Hours after the release of the Senate’s torture report, President Obama sat down for an interview with Univision News and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos. The subject quickly switched to immigration and that’s when things got heated. Mr. Ramos tells Anderson that the vast majority of the Latino community supports President Obama, but there is anger over the millions of deportations during his administration.
President Obama followed up on last night's speech by signing a pair of memos associated with his executive action on immigration. The measures will let up to five million undocumented immigrants stay in the country temporarily. House Speaker John Boehner says the executive order is sabotaging President Obama's chances of passing other reforms that he wants. Speaker Boehner even said this will damage the presidency itself. Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos spoke with Anderson and said the President was pushed to take this action by Latino groups, but also by the inaction of Republicans.
Now that President Obama laid out his plan to take executive action on immigration, there is a new focus on the border. Some opponents say they believe the President's plan will lead to a flood of undocumented immigrants at the border. Gary Tuchman visited Nogales, Arizona and showed just how easy it is to scale the fence separating the U.S. from Mexico.
Republican Congressman Steve King from Iowa says President Obama has ‘no constitutional authority’ to take executive action on immigration that was laid out in a speech to the nation. Rep. King descried a wide variety of options to counter the President's plan, including a resolution of disapproval, censure and funding cuts.
Alberto Gonzales served as Attorney General during Pres. George W. Bush’s administration. He spoke with Anderson about ambiguities in the plan regarding Presidential power. He also said that he hoped that this will motivate the Congress to take legislative action instead.
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.
On the first day of early voting in Chicago, President Obama wasted no time in casting his ballot for the midterm election. Mike Jones couldn't waste what he called a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ to make a wisecrack warning the commander-in-chief, ‘Don't touch my girlfriend.’ What did Mike think would happen? Anderson spoke to Mike and his fiancé Aia Cooper.
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."
Both the House and Senate have voted to approve a measure to train and arm Syrian rebels. President Obama thanked lawmakers, saying the bipartisan support showed Americans were united in the fight against Islamic State militants. Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii is also an Iraq war vet and she voted against the measure. She told Anderson that her biggest problem is that "the mission is unclear."
There are serious questions about why the U.S. needs to lead the way in the battle against ISIS. Anderson talked it over with U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power, who said regional powers need to put "skin in the game."
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.
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