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Deal reached to move forward with Covid relief bill

A source tells CNN that Democratic Senators have reached a deal to move forward with the Covid relief bill, agreeing to extend the enhanced unemployment insurance program through September 6 at $300 a week. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin stalled the bill for hours while his Republican colleagues urged him to support a less generous plan on jobless benefits. In a 50-50 Senate with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaker, the Democrats can’t afford to lose even one vote. Democratic Sen....


Federal investigators examining communications between U.S. lawmakers and Capitol rioters

Federal investigators are examining the communications between members of Congress and the pro-Trump mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6. A U.S. official says the investigation is moving closer to exploring whether lawmakers wittingly or unwittingly helped the insurrectionists. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe joins AC360 to discuss the investigation. Plus, Dr. Anthony Fauci says the U.S. shouldn’t loosen coronavirus restrictions until daily new cases fall below 10,000....


Biden criticizes Texas and Mississippi for lifting restrictions

Pres. Joe Biden criticized Texas and Mississippi for lifting their Covid-19 restrictions and called it “neanderthal thinking.” Biden said “I think it's a big mistake” and that he hopes “everybody's realized by now, these masks make a difference.” Beto O’Rourke is a former U.S. Congressman who represented El Paso and the surrounding area in Texas. He says the governor’s decision was a “death warrant for Texans” and tells Anderson Cooper that Abbott has given the green light to anybody who...


FBI Director knocks down GOP conspiracy theories about January 6 attack

FBI Director Christopher Wray knocked down a conspiracy theory that the January 6th rioters were “fake Trump protestors,” a baseless claim that’s been pushed by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. Wray also made it clear to lawmakers that Antifa and other left-wing groups weren’t part of the violence saying “we have not, to date, seen any evidence of anarchist violent extremists or people subscribing to Antifa in connection to the 6th.” Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar is a member of the Senate...


CDC Director warns all recent Covid-19 progress could be wiped out by variants

The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning Americans that the country is at risk of losing recent gains in the battle against Covid-19 as highly contagious variants continue to spread. Dr. Rochelle Wolensky encouraged people to “stay strong” and said “vaccination is what will bring us out of this pandemic. To get there, we need to vaccinate many more people.” Moderna, Pfizer and just recently approved Johnson & Johnson say they’ll deliver enough doses to...


FDA recommends Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine

The FDA vaccine advisers recommended authorization of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine. In the U.S., the single-shot showed an overall efficacy of 72% in preventing moderate to severe disease and 85% effective in preventing severe disease. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins AC360 to discuss why people shouldn’t hesitate to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, even if the efficacy is lower than both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Plus, the House is expected to...


Capitol Police Chief: Extremists want to “blow up the Capitol”

The acting Capitol Police chief warned militia groups involved in the January 6 insurrection want to “blow up the Capitol” “and “kill as many members as possible” when President Joe Biden addresses Congress. Members of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group, participated in the riot and their leader tells CNN he has no sympathy for the members of Congress who feared for their lives. Andrew McCabe is a former FBI Deputy Director and is currently a CNN Contributor. He joins AC360 to...


FDA: Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe and effective

The U.S. Food and Drug administration found the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective and meets the emergency use authorization requirements. If authorized, it’ll be the third shot option in the United States. Dr. Leana Wen is the former Baltimore Health Commissioner and is currently an emergency room physician. She also has been a volunteer participant in the two-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine trial. She joins AC360 to react to the FDA’s analysis. Plus, authorities say...


Tiger Woods injured in car crash

Golfer Tiger Woods suffered serious leg injuries after his SUV crossed onto the wrong side of the road and rolled over several times near Los Angeles. A first responder says the five-time Masters winner couldn’t stand on his own but was “lucid and calm.” Woods last won the Masters Tournament in 2019 and is tied for most all-time career victories with 82 PGA Tour wins. Bob Costas is a Hall of Fame broadcaster and is currently a CNN Contributor. He joins AC360 to discuss Woods’ legendary...


Supreme Court allows release of Trump tax returns to New York prosecutor

The Supreme Court ruled that former Pres. Trump’s tax returns can be released to a New York prosecutor. The decision deals a massive lost to Trump, who has fought tirelessly to shield his financial papers from investigators. The former President reacted to the decision by saying “the Supreme Court never should have let this 'fishing expedition' happen, but they did.” Susanne Craig is an investigative reporter for the New York Times and has been focused on Trump’s finances and taxes since...


More than 14.9 million Texans impacted by water distribution

Approximately 165,000 Texans remain without power and more than 14.9 million have been impacted by a water crisis as the state braces for another deep freeze. While Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has been dealing with the fallout over his quick trip to Cancun, Mexico, two of his Democratic opponents, Beto O’Rourke and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have been raising money and offering resources to Texans who are struggling after the winter storm. Amanda Carpenter is the former Communications...


Cruz responds to criticism over Cancun trip

Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz returned from Cancun, Mexico with hundreds of thousands of Texans still without power and dealing with severe water issues. Cruz took a flight back to Houston after claiming he flew to the Mexican resort city for a night because his daughters “asked to take a trip with friends” but later said “it was obviously a mistake, and in hindsight I wouldn't have done it.” He also admitted his family had planned on staying through the weekend, not just the night, like...


2.6+ million Texans without power with no end in sight

A winter storm and lengthy cold snap has crippled power facilities in Texas and left more than 2.6 million people without power for several days. The outages cover the area served by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, and some Texas officials have pointed the blame at the power company and some are blaming Republican Governor Greg Abbott for failing to adequately prepare for the storm. Beto O’Rourke is a former Democratic Presidential Candidate and was a U.S. Congressman...


Republicans facing backlash after impeachment vote

The North Carolina GOP censured Sen. Richard Burr after he voted to convict former President Trump. 16 other Republicans are facing similar backlash. Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced plans for a “9/11-type commission” to investigate the Capitol attack. Independent Senator Bernie Sanders joins AC360 to discuss the clear divide in the GOP and his thoughts on the commission. Plus, the CDC recently released new guidelines for reopening schools including five key mitigation...


New details about Trump-McCarthy shouting match show Trump refused to call off the rioters

As the Capitol was under attack on January 6th, then-Pres. Trump told House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy the rioters cared more about the election results than he did. In the expletive-laced phone call, McCarthy insisted the rioters were Trump’s supporters and begged him to tell them to stop. The Republican members of Congress who were briefed on the call say the exchange shows the former President had no intention of calling off the rioters. Noah Feldman is a professor at Harvard Law...


GOP Senators and Trump’s defense team met to discuss “strategy”

Former Pres. Trump’s legal team met with Republican Senators, who are also jurors in the impeachment trial, to discuss “strategy.” Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy is also a juror in the trial. He joins AC360 to react to his colleagues meeting with Trump’s lawyers. Plus, a source tells CNN that Trump’s attorneys are looking to shorten their Senate presentation to as little as three hours in order to make it “short, tight and direct.” The former President’s legal team is expected to argue there...


Trump advisers say he hasn’t shown remorse for the insurrection

Advisers to former Pres. Trump say he still hasn’t shown any remorse for the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th. House impeachment managers released new video of the violent mob’s assault, including a clip of then-Vice President Mike Pence and his family being hustled away by Secret Service after rioters entered the building. Independent Sen. Angus King was also at the Capitol that day and is a juror in the trial. He joins AC360 to react to the newly released video and says seeing...


Sources: Trump unhappy with lawyer’s performance on first day of trial

Sources tell CNN former Pres. Trump was unhappy with his attorney Brian Castor’s opening argument on the Senate floor during the first day of his second impeachment trial but Castor said “I thought we had a good day.” Six GOP senators joined the Democrats to vote that the impeachment trial is constitutional, including Sen. Bill Cassidy who said he made his decision after Trump’s legal team failed to make a compelling argument. Rep. Adam Kinzinger was one of ten House Republicans to cross...


Sources: Trump telling aides he believes he’ll be acquitted

On the eve of his second impeachment trial, sources tell CNN since leaving office former Pres. Trump is fixated on “accountability” for the Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach him and is telling aides he believes he’ll be acquitted. The Trump legal team argues that the former President’s words “fight like hell” at the “Stop the Steal” rally before the insurrection did not incite riots. Meanwhile, a former aide recalls the then-President “loving watching the Capitol mob.” Democratic...


Biden: “There is no need” for Trump to get intel briefings

Pres. Biden says former Pres. Trump should no longer receive classified intelligence briefings pointing to his “erratic behavior unrelated to the insurrection.” Former presidents traditionally have access to the same intelligence briefings their successors have. James Clapper is the former Director of National Intelligence and is a CNN National Security Analyst. He tells Anderson Cooper he agrees with Biden and says “it’s absolutely the right thing to do.” Plus, controversial Republican Rep....