to President Trump's comments calling him a "lightweight" and a "disgrace." Airdate: April 6, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 07, 2020
CDC recommends Americans wear face masks voluntarily in public
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Despite the CDC recommending Americans voluntarily wear "cloth face coverings" in public, President Trump says he will not. Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins AC360 to discuss whether or not wearing a face mask or cloth covering could help stop the spread of the virus. Plus, Peter Navarro, the National Defense Production Act Policy Coordinator, tells Anderson Cooper the fight against the coronavirus is "a war" and if people social distance and flatten the curve, there will be enough supplies. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 04, 2020
Over 87% of Americans under stay at home orders
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Florida, Georgia and Mississippi are the latest states to issue stay at home orders. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a stay at home order back on March 24th. She joins Anderson Cooper to explain why she thinks the country should have a "national strategy instead of a patchwork of policies." Plus, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Leana Wen discuss the science behind these stay at home orders and how they can help save lives. Airdate: April 1, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 02, 2020
White House predicts more than 100,000 coronavirus deaths
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According to the latest projections presented by the White House task force, 100,000 to 240,000 people in this country will die from coronavirus, even with social distancing. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan join Anderson Cooper to discuss issues their states are facing, including lack of testing and the need for more ventilators, masks and other personal protection equipment. Plus, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea tells AC360about 15% of the department has called out sick, while about 1,200 uniform and civilian workers have tested positive for coronavirus. He shares how they're dealing with the shortage of officers. Airdate: March 31, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Apr 01, 2020
U.S. hits single-day record of at least 519 reported coronavirus deaths
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With the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the United States rising daily, governors in some of the hardest hit states are still worried about the number of supplies their hospitals have. One of those governors, Ned Lamont from Connecticut joins Anderson Cooper to give an update on his conversations with President Trump and where his state's supplies currently stands. Plus, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Leana Wen discuss the latest on social distancing and whether or not they agree with Dr. Fauci's comments that 100,000 to 200,000 could potentially die from the virus in the United States alone. Airdate: March 30, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 31, 2020
65,000+ coronavirus cases in the U.S.; at least 921 deaths
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With more than 65,000 coronavirus cases in the United States, at least 20,000 of those are in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio joins Anderson Cooper to give an update on how the city hospitals are doing and the need for medical supplies, especially ventilators. Plus, Senator Bernie Sanders gives AC360° his take on the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill and updates us on his presidential campaign. Airdate: March 25, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 26, 2020
Dr. Birx: People recently in the New York City area should self-quarantine in their homes for 14 days
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With about 56 percent of all U.S. coronavirus coming out of the New York City metro area, a member of the White House's task force says anyone who's recently left the region should self-quarantine for 14 days to try and slow the spread of the virus. That specific guideline isn't on the CDC or the White House website. Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins Anderson Cooper to discuss Dr. Deborah Birx's comments. Plus, Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, joins AC360° to discuss the state of the economy and what he's hearing from business owners. Airdate: March 24, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Mar 25, 2020