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June 12th, 2008
09:49 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 6/12/06

Another night of breaking news. Another night of tornadoes across several midwestern states. Also, flooding that's pushed thousands of people out of their homes. It may be the worst in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and AC360's Gary Tuchman is there.

Much more tonight, including the boy scouts who trained to save lives and did, even as other scouts lost theirs.

Also, making Michelle Obama an issue in the campaign against her husband. Are political spouses ever fair game?

And a CNN exclusive, tapes and documents from inside al Qaeda in iraq documenting its rise and thankfully, its fall. Michael Ware has them and we'll check in with him in Baghdad.

We want to know what you think about think so we'll start posting comments to this blog at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.

And be sure to check out our live web camera from the 360° studio. Tonight you'll see Campbell Brown and Erica Hill behind the scenes on the set. We'll turn the camera on at 945p ET and turn it off at 11p ET.
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  1. Minou, New York City

    It's about time those detainees get some rights back.
    People are being held for years without being charged.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  2. Jo Ann, Ohio

    If Michelle Obama makes controversial statements out stumping for her husband then she is fair game.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  3. Shannon

    I am glad to hear that the President is going to finally respect something that the Justice Department has rule on.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  4. Robert

    we need not to be political teleguided and stooges. We need to respect the value of our women despite of our political differences.
    wee need to attach the crucial issues, like high gas prices, job lost, mortage break-down and be responsible

    June 12, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  5. Bobby

    I feel for the people and those poor boy heros(scouts) in the mid west, but for a terrible year with weather, waht does the very near future hold for Florida with hurricanes?????????

    June 12, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  6. Charles, Co

    Michelle in Ks.......stay safe, I would say dry, but I am not certain that is possible

    June 12, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  7. Lou

    I don't think that attacking Michelle Obama will work at all. However I do think that she is fair game as she speaks for her husband

    June 12, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  8. Megan Dresslar

    @ Cindy,
    I agree with you too, I cannot chase tornadoes at all, too dangerous for them to chase tornadoes!

    June 12, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  9. Michelle Ogden

    I'm from Lawrence KS, and we just got cleared from a storm that had tornadoes around Topeka, and around De Soto and we are due for a round 2. Right now we are in a flood warning. I feel like when is this weather going to end.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  10. Robert

    The repubilcans are confused. Respect for our woman should be a paramount goal for respect

    June 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  11. Charles, Co

    Lots of faith amongst that group of kids.....

    June 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  12. Jolene

    Hi Bloggers and Erica! Storm chasers provide such a public service by letting us know where the bad storms/tornados are. I don't consider them crazy as much as lucky!

    June 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  13. Cindy

    It is sad what happened to those boys but it is also great that they took control of the situation and saved others lives.

    Cindy...Ga.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  14. Charles, Co

    Evening Erica..........

    June 12, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  15. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Jana; That is a good point; I thought about that myself! Gary better be careful!

    June 12, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  16. carloyn wall

    weather sucks

    June 12, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  17. Megan Dresslar

    Erica,
    I love new blog! that is so change everthing! 🙂 that is cool blog!

    June 12, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  18. Charles, Co

    It is sad about those 4 and the others were incredibly brave

    June 12, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  19. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I wonder if they will start equiping camp sites with underground shelters.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  20. Lou

    When you look at the pictures of the tornado that affected the boy scouts it is hard to beleive that they went to work to help all the others and helped to rescue another family. They truly are heroes

    June 12, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  21. Terry

    I grew up in Cedar Rapids and have 2 grown sons living there now. It's a great town. It is just hard to believe what I'm seeing.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  22. Jana, Indiana

    I hope Gary is all right, being out their in that kind of weather and electrical equipment.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  23. Nick

    my uncle was in Salina, kansas when a couple or tornados came dangerousley close to the hospital that he works in. They had no power for the longest time which was dangerous for the people inside. Now that th storm is over, they have power and everything is slowley getting better. i'm just glad their all safe!

    June 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  24. Cindy

    Those storm chasers are crazy!! No way would I chase a tornado!

    Cindy..Ga.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  25. ericacnn

    Hi, everyone.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  26. Megan Dresslar

    Michael in NC,
    Wow! I am sorry hear that your state....... I agree with you too.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  27. Paula

    Our weather here in Wisconsin is horrible,but my heart goes out even more so to the families of those children.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  28. Cindy

    @ Michael,NC...we need that water here too in Georgia!

    BTW 360...LOVE the new look to the blog!

    Cindy...Ga.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  29. Charles, Co

    I wonder if FEMA will react this time

    June 12, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  30. Katt in FL

    It's just terrible, my prayers go out to all in our country that are suffering due to this strange weather.
    ~Peace~

    June 12, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  31. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Those poor people! I don't know what I would do in the same situation. Even if they had time to prepare what could they have possibly done? Gary is doing a great job interviewing them; he is always sensitive to people in difficult situations.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  32. Hannah Storm

    You know thinking about it......after politics, weather in the US and around the world is probably the next biggest covered story so far this year. It is almost like this weather is epic

    June 12, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  33. Megan Dresslar

    Hello Campbell, Erica, and Bloggers!!!!
    Nice to see Gary Tuchman on AC360!
    Wow! too bad for people in Iowa! I never seen that before like thiis! over flood in the river!

    June 12, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  34. mollie

    wow, it's crazy about that flooding record. it seems like there's flooding from rivers all the time.
    but that guy said it looks like new orleans after katrina.
    how about NO. that's a slightly different story.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  35. Tracey - Boston

    Planet in Peril – American Edition

    June 12, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  36. Charles

    That is a lot of tornadoes....over 1500

    June 12, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  37. Gary

    Michael...I did not know you folks were have draught conditions...I knew that parts of Alabama were pretty dry.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  38. Larry

    Hi Campbell,

    Has there been any reaction from World Scouting Associations?

    June 12, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  39. Michael, NC

    I hate to say it, we could use some of that water in Iowa here in eastern NC...horrible forest fires here, smoke all across the city. Prayers go out to those affected by the flooding.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  40. Cindy

    Man that flooding is just horrible. I feel so bad for those people!

    Cindy...Ga.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  41. Gary

    Hello all, hope you had a great day...terrible situation for the boy scouts...really a sad situation...

    June 12, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  42. Minou, New York City

    Hi all,
    Gary looks soaked. He's a good sport.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  43. Lou

    It sue does seem like it is startin off the same as last night, but hopefully not as tragic

    June 12, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  44. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    The pictures of Cedar Rapids are hard to comprehend. What a terrible loss of property.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  45. Hannah Storm

    Everytime they go to Gary, he is wetter and wetter......thanks for taking it to bring us the story Gary.....you are awesome!!!!

    June 12, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  46. Missy

    Good evening Campbell. Those poor boys killed. They are heroes. An inspiration.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  47. Cindy

    Hey Campbell and all...seems we are starting off the same as last night unfortunately!!

    Cindy..Ga.

    June 12, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  48. Michael, NC

    Hey guys, hope everyone had a good tuesday, looking forward to a great conversation tonight. Good to see you again tonight Campbell. 🙂

    June 12, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  49. Tracey - Boston

    Good Evening,

    The weather situation is horrible. Oh no more rain???

    June 12, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  50. Hannah Storm

    Hearing from these boys has been heartbreaking. They truly were heroic last night

    June 12, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
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