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March 17th, 2008
09:51 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 3/17/08

Soledad O'Brien is in for Anderson tonight. Some of the topics:

– Florida state Democratic leaders said they've given up holding a do-over primary. So what next?
– The government is helping bail out Bear Sterns, the investment bank that became the latest casualty in the mortgage crisis.
– John McCain makes a trip to Iraq – his first since becoming the probably Republican nominee.

We'll start posting comments at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.


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  1. Lilibeth

    Yikes! That's one giant lobster!

    On that note, good night all!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  2. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Forget the Lobster..It's corned beef and cabbage day, green beer optional.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  3. Michael, NC

    great tag team by soledad and erica once again...always love the comic relief when both of you work together...great work!!!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  4. Randall

    A statement from a blogger "As an American Rev. Wright certainly has the right to comment on event’s from his perspective." Tell that to some of the folks that have been reprimanded in the media against Obama. Double standard of acceptance.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  5. erica hill

    Lilibeth, I know they are much appreciated. The one bright spot here is how the city has come together... neighbors are taking great care of one another

    March 17, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  6. Len Palmer

    I am listening to a report by John Cooper relative to John McCain and his position on Iraq and am very, very concerned.

    John from my view has been very clear. He does not want to get out of Iraq whatsoever under any circumstance.

    From my view he treats the subject as an ego thing. We are American and we will not lose.

    I am an ex-Navy officer who spent 65 to 67 off the coast of VietNam on the seven fleet flag ship shelling the beach which was very stupid. The Vietnamese knew how far our guns would shoot and just moved out of range.

    The U.S. as the shelling occurred said you are dumb for being in the war. Pretty similar to today's communication relative to Iraq.

    People, family members are dieing in Iraq.

    We can't win a street fight.

    To back a person who will not get out of Iraq is very wrong.

    To try to win something unachievable is something that people with intelligence just won't do.

    How do we get someone in control as president that will get out of a lose lose situation is what I would like CNN to highlight.

    Getting our troops out of gee, we America think you are dieing for nothing must be changed.

    Len Palmer

    March 17, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  7. Victor Cornfoot

    I read the transcript from her hot air session in front of the court house. 50 MILLION and she's still bitter.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  8. ender

    you have to be on speed to keep up with the love blogging – thanks but I'll just watch the news from now on

    March 17, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  9. Megan Dresslar

    Way to go! Alicia!!!! I love beat 360, it is so funny!!!!!!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  10. Jennifer - Michigan

    Funny beat 360 – Nice accent Soledad! Very cute.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  11. Jolene

    Soledad: Your Irish accent isn't half bad...LOL!!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  12. roycroft

    Aw- terrorism is mostly in Iraq, but also India, all over Africa, parts of Europe – why only troops in Afghanistan?!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  13. Richard

    The notion that in America after fighting a civil war, Hitler, and segregation. We as a country could allow a Presidential election to be about race relations is a thumb in the face of all the great Americans like Martin Luther King, John and Robert Kennedy, and the many Americans who shed their blood in the hopes that America would some day reach it's promise. To be a nation that welcomes the world with open arms treating all who crosses her borders to the rights of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of press, due process, the right to own a bare arms, and the right to vote. It' truly shameful how some who want to be the President will result to anything to be elected with no concern of the public they intend to represent. Today is shameful indeed, so thanks Hillary.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  14. Dwayne , CA

    Thanks Soledad! Of course Michael Ware is not necessarily anti American. But those comments seem to be typical of the bloggers here and people in the country in general. If you say anything against the "line" you must be anti American. Let's move beyond the fear of the republicans and think people. Think!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  15. Lilibeth

    My thoughts are prayers are with the people of Atlanta. We hope that things will be back to normal soon.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  16. Monica

    Paul McCartney made the dumbest personal finance decision of all time by marrying that woman without a prenup. Now, she doesn't get as much as she wants and he will feel a little sting for not thinking clearly. Let's move on.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  17. Michael, NC

    wow soledad, rip on the husband then on the staff beat 360...harsh

    March 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  18. Terri - Canada

    Can't stand Heather Mills, she plays the victim of a marriage...well, I don't buy it. She married him for the money and fame...period.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  19. Jennifer - Michigan

    We'd be happy with 50 million also!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  20. soledad o'brien

    50 mil
    thats a lot of dough for a short marriage

    March 17, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  21. ender

    heather mills didn't waste any time going into another one of her rants when the reporters swarmed her at the courthouse!! I would've at least waited until I had some of the money ! HA HA

    March 17, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  22. Anthony Williams

    What I really want to hear from these candidates is that they are going to pull our troops out of Iraq and go after the terrorists that really cause 911 .......in Afghanistan......!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  23. Jason, Riverview, FL

    Tiffany, I am not faulting Obama for staying in the church; it is HIS right. What I am faulting him for is keeping him on his staff until "FRIDAY NIGHT" and Dumping him; lieing stating he did not know Rev. Wright was so controversial. That is the BIG issue I have with the whole "HOODWINK" he is trying to pull on the voters.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  24. Jennifer - Michigan

    He married her without a prenump – It was true love don't you know?

    March 17, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  25. Lilibeth

    Thanks for the Bill Clinton segment. Whatever people say about him, I respect hiim...he has done so much for this country. We were very prosperous and we had a good standing in the world. Can you say that about the current president?

    March 17, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  26. Victor Cornfoot

    Please no Heather Mills. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T GIVE HER ANY AIR TIME.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  27. soledad o'brien

    i dont think michael ware is anti american.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  28. erica hill

    Anthony and EJ, you are too kind

    March 17, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  29. Dwayne , CA

    Wow. These sounds bits of two sermons allows people to say they guy hates the country and all whites. Rev. Wright was a US Marine, and aided Lydon Johnson in a medical capacity. How many here have served their country in this way. As an American Rev. Wright certainly has the right to comment on event's from his perspective.

    He didn't say that he hates white people. Geez people.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  30. Cedric, Palo Alto, CA

    For the first time in my adult life I am proud to say our president is a bad decision maker.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  31. janice

    That darn gold digger doesn't deserve $50 thousand let alone $50 million - I cannot believe he did not have a prenup – love is SOOOO blind sometimes!!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  32. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    50 million dollars going to Heather Mills. That's quite a settlement.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  33. Janelle, WY

    Jason, thank you for your service. I agree with you, the surge was to give the Iraqi government more time to get their act together...which they haven't done. I'm curious, what are your thoughts? Pull out all of the troops?

    March 17, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  34. skm

    Hillary is an excellent public servant. Bill in supportive role is a great plus for the country.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  35. Sarah, Atlanta, GA

    I liked Gary's piece on Bill Clinton. It was interesting.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  36. janice

    Ooooh baby – its GARY !!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  37. Jolene

    I often hear many people mention that the economy was much better when Bill Clinton was president so what was his strategy? What did Bill specifically do that made the economy work so well?

    March 17, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  38. EJ - Ohio

    "Soledad and Erica……this is the TRUE winning ticket!"

    Although these 2 women are extremely talented, their charm & natural beauty would be a complete distraction to all of the male voters.

    Well maybe that wouldn't be such a bad thing...

    March 17, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  39. Monica

    I think the American people care far more about what the federal government is doing to affect the economy than whether or not Obama should have relinquished membership in his church because the pastor said something controversial.
    I mean how many congregants at New Life in Colorado relinquished their memberships because of what Ted Haggard was DOING, not just saying. I'm sure some left, but no one is exactly persecuting those who stayed.
    I think if you ask most people WHY they belong to their place of worship, it has much more to do with the community created by that place of worship rather than the pastor. Didn't Michelle Obama grow up in that church? People don't just drop those social communities like hotcakes when they disagree with a sermon.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  40. Lawrence

    Michael Ware ROCKS! He is right that the violence is down primarily because we have given up the security to local militias – who will start a bloodbath when we leave.

    So Bush has put us in a place where we will waste billions of dollars each year and just cant get out.

    I say we send all the Republicans to Iraq to defend the oil fields for Exxon and Mobil to exploit. And everyone on Wall Street should also be sent there too.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  41. soledad o'brien

    gino interesting point i think.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  42. joey iwatsuru

    Why do the tax payers have to bail out all of these investment firms. They are chaired by highly educated billionaires and the "under-educated" and under-paid have to pay for their mistakes. Does any one really believe the government will ge their money back????
    G.W. Bush is this a democracy or a monarchy??? Do the people have a say in what happens anymore??????? Answer those questions some one please!!!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  43. Megan Dresslar

    I am so excitng for Gary Tuchman interview Bill Clinton tonight. Gary is most important reporter today!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  44. d VA

    and dont judge on 30 sec listen to the hole sermon and obama didnt say it his paster said it remimber that i go to church every sunday i dont all ways agree with what he say and black people dont leve church church is our homes

    March 17, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  45. Tiffany in Denver

    Jessie-Give me a break...Obama is racist. Pluhleease..against HIS OWN MOTHER!!!!!! HELLOOOO...then you spell "God" with a "g"...proud Republican.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  46. Chuck Alabama

    Bill Clinton did more for our country than BOTH Bushs. W has been the biggest embarassment to this country since his father threw up on the premier of Japan.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  47. Janelle, WY

    Bill Clinton a rock star?! Please!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  48. Dwayne , CA

    Wow people. You can comment about America, for American and be critical of America and still be a true American. Thank god there are people who challenge what politicians are telling them and not blindly accept it. That's part of what this country is about.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  49. Heather

    I would love to know what Lou's idea is for raising the value of the dollar to lower price of oil since oil traded in dollars and the dollar has to rise to compete with the Euro. I find it really rediculous that we have allowed Baath party members to participate in the new Iraqi government. The Baath party was founded and based on the Nazi party. True story from the History Channel. I think John McCain is right in what he is doing . The past is the past. Whats done is done. Lets at least finish this right. No one does it like Clinton.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  50. Renee

    Soledad, we really miss you in the mornings. I had forgotten about those snickers and wit. Husband misses you too in the AM.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
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