May 26th, 2008
09:18 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 5/26/08

Happy Memorial Day!

Bill Clinton was defending his wife this weekend saying Sen. Clinton has been handled disrespectfully and that "they are trying to push and pressure and bully" superdelegates. Who exactly is he talking about? And what impact will his remarks have on the campaign? We'll have analysis of that and the backlash from Hillary Clinton's RFK assassination comments and the fight between John McCain and Barack Obama over the G.I. bill.

Severe storms swept across the midwest this weekend spawning deadly tornadoes across several states. One killed six people in Iowa. Another, in Minnesota, claimed the life of a 2-year-old child.
We'll take you as close as possible to the sheer power of a tornado. We'll show you footage taken on Saturday in Oklahoma from a helicopter. It is some of the most dramatic images you will ever see of a tornado's strength.

According to the Army, as many as 121 active-duty soldiers committed suicide last year, an increase of 20 percent over 2006. It's an alarming trend that has many wondering what's being done to prevent more deaths. Randi Kaye is keeping them honest.

Don't' forget about our 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.

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

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soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. Carla Ontario Canada

    Happy Days, now that was a cool show...
    Night all!!

    May 26, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  2. Genevieve M, TX

    Haha! Anderson is a greaser! –just joking...heehee!

    May 26, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  3. Max, Dallas, TX

    Judging by his latest comments, Anderson has gotten a kick out of the "bears" dub! What a good sport.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  4. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    I do remember the Fonz jump. It was cool because it was him. Good night everybody.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  5. Barrie

    greetings on memorial day from the west coast......so i am not catching the show but i am keeping up with the blogs which i am
    addicted.....have a good week and will be watching from greenville sc
    on friday when i return after fabulous week in san francisco.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  6. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Vasiline in your hair.......Anderson you were a funny kid 😛

    May 26, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  7. CaseyJPS - California

    Flaming jets of steam? I'm really trying to process that comment. I didn't take physics but I think something's not quite right about that. 🙂 I want to see Anderson as the Fonz (sp?)–thanks for the smile on my face (finally)!!

    May 26, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  8. EJ

    Thank YOU for your reporting Anderson. We can tell you genuinely care (so much)! Have a great night Anderson, Erica, & all.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  9. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Good Monday evening...Obviously flying over 24 trucks was a piece of cake for Robbie. But the Fonz, well that's a classic..Brave with a BIg B....NIght all..

    May 26, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Jolene

    Hearing those bubble sounds makes me want to have a beer now!

    Enjoyed the discussion tonight (and the blog today put Memorial Day into perspective). Thanks 360! Glad Anderson and Erica worked today!

    May 26, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  11. jackie Chino Hills, CA

    thank you again erica and anderson and everyone at 360! have a good night everyone =)

    May 26, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  12. EJ

    Knieval did that at an amusement park here in Cincinnati.

    He's of course as crazy as his dad.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  13. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    great show Anderson and Erica

    Always a pleasure chatting on the blog.

    Enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day and take a moment before you go to bed tonight to say a prayer for those who are and have served to allow us to have the freedoms we enjoy today!

    Until tomorrow night

    May 26, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  14. Zenta, New York, NY

    Really interesting show tonight because what covered for Memorial Day had me think a lot what wars mean.

    Have a wonderful night, Anderson, Erica, and all!

    May 26, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  15. Stacy

    I agree that this story and others like it need more follow ups. I would much rather these soldiers' stories get airtime over the endless political speculation we've been getting.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  16. Kim

    Good night everyone, Anderson, Erica and bloggers!
    Great show and discussion on the blog.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  17. andersoncnn

    Often overlooked is the sacrifices family members make when their loved one is serving overseas. I was thinking a lot about them today, in addition to our troops.....

    thanks for watching everyone, and for joining in on the blog.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  18. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    Bush laying a wreath is the least he can do for starting and continuing this thing that took my friend Mike's life and allowed him to be buried at Arlington. Plus the thousands of others just like him buried across the US. Today has honestly sucked.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  19. Julliet

    good show as always. Good night everyone nice blogging with you all.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  20. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Good night Anderson and bloggers!

    I agree Jana we should continue to remember our brave men and women in the service, not just today, but always.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  21. cassie

    For Memorial Day we could simply say. I wish you Peace. I believe that would cover the memory of all the brave hearts who have died defending our causes. And to-day, I wish them and you Peace.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  22. Genevieve M, TX

    knievel=kraziness –yikes!!

    May 26, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  23. Minou, New York City

    "watch some video" ?? LOL! I think it's DVDs these days...

    May 26, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  24. Mike, Syracuse NY

    The solution for the problem isn't to beat up the Army, which is doing what it can with the resources it has. It is to get Congress to get off their fat asses and authorize enough money to veterans care. They say they support our troops, but in budget after budget would rather spend money on bridges to nowhere than on veterans care.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  25. Cynthia

    That is why we need to get a Democrat is the White House because Senator McCain seems to want them to go over and fight and commit to a long service time in order to get better benefits.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  26. EJ

    "I hope the helicopter pilot and the cameraman/reporter gets some kind of award for bravery for their work Saturday afternoon. That was the most incredible footage of a tornado I’ve ever seen, and I grew up in Tornado Alley."

    There is actually some reality show where all the people do is chase tornadoes. It is a very intense show – only saw it once. They showed a tornado that was at least a mile long before. That might've been the one that ran through Greenburg, Kansas.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  27. Maureen T

    My heart goes out to that young man's family...

    May 26, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  28. Tom Boerum

    Electrocutions in Afganistan, suicides in the Army, soldiers suffering from PTSD not being dealt with, problems at military hospitals, why does it take the media's attention before something is done? What is happenning or what has happened to the military's leadership?

    God Bless our troops and all they do for us. We need to do more for them!

    May 26, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  29. Matthew in Eastern KY

    It is hard enough to hear that a loved one has died in combat over seas but must have been worse for them not knowing at first what it was that took his life and then for them to have to fight the army just to get an answer, my heart goes out to that family.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  30. Jacqui

    Thank you for covering the grossly dishonorable way our military personnel are being treated by people we have entrusted to look after them.

    I don't know which is worse, the way we ignored their pain and just dropped them back into society during the Vietnam War or all the patriotic lip service and flag waving we are doing now, while abandoning them to their internalized suffering and undiagnosed brain damage while still in the ranks on multiple deployments.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  31. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I think that the G.I. Bill should be of utmost importance during this election. If anyone should be guaranteed the best of care it is our military who put their lives on the line for us every hour of the day and every day of the year. It will be a disgrace if we let them down.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  32. Jana, Indiana

    Good night Anderson and all bloggers.

    Lets all remember our brave men and women serving now and those that served in the past.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  33. Jolene

    It is sad that a soldier who went to war in the first place knowing that his life could be sacrificed ends up taking his own life.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  34. CaseyJPS - California

    Anderson>I would say that story needs follow-up, and other stories need to be revealed.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  35. EJ

    Hi Minou,

    But then again, if the government fails to take care of them, why don’t friends and family do something? Psychological help can be attained for very little money in certain places.

    On the contrary, it is actually very expensive and even difficult to get help for severe cases (in many if not most instances).

    Most insurance plans (for those who have it) either don't have mental health coverage or have an inadequate amount of coverage.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  36. andersoncnn

    such a sad story

    May 26, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  37. Minou, New York City

    I wish the father of this soldier much success in Washington.
    He's taking action, I admire that!

    May 26, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  38. Cynthia

    Minou, I saw a special on that where some of the troops who had it were talking about how the government is not helping them. In a lot of cases the families are trying to help them but don't know where to turn. They felt if they went over and fought for this country that it would take care of them.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  39. Claire

    2,100 attempted sucide?? Holy Cow. That is really sad. rThis country really needs to treat our service members better than we do. They put their lives in danger for us and they get treated so badly.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  40. jackie Chino Hills, CA

    thank you so much for the report randi =)

    May 26, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  41. Stacy

    @Jo Ann–We already know they've covered them up. Just recently it came out that the chief of mental health services for the Department of Veterans Affairs lied to the House of Representatives Veterans' Affairs Committee about the number of suicides. It's unbelievable.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  42. CaseyJPS - California

    Military people that come home (now) are routinely asked if they want counseling within the first 30 days of returning home and often decline. That's a problem because problems don't necessarily surface within the first 30 days. Now, they are followed-up on 6 months out, to see what is surfacing. This makes alot more sense. At least one step in the right direction.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  43. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    This story is unbelievable. I am not shocked. Look at what wasn't done for our soldiers after Vietnam. Look at what isn't don't physically for our wounded vets. Why should their mental health matter? Why should the family matter? This is a military problem. Our men and women in uniform deserve more than this. They just do. As the relative of a soldier, this just ticks me off.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  44. jackie Chino Hills, CA

    it makes me sad and tears me apart to hear stories like this one. how does the goverment withhold information like that for so long? don't they know that that's going to come back on them and that most of all families feelings are at stake?! ridiculous.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  45. Maura, Minneapolis

    A similar thing happened to a young soldier in my city. He went to 2 V.A. hospitals in Minnesota asking for help as he was suicidal. Both V.A's said they were full and could only put him on a waiting list. He ended his life several days later, leaving behind a wife and baby.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  46. Jo Ann, Ohio

    My heart goes out to Jason's family.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  47. Jana, Indiana

    How horrible for Jason's parents. Like Jo Ann said their are probably more of these than we know about.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  48. Tracey - Boston

    The army let that poor soldiers down..they let us down

    May 26, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  49. Kim

    I wonder how many more young men and women are out there not getting the psychological help they badly need, and how many of them will end up dead or emotionally crippled because of it

    May 26, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  50. Julian - Hialeah,FL

    Give a wave to the camera Anderson. lol

    This soldiers story is heartbreaking. It kind of angers you.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
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