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. Shane, Kentucky

    This is getting more and more complex by the minute. Kind of reminds me of how scientologists follow people that challenge the legitamacy of their religion.

    April 14, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Anna in NB Canada

    It is not the polygamy thing that bothers me as much as the closet society. These kids don't have a chance, no freedom of choice. As a Canadian I am really upset because of the branch community in Bountiful, BC. Our government seems to be doing everything it can to put the issue on the backburner and not have to face the problem head on.

    April 14, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Brian Persaud

    Great show tonight guys! Thanks for blogging Erica. Hopefully Coop makes up for lost time tomorrow night and posts more than the usual :D! Night bloggers.

    April 14, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Fay, CA

    There are probably many kids out there who are being bullied but don't have a support system which will help them deal with it effectively–some of these kids might end up committing the same type of act that the Columbine and Virginia Tech killers did. Bullying should always be taken seriously.

    April 14, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Brandi down the bayou.

    Goodnight all! I think this is the best! Live blogging and getting in on the action. You guys rock (Gals too Erica)!!! 🙂

    April 14, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Renee

    @ EJ: You are too funny. Of course Anderson met up with rebels and had sniper fire. It was when he was rock and mountain climbing in the jungle. It makes for a great story now doesn't it? (Scarcasm intended.)

    April 14, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  7. ericacnn

    Have a great night, everyone - see you tomorrow!

    April 14, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Kim

    Anderson, Erica, great to have you both back..... Can't wait to have you at the same studio again to add a bit of easy banter and fun to the serious news and putting a smile on our faces. Thanks for a great job!

    April 14, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Megan Dresslar

    Good night Anderson, Erica and bloggers,
    See you tomorrow night!

    April 14, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Goodnight all. Democrat or Republican we are Americans first..not enemies. I hope we can all remember that in the coming months.

    April 14, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  11. Maureen T

    Thanks Andy! Great show tonight! See you in New York tomorrow!

    April 14, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
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