President Obama's speech on ISIS set off some pretty intense fireworks on AC360. Senator John McCain lit into CNN's new Senior Political Commentator Jay Carney over the president's policies in Iraq and Syria. This confrontation nearly didn't happen. The two were not scheduled to be on the show at the same time, but Senator McCain took aim at Carney who was still sitting on set and that triggered the heated confrontation. Anderson looked at both of their arguments with Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger and political commentator Peter Beinart.
Carl Bernstein is a legendary journalist, author and CNN political commentator. He explains why President Obama's decision to authorize airstrikes in Iraq marks a turning point in his administration's foreign policy.
The Republican-led house voted 225 to 201 to sue President Obama over the Affordable Care Act. Not a single Democrat voted for the resolution. The suit claims the president abused his power, and it is sparking plenty of talk about impeachment. Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash described the situation as uncharted territory.
Last night on AC360, Anderson revisited one of Governor Rick Perry's more controversial comments on immigration:
"You either have an incredibly inept administration or they are in on this somehow, now I hate to be conspiratorial but I mean how do you move that many people from Central America across Mexico and then into the United States without there being a fairly coordinated effort?"
Today, Governor Perry tried to clarity those remarks. Anderson looks into that explanation along with President Obama's reason for not visiting the border during his trip to Texas.
Anderson discussed the politics of the immigration crisis with Texas Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar and documentary filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas.
The Secret Service apparently does not consider someone recording President Obama exercising at a hotel gym to be a security breach. The new video just surfaced from his visit to Poland. Michele Kosinski is traveling with the president and has more information on this video.
The growing crisis at the VA has President Obama "madder than hell." That's according to his Chief of Staff who says he has "the scars to prove it." Drew Griffin spent months investigating the VA and uncovering a doctor's shocking allegations that a Phoenix VA hospital was keeping a fake waiting list to hide long waits. While AC360 is Keeping Them Honest, Drew is also keeping the White House informed. Jay Carney acknowledged today that the President learned of the allegations at the Phoenix VA from watching CNN.
Today is Martin Luther King Day. It was also five years ago today that President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. Over the course of his presidency, Mr. Obama has often shied away from talking about race. But he opened up on the topic in a revealing interview with the New Yorker's David Remnick. Anderson discussed it with Mr. Remnick and John Ridley, screenwriter of "12 Years a Slave."
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President Obama held his last news conference of 2013 today, and the critical questions didn’t come up short. Reporters grilled the president about whether he thinks it’s been his worst year. And while markets are at an all-time high, President Obama’s approval rating is down to 41% - an all-time low. CNN’s John King, Candy Crowley, and David Gergen discuss the president’s comments and what 2014 may have in store.
The world's eyes were on President Obama today at Nelson Mandela's memorial. While he was on stage he shook the hand of Cuba's President Raul Castro. The White House says the moment was unplanned and uncomplicated. Some are calling this a sign of hope, while others call it a sign of surrender. John Berman discussed it with CNNPolitical Commentator Ana Navarro and Senior Political Analayst David Gergen.
Some unscripted moments today for President Obama as he tried to rally support for immigration reform. An audience member interrupted the president's remarks, and called for him to halt deportations. It came on a busy day for the administration which is facing criticism for the nuclear deal with Iran and record low poll numbers. Jim Acosta has the latest.
Wolf discussed the Iran nuclear deal with Mike Doran of the Brookings Institution and Anne-Marie Slaughter,president of the New America Foundation.
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