June 17th, 2008
09:32 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 6/17/08

Anderson is back.

Tonight, a wall of water with no place to go but down the Mississippi and only about two dozen levees along the way to contain it. Each and every one of them is in danger of giving way like the one near Gulfport, Illinois did today. Dan Simon is there with the latest.

Randi Kaye has an up close look at Michelle Obama’s image makeover. Does she have what it takes to be a first lady? What impact will she have on the campaign?

Dana Bash is on the trail today with a look at the fight between McCain and Obama over energy and the war on terror. Who won? We’ll find out from the best political team on television.

Erica Hill has an update on story we brought you last week. It’s about Samuel Israel, a hedge fund manager, convicted of defrauding investors out of nearly 500 million dollars. He was supposed to start a 20-year prison sentence last week but he never showed up, though his car was found abandoned on a bridge with the words “suicide is painless” scrawled on the side. Authorities weren't sure if he killed himself or went on the run. Tonight, they have their answer.

Be sure to check out Anderson and Erica out on our live web camera from the 360° studio. 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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soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. Kimether - Atlanta, GA

    Get some rest, Anderson!
    Great show and great blogs!!!

    June 17, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Mechelle-- Oklahoma

    Come on Anderson I just knew you could change a tire-haha. Don't blame you, I play the dumb girl routine when I have a flat.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  3. Karen--Leesburg, VA

    P.S. Jackie O also forbade and pictures of her smoking...

    June 17, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Megan Dresslar

    That so Awesome of you!! Anderson!!!! I love the shot!!!

    June 17, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  5. EJ (USA)

    We still love you Anderson – even if you can't change a tire.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  6. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Sitting still while others fix the flat tire..Smart..Good program Anderson and Erica.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  7. Janna

    Give him a break, Erica...Anderson doesn't need a car in NYC 😉

    June 17, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  8. CaseyJPS - California

    You shouldn't be teasing Dr. Gupta! Thumbs up on the tire changing, Anderson! Thanks for a thought-provoking show. Good night!

    June 17, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  9. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Good night Anderson, Erica, Gary, and everyone! See all of you tomorrow! Get some rest Anderson!

    June 17, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Jacqui Chan

    glad you are back in 1 piece Anderson, good luck catchin up on all that sleep
    good night Erica, Megan & all blogger

    June 17, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  11. Ken in NC

    Great show tonight Anderson. Glad you are back. See you all tomorrow night.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  12. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Good Tuesday evening. I guess the shot of the day proves one thing..Dr. Gupta doesn't need to hit the balance beam tryouts, anytime soon. Night all

    June 17, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  13. Richard (Canada)

    Hi there Erica/Anderson

    I enjoy your show... first time on your blog.

    Interesting conversation on Michelle Obama... I like Michelle Obama and dont feel that she's held to higher stand. She comes across as REAL!
    As far as being the possible first family... they seem like a refreshing CHANGE!

    June 17, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  14. Jacqueline

    Susan – North Haven, CT June 17th, 2008 10:36 pm ET

    Michelle Obama is NO JACKIE O.
    and she never will be.
    You got that right, Susan! Because Michelle Obama is Michelle Obama..... Not to mention her own woman with a mind, ideas and career of her own, unlike Jackie O, who I did admire, who didn't find those things for herself until after her losses.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  15. Megan Dresslar

    Good night Anderson, Erica, Bloggers!!!!
    Have a good night!! Sleep Tight!!!!! 🙂
    And welcome back Anderson!!!
    See you on Thursday!!!!

    June 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  16. Hannah Storm

    oh a blopper reel....fantastic.

    This hour was so great it just flew by. Great show Anderson and Erica

    Great blogging with everyone. Have a great hump day!!!!

    June 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  17. Jolene

    Wow, fast show tonight! Go get some sleep Anderson! Your show is just not the same without you! Nite all.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  18. Clyde

    Thank you for an entertaining show this evening. Good night.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  19. Jennifer

    To Anderson Cooper – Thank you for pointing out that Michelle said "REALLY proud".

    June 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  20. Mary H. St. Louis, MO

    Good show tonight. AC, great to have you back in the studio. Get some rest.

    The blog party is over for tonight...

    June 17, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  21. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Erica, I think the only reason people pay attention to a spouse is because it says something about the judgment of the person doing the choosing. The selection of a life partner is one of the most important choices anyone can make.

    Saying that, I don't think first ladies have much influence.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  22. CaseyJPS - California

    JoAnn, Ohio>
    Unfortunately, the reality of a makeover, doesn't reflect reality. (I agree with you.)

    June 17, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  23. Heather

    I knew that guy wasnt dead. I knew it. Hes too smart for that. He loves to be in control and have the freedom to do as he pleases. He has to have money somewhere hidden. He helped the feds to keep tabs on them while he was busy planning his getaway.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  24. Lou

    Well, good night bloggers, Anderson and Erica see you tomorrow night. Have a good night all

    June 17, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  25. Hannah Storm

    yes let's decide by buying cola's LOL

    June 17, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  26. Megan Dresslar

    Oh my gosh!!!!
    That is so horrible!!! he stole all $5 million from something!!!! what was he thinking????????/ I hope he will go to jail! good job Erica!

    June 17, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  27. Tee

    The mighty MIssissippi , how can anyone hold it back?

    June 17, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  28. Cindy

    Night all....get some rest Anderson!!


    June 17, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  29. Jacqui Chan

    so obviously fake what a convenient time to decide to kill oneself and leave no evidence

    June 17, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  30. kim-chicago

    For me it is important to see that Barack Obama treats his wife as an equal. I feel they have a great deal of respect for one another. It seems like an intelligent, caring relationship and I think she is a great role model for those two girls.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
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