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October 21st, 2014
10:28 PM ET

Anderson Cooper gets the story behind the ‘Don't touch my girlfriend’ comment

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.

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Filed under: President Barack Obama
September 29th, 2014
11:21 PM ET

Keeping Them Honest: Is President Obama passing the buck on ISIS?

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.

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Filed under: Jay Carney • Jim Sciutto • Keeping Them Honest • President Barack Obama
September 26th, 2014
11:07 PM ET

Keeping Them Honest: With friends like these...

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."

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Filed under: Keeping Them Honest • President Barack Obama
September 18th, 2014
09:55 PM ET

Web Exclusive: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on voting against measure to arm Syrian rebels

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."

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Filed under: ISIS • President Barack Obama • Web Exclusive
September 9th, 2014
11:38 PM ET

Keeping Them Honest: What did President Obama mean when he called ISIS a "JV Team"

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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Filed under: ISIS • Keeping Them Honest • President Barack Obama
September 3rd, 2014
11:23 PM ET

Does President Obama see ISIS as a threat to the U.S. homeland?

During a news conference today in Estonia, President Obama said his goal is to "degrade and destroy" ISIS. He then took a step back and said his goal is to ensure ISIS is "manageable." President Obama has already sent U.S. troops to Iraq to help protect U.S. personnel and embassies. Is the administration concerned that ISIS is plotting attack targeting Americans here at home? Anderson spoke with Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken.


Tom Foreman looks at who is fighting for ISIS, along with the terror group's strengths and weaknesses.

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Filed under: ISIS • President Barack Obama • Syria
September 2nd, 2014
11:14 PM ET

Sen. John McCain on ISIS: President Obama is either in denial or overwhelmed

The latest ISIS video, which claims to show the execution of American journalist Steven Sotloff, is raising questions about America's response to the terror group's advances. Senator John McCain spoke to Anderson and slammed President Obama for not having enough of a strategy to take on ISIS.

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Filed under: ISIS • John McCain • President Barack Obama
August 28th, 2014
11:37 PM ET

Does President Obama have a plan for dealing with ISIS?

After days of waiting to see if President Obama would target ISIS with airstrikes inside Syria, he addressed reporters today saying:

'I have consulted with Congress throughout this process.  I am confident that as Commander-in-Chief I have the authorities to engage in the acts that we are conducting currently.  As our strategy develops, we we will continue to consult with Congress, and I do think it'll be important for Congress to weigh in, that our consultations with Congress continue to develop so that the American people are a part of the debate.  But I don't want to put the cart before the horse.  We don't have a strategy yet. '

Anderson spoke to Jim Acosta for the White House response to the President saying, 'We don't have a strategy yet.'

There are serious questions about whether ISIS can hold on to and govern areas it now controls. Anderson discussed it with the New York Times' Ben Hubbard.


Filed under: ISIS • Jim Acosta • President Barack Obama • Syria
August 7th, 2014
11:02 PM ET

President Obama targets ISIS with airstrikes, and their victims with humanitarian airdrops

President Obama has authorized airstrikes in Iraq targeting ISIS. The announcement comes after the U.S. launched an airdrop operation delivering humanitarian relief to thousands of members of a nearly extinct sect known as the Yazidis. ISIS forced them from their homes and into the surrounding mountains to die without food or water. It isn't just the Yazidis on the run from ISIS. Christians, Kurds and other minorities are fleeing ISIS fighters who are armed with weapons stolen from the Iraqi military. Ivan Watson reports from Irbil, Iraq on the latest on events that led up to President Obama's decision to authorize these airstrikes and airdrops.

The Pentagon's airdrop operation in Iraq is both delicate and risky. Anderson discussed the logistics of all this with Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Rick Francona, New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell, and former White House Homeland Security Advisor Fran Townsend.

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Filed under: Iraq • ISIS • President Barack Obama
August 7th, 2014
10:54 PM ET

The history of ISIS in two minutes

President Obama authorized targeted airstrikes and a humanitarian relief airdrop after ISIS' latest offensive in Iraq. Over the last few years, ISIS has grown to become one of the world's most brutal and dangerous Jihadist groups. Anderson Cooper looks at how they became so dangerous so fast.

Could ISIS retaliate against the U.S. with an attack on the American homeland? Anderson discussed this ISIS' capabilities with former CIA officer Bob Baer, National Security editor of The Guardian, Spencer Ackerman and Quartz managing editor Bobby Ghosh

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Filed under: Iraq • ISIS • President Barack Obama
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