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July 9th, 2014
10:34 PM ET

Ray Nagin's journey from City Hall to federal prison

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's handling of Hurricane Katrina landed him in the national spotlight. His greed is landing him in federal prison. During Nagin's two terms in City Hall, he was cashing-in on hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. Today the former mayor was sentenced to ten years in federal prison. Drew Griffin looks at Nagin's troubles.

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July 2nd, 2014
10:32 PM ET

Keeping Them Honest: Sex offenders violating parole

Disturbing new developments in a story AC360 reported on last year: sex offenders in California brazenly violating their parole conditions and barely getting a slap on the wrist. Drew Griffin's report was sparked by a whistleblower who said she believed the public was in danger. Now that she has spoken out, she is paying a price. Drew Griffin has the latest.

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June 30th, 2014
09:23 PM ET

$25 million settlement in veterans charity case

The New York State Attorney General  has  reached a nearly $25 million settlement with one of the nation's biggest direct-mail companies. AC360's Drew Griffin has been reporting on the national charity Quadriga Art and the veterans foundation since the fall of 2010, broadcasting a series of reports that showed the charity sending practically all of the millions it raised back to Quadriga as payment for the direct-mail campaign. Almost none of the cash left over went to veterans, the CNN investigation found. Griffin has the exclusive details.

For more on the story, CLICK HERE.

Update: Drew Griffin clarified his remarks about donations:

June 24th, 2014
10:54 PM ET

Drew Griffin and the ongoing scandal at an Arizona VA hospital

Following up a stunning report from Monday evening, on Tuesday Drew Griffin joined Anderson Cooper with an update on the alleged fraudulent record keeping at an Arizona VA hospital.

As the allegations have gained Congressional attention, the Senior Investigative Correspondent noted that action is being taken by the Department of Veterans Affairs. However, consequences are slow to come, especially at the top:

"We do know the VA has begun the termination process with some of the executives there...but [former Phoenix VA Health Care System administrator Sharon Helman] is getting paid."

For more on the ongoing story, CLICK HERE for more on the story.

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June 23rd, 2014
11:48 PM ET

Rep. Jeff Miller reacts to allegations of fraudulent records at a VA hospital

On the heels of Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin's exclusive interview with an employee who says she was forced to cover up fraudulent records at an Arizona VA hospital, Congressman Jeff Miller joins Anderson Cooper with his reactions.

Calling the revelations "more than stunning," Miller surmises that the situation is not exclusive to Phoenix, but applauds Pauline DeWenter for summoning the courage to speak up amid altered death records of patients.

The Chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, Miller calls for accountability, and pledges to continue fighting for the rights of all vets.

CLICK HERE for more on the story.

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June 23rd, 2014
11:27 PM ET

International outrage grows over convicted Al Jazeera journalists

As outrage grows following Egypt's convictions of three Al Jazeera journalists, Ivan Watson joins Anderson Cooper with his personal insights.

Having worked in the past with one of the men currently imprisoned, Watson becomes visibly distressed during the interview, calling the situation "absurd" and "disgraceful."

Admitting to be angry, Watson says the men are guilty only of "committing acts of journalism."

CLICK HERE for more on the story.

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June 23rd, 2014
09:22 PM ET

VA death records altered, whistle-blower says

(CNN) – Records of dead veterans were changed to hide how many people died while awaiting care at Phoenix VA hospital, whistle-blower tells CNN in stunning revelations that point to a new cover up in the ongoing VA scandal.

Keeping Them Honest: 57,000+ military veterans are currently waiting for care

The allegation comes from the scheduling clerk who, for the better part of a year, says she was ordered to keep a secret waiting list in her desk drawer. Pauline DeWenter has never spoken publicly about any of it - until now.

Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin has the exclusive interview.

CLICK HERE for more on the story.

June 12th, 2014
10:13 PM ET

Keeping Them Honest: Putting a price tag on political leadership

The political gasbag crowd in Washington may focus directly on the upset primary loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.  But whomever wins the seat—Republican or Democrat—they’ll arrive at a House of Representatives not only raising money for themselves but for every other member of their party as well.

It’s more or less an open secret in Washington, but little known outside the Beltway.  Each incumbent member, no matter which political party, is expected to raise funds based on a sliding scale to help elect other members of his or her party. Critics, like Peter Schweizer, head of the watchdog group The Government Accountability Institute, call it a “pay to play” system. Leaders are expected to raise upwards of $500,000 each election cycle; committee chairs about $200,000 or so and then on downwards. Are you head of an important committee in the House?  That will cost you more. Committee assignments are rated “A”, “B” and “C”, with the “A” committee chairs expected to raise more than the people who chair the “C” committees.

CNN Investigations obtained some still photographs from inside the Republican National Campaign Committee showing to the penny how much money each member has raised to date, how much they are expected to raise and how far behind they may be.

Watch Senior Investigations Correspondent Drew Griffin unpeel the onion in Washington again, all part of AC360’s “Congress For Sale” series running all this year.

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June 9th, 2014
11:24 PM ET

Keeping Them Honest: 57,000+ military veterans are currently waiting for care

The Department of Veterans Affairs released its internal audit showing just how widespread the problems are in the agency. Drew Griffin reports on the stunning findings.

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May 30th, 2014
10:31 PM ET

Keeping Them Honest: Will Shinseki's resignation help fix problems at the VA?

After AC360 spent months reporting on the problems at VA hospitals across the country, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is resigning. President Obama made the announcement today, saying Shinseki did not want to be a distraction. But there are serious questions about what it will take to get America's veterans the care they need and deserve. Drew Griffin takes a look at the events that led to today's resignation.

Anderson looked at what needs to be done to fix the problems at the VA with Congressman Jeff Miller who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and Dr. Sam Foote, who blew the whistle on problems at the Phoenix VA hospital.

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