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November 3rd, 2014
11:17 PM ET

President Obama's midterm X-Factor

President Obama's popularity has taken a dive and Republicans across the country are trying to take advantage of that in the midterms. There are plenty of Democratic candidates who are going out of their way to distance themselves from the President. That doesn't mean he is spending this election entirely on the sidelines. Dana Bash has the latest.

Do candidates who put too much distance between themselves and President Obama risk losing the African-American vote? Joe Johns reports.

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Filed under: Dana Bash • Joe Johns • Midterm Election 2014 • President Barack Obama
September 8th, 2014
11:46 PM ET

Ferguson: Two new eyewitnesses come forward

There are two eyewitnesses to the shooting of Michael Brown that we did not know about until now. Their accounts has some similarities to what previous witnesses have said. But these two people are not from Ferguson and they did not know Michael Brown. Joe Johns has their story.

What do these new accounts of the shooting mean for the case against Officer Darren Wilson? Anderson discussed it with Neil Bruntrager, who is the general counsel for the St. Louis Police Officers Association, along with CNN legal analysts Sunny Hostin and Mark Geragos.

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Filed under: Ferguson • Joe Johns • Mark Geragos • Michael Brown • Sunny Hostin
August 20th, 2014
12:11 AM ET

Where is the military gear in Ferguson coming from?

The images coming out of Ferguson often look similar to a war zone. The police presence aimed at keeping the peace there often looks more reminiscent of a full-fledged military operation. Joe Johns looks into a federal program that is providing police forces like the one in Ferguson with heavy equipment.

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Filed under: Ferguson • Joe Johns • Michael Brown
July 24th, 2014
09:47 PM ET

Air Algerie flight's tragic timeline

For the second time in a week, an airliner has crashed in a war zone. Today an Air Algerie flight, operated by Spain's Swift Air disappeared over Mali's Northern desert. 116 people on board are now presumed dead. Joe Johns takes a look at what we know so far about this latest tragedy.


Filed under: Air Algerie • Joe Johns • MH17
January 24th, 2014
09:52 PM ET

Former Virginia Governor and First Lady arraigned after accepting extravagant gifts

He was once one of the Republican party's rising stars.There was even talk of Bob McDonnell running for the White House. But today, the former Virginia Governor and his wife are charged with taking gifts from a local businessman in exchange for using the governor's position to help his company. According to the indictment, they accepted:
–A silver Rolex, engraved with "71st Governor of Virginia."
–Two sets of golf clubs.
–Two iPhones
–Two gold Oscar de la Renta dresses.
–Two Armani dresses and matching jacket.
- Louis Vuitton shoes, wallet and purse.
- Also, a 50-thousand dollar loan and a 15-thousand dollar wedding gift for the McDonnell's daughter.
The big question is whether their actions add up to corruption. Joe Johns has the latest.

John Berman discussed the case with Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.


Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Jeffrey Toobin • Joe Johns
January 23rd, 2014
10:08 PM ET

Is Attorney General Holder laying the groundwork for Edward Snowden to return to the U.S.?

Edward Snowden is one of America's most wanted fugitives. In an interview today Attorney General Eric Holder signaled a willingness to talk with him on U.S. soil. Edward Snowden is also speaking out about the situation. He held an on-line chat session today and said he is not in a position to return to the U.S. Joe Johns breaks down this complicated situation.

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Filed under: Atty. Gen. Eric Holder • Edward Snowden • Joe Johns
January 22nd, 2014
12:07 AM ET

Former Virginia Governor and wife indicted

Bob McDonnell was once a rising star in the Republican party. Today, the former Virginia Governor and his wife are facing federal charges in connection with a gift-giving scandal. They faced reporters and denied any wrongdoing. Senior Washington Correspondent Joe Johns has the latest.

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January 10th, 2014
10:41 PM ET

Is there a smoking gun in the thousands of documents just released on the Christie bridge scandal?

Newly released documents suggest some key players in Chris Christie's administration knew they were inflicting pain with the four days of traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge, and they took steps to shield themselves from the blowback. The documents were just released by the New Jersey State Assembly committee that's investigating the scandal. Joe Johns has more on what else is in these documents.

Anderson discussed all of this with Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin and Senior Political Analyst David Gergen.

Click here to check out all of the documents released today on the Chris Christie bridge scandal.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Joe Johns • Mark Geragos • Mark Toobin
November 20th, 2013
11:46 PM ET

Congressman pleads guilty to cocaine charge

Today a judge sentenced freshman U.S. Congressman Trey Radel to a year of probation, after he pleaded guilty to cocaine possession. The Florida Republican was arrested last month, but the news only came to light yesterday when the charges were filed. Joe Johns looks into new questions in this case.

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October 29th, 2013
11:58 PM ET

New document reveals the White House knew of Obamacare web site problems in September

The main contractor building healthcare.gov issued a report warning the site was not ready, weeks before it was set to launch. Joe Johns takes a closer look at what the government agency that received the report did with that information.

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