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January 29th, 2010
09:44 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 01/29/10

Tonight on 360°, new hope for some of Haiti's orphans. Plus, we're tracking your tax dollars used for the stimulus. Are new jobs being created? We also have the rare showdown between Pres. Obama and GOP lawmakers. A Q & A session like you've never seen before.

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  1. David, Indiana

    @Megan, thank you Megan, I got here a bit late.

    @ Mike Armstrong sr TX I agree, as I understand it, many buildings in Port au Prince do not have the lateral support needed to withstand earthquakes, and Haiti does not have a national building code.

    @Yves Beilard

    "Mr Cooper i remember those stories not because they are tragic in nature, but because they are human in nature."

    Yes, very well said. Thank you for pointing this out.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  2. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,

    "President Obama needs to scold his own party. Pelosi and Reid have been totally partisan."

    I agree! & those two receive SO much attention!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  3. JoHanna

    thank you ac360 team for the work that you do. bringing some light to the darkness, under known, week in and week out. we are all better for the work that you do:) soon, in time, our neighbors will be on the mend in Louisiana, Mississippi, Haiti, and more.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  4. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Ed made good point his comment tonight about our pres. Obama!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  5. charlie

    @dodie That is exactly the reason why terrorist must be treated as normal criminals. Otherwise who gets to decide which crime are terrorism? If my neighobor's dog terrifies my daughter, the dog is literally a terrorist. Is the owner also a terrorist? Terrorists must be treated as criminals because it is simply justice to do so, it emphaiszes the strenght of just societies and it avoid glorifying terrorists. Terrorists want to be treated as special. don;tl give them that victory. Just lock them up with the rapists, paedophiles, drug dealers and gang member murderers.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  6. Dodie, Irvine CA

    In order to Circumvent filibusters, the democratic party can utilize the strategy from the Cheney/Bush Administration. They used the 50-vote budget reconciliation process to end filibusters and managed to ram tax cuts, oil drilling, trade authority, and more down the Democrats throats through reconciliation.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  7. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    President Obama needs to scold his own party. Pelosi and Reid have been totally partisan.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  8. Caroline, Los Angeles

    There are thousands of older American children available for adoption here too.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  9. Dodie, Irvine CA

    @ GlenUpNorth

    I view the both as terrorists. I personally do not see the difference. Both motivated by religion and a belief with the willingness to kill for it...

    January 29, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  10. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Please list the names of some Democrat-sponsored legislation in the pass 4 months that has received support from Republicans?

    It's all partisan, all the time, right?

    January 29, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  11. Linda

    While the world's eyes are focused on the plight of Haitian orphans remember there are thousands of social orphans in other countries available for adoption. Haitian adoption is not possible currently. There are thousands of children in other countries deserving of homes and parents that are available for adoption now.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  12. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    We need to work together were all up crap creek without a paddle and if we dont syncrenize our thoughts and ides were going to stay in stalemate with no advances .

    January 29, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  13. Caroline, Los Angeles

    I think it was a good idea for the President to have the cameras rolling as the GOP continued to show how unwilling they are to actually work on stuff.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  14. Emily

    Q & A that Soledad is having w/Ed Rollins is good.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  15. A. Smith, Oregon

    Its refreshing to see President Obama lash out at those that have repeatedly Demonized him for the past year. The secret service is likely applauding him speaking out against the Republican lawmakers.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  16. GlenUpNorth

    @Dodie How right you are. I've always found it hypocritical that people who claim to want to "save lives" can even think of killing a doctor in the name of "Pro-life". It's like the old "Kill for Peace" slogan, it makes no sense.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  17. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good point Soledad!!! I agree with your question! 🙂

    January 29, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  18. GlenUpNorth

    Just a theory here... perhaps the terrorists are getting a civilian-jury trial as to maximize news coverage and publicity on this? Mind you, I know it sounds as if I were suspicious, but how many reporters would be allowed into a military tribunal?

    January 29, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  19. Shelton

    To those who think that the US is just letting people adopt orphans from Haiti they are wrong. The adoption process has taken my family 2 ½ years and every piece of paper work is vital to the process.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  20. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Emily,
    I agree! Anderson is best hero in the year of Heroes 2010! 🙂

    January 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  21. Dodie, Irvine CA

    excellent questions Soledad!!! Great Job

    January 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  22. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    How do you protect scientific medicine from syco people .

    January 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  23. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,

    "The terrorists should be tried by military tribunal in GITMO. Security is already tight, and they don't deserve the rights of trial by civilian jury."

    I've noticed that this is something that has been argued for years!
    Why do you think that the terrorist are not being tried by a military tribunal?
    Perhaps in part, because it's not a conventional war? (both sides in uniform)

    January 29, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  24. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @GlenUpNorth, these terrorists aren't American citizens. By the Geneva convention definition they are illegal foreign combatants. The 'illegal' part is because they themselves do not comply with the rules of the Geneva Convention by randomly attacking noncombatants.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  25. David, Indiana

    Hello Randi Kaye!

    It's compassionate and responsible to expedite adoptions that are in process and completing paperwork in the US is sensible too, but the adoption process exists to protect children and to ensure families are able to raise those kids happily.

    Yes, the children in Boby Duval's program undoubtedly love making it to practice everyday.

    I agree Soledad, it will take more than words to see if the stimulus is working. Glad CNN is looking at many of these projects individually and in detail.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  26. Larry

    Didn't President Obama say that they would be tried in the American court system?

    January 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  27. starr formerly known as vincent

    Caroline, LA

    I agree with you...there was too much to consider and i felt that it would "terrorize" New Yorkers again.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  28. Dodie, Irvine CA

    Killing a doctor will Not stop abortions. They have been doing on since the dawn of man! The only difference is that the women are not going to back alley hackers!!!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  29. Lisa L

    Congratulations CNN, especially to you Anderson Cooper, for the hard work you’ve done. Take care and wishing you a safe journey home.

    A special thanks to you and Soledad O’Brien for helping the children to be in a good family.

    Sincerely,

    Lisa L
    Sydney, Australia

    January 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  30. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I am so happy for jury found Scott Roeder guilty of murder Dr. George Tiller! it made me so relief!!!!! 🙂 Now he is going to jail!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  31. A. Smith, Oregon

    What part did that man's church and minister/preacher have in influencing the man to murder Dr. Tiller? Investigative reporters should look into a conspiracy to commit murder via that church and minister.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  32. Barbara

    Yes, housing is a basic human need that offers one a sense of safety. I support prefab housing linked to the Haitian environment.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  33. Caroline, Los Angeles

    I was thinking the same thing. Kids need toys to help their emotional and social development.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  34. GlenUpNorth

    @Mike, unfortunately, even the worst hardened criminal has a right to a fair trial in America... as long as they're an American citizen, right?

    January 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  35. DEborah -New York

    I am also concerned about the protection of these babies after the adoption is completed. Sex trade of young kids has become enormous today. How will the follow up be handled?

    January 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  36. Dodie, Irvine CA

    Scott Roeder is synonymous to a terrorist as far as I am concerned.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  37. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The terrorists should be tried by military tribunal in GITMO. Security is already tight, and they don't deserve the rights of trial by civilian jury.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  38. Emily

    @Yves Beliard,

    I think that Anderson is the best reporter out there...and the 360 Team are Crew are true professionals! (Dr.Gupta, Gary Tuchman, Ivan Watson & all others, in front and behind the scenes!)
    CNN should be very proud of them....
    I think that Anderson is one of the 2010 CNN Heroes!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  39. LisaL - Canada

    that piece of anderson's on soccer is interesting. a few days ago, i was thinking it would have been really cool if the on-the-ground teams would have had a supply of soccer-balls (or deflated ones, and an air pump, to conserve space)... and when they came upon some of those remote areas, they would be able to leave behind a couple of soccer balls.

    one of the things that is happening to these children with amputations and such is that they are just sitting around - they should be encouraged to move and play, because that is so much better than letting them sit around and think about the past - they need something else to think about!!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  40. Caroline, Los Angeles

    @ starr formerly known as vincent--I heard it was going to cost millions in security of it were held in NYC and that was one of the main reasons even city leaders are asking the Feds to move it.

    Practical reason. I like it.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  41. Dodie, Irvine CA

    @ Emily

    You are right on target! In the short term, adoption helps to remove them from this horrific situation; however, in the long term, these children will need a sense of who they are derived from their culture. Especially in their pre-teen and teen years. I guess we will cross that bridge when we get to it

    January 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  42. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    We need to make shure Haiti builds better structhures with rebar and less concrete .

    January 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  43. Caroline, Los Angeles

    I keep hoping for a story that Haiti has received thousands of prefab housing units. I won't hold my breath.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  44. Isabel - Brazil •

    The sport is a way for these children. It educates, provides discipline ... it's a horizon!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  45. Betty from Myrtle Beach, SC

    Since" orphans" will not be allowed to leave the country for some time, maybe a program to financially "adopt" a family so they can survive and stay together and not be tempted to "sell" or send their children away. Even the adults need help. Educate the whole family.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  46. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yves Beliard.
    Yes! I agree with you, Anderson is doing great job real ccoverage in Haiti. I also proud of Anderson, Gary Tuchman, Ivan Weston, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and AC360 crew are doing excellent job!!!! They deserved it! But He knows that. 🙂 thanks for your comment! 🙂

    January 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  47. starr formerly known as vincent

    I fo one, am glad they are re-thinking holding the terrorists' trial in NYC.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  48. Emily

    @Dodie,

    That is what some have been saying! (esp. if they have lost their parents, family, etc.) It is very important that they have their "home" (Haiti) for stability. I would guess that this is on age, and many other factors of course, however, I don't think that it should be over looked!

    With all those that have donated to Haiti, I really hope that they money will be used wisely and for the people & country!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  49. Dodie, Irvine CA

    10 billion dollars for anyone, even Bill Gates, is a lot of money!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  50. Gladys Moise

    also my mother is in Haiti is there anything i can do to get them to come stay with me until things get better

    January 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
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