June 16th, 2008
09:06 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 6/16/08

Right now, people in towns big and small along the Mississippi are sandbagging as fast as they can. In Clarksville, Missouri alone they're trying to get half a million sandbags in place ahead of the floodwaters expected to hit this river town. Along the Iowa River, the worst has already happened with six dead in the state. In some places, the water levels are falling but the anger is rising, from people who just want to go home, no matter how little they may have to go home to. Dan Simon and Gary Tuchman are in the flood zone with the latest.

In politics, a big name endorsement for Barack Obama tonight. He's got the Nobel prize, but does Al Gore still have political clout? We’ll find out from the best political team on television.

Anderson is reporting from the Democratic Republic of the Congo tonight. He’s been in Africa for more than a week now along with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. They’ve been looking at endangered habitats and how animal populations here are being wiped out. They’re also studying how viruses, potentially deadly viruses, travel from animals to men. Anderson has a reporter’s notebook for us tonight. You can also take a look at some of the pictures from their trip.

Campbell Brown will be anchoring the show tonight. You can see them on our live web cam. 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. Tracey - Boston

    GARY....get out of that water!!!!

    June 16, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  2. Hannah Storm

    Holy Crap Gary is up to his chest in water!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  3. Hannah Storm

    McCain should learn how to use a computer.....my grandparents learnt

    June 16, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  4. Emma

    Great question, Billi. Solis-Doyle did a great job for the Obama campaign long before she was officially hired.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar

    Hi Erica,
    I can't wait see Anderson from Africa tonight. He is doing good job in Africa!

    June 16, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  6. Kathy, Chicago

    I agree with David Gergen. I'm trying to ignore politics for a while. The candidates need a vacation.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  7. Stacy

    Gotta agree with David Gergen. We all need a break from this!

    June 16, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  8. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Megan, Kathy, OK, I guess revisionist history is in tonight. Gore lost in 2000, and there was a recount done by a group of newspapers that verified it.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  9. Hannah Storm

    hey Erica....hope your little guy did something nice for his dad on father's day (with mom's help of course :P)

    June 16, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  10. Tracey - Boston

    McCain is part of the o'le boys club...no respect for women...look at the people he is attracting

    June 16, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  11. Stacy

    Billi, the Clinton camp fired Doyle. Maybe her hiring is a message to Clinton: No VP for you! Who knows?

    June 16, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    I think McCain knew what was said but thought that he got slip in it without anyone knowing it. He appears to be desperate for money.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  13. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Sometimes I wonder how organized these campaigns really are. Isn't there someone checking into these things for them or are they just hoping people won't find out?

    June 16, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  14. ericacnn

    Hi, everyone – hope you all had a good wkd and Dad's Day if you were celebrating

    June 16, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  15. Megan Dresslar

    Yes, Stacy,
    You're right...... I remember that Al Gore lost to Bush almost 7 years ago.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  16. Kathy, Chicago

    Megan, you're right. Gore was president in 2000. I wish he was running now.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  17. Hannah Storm

    I love how Dana got that question in during a press conference that had nothing to do with the fundraiser.....way to go Dana

    Williams comment was really disgusting

    June 16, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  18. kim-chicago

    I was really surprised too...I can't imagine this wasn't well calculated but it seems that if they thought it would bring Clinton voters on board I think they may be mistaken...I feel like I'm missing something here...I just don't get it.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  19. Cynthia

    I think that Senator Obama will pick the best person for the country and well as one that he can trust.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  20. Megan Dresslar

    You're right! I agree.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  21. Billi

    My question to the Obama campaign about Patti Solis Doyle is this......if you thought Clinton's campaign was not very good when Doyle was in charge [ you said so] why are you hiring her?

    June 16, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  22. kathy

    maybe patti doylis(sp) was working for the obama campaign longer than any thought she was..................

    June 16, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  23. Stacy

    Megan, you might want to check your presidential history. Gore was Clinton's VP and lost (well depending on your perspective) the 2000 election to Bush.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  24. Tracey - Boston


    Al Gore is trying to prove how bad the Red Party is

    June 16, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  25. Jose

    I agree...Appointing Solis-Doyle is sending the wrong signal to disgruntled Hillary supporters because she will probably advise Obama not to select H. Clinton as his VP running mate. I simply don't understand the bad timing here. Hey Campbell, you look exhausted. Anderson is lucky to have a dedicated person to fill-in when he's not around.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  26. Hannah Storm

    Do people honestly think Obama would pick Hillary as VP? Just would not be a smart choice IMO

    June 16, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  27. Gary

    Stacy, listen to him. Everytime he talks he speaks of his loss and implies how "unfair" it was to him. He did it again tonight.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  28. Megan Dresslar

    Ok, Mike,
    no problem...... my apology.........

    June 16, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  29. Cynthia

    Senator Obama seemed to just be announcing the appointments he made and did that all at one time.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  30. Ken in NC

    Campbell I think David Gergen would be an asset to the Obama administration. He seems to always have a great insight and logic about himself and he delivers his opinion always in a most respectful manner. But then that is something that just comes natural to all from North Carolina.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  31. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Megan, I never said I wanted Gore to be President. I said if he had the clout he would have been. He would however be a 100% better choice than Obama.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  32. Megan Dresslar

    Al Gore was president in 2000...

    June 16, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  33. Hannah Storm

    Al Gore is awesome. He would have been a great president

    June 16, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  34. Stacy

    Gary, how does he seem bitter? He's given his life to a cause and has a Nobel Prize to show for it. He's not stewing in his house.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  35. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    If Gore had political clout he would have won in 2000. Now, as Gary said, he seems to be bitter.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  36. Cynthia

    Al Gore seems to be very happy doing what he is doing. He cares more about global warming, etc.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  37. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Hi Erica, Campbell and everyone! I am really looking forward to Anderson's Reporter's Notebook tonight; I really love them! I am interested in seeing Gary's and Dan's 's report from the flood zone as well.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  38. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Gore is helping Obama get more air time tonight. So I guess he has some clout. Hopefully McCain will get his chance at prime time coverage soon. What's fair is fair.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  39. Stacy

    Mike, you mean he'd be president in 2008 or he would have been president in 2000?

    June 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  40. Megan Dresslar

    Yes! Mike in NY
    I agree with you...... I would like Al Gore would become president....

    June 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  41. Cynthia

    I agree with David Gergan. Especially the case against 4 more years of Bush

    June 16, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  42. Gary

    Al Gore seems like such a bitter man. Will he ever get over his loss of the election?

    June 16, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  43. Megan Dresslar

    Nice see Candy Crowley and David Gergen on AC 360 tonight!
    I agree with you Ken in NC........ we need change right now.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  44. Jose

    Hello Everyone. Hi Campbell and Erica!

    June 16, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I think if Gore had political clout, he'd be President.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  46. EJ (USA)

    Gore's speech was AWESOME! Just makes you wonder what this country would've been like...

    June 16, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Ken in NC

    Good evening Campbell. Hope we have a good bunch of bloggers tonight and look forward to hearing from Anderson too. On the issue of former Vice President Al Gore still having political clout the answer is yes. He still appeals to many of the Baby Boomers, many of whom are "White Working Class men and women". He also has the ability to bring in many from the environmentalist groups so it appears that Senator Obama has picked up a really big endorsement tonight.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Hello Bloggers.

    June 16, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Hannah Storm

    sounds like a great show

    June 16, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Megan Dresslar

    Hello Campbell, Erica and Bloggers!
    I am glad Al Gore endores Barrack Obama tonight! That's great news!
    and I can't wait see Anderson Cooper from Africa tonight! 🙂

    June 16, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
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