April 15th, 2008
09:29 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 4/15/08

Tonight, we start in Eldorado with new details from inside the reclusive polygamist compound. Hundreds of children are in state custody and their mothers say they’re being persecuted for practicing an unpopular religion. We also have new pictures taken by members of the sect that show authorities entering the compound in armored personnel carriers and carrying automatic weapons.

The Pope landed at Andrews Air Force Base this afternoon where he was greeted personally by President Bush. It's the first time ever an American president has traveled out to Andrews to welcome a foreign leader and it's the first papal visit since the sex abuse scandal exploded. Find out what the Pope said about that.

We’ll have an up close look at Sen. Barack Obama and who he is and how he became that person. This is the first in a series of in depth pieces on all three candidates.

Finally, Heisman trophy winner Herschel Walker and his battle with mental illness. The NFL superstar says he doesn't even remember winning the Heisman trophy because he was too busy struggling with a mental disorder. It’s called dissociative identity disorder and Dr. Sanjay Gupta will have all the details.

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

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  1. kristin

    Ok... So I was supporting Clinton, but I think I'm making the switch back to Obama once again...

    April 15, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  2. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    An interesting piece on Obama.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  3. EVA

    Hey Anderson!
    Thank"s for the piece on Obama, it made a big impact on my voting decision. now that I know him better I think I will vote for him, he represents what America is about.
    He is sooooooooooooooooooooo smart; And can become America's Sexiest President.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  4. Karoline, Los Angeles, CA

    I think you're just being modest Erica. Well, it's been nice chatting with y'all. I must go take my son on an "urgent" errand. Have a nice evening!

    April 15, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  5. jamie eldorado tx

    anderson thank you for all the good work you are doing

    April 15, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  6. carmen

    Obama's older daughter looks like his mother. BTW really sharp tie tonight Anderson

    April 15, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  7. Lesli


    If you think you've taken a lot of flack for being pro Obama before, this piece may just cement it for the Clinton supporters.

    I'm glad Obama has done so well for himself, but as his wife said – he has been given much and much is expected. He was given much and he has succeeded because he is smart and personable. He must have had a great grandmother to raise such a great young man.

    I still don't feel he is ready. I still feel he is all talk and no experience and this could be costly to the American people. Do Americans really want a baby politician cutting his teeth in the White House because they are tired of the corruption and the status quo?

    April 15, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  8. Megan Dresslar

    I agree with Jolene............ she is right, I see you have blackberry than computer.......

    April 15, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  9. Heather from Colorado


    Good to see that Erica helped you get your photo back. Photo envy can lead to bad things.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  10. AJ from Minneapolis

    Great piece on Obama, I learned somethings about the senator I didnt know prior to the segment, Keep up the good work AC #1 Cable News Show hands down

    April 15, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  11. J.Perez

    You'd better figure out how Anderson. Lord knows what Erica might Photoshop to you next time. (lol). You were missed terribly, but I'm glad you took a well deserved vacation in Lindo Colomibia.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  12. Alex

    Senator Obama is running for president and the fact that there are so many negatives coming out of closets says a lot about his character. The story of Larry Sinclair in which there are allegations of Senator Obama’s lude and inappropriate behavior seems to be one of those things coming out in the internet. However the media and the press, which have a responsibility to report and inform American citizens of pivotal information that affects our very day life, failed to question a candidate who strives to be one of the most powerful leader for this election.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  13. Libbeatle

    Erica is definately the blog hero for tonight!!! 🙂

    April 15, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  14. EJ - Ohio

    Obama always has nice ties too.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  15. elisa, NY

    i agree that there is wrong doing in the catholic church, as there is in most large orgs, but not all of them do cover ups and not every priest is a child molester. like every thing else i think people need to be aware of the issue but not blame everyone or give up hope in the whole church

    April 15, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  16. Billi

    A man in a hurry to get to that next office......interesting quote.

    Anderson, your forgot to mention that Obama ran against Allan Keyes in the Senate election he won. In fact, Keyes jumped in because there was no one else to run against Obama.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  17. Saera El Paso, TX

    so getting AC's avatar was random smart-ness on Erica's part
    'nough said

    April 15, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  18. McGee, The OC

    Barak seems much like a Rubiks Cube . . . one keeps twisting it over and over yet it is extremely hard to get it solved

    April 15, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  19. Betty Ann

    Erica~Thanks for helping Anderson with the computer. I always ask my kids~~:-)

    April 15, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  20. Lilibeth

    Yes, Erica, but you figured it out! That's the important thing...

    April 15, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  21. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    your honesty is refreshing Erica

    April 15, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  22. ericacnn

    In the interest of full disclosure, it took me a few tries to fiind all the snappy links to get the pic on the blog

    April 15, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  23. Megan Dresslar

    Cool Erica! I am so proud of you help Anderson's picture back on his blog! good job! thanks Erica!

    April 15, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  24. Sahira

    Thanks for profiling Sen. Obama. There was so much about him I didn't know. He has lead a fascinating life.

    I look forward to McCain's and Clinton's profiles this week.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  25. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Anderson, Glad to see you got your photo back. Now I know it is "really" you.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  26. Brian Persaud

    elisa, NY> Haha thats true! Lol.Yeh, I definitely think they will need to be deprogrammed. I see lots of therapy in the future of all these young women.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  27. pati mc., camp hill, pa

    Anderson, your piece on Obama was terrific. I assume you will do the same for the others and I cannot wait to see them. It's been tfar too long since you have done a report like that. Love it.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  28. Jennifer NC

    The candidates have started airing commercials here in NC and interestingly Obama's is not completely truthful. Hillary's is though.
    Can't wait to see what else they have in store for us over the next several weeks before the primary.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  29. Libbeatle

    I think that Obama represents the cultural diversity that makes up our country. He represents how the future will be and never once have I heard how his campaign has hit financial troubles. That should be a indication on a small scale how he should help manage the country finance-wise.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  30. Brandi down the bayou.

    Oh. PLEASE get AC his photo back!! lol We dont want him to have photo envy, it could damage him emotionally for the rest of his life! lol

    Brian, again, you are right, the younger the child is, the more recovery made and the easier it is on them. I would rather see them removed now, at the young ages, than when they are older after long term abuse has occurred.

    Oh, not sure who this one is for, but all those women have the same thing as everyone else in this world, FREE WILL. They choose to let their children be abused and to accept it.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  31. Jolene

    But Anderson, Erica may be more computer savvy than you but you are the "blackberry" guru. Am I right? You do a mean twirl...:)

    April 15, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  32. Susan, Royersford

    I am a Social Studies teacher. I have watched the politics of the day with fascination. One vocabulary term students is learning is mudslinging. The same tactics that were used when Adams was running against Jackson. I marvel at how history truly repeats itself.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  33. Michael Svoboda

    Great story Anderson. I support Obama. I think he has what it takes to bring this nation together; to unite it once again. Bush has definitely divided this nation by beginning a war that has killed over 3,000+ U.S. Troops alone and have caused major problems around the world. The rest of the world practically hates the U.S. for this. Obama brings along diversity with his campaign as well as a strong sense of accomplishment . Not all presidential candidates, I believe, need to have experience. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  34. Cherise, UHS4life!!, Uniondale,NY

    Hey AC and EH just wonderin if u heard about one of Dr.Phil's producers bailin out one of those girls fromFlorida beat up that other girl for a youtube showing. Just wanted to know wat u thought about that and if u'e heard of it??

    April 15, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  35. Wes, Victoria, BC

    OK, Seriously! Tell buddy to stop messing with the webcam...now we're looking at some big dude in a white striped shirt...no offense to him but I think Erica's a little easier on the eyes..haha....

    April 15, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  36. laran

    Anderson, I was getting worried about you. It's so great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to see you back on the air. Missed U Much.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  37. kristin

    haha I hear ya Anderson, it took me 26 minutes to figure out how to change the formatting on Microsoft word today...

    April 15, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  38. Rachel from Toronto

    hahaha... we all love the picture of you, anderson. it lights up the blog-o-sphere. lol

    April 15, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  39. Kim

    Erica, great job about the picture! 🙂

    April 15, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  40. Saera El Paso, TX

    well considering Erica used to report for Tech TV...
    i'm not surprised she figured it out
    feel better Anderson?

    April 15, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  41. Megan Dresslar

    FInally!!!! Anderson's picture here now! see him! Yay!

    April 15, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  42. Maureen T

    With all those obstacles Barack faced look at the wonderful individual he has become! All of this came about when he realized who he was. Go Obama!

    April 15, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  43. Lilibeth

    Yeah! Erica figured out the photo thing for Anderson!

    April 15, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  44. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Erica is so smart....must be from her Tech TV days
    you go girl

    April 15, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  45. Joe

    Can anybody tell me why Barack would lie about how his parents met? He said they met at a march in Selma, AL in 1965. He was born in 1961.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  46. Billi

    Nice report, Anderson.

    Are you saying in your report that Senator Obama spent "a few years" as a community organizer? I thought he said he spent many more years than that doing so.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  47. Betty Ann

    Hillary won't come on AC 360?
    Why is that Anderson?

    April 15, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  48. Karoline, Los Angeles, CA

    Christine, I think it's great that you have a faith and you admire the Pope, but those kids who are now adults really were molested.

    People do not put themselves through such public exposure of such a shocking nature unless something real happened. Plus, most of the priests were serial abusers. They didn't just do it once-like textbook pedophiles they went from one victim to another.

    I thought those former victims who came forward were some of the bravest people I've ever seen in my life. They took on the whole, giant church, the legal system, and Catholics like you who didn't want to hear it.

    Let's hope it's done now and the church has learned its lessons.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  49. Brian Persaud

    Katie> Oh I agree with you. But like you said, what is the correct way to handle this situation? I don't think there is any good option, its just the better of many evils. But for the time being, during investigations, I really do feel like the children should be separated .

    April 15, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  50. Rose from Southern Calif

    Anderson...you don't need a picture to let us know you are here.

    April 15, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
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