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FBI raids Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home CNN Tonight
The FBI executes a search warrant at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Sources familiar with the situation say the unannounced raid relates to the handling of classified and presidential documents that may have been brought to the resort, resulting in officials breaking into the former president’s safe and removing boxes of items during the search.Plus, the parents of Amhaud Arbery, who was lethally shot while jogging, join to give their reaction to a judge adding second l...Show moreife sentences on federal hate crime charges to the sentences of their son’s murderers. And, fear grips Albuquerque, New Mexico, after four Muslim men are inexplicably gunned down since November. Police are seeking a dark grey or silver Volkswagen that may be connected to the killings.Hosted by Sara Sidner.
Aug 9, 2022
Jury awards further $45 million in punitive damages in Alex Jones case CNN Tonight
The jury in Alex Jones’ defamation trial awards $45 million more in punitive damages to the parents of the Sandy Hook shooting victims. A financial expert testified Jones used shell companies to mask his income, and may have a net worth of as much as $270 million. Trial lawyer Ken Turkel joins to discuss if Jones’ case will set a precedent on accountability and punishment for knowingly spreading harmful disinformation.Russia says it’s open to a prisoner swap after sentencing NWBA star Brittney G...Show moreriner to 9-years for drug smuggling. CNN National Security Analyst Steve Hall joins to discuss the grim conditions Griner is currently held in, and how Putin could use the athlete as a political bargaining chip to free a number of prisoners with ties to Russian military intelligence. Plus, President Biden notches wins on the latest jobs report, gas prices, economic legislation, and fighting terror.Hosted by Laura Coates.
Aug 6, 2022
Alex Jones must pay over $4 million to parents of a Sandy Hook victim CNN Tonight
A judge orders right-wing commentator Alex Jones to pay the parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim more than $4 million in compensation, for his widespread and relentless lies over a 10-year period that the tragic event was an elaborate hoax. But with punitive damages in this defamation case still to be decided and multiple additional defamation lawsuits pending, Jones' legal battles are far from over. Laura and the panel discuss if Jones’ downfall will stop others deliberately spreading misinf...Show moreormation.Plus, Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren joins CNN Tonight to talk about his suspension by Florida Governor DeSantis, after vowing not to criminalize abortion. And, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema says she will "move forward" on Biden’s economic bill giving the Democrats the votes to progress the legislation, after a deal she cut on changes to tax provisions in the package with the Senate Majority Leader.Hosted by Laura Coates.
Aug 5, 2022
Alex Jones and the cost of conspiracy CNN Tonight
While giving testimony in a $150 million defamation lawsuit brought against him by the family of a Sandy Hook victim, Alex Jones is confronted in court about damning texts his own attorneys accidentally leaked that the family’s lawyer says proves the right-wing conspiracy theorist committed perjury.Plus, Stephen R. McAllister is the former Solicitor General of Kansas. He joins to discuss the record voter turnout that’s protected abortion rights in the State in the first vote on the issue since t...Show morehe SCOTUS ruling overturning Roe. And, CNN Contributor Bob Costas joins to discuss the NFL pushing for a full season suspension for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson following sexual misconduct allegations.Hosted by Laura Coates.
Aug 4, 2022
January 6 texts wiped from phones of Pentagon officials CNN Tonight
The trail of deleted January 6 text messages now stretches all the way to the Pentagon. Is there a way to get them back? Digital forensic investigator Gary Kessler joins to give Laura his insight. Voters in five states - Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, Washington and Kansas, head to the polls on primary night, as Trump’s influence lingers with 2020 election deniers on ballots and three Republicans who voted to impeach Trump facing primary challenges.Plus, Atlanta City Council President Doug Shipman...Show more joins to discuss the cancellation of the Atlanta Music Festival due to state gun laws, Speaker Pelosi addresses lawmakers in Taiwan in defiance of China, and Beyoncé changes her lyrics after criticism from disability advocates.Hosted by Laura Coates.
Aug 3, 2022
U.S. kills world's top terror target CNN Tonight
More than 20-years after 9/11, the hunt for Bin Laden's number two is over as the U.S. kills Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a precise drone missile strike on the balcony of a Kabul safe house. Former Government Counter Terrorism Adviser Richard Clarke and the New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins join to discuss the significance of removing this top terrorist leader who was being hidden in plain sight, the reasons why it took so long to achieve and the diplomatic situation America now finds itself i...Show moren with the Taliban.Plus, how the al-Zawahiri killing could impact Biden Politically, NBA legend Bill Russell and trailblazing “Star Trek” actress Nichelle Nichols are remembered as American heroes, and Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock for slapping him at the Oscars in an emotional YouTube video.Hosted by Laura Coates.
Aug 2, 2022
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Jul 30, 2022
DOJ & January 6 Committee zero in on Trump cabinet officials CNN Tonight
The January 6 Committee zeros in on former key officials from Trump's Cabinet for testimony, focusing on conversations they had about the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment after the US Capitol attack. With the investigation finally breaking through to Trump’s West Wing and the DOJ preparing for a court battle to force former Trump White House Officials to testify before a grand jury, how much does this increase the former president’s political and legal jeopardy?In further controversy, ...Show moreTrump praises Saudi Arabia's backing of the LIV Golf Tournament at his New Jersey club, and reacts to the families of 9/11 victims who plan to protest the event by saying, "Nobody's gotten to the bottom of 9/11". Plus, Laura interviews the lawyer for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout on a possible US-Russia prisoner swap, Republicans stall a bill to help veterans exposed to burn pits, and can money make you happy? A lottery winner shares his advice ahead of a Mega Millions jackpot draw that’s reached $1.1 Billion.Hosted by Laura Coates.
Jul 29, 2022
Investigation ramps up as Mike Pompeo engages with January 6 Committee CNN Tonight
Multiple sources tell CNN Trump’s former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could sit for a deposition as early as this week, as the January 6 Committee’s investigation shifts to cabinet-level officials. And it's now clear the DOJ hasn't been dragging its feet, as it focuses on potential criminal charges for individuals connected to both seditious conspiracy, and the fake electors scheme.Senators Manchin and Schumer announce a surprise agreement on The Inflation Reduction Act, which provides $369 bi...Show morellion for climate change programs and assists Americans with their medical bills. And, The Federal Reserve hikes interest rates by 0.75% for the second time in two months, as the White House plays down recession fears. Plus, a potential deal is being negotiated to exchange a convicted Russian arms trafficker dubbed “The Merchant of Death” for the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan.Hosted by Laura Coates.
Jul 28, 2022
DOJ investigating Trump’s actions prior to insurrection CNN Tonight
The Washington Post reports the DOJ is investigating Trump’s actions in a January 6 criminal probe, subpoenaing top Pence aides Marc Short and Greg Jacob to testify before a Grand Jury, for hours of detailed questioning about meetings the then president led in December 2020 and January 2021. Attorney General Garland has faced criticism for his handling of the January 6 investigation - do these moves make it clear he’s moving closer to prosecuting Trump?Elizabeth Weller lost her baby girl due to ...Show morea premature rupture of membranes at 18-weeks and was initially denied life-saving medical care due to a Texas abortion law. She joins to tell Laura her story. Plus, former acting defense secretary Chris Miller denies Trump ordered protection for the Capitol on January 6, and CNN Supreme Court Analyst Joan Biskupic joins to discuss the inside story of Justice Roberts’ efforts to save abortion rights.Hosted by Laura Coates.
Jul 27, 2022
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