December 4th, 2012
11:23 PM ET

Anderson Cooper explains his eye injury

Anderson was absent from AC360° on Monday to recover. He went blind for about 36 hours after his eyeballs were sunburned on a shoot in Portugal. "I was very lucky and I got medical attention, and I can see. I'm putting in a lot of drops, it'll be a couple – a week or so, but I'm doing alright," Anderson tells Isha Sesay.

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December 4th, 2012
11:16 PM ET

RidicuList: Man wants Romney face tattoo removed

An about-face lands a tattoo-loving Romney supporter on the RidicuList.

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December 4th, 2012
11:09 PM ET

Bad medicine vs. First Amendment rights

California’s ban on a so-called therapy that claims to turn gay children and teens straight is under attack. It’s being challenged on first amendment grounds. But is this a case of free speech or bad medicine? A lawyer who’s challenging the ban faces off with Senior Analyst Jeffrey Toobin

December 4th, 2012
11:01 PM ET

Dr. Drew on controversial therapy

Dr. Drew makes the distinction between kids subjected to reparative therapy and adults who choose the treatment that's meant to change a patient's sexual orientation.

Anderson Cooper tells Drew what he's found when interviewing people who say they're formerly gay; they acknowledge still feeling attracted to others of the same sex while forcing themselves not to act on those feelings. Drew agrees with that assessment and says the biggest issue is the right to practice the therapy on kids, and whether the state should protect them from an untested treatment.

"Adolescents are exquisitely sensitive to these kinds of feelings and to undermine professionals' attempts to help them come to terms with this...that is what people are gravely concerned about," says Drew. "There are many people who have been through this who will tell you it didn't work for them. It's been quite miserable."

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Filed under: Dr. Drew • Gay & Lesbian Issues • Medical News
December 4th, 2012
10:59 PM ET

KTH: No sign of fiscal cliff deal progress

With 28 days before the deadline, there's no compromise between Congress and the president. No behind-the-scenes negotiating, no staff level talks, nothing. Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.

Filed under: Congress • Economy • Fiscal Cliff • Keeping Them Honest • President Obama • Taxes
December 4th, 2012
10:32 PM ET

McCain: Take out Assad, secure chemicals

Anderson Cooper asks Sen. John McCain how he thinks the U.S. should act to prevent the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

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December 4th, 2012
10:24 PM ET

Compromise in Washington is harder than 20 years ago

Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell says in his day, the parties worked together despite opposing beliefs. He tells Anderson Cooper why reaching a fiscal cliff deal is much more of a challenge in 2012 than it would have been decades ago.

Although the issues and views from both sides haven't changed much, the difference is the personal relationships between members of the two sides."You didn't have the total polarization that you have today," says Mitchell.

After he was chosen as majority leader, Mitchell's first priority was reaching out to Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole. He recounts to Anderson the conversation that would set the tone for their working relationship. Mitchell told Dole, "If we don't have some degree of trust between us, it will be an impossible job," and he promised never to surprise him and never to try to embarrass him.

And in the six years they worked together, no harsh words were exchanged. "We debated vigorously on the floor of the Senate, but it was not personal," says Mitchell.

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December 4th, 2012
08:36 PM ET

Letters to the President #1415: 'A driving lesson'

Reporter's Note: President Obama has two daughters, as do I. And presumably he will one day teach them to drive.

Dear Mr. President,

Our younger daughter, who recently acquired that most coveted of youthful prizes – the driver’s license, is now learning to drive our stick shift car which was made five years before she was born. She is relatively good at it, but the coordination of gears, clutch, brakes, and steering are far from instinctive at this juncture so any given moment can become a neck snapping adventure with the car leaping and bucking down the road.

And if that is as thrilling as a round on a state fair Tilt-A-Whirl to us, you can just imagine how it impresses nearby pedestrians, a few of whom I have watched wisely waiting on the curb for us to pass even though a well-marked crosswalk beckons them into the path of doom.

I’m not making fun of her. She is conscientious, smart, and a quick learner. As I noted just this morning while we careened through the neighborhood with the wild abandon of a go-cart racer or a demented weasel, “You know, once you master this, you will be one of the few kids at your school capable of driving a standard transmission.”

“Yeah, I suppose so,” she said. “Actually, I told some of my teachers I am learning and they said even they don’t know how to do it.”

Funny how things change. When I was in high school it seemed as if there were still a lot of standard transmissions on the road, and my parents generally regarded anyone who could only drive an automatic as somehow deficient; as if the poor soul was destined for a lifetime of boiled meat, white bread and weak tea. I can still recall the look of disdain and pity in my father’s eyes when he met someone who meekly accepted the mind-numbing limitations of an automatic transmission, not even bothering to sample the delicious joys of clutching, shifting, and coaxing an engine through its gears.

I guess, judging from my daughter’s friends and teachers, it is a dying art; soon to be as archaic as a buggy whip. But for now, I feel like we are giving more than driving lessons; we are reveling in a piece of history…sore necks and all.

So how are the fiscal cliff negotiations going? Sounds a tad rough…

Call if you can. Btw- did you see the Redskins beat the Giants last night? Quite a surprise that…