October 21st, 2014
10:31 PM ET

Carl Bernstein on Ben Bradlee: He is the most galvanizing and remarkable figure to work with

Ben Bradlee is best known for his work editing the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal.   Anderson Cooper looks back at Bradlee's life and legendary career with reporter Carl Bernstein, whose investigative reporting for the newspaper with Bob Woodward helped bring down the Nixon presidency.  

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August 8th, 2014
11:18 PM ET

What does Iraq mean for President Obama's legacy?

Carl Bernstein is a legendary journalist, author and CNN political commentator. He explains why President Obama's decision to authorize airstrikes in Iraq marks a turning point in his administration's foreign policy.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Carl Bernstein • Iraq
March 4th, 2014
10:10 PM ET

Would Putin be interested in an "off-ramp" to end the Ukraine crisis?

There are serious questions about how far Russian President Putin really thought through the Crimea invasion. There is late word that President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed a possible "off-ramp" for Russia to end the crisis. Anderson discussed Putin's motivations with CNN political commentator Carl Bernstein and Fareed Zakaria, host of Fareed Zakaria GPS.

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February 10th, 2014
10:19 PM ET

Hillary Clinton on Monica Lewinsky: A ‘narcissistic loony toon’

Newly uncovered documents on the Lewinsky affair apparently show what Hillary Clinton was saying about the situation behind closed doors. The papers belonged to a late close friend of Hillary Clinton's. But CNN political commentator, investigative reporter and Hillary Clinton biographer Carl Bernstein discussed the documents and said, 'What we have here is a lack of context.'

Randi Kaye takes a look back at the Lewinsky affair.

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January 21st, 2014
12:39 AM ET

Christie scandals: Media coverage

Journalist Carl Bernstein is best known for his role in uncovering Nixon's Watergate scandal. Tonight on AC360 Later he says that calling Christie's scandal "Bridgegate" is unfair, but argues there are "facts that need to be investigated."
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November 21st, 2013
12:15 AM ET

Was JFK a great President?

Fifty years after his assassination, President John F. Kennedy is remembered as one of America's most inspirational presidents. But was he a great president? Legendary journalist Carl Bernstein joins the AC360 Later panel and weighs in. Bernstein also shares his memories of breaking the news of the Kennedy assassination.
October 3rd, 2013
01:34 AM ET

Shutdown Showdown: McCarthy comparisons come out

Legendary journalist Carl Bernstein describes Eric Cantor and his wing of the Republican party as the most destructive political force since Joe McCarthy. Ana Navarro responds by calling on all sides to "ratchet down" the rhetoric.

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October 13th, 2008
05:51 PM ET

Ayers and the McCain-G. Gordon Liddy Symbiosis

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Carl Bernstein
CNN Political Analyst

Does John McCain "pal around with terrorists?"

Certainly McCain's continuing "association" and relationship with the convicted Watergate burglar and domestic terrorist G. Gordon Liddy might suggest that is the case, if we are to apply the standards drawn by the McCain campaign.

In 1998, Liddy gave a fundraiser in his Scottsdale, Arizona home for McCain's senatorial re-election campaign - the two posed for photographs together; and as recently as May, 2007, as a presidential candidate, McCain was a guest on Liddy's syndicated radio show. Inexplicably, McCain heaped praise on his host's values. During the segment, McCain said he was "proud" of Liddy, and praised Liddy's "adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great."

Which of Liddy's "principles and philosophies" was McCain referring to? Liddy's advocacy of break-ins? Firebombings? Assassinations? Kidnappings? Taking target practice with figures nicknamed Bill and Hillary?


Filed under: Barack Obama • Carl Bernstein • John McCain • Raw Politics
October 3rd, 2008
05:35 PM ET

What the Palin-Biden debate really told us

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Carl Bernstein
AC360° Contributor

Who won the Palin-Biden debate? Barack Obama, I suspect.

Who was the big loser? In an historic fortnight that had already underscored his erratic nature, John McCain.

The fact that Palin was able to string her sentences together last night – which she couldn’t manage to do in her unscripted interviews with Katie Couric - shows only how low McCain has strapped his presidential quest.

Sarah Palin’s task was an impossible one: to demonstrate that she is ready to be president of the United States. McCain put her in that impossible position; and her performance — all prep and no depth — demonstrated the bind he has put himself in.

Yes, he “energized the base” with his Hail Mary pick of Palin as a running mate. But he also demonstrated cynical disregard for the requirement of stable governance were he to be elected president, and then - through his incapacitation or death - Palin be called upon to exercise the powers of the presidency.

Just how scary a notion that is went on full display last night: She appeared to lack any semblance of the requisite depth, knowledge, or sense of history we should expect in a president or vice president; then she sought to excuse it by saying, “I’ve only been at this for five weeks.”


Filed under: Barack Obama • Carl Bernstein • Joe Biden • John McCain • Raw Politics • Sarah Palin
September 26th, 2008
11:29 AM ET

The Palin Pick - The Devolution of McCain

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Carl Bernstein
AC360° Contributor

In one of our many conversations as we crisscrossed the country during his campaign for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination, John McCain said to me, "I've always tried to act on what I thought was the best for the country. And that has guided me.... The only thing I can do is assure people that I would act on principle."

I traveled with McCain for weeks that political season, stayed in Arkansas with him, Cindy, and their children, and – for a Vanity Fair cover profile - filled dozens of notebooks and tapes with observations from and about a potentially heroic politician who seems far removed from the man running for president today.

Three weeks after the 2008 Republican convention, on the cusp (maybe) of the first presidential debate, it is time to confront an awkward but profound question: whether in picking Sarah Palin as his running mate, John McCain has committed - by his own professed standards of duty and honor - a singularly unpatriotic act.

"I would rather lose a political campaign than lose a war," he has said throughout this campaign. Yet, in choosing Palin, he has demonstrated - whatever his words - it may be permissible to imperil the country, conceivably even to "lose" it, in order to win the presidency. That would seem the deeper meaning of his choice of Palin.


Filed under: Carl Bernstein • John McCain • Raw Politics
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