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April 14th, 2008
09:33 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 4/14/08

Breaking news tonight, for the first time in 4 years the gates are open and CNN is inside the polygamist Yearning for Zion ranch. Some of the 139 women who voluntarily left during the raid are now returning. And they’re coming back without their children. We’ll hear from one mother who hasn’t seen her children since authorities removed 416 children, saying they were in imminent danger of abuse. But is it necessary to separate mothers from their children? Legally, how long can they be separated?

Gary Tuchman is covering this story from Colorado City in Arizona, where thousands of FLDS followers held a rare meeting to learn what has happened to family members in Texas.

And, “bitter-gate” continues. As the Pennsylvania primary draws closer, Sen. Clinton vies for the working class and rural vote by talking about guns, drinking beer, and calling her opponent elitist.

And be sure to check out our new live web camera from the 360° studio. The shot features a behind the scene look at 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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  1. Sara, Oklahoma

    Why is this woman not looking into the camera?

    April 14, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  2. Saera El Paso, TX

    she does sound rehearsed.... she's not answering the question
    poor Anderson...

    April 14, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  3. Ara

    Does she even think she is even competent to talk about the US Constitution, after all that was done behind doors?

    April 14, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  4. Megan Dresslar

    Kathy,
    you are funny! you made me laugh! LOL!

    April 14, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  5. Minou, New York City

    wow, she 's not one bit intimidated by Anderson... gotta respect that!
    I wish she 'd be more open though..

    April 14, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  6. Kim

    Wow, this woman sounds like she is reading everything she says from a prepared statement...

    Anderson, thanks for always being so respectful with the people you interview and approaching them with an open mind and curiosity, but still asking the pertinent questions.

    April 14, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  7. Jordan, NC

    This lady is way too awkward for me, not looking at the camera, monotone voice. Sounds like she's being told what to say

    April 14, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  8. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Wow it is like Anderson knew what we were all going to say.....that is a great reporter

    April 14, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  9. Ara

    Good Job Anderson! That was nailed right on!!!!! It almost looks like she is reading off a prompter!

    April 14, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  10. Brian Persaud

    "Guardians"...yeh right! Poor kids.

    April 14, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  11. Jolene

    Anderson, great job interviewing Kathleen! She has passion but she's not really telling us much.

    April 14, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  12. Meghan Houlihan

    Hey Anderson–
    Welcome back!
    We missed you!

    April 14, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  13. Terri

    Brian 🙂
    LOL

    April 14, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  14. Ara

    Is this woman crazy? Seriously!

    April 14, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  15. MaryBeth

    This "Kathleen" sounds like she is repeating what she has been told to said. She definitely sounds coached or has rehearsed what she is saying.

    April 14, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  16. Andrea from Canada

    "my children had never seen a firearm in their lives..." Ya, but they had seen young girls marrying old men who already have 15 wives...I guess that is a great thing for kids to see...

    April 14, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  17. Maureen T

    Maybe the world needs to see more of the people from the FLDS so opinions are not formed based on what the media let's us see.

    April 14, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  18. Kathy

    WOW! ""Exactly what are you?"'

    April 14, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  19. Brandi down the bayou.

    Hello all. Hope you all had a great weekend, Erica, you did a great job last week, tell AC to go back on vacation, to NOLA! lol

    April 14, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  20. Brian Persaud

    Honestly, that lady freaks me out. Maybe its a good thing her kids get to escape her...

    April 14, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  21. Renee

    Erica and Anderson: Can you all get on the ground there? Erica, I would love for you to interview the ladies?

    April 14, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  22. Megan Dresslar

    You're kindly Welcome! Minou
    Hi Erica! You were so awesome anchor-fill-in last Friday! I have good weekend!

    April 14, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  23. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Hey Erica

    Weekend was lovely.....looks like you went to a "green" baby shower for Kiran Chetry....awesome idea

    April 14, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  24. Andrea from Canada

    That is incredible!

    April 14, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  25. Michelle N San Diego

    The mothers that retuned to the compound without their children should be grateful they are being kept away from pediphiles posing as "prophets". How can any woman who has endured the same torture & abuse as a child want the same for their own children? It is unfathomable that this is allowed to go on in the U.S. when there are 18 & 19 year old boys in prison for having consensual sex with their 16/17 year old girlfriends. The men in this religious cult are nothing more than dirty old men who in any other walk of life would be labled sex offenders.

    April 14, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  26. Alexander

    Hey there everybody, and Erica. Anderson as well.:P How are you doing Erica? Looking forward to tonight's program.: )

    April 14, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  27. Jolene

    It's so cool that David got into the compound. This is exciting!

    BTW, welcome back Anderson.

    April 14, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  28. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    I sort of wish Gary got into the compound after all the time he has spent covering Warren Jeffs and all but David is doing a great job

    April 14, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  29. ericacnn

    It's incredible they allowed David in, isn't it?

    April 14, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  30. Minou, New York City

    Thanks Megan O. and Megan Dresslar.

    April 14, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  31. Kathy, Chicago

    How can these women their children? Welcome back AC. You look relaxed!

    April 14, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  32. Megan Dresslar

    I agree with you guys (bloggers)! Anderson,
    I missed you last week..... Anderson.....

    April 14, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  33. ericacnn

    Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all had a good weekend !

    April 14, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  34. Andrea from Canada

    Maybe they don't want them to tell their children what to say when questioned

    April 14, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  35. Brian Persaud

    I love the footage, it looks like a period drama.

    April 14, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  36. Maureen T

    It's Monday and all is well with the world! Anderson is back! 🙂 Looking good!

    April 14, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  37. Saera El Paso, TX

    welcome back Anderson!
    wow, David's inside the compound?

    April 14, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar

    Minou,
    he is one day stay in Miami...... he will come back in NY tomorrow night....

    April 14, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Minou, New York City

    Not to accuse them of lying, but I'm sure they talked about what to say to the press and what not to say...

    April 14, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  40. Ida

    Welcome back. You can always tell how much you love someone by how much you miss them when they are away. We missed you a lot

    April 14, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  41. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Minou.....Anderson spoke at the University of Miami tonight

    April 14, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Fay, CA

    Welcome back Anderson, I'm glad you were able to have a real vacation last week without some sort of major calamity happening somewhere forcing you to have to come back to work before you had a chance to relax.

    Looking forward to the show tonight–your Outside magazine interview was a really great read.

    April 14, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  43. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Why can't the children stay with their mothers. How frightening for the kids.

    April 14, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  44. Andrea from Canada

    Yay Anderson is back!!

    April 14, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Sarah, Atlanta, GA

    Great to see you back in the anchor chair Anderson. Looks like a great program tonite.

    April 14, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Minou, New York City

    Welcome back, Anderson.
    How come you're in Miami?

    April 14, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Brian Persaud

    Looking forward to the show, great to see ya back Coop! Were greatly missed 😀

    April 14, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Megan

    Hello Anderson, Erica and Bloggers!
    Welcome back Anderson!

    April 14, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Hey Anderson, Erica and Bloggers

    Welcome back Anderson.....you look well rested

    Happy Monday!!!! Looking forward to a great show

    April 14, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Kathy

    Missed you Anderson. Hope Columbia provided a good rest for the weary!

    The ladies did a great job, but it's even better to have you back.

    Let's go. Be nice to each other folks!

    April 14, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
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