Nancy Pelosi was hoping to avoid cameras as she walked into a fundraiser at a Washington restaurant. It was a CNN intern who caught cell phone video of her and her staff entering the event through a kitchen door. Twelve of the people listed as hosts on the invitation are former Pelosi staffers, advisers or aids.
CNN Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin looks at how Capitol Hill is turning into something of a "Lobbying University," where staffers are learning the ropes before joining in this lucrative field.
The VA has begun the process of dismissing four high level officials, including one at the center of the 2012 outbreak of legionnaire's disease. It sickened 21 veterans in Pittsburgh and five later died. Drew Griffin tells Anderson that at the VA, "you go on a 'sort of' wait list to be fired."
During his interview with '60 Minutes,' President Obama admitted that ISIS' strength had been underestimated. He then called out Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. So what did President Obama know about ISIS? Anderson discussed this with National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto, Daily Beast Senior National Security Correspondent Eli Lake and former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who’s now a CNN Senior Political Commentator.
In Friday's edition of "Keeping Them Honest," Anderson Cooper explored the recent praise having been showered upon Haidar al-Abadi.
Iraq's new Prime Minster has been publicly endorsed by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. But is all the adoration premature? Can he be trusted, and is Iraq a reliable ally?
Watch the above video, as these questions, and many more, were all on the table as part of the programs continued effort towards "Keeping Them Honest."
The NFL is struggling with scandal after scandal concerning domestic violence, brain damage from concussions of players, even questions about its drug testing policy, but did you also know that the league made $10.5 billion in 2013 and is run by a front office that is getting a pretty big gift from U.S. taxpayers. The National football League is a non-profit. Which means, while the teams pay taxes, the league does not.
You may be asking why? CNN's Drew Griffin is keeping them honest.
For more this story: Is the NFL skirting the tax man?
The U.S. is in the middle of an air campaign against ISIS. If that fails, will the Obama administration send combat troops on the ground? It seems to depend on who in Washington you ask. Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest and asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. He described the role members of the U.S. military may be asked to play on the ground in Iraq.
The state of California cracked down on the charity Help Hospitalized Veterans, after finding it spending hundreds of thousands of dollars that should have been going to vets, on big time salaries and golf club memberships. That got the charity banned from VA hospitals. However, Help Hospitalized Veterans is still in business, just under new management. The current CEO is a disgraced former VA administrator with ethics issues of her own. Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin is Keeping Them Honest and describes the situation by saying "this is where the poor management at the VA… and very bad veteran charities intersect."
President Obama is preparing for a major speech laying out his plan for dealing with ISIS. A sports analogy he used to describe the terror group during an interview with the New Yorker's David Remnick back in January that is raising serious questions today.
"The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant…"
Anderson looked at the fallout from that comment and discussed it with David Remnick.
There is a rare bipartisan agreement in Congress that comes after months of CNN's reporting on secret wait lists at VA hospitals and veterans dying while waiting for care. A $17 billion deal is aimed at fixing the troubled Veterans Affairs health system. Drew Griffin has been Keeping Them Honest on the problems at the VA, and he breaks down how lawmakers plan to use this money to fix the mess.
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