November 18th, 2009
09:44 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 11/18/09

We have breaking news from Capitol Hill. Senate Democrats have revealed their health care bill. Plus, Sarah Palin speaking out about the Ft. Hood massacre. And, we have part two of our special report "Killings at the Canal: The Army Tapes."

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  1. Kevin

    These men are heroes. They should be set free. My Uncle John Hatley and the other two should not be imprisoned. They are HEROES. My uncle has served 19 and a half years and to have it all stripped away is wrong!

    November 18, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  2. Lori

    Mike sounds confused.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  3. David, Indiana

    @Emily good pt about elective surgery.

    @Mike formerly from Syracuse. Good question about Cadillac insurance plans. Why do people buy those plans.

    When does the senate bill come to the floor for debate?

    I think Major Hasan, as the situation is considered, was showing lots of red flags, maybe profiling wasn't even needed.

    A good discussion w/ James Carville and Richard? Reed. Lots of spin, James is hammering the pt about Palin like Rush being the "compelling force in the Republican party, but Mr. Reed has a point, Sarah Palin is by being so provactive drawing a lot of democratic fire.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  4. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The Army rules resulted in 70,000 detainees being released to kill again.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  5. Jatovi

    This is cold blooded murder. It is sad, but that is what it is.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  6. Mark Spencer

    While it is very easy to sympathize with these soldiers, does anyone that is saying they should not be charged bother to think how that would look on the world stage?

    Not even in war do we execute handcuffed detainees under arrest, or in captivity if you prefer in any case. As tempting as it is to become like them, the only way to defeat them is to not lower ourselves to their level.

    It is so much not what our country stands for. Anyone saying we should not have charged them or calling them heroes must also think the terrorists are heroes, because they kill and behead people without trial based on ideology.

    If our soldiers act almost like terrorists then what do we do? Prosecute them.

    Were they killers? Yes. Can you understand the soldiers frustration? Yes, of course. But if we let this go I wonder how many recruits to kill more American soldiers would be motivated to join the terrorists and how many more of our soldiers would die because of this.

    We are in this war because we do not believe that people can act as judge, jury and executioner, no matter the circumstances.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  7. Lori

    It isn't fair.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  8. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    While I don't agree these soldiers are heroes for what they did, it was justifiable homicide.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  9. Lori

    Were these soldiers trained properly for this situation?

    November 18, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  10. Lori

    I would think it was justice if the murdered had weapons they were firing at the time they were shot.

    That is a beautiful wedding gown. I feel sorry for the women.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  11. Joey P

    1SG Hatley, Sergeant "Doc" Leahy, and Sergeant First Class Mayo, I personally believe they are War Heroes. I have served with these men, and if you have not had the privilege to, then you do not know about their caring nature for their soldiers. They Love everyone of them like they were their own. 1st Sergeant John Hatley was my First Sergeant for awhile, and I support everything he has done and continues to do to protect and motivate the young men of Alpha company. whether it was from the men or lack there of, who shoot at us on a daily basis or it is him just showing his strength where he is at and letting us know that he is still able to keep his spirits up and we should too no matter where we are We all miss him. These men did what others are afraid to do, and yes they are paying the price for their actions. I do however feel that all three men should have gotten the same sentence. Also, there is a thing in the "murder case" world known as the ABC's of Murder, Autopsy, Body, Cause of Death. The military had none of these. A confession yes. But the Law system is screwed up, In the Army as well as any other branch of service you are Guilty until Proven innocent, maybe one day the Military will realize that the system works the other way, Guilty until Proven Innocent. Thank you guys for enlightening the world on these heroes stories.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  12. Emily

    why does he not have a lawyer with him?

    November 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  13. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    As many of you already know, i am a retired RN., and i am quite disturbed about the "new" guidlines on mamograms.

    I continue to support the idea of mamograms beginning at at least 40 yrs. of age every other year (more if you have family history or problems).

    Yes, i agree that mamograpyhy is Not the end all and be all of breat diagnosis, self exams are equally, if not More important.
    But use the technology as we have it! It has saved lives!

    November 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  14. Robin in Tampa, FL

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse – It's one thing to look at warning signs for a crazy person, it's another thing to make blanket statements ordering people to keep an eye on Americans who are willing serve their country because of who they worship.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  15. Steve - southern Illinois

    I think it's horrible what these soldiers are being asked to do. But I still don't believe that justifies executing prisoners. It's understandable but wrong.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  16. Lori

    Sarah Palin is interesting.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  17. Renee

    @ Anderson: Just invite Sarah Palin on your show and talk to her
    face-to-face. You seem to have an interest in her road show. Just throw all your questions directly to her.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  18. Devna AC360°

    Thank you for joining us tonight!

    November 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  19. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I am sorry, but I just don't understand all of the interest in Palin. She is a non-issue.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  20. Billy from Minneapolis

    Wouldn't TV be boring without Sarah Palin? She doesn't get my vote for any political office but she definitely puts a smile on my face.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  21. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Sarah Palin certainly loves the camera.....when its in her favor.....

    November 18, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  22. Dominique King

    I would have to agree with Anderson, James Carville is only saying positive things about Palin, so the Republican party will keep her...Hilarious. As long as they keep her Democrats will stay in control. Palin has no dea what she is talking all of the time.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  23. Lori

    Hello. Happy Wednesday!

    November 18, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  24. Cessy, Chicago IL

    good discussion on Sarah Palin "the most effective decoy" 😀

    November 18, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  25. Emily

    @ Mike, formerly from Syracuse,
    What do you think should be done when Muslims want to enter the Military?
    What CAN be done? Tests? there is already back ground checks done on everyone is there not? (criminal)

    November 18, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  26. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, I think it would also be a good idea for them to stop ignoringt facts because of political correctness.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  27. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and all bloggers. I'm with James. Would love to have Sarah run. Right, James?

    November 18, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  28. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Isabel, everyone. Anderson I wonder about the cost projections too. They could very well be "sheer fantasy."

    November 18, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  29. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    What is she saying because she dance around issues. It is the same song and dance with her.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  30. Emily

    Ralph Feed....well, there has to be ONE person out there that thinks this stuff! 😀
    that she has "good political instincts"?!!! ~ Yikes!

    November 18, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  31. Robin in Tampa, FL

    Palin is a loose cannon ... that is what I think.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  32. Steve - southern Illinois

    Sarah Palin is a much better celebrity than she is a public servant.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  33. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Palin is right, political correctness was a factor here. On profiling, when the people who keep attacking us are all male Muslims, we should definitely give them a closer look when they enlist in the military.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  34. Jane - Vt

    Poor Sarah....... I'm sick of her

    November 18, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  35. Emily

    I wonder just how much is now going to be "elective" cosmetic surgery?

    I'm thinking about when people are burnt, car crashes, or have animal bites, etc.
    Just how much will be turned down, or taxed?

    November 18, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  36. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Im just tired of being uninsured.....the word mammogram just sounds more and more expensive to me

    November 18, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  37. Jane - Vt

    Good evening everyone. I hope they pass health care with a public option.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  38. Paula, Colorado

    The health care debate seems unending. It's great to see some progress once again–even if there's more to be done for the bill to move forward.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  39. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    November 18, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  40. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    "What happened to 'no new taxes'?"

    There is no one campaigning right now!

    November 18, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  41. Billy from Minneapolis

    YAHOO! Finally, somebody puts a tax on elective (un-necessary) cosmetic surgery.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  42. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I agree that the cost projections are a joke. The GAO underestimated Medicare costs by a factor of ten times.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  43. Steve - southern Illinois


    I think I have a better chance of winning the lottery than ever seeing real Health Care reform. The Republicans are crazy and the Democrats are spineless.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  44. Emily

    This panel here about health care is interesting....abortion really is a sticking point for people!

    November 18, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  45. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Hi Anderson! Nice haircut!
    -we're off to a good start tonight! looks like a busy night.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  46. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson, Erica & entire Team 360.
    Hellow fellow bloggers & friends.

    Looking forward to the story on the troops at the "bridge".

    November 18, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  47. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    What happened to 'no new taxes'? What is a cadillac plan?

    November 18, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  48. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Anderson and everyone. Looking forward to the second part of the canal killings

    November 18, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  49. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    How can we spend over $800 billion on this and still reduce the deficit? This makes voodoo economics look brilliant in comparison.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  50. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Megan, Martina, & Bloggers!

    Lots of news tonight... looking forward to Part 2 of the "Killing at the Canal: The Army Tapes."

    November 18, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
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