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Biden: Asian Americans have been “attacked, blamed, scapegoated and harassed”

Pres. Joe Biden condemned the “skyrocketing” hate crimes against Asian Americans in the wake of the Atlanta-area shootings that left eight dead, including six women of Asian descent. He said Asian Americans have been “attacked, blamed, scapegoated and harassed.” Asian American Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth tells Anderson Cooper “we have been marching towards more and more violent hate crimes against AAPIs in the last year, in particular in the past four years under the Trump presidency.” Plus, while Biden toured the CDC and thanked the staffers for their work fighting Covid-19, his team announced they met their goal of 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days, 42 days early. Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins AC360 to discuss how the acceleration of the vaccine rollout is affecting the case and death projections. Airdate: March 19, 2021 Guests: Sen. Tammy DuckworthDr. Sanjay GuptaTo learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


20 Mar 2021

Rank #1

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More than 14.9 million Texans impacted by water distribution

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 WhitmerTo learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


20 Feb 2021

Rank #2

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GOP Rep. Liz Cheney: I will vote to impeach Pres. Trump

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 FriedmanTo learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


13 Jan 2021

Rank #3

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Supreme Court rejects Texas and Trump's bid to overturn 2020 election

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


12 Dec 2020

Rank #4

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Biden as U.S. hits 400,000 deaths: “To heal, we must remember”

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 GoodwinTo learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


20 Jan 2021

Rank #5

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Biden administration would welcome Trump’s help in promoting vaccine

The White House said it would welcome former Pres. Trump’s help in promoting the coronavirus vaccine to his supporters. A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll shows 47% of people who supported Trump in the 2020 election said they wouldn’t get the vaccine. Pres. Biden urged “all local docs and ministers and priests to talk about why - why it's important to get in - to get that vaccine, and even after that, until everyone is in fact vaccinated, to wear this mask.” Former CDC Director Tom Frieden joins AC360 to discuss vaccine hesitancy. Plus, the President and other top officials, including Vice Pres. Kamala Harris and First Lady Jill Biden, have started their cross-country “Help is Here” tour to promote the Covid relief plan. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tells Anderson Cooper how the package will benefit Americans. Airdate: March 15, 2021 Guests: Dr. Tom Frieden Secy. Pete ButtigiegTo learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


16 Mar 2021

Rank #6

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Fauci: “I think we just have to assume that it’s going to get worse”

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


30 Dec 2020

Rank #7

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U.S. weighs results of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine trials

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


30 Jan 2021

Rank #8

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Source: Expect a “flurry” of pardons before Trump leaves office

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


3 Dec 2020

Rank #9

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Trump’s final days: hiding in the White House and focused on pardons

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 JohnsonTo learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


19 Jan 2021

Rank #10

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Pres. Trump gambling with dollars and lives

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


29 Dec 2020

Rank #11

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House strips Rep. Greene from committee assignments

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


5 Feb 2021

Rank #12

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Trump advisers say he hasn’t shown remorse for the insurrection

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 RatherTo learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


11 Feb 2021

Rank #13

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Trump continues to ignore pandemic and lie about election fraud

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 BensonTo learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


8 Dec 2020

Rank #14