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August 5th, 2011
10:16 PM ET

Video: AC361: The new 8pm on 8/8

Editor's Note: Same great reporting and journalism, just a new hour. Anderson Cooper chats about the new 8 o'clock.


Filed under: AC361° • Anderson Cooper
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  1. Doug Reed

    Wow, just watched Donna Brazile speak about the presidents speech. You know, it's incredible how, even when facts are provided for her she instead ignors the facts and does everything she can to cover for the president. Obama is HORRIBLE! Yes, he inherited a problem – REALLY? Who doesn't know that???? Aparently, the president! Here's an idea – get a PLAN. Donna, maybe you should too. Anderson, nice job of covering the story – mostly covering for Obama and Donna (That's sarcasm)! Disguesting reporting!!!!

    August 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  2. James D. Finch

    At great personal risk and discomfort Anderson Cooper has single-handedly focused the world's attention first on those suffering in Haiti and now the starving children of Somalia. In the face of enormous personal danger, his efforts have directly resulted in saving over one million lives. Anderson Cooper is a very worthy Nobel Peace Prize Laureate nominee.

    August 8, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  3. John

    Why is it that CNN has not reported on the following statement included in the S&P downgrade report

    “We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the act.”

    It’s right there on Page 4 of the official Standard & Poors “Research Update”

    August 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  4. Winola Neaves

    Wouldn’t it be better for everyone involved if the wealthy among us and big business paid their share of taxes? Unless those in control can figure out a way to stop those at the top from taking more than their share from companies and trying to hoard it away somewhere, and expecting those at the bottom to barely scrimp by, our country is headed down the tubes, then the dollar will be devalued and what good will all those dollars they are hoarding away be to them? Every legitimate religion (so far as I know) is based on the opposing forces of good and evil. This lack of concern for the less fortunate by the rich is just evil. Couldn’t we figure out a way that all Americans could have a reasonable standard of living? Something is wrong with our system when corporations such as Apple (and others) have more money than the federal government (when the federal government has so many people to be concerned about). And it is time those running the government lose their “whose side are we on mentality.” They no longer make wise decisions. They immediately take the position, “if the other side is for it, I’m against it.” They are acting like 5 year old kids. We have a lot of smart people and a lot of money in America. We could easily solve our problems if we took the civilized approach to problems and not the greedy, “what’s in for me” approach that we see each day we view the Washington political scene. United we’ll stand … divided we’ll fall.

    August 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  5. Michael W Ware

    This comment might have nothing to do with the page I'm writing on. Anyway, in reference to the death of 30 plus special op men I would like someone to investigate why SOME MILITARY IDIOT put TWENTY + HIGHLY TRAINED , DEADICATED AMERICAN MILITARY MEN on an aircraft that goes back to the Vietnam war. between 1975 and 2011 the American tax payer has paid countless millions of dollars for what has been touted as the most advanced aircraft in the world . I could go on and on and on about the CRIME of putting the men that were lost because of the STUPIDITY of the CO that signed off this mission.

    August 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  6. Donald T.

    Wish you'd do a report on the US dollar. It's plummeting over last 2 years, and no one is talking about it. The raise in the stock market has been INFLATION. I think S+P got it right, unfortunately, they should have done downgrade a long time ago. But no one is reporting the death of the dollar. And reports that the rating downgrade will raise interest rates and make car loans more expensive are disingenuous. Also, savers with savings accounts will earn more, gas prices will go down, food prices more affordable. The Obama administration's cries of foul sound childish and not in the interest of this country. Instead I wish they would have said, yes the US is on unsustainable course and we all will work to fix it, now they sound embarrassing. For the first time in my live I'm embarrassed to be American.

    August 7, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  7. Clifton

    Quick question why do we have a gold reserve of 286,909,631 onces of gold when it doesnt back the dollar any more and hasnt for awhile when at this time is selling at 1,664 an oz. We are in debt for almost 15,000,000,000 dollars do the math sell the gold reserve will bring in 477,417,625,984 and our oil reserve what are we saving it for when the world is pushing toward an alternative? We are holding onto about 21,320,000,000 barrels of oil. Oil is going for 84.93 a barrel the math for that is 1,810,707,600,000 add them together that equals to 2,288,125,225,984. That comes no where close to what we owe still 13 trillion short. Shows how stupid politics are why borrow more then you have assets of? What are there plans next? Selling Alaska to Canada? At this rate only thing we will be able to do is see our land/states off to pay off the debt. But were too busy helping Japan and Haiti and all the other countries when nature takes its course. Why do we keep giving away money we don't have. Thank god these politics have college degrees. But what do I know. I don't have a college degree. Just a soldier whos stuck in Iraq for what I have no idea besides sitting here having to worry every month if I'm gonna be able to take care of my wife and 4 kids back home. Cause of the politics whos too busy making themselfs look like idiots tring to agree on what they need to cut.

    August 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  8. Francesca Marone

    Wow! I am going to love the 8pm hour...I can go to bed earlier!

    August 7, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  9. donna davis

    Let a woman balance the budget. Most households checkbook's are controled by women. The bills have to be paid. We still have to eat and we still need a place to live. Take away all the perks that congress gets. Let them TRY to live instead of existing on our social security. I really enjoy your show. Thank you so much for being there for us.

    August 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  10. Banji

    I think downgrading US to AA+ is a wake up call to all our politicians, most especially, those who think they own this country and they can determine her destiny. Tea Party congress men and women should be blamed for this.

    August 6, 2011 at 12:08 am |
  11. Kenny

    Well – here we go again.......
    Its just sad that all these things have happend on Oboma's watch.
    I mean first those nasty Manson slayings and now this!
    I personally have an idea that has so far eluded the smart folks in congress,that could ease this debt dilemma.
    How about some of those sharp matmeticians out there tally up all the salary increases and benefit pakages-retirement plans -shady yet profitable investments of and by congressional members on the very items that they themselves had eneacted....
    I think you woild be shocked at the amount this will total...
    THEN=
    as we commonplace do- we should gather up those still living [and heirs] of the deceased members of congress and PROSECUTE THESE THIEVES to the fullest extent of the laws we currently do with other THIEVES like these who are legislated [by themselves] to be immune from any prosecution.
    They have stole everything the can steal till there is now a deficet of items to steal....

    August 6, 2011 at 12:04 am |
  12. Otis Hall

    How do you trust a goverment, 1 that does not count the people who are no longer drawing unemployment or were not allowed to. Skewed the numbers or changed the requirments. As one who paid in to the system, now the goverment wants to take care of everone else, but Americans. The problem is (who is in charge) kick the can on down the road. What happened to the buck stops here???????????????????

    August 6, 2011 at 12:00 am |
  13. lp

    The downgrade by S&P was not just because of the political debate. Are you guys serious on CNN? So we should have just given the Democrats and the President a blankcheck. Spending is what got us here, not enough revenues. Some of us that have been hanging on for the last 3 years with no raises and hours cut do not want our employers to have to pay more taxes. We are smart enough to know that a revenue increase would not effect you Anderson and the other liberal talking heads on you program. Why don't you all and those in hollywood that don't employ people send more of your pay checks to D.C. Help us out. Why doesn't everyone in Hollywood say they only need $250,000 when they make a movie. In fact, give everyone on the set the same amount.....like socialism....and anything above that they gross....send to D.C. Government is not the solution, it is the problem. Don't blame the tea party or those that were trying to set the country in the right direction. We are not going to by your bias anymore......Just wait until 2012 and I guess you guys in New York are going to be dumbfounded once again.

    August 5, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
  14. Deborah Alfano

    Republicans should allow for some taxes or at least tax reform and the Democrats should stop spending! Hang up the big government health project, we cannot afford it and most of us did not want it anyway. We were warned that we had to cut our budget by 4 trillion so why did we settle for less? Why did the President take his team out for burgers to "celebrate" all of their work? He best stop partying, golfing, celebrating with the rich and telling us that it will take time. I am bummed by Obama.

    August 5, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
  15. nicta

    just heard what AC read from Boehner. ...how ridiculous! the first item J Chambers cited as the reasons for the downgrading of our ratings was the delay / last minute raising of the debt ceiling which was held hostage by the tea partiers.
    in addition, the lack of revenue raising as part of the debt reduction plan was also mentioned.
    i am so sick of congress- they are running our country into the toilet.

    August 5, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  16. joe

    Republicans and the Tea Party own this downgrade all day, they were the first to put the full faith and credit of the United States on the line instead of doing the responsible thing and raising the debt ceiling and then legislating and putting forth bills and their positions on debt reduction. Instead, they created a parade and even Sen McConnell said that it was "a hostage worth ransoming." That's playing political games. Political positions are one thing, but actually putting the full faith and credit of the United States into the gamesmanship of one party's political goals is another. When you take office you must adhere that the People voted a Democratic President and we wanted to see his views implemented. We did place them into Congress in order to counterbalance spending but no one ever envisioned a day that a political party would put the reliability of the United States pivoting on a cliff in order to see their political ideals implemented. Republicans put it in question, Republicans did the hostage taking, Republicans own the downgrade.

    August 5, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  17. Jeff

    Credit downgrade - what did we expect? The embarrassing circus of self righteous hacks that we call a Congress (both parties–nobody displayed even a second of maturity) has already accelerated the decline of American reliability and credibility on a global basis. President Obama will be the Herbert Hoover of our age. I've gone from being scared to feeling betrayed by our elected leaders.

    August 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  18. Stephen

    This report specifically points to the GOP. The Democratic party has been disappointing, but it was the Republicans who held the country hostage. It was the Republicans who refused to cut a SINGLE millionaire loophole or Corporate loophole. They will not allow a single cent of tax increase on the ultra rich.

    We live in a country where a CEO pays a lower tax rate that his receptionist.

    August 5, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  19. James

    This is a predictable friendly but stern warning to do something about the tea party.

    August 5, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  20. Laura (Austin, TX)

    I agree with Bill K. And it is so appalling that the S&P guy stated that we MUST get rid of/cut entitlements. So, S&P is run by the "Tea Party." I've never heard of a ratings company doing/saying this kind of biased politico-talk. Is talk radio right? Are we at the mercy of The Elite? Is it their way, or else?
    If they cut entitlements, Obama should place price freezes on healthcare costs.

    August 5, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  21. Dave

    I can only imagine Obama’s team is drinking Champaign at Camp David. He originally proposed a 4T cut with some revenue increase and the Republicans (tea party) shut him down. Who will that come back on during the next campaign?

    August 5, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  22. Dwight

    S&P? Moody's? Derivatives were good? U.S. credit, downgraded? I'm as skeptical of credit rating agencies as I am of Congress.

    August 5, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  23. Marvin

    Anderson, I've been lessoning to your show and all the people you have on your show and no one...no one has mention the fact that the President was the only one at the beginning of the negotiations to suggest that there be a big deal worth over $4 trillion dollars. Why is that, please point this out

    August 5, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  24. Lee

    The Chair of the S&P Sovereign Rating Committee just told AC that we can re-gain our AAA bond rating if we, among other things, let the Bush tax cuts expire for incomes >$250,000. Translation: the Tea Party is wrong, and must be ended. THIS needs to be CNN's main story.

    August 5, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
  25. Denise Nason

    Tea party will have this country back to be a third world country. I f you take away everyone's income; the economy will not be stimulated because no one is buying. People need their social security; this is not an entitlement; paid into it. Need revenue; millionaires need to pay their fair share and not less than a secretary for taxes. TEA PARTY"S FAULT WE GOT DOWN-GRADED. Now will lose more money. Stocks went down because of the TEA PARTY NONSENSE. There trying to save money but all thier doing is costing Americans more money and we'll loose more jobs with these tea-baggers mke their uneducated decisions.

    August 5, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  26. j

    This is the Presidents fault and the Republicans fault…they both need to own up to this mess. When they were fighting about raising the debt ceiling the Creditors were watching them. They were making themselves look like fools. For one the Republicans clearly didn’t care abut the credit rating because if they did they wouldn’t have made a skeptical over something that could have been taken care of quickly, if they would have just worked with the Democrats. They knew exactly what they were doing. They knew it was that chance for the rating to drop and it can make things worse for the US but just for political points they didn’t care. For two the President didn’t do anything about the Republicans non cooperation and making a skeptical of the debt ceiling debate. The President should have stepped in and did something trastic because clearly the Republicans were out of control but he chose to nothing but leave it up to Congress and now look…Our credibility has tanked. The President should have went to Congress, he should have demanded tax revenues, he should have used the Fourth Amendment but he signed a deal that the Rebublicans clearly got what they wanted…NO TAX REVENUES” The President, I don’t think has the back bone to deal with the Rebublicans. I supported him all the way but after watching how the debt ceiling played out I don’t know if I still feel strongly about supporting the President, he has disappointed me one to many times.

    August 5, 2011 at 11:08 pm |

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