April 29th, 2008
09:21 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 4/29/08

Tonight, Wright is wrong. That’s what Sen. Barack Obama said at a press conference today. The candidate distanced himself from his former pastor and criticized his appearances over the past few days calling them “objectionable and offensive.” You’ll hear Sen. Obama in his own words and we will dig deeper with the best political team on television. David Mattingly also looks at the relationship between Obama and Wright and how difficult it must have been for the Senator say what he did.

Gary Tuchman has the latest on the polygamous sect down in Texas. One of the teenaged girls removed from the ranch gave birth to a baby boy today. We don’t know how old she is exactly but she is considered a minor.

Anderson is anchoring from New Orleans tonight and won’t be able to comment but Erica Hill will be blogging away. Check her out on our web camera. LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA

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

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soundoff (239 Responses)
  1. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Sleepy little bear...night all

    April 29, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  2. Michael, NC

    Good conversation tonight guys, it has been real. Have a good hump day, looking forward to 10 oclock tomorrow. Cute bear. 🙂

    April 29, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  3. Brian Persaud

    Awww..the bear...cuteee....

    April 29, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Zenta, New York, NY

    Oh...How cute the bear is!

    April 29, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Good night Anderson, Gary, and all! Interesting mix tonight!

    April 29, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  6. Glenn Jackson

    I live about 90 miles north of New Orleans and there are 1000's of new FEMA trailers still sitting just off of I59. There is a costly mistake that sould be looked into.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar

    Good night Erica,
    Congrats Erica beat 360! Cool caption!
    Oh That shot is so funny! I love bear! 🙂

    April 29, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  8. Jennifer - Michigan

    What a cute little bear. He's so sleepy, that's funny and cute!

    April 29, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  9. Jolene

    Great discussion bloggers! Cute Chihuahua photo! Nite all.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  10. Carmen, Marina, CA

    Thanks to all the bloggers for an exceltional debate this evening (albeit quietly and on our respective computers...LOL). I am so glad I decided to enter the discussion as you are all bright and thoughtful people who express your views extremely well. Thanks to all.!

    April 29, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  11. Brian Persaud

    Good night all!

    April 29, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  12. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I would like to know if those mothers who handed their underage daughters over to those old guys can be held responsible.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  13. CJ

    Great show tonight Erica.. really enjoyed spending the past hour with you all.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  14. Teresa, Kent, Ohio

    minou: so true, BUT... are any of the babies' fathers 50 yr. old? In NYC if that happened and was reported, the man would be a rapist and pedophile.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  15. EJ

    Goodnight Erica, Anderson – Have a good time in New Orleans!

    April 29, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  16. Brian Persaud

    I wonder how all these pregnancies are taken care of inside the compound..

    April 29, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  17. Genevieve M, TX

    I think it is strange how the FLDS members keep spinning out lies about the goings-on at their ranch. Don't they realize that people already know what is going on?

    April 29, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  18. Michael, NC

    I want someone to talk about how these mothers LIED blatantly in their interviews when saying that these girls were not impregnated when underage. They WERE pregnant and had children.

    NVMD...anderson just did.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar

    I agree with you guys.........
    Thanks Guys. 🙂

    April 29, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  20. Brian Persaud

    Bob L from Philadelphia, PA> I like the way you think!

    April 29, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  21. EJ

    Amen to that Bob from Philly!

    April 29, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  22. Maureen T

    Good night bloggers! Thanks Anderson, Erica, et al!

    April 29, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  23. Kelly, Austin, TX

    Our current govt did it's favorite thing....it OUTSOURCED our tax dollars to a private company instead of handling it themselves. The people of New Orleans should get to keep the money and the company who made the error should pay back the government instead. Unfortunately, it is always the people who get stuck with the bill when the goverment makes a mistake.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  24. Minou, New York City

    There are tons of minors giving birth in my neighborhood... only nobody talks about that! (East Harlem)

    April 29, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  25. Julia Glennville, Ga.

    I absolutely disagree with Wright and his views, but, He will continue to speak again and again every time Obama stands up and tries to throw him under the bus for Obama's choices. He is and will be absolutely right to do so. For once he is stating a fact that Obama has and will continue to be dishonest.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  26. Gaby, Texas

    I think it is outrages to ask for money to be returned from NOLA, will they stop at nothing? What will the political figure heads do to resolve this issue?

    April 29, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  27. Kathey

    Obama has done just what he should have done now its up to the american people

    April 29, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  28. Angel

    Erica, Have any of the women and men from the polygamy sect shared any understanding of why this is happening? Why their children are in state's custody?

    April 29, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  29. Jolene

    You would think with all the raw material price increases and economy issues, their overestimating wouldn't have been so off. However, I thought there was a clause in the contracts that they would have to pay back the money if overestimated. I wonder how many of them knew of the clause.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  30. Bob L from Philadelphia, PA

    The government should be asking the Bush Administration for the billions of dollars back that were wasted each month in Iraq. Not for those poor people in the horribly botched response to Katrina victims.

    And those billions should go to build new homes for our men and war fighting an unneccesary war.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  31. EJ

    If the people in New Orleans are anything like the people in Ohio (especially w/the economy the way it is) – those contractors won't be seeing much money back in their hands anytime soon.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  32. Bonnie

    You have got to be kidding!! How can they come back and ask for the money back–as long as they used the money to fix up their houses–what is the problem??!!

    April 29, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  33. Michael Svoboda

    It's the governments fault for hiring workers who cannot appropriately estimate the amount of grant money that the people affected by Hurricane Katrina actually need. Any error is their fault, not that of the homeowners.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  34. Anna - Wpg, Canada

    To think of all the people who LEFT after Katrina.. and then you see the ones who STAYED and yet they are the ones that lose in the end.. or so it seems.. so sad..

    April 29, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  35. Kathy

    If they made mistakes overpaying some...they must have made as many mistakes underpaying others. Do you think there are cheques in the mail for any underpayments?

    April 29, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  36. Tara in Tennessee

    why would families in new orleans be held responsible when they had no input in preparing the quotes for repairs? that's ridiculous!! this sounds like another wal-mart story!

    April 29, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  37. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I think that they should let those people keep that money as compensation for all their pain and suffering.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  38. Jordan, NC

    All of this money that these people are being ordered to give back is probably the straw that will break the camels back for some of these survivors. They have been through so much, if ICF really did make a mistake, I think they should just have them keep them money as an offering. They deserve it.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  39. Kevin Leo from Jonesboro, GA

    I used to live in Lousiana (Baton Rouge specifically) and was there for Katrina. For the state to honestly try and recapture funds from people so completely devastated by the storm is beyond belief. Jindal, the new governor, is so busy trying to prove his merit with republicans that he is willing to sell out the citizens of the New Orleans, an overwhelmingly democratic city. In my personal and honest opinion!

    April 29, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
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