April 2nd, 2008
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 4/2/08

Breaking news tonight – and only 360° has it. Exclusive new information about your safety in the air. Congress is investigating but tonight, a pair of whistle-blowers talk only to CNN's Drew Griffin, telling us the FAA is more interested in protecting airlines than protecting us.  We're keeping them honest.

Please check out a post that may be helpful if you wonder why some comments get posted while others do not. LINK TO COMMENTS POST

And be sure to check out our new live web camera from the 360° studio. The shot features Anderson and Erica behind the scenes on the set. We'll turn the camera on at 945p ET and turn it off at 11p ET. LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA

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

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soundoff (341 Responses)
  1. Saera El Paso, TX

    great show tonight!

    April 2, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Great program! Good night Anderson and all!

    April 2, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  3. Jennifer - Michigan

    Good show tonight. Goodnight, have a good one.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Tracy, Colonial Heights, VA

    Do you guys just hunt through youtube for the strangest videos that you can find?

    Heh, those elephants love you, Anderson. 😀

    April 2, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Sahira

    Elephant Art? I don't buy it!

    April 2, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  6. slater

    Thanks for a great show, keep us updated on the FAA and plane maintenance regulation!

    April 2, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  7. Bob L. Philadelphia, PA

    Top 20 electoral college states? Take out NC (13) and IN (9) who have not voted yet. Barack gets VA (11), MO (9), WA (9), MD (8), and MN (8). Clinton gets MA (10), TN (9), AR (9). Totals please, 213 for Clinton v. Obama's 86.

    Top 25, you ask? Barack gets WI (8), AL (7), CO (7), and LA (7). KY (6) has not voted yet. Barack gains to 115 v. 213 for Clinton.

    I could keep going, but it gets ugly: Barack ends up with 156 ecvs v. Clinton's 232. Not only that, but most of the states that Barack won were typical Red States with Open Primaries. Why wouldn't Repubs vote for the weakest Dem to win?

    April 2, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  8. Rose from IA

    Night all......great Show as usual!

    April 2, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  9. Michael in Lafayette, IN

    Its an autistic elephant. Some autistic people also have incredible talents.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Paula, Colorado

    Hi. I enjoyed the web cam tonight–it's much better than watching commercials.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Jolene

    Keep up the animal "shots". The elephant artist was amusing. Animals always seem to amaze me. I'm a believer!

    April 2, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Independent in DC

    I agree with you EJ. Not absolutely positive he'd be Dem though.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  13. comfortablynumb-not yale

    Great show. I really appreciate the coverage on autism that was carried out today on CNN. That opened eyes and hearts, and I learned a lot. Good show and another great night on the blog with everyone. Thanks again-

    April 2, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  14. armod

    Millions of us in Florida wish that those who do not live in Michigan and Florida would go online and read what really happened in Fl & MI it seems that the actual changes are not clearly understood by many. Having lived through this has been unsettling when other states complied with the rules, therefore no drama.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  15. Mashalla

    I cannot wait till the eyewitness resport of the Assassination of Martin Luther King

    April 2, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  16. Lesli

    I have a friend who went to Thailand and saw elephants playing soccer and paintin. She said it was amazing. You could buy the elephant's art. It was real.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  17. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    An elephant that paints? Yes he can...Yes he can. Good night all

    April 2, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  18. slater

    The elephant is really a person with an elephant trunk as a prosthesis? Seriously, painting elephants are like fairy people, they just don't exist.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  19. Lisa I

    Anderson (and Erica)

    Love the show and I enjoy the whitty banter. Keep it up

    April 2, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  20. Yla

    hmmm...pretty amazing elephant...

    April 2, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  21. Andrew, Lafayette IN

    I'm enjoying this web cam. Why is Erica always hiding? She should be sitting next to you Anderson!

    April 2, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  22. D Brown

    Terri, My mom taught me to follow the rules also. However, the voters were not the ones not following the rules, it was their politicians. This is a national election and all citizens should be included. The biggest problem with these national elections is that they are allowed to be different in every state. This may make sense when the states are determining how their state operates. When it comes to a national issue, such as the presidency, there should be a more uniform format; a level playing field. Look at Texas, Hillary wins the primary vote and Obama wins the caucus.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  23. Canadian girl- Ontario, Canada

    I've been to a place in northern part of Thailand. They have elephants who play soccer and draw pretty impressive paintings in front of you....really!

    April 2, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  24. kate YALE

    Why are the abilities of elephants, in particular, getting so much press recently (referencing the youtube video on the soccer-playing elephant)? I feel like this is the sort of activity you usually hear about from gorillas. I suppose elephants deserve a little tv-time, too

    April 2, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  25. mona

    I hope CDC can get on Autism, it seems a lot of kids seems to get Autism right after vaccination. Very costly disease too, here in MD one county offers help to parents with Autistic kids

    April 2, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  26. EJ - Ohio

    If MLK Jr were alive today, he would be maligned & hated by the Republican Party. He would be fighting for many of the same issues the Democrats are. He'd be called a race baiter, hate mongerer, anti-white, and would be said to be "always whining about race."

    April 2, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  27. Lindsay, NJ

    I'd just like to thank you all at 360 for your excellent coverage of autism. I am fascinated by the disorder and hope to work with children with autism in the future, and I am constantly surprised at how little people understand about it. I hope that your presentation of real people with autism will help the public to understand and better accept those with the disorder.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  28. slater

    Count the votes! This is an argument that would support that we really are a republic rather than a democracy. This is the second election someone has messed with the votes, it should be obvious.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  29. Alys

    Dave- they give the elephant a paint brush after doing a demonstration. Don't be concerned. It is enrichment.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  30. Heather


    Congratulations on your award.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  31. Lisa M

    I think the whole process of primaries and caucuses don't work. Especially caucuses. How can Hillary Clinton win Texas by 100,000 votes and lose the caucus. This just goes to show that caucuses don't accurately reflect the will of the people. Since Obama has won most of the caucus states, I believe his support is overinflated, if Texas is an example of how skewed the results can be.

    I also think primaries with proportional delegates don't mimmick a general election. If you take all the primaries and caucues and make them winner takes all, just like in the general election, Hillary Clinton is way ahead.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  32. Val

    Something that a lot of people seem to have forgotten is the fact that in the general election, it will be democrat vs a republican. People are saying oh, well, hillary did better in large states, which means obama won't be able to carry them in the general election. That's ridiculous. People who supported hillary in the primary aren't going to support john mccain just because hillary didn't win. Hillary winning the larger states in the primaries has no bearing on whether or not the democratic nominee would be able to win these states in the general election.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  33. Christy from NY

    I think all of this coverage (and all the coverage I have been seeing on CNN) is going to blow the doors off austim. And it is going to just expand what it is. The "spectrum" is so huge no one even really knows, and unfortunately only a few of the entire spectrum are focused on. You are really doing a great job in "unlocking the mystery"
    You have no idea how thankful I am.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  34. comfortablynumb

    Soledad has such good stories, why does she only get like 90 seconds on the screen? I wish she had a nightly segment on the show, she has a great face for the news of the people.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  35. RKFla

    A 50/50 split says we don't get to vote. Some politicos, who are the ones the party should be punishing, get to go to the convention, but the voters of Florida don't get heard. That accomplishes nothing and will not satisfy voters.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  36. Tiffany in Denver

    Thats the kind of news I'm talkin' bout...a little animal art 🙂

    April 2, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  37. Juris

    Additional question marks won't get your question answered any faster. If I knew my state's delegates wouldn't count, I wouldn't have taken the time to vote. Why? Because I'm busy. Symbolism gets you nowhere. The states broke the rules set by the DNC, and if they want their votes to count they need to re-vote or caucus.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  38. Maureen T

    I will definitely be watching Soledad's program tomorrow night about the late, great Martin Luther King Jr!

    April 2, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  39. Minou, New York City

    Anderson, thanks for explaining that one! YOU write the stuff you say? I didn't know! I'm impressed...

    April 2, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  40. KC

    It just go to show you don't have to follow the rules. Everyone seems to be so afraid of the Clintons and when they say one thing and do another it's okay. Why did she agree to not seat the delegates and change her mind?? Seems to me she says one thing and when things don't go her way she say another thing. You want that for President again. that's what we have now.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  41. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Brian Persaud: Quite a while back on this blog I said that I thought this race would get dirty and someone questioned me about it. Unfortunately, I was right. I have to agree with your comments about the negativity of the race, no one is without blame. No matter what they claim no one has taken the high ground; they can't afford to .

    April 2, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
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