July 15th, 2008
09:46 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 7/15/08

For what’s in the program take a look at tonight’s Evening Buzz.

Be sure to check out Anderson and Erica 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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  1. Gary

    David Gergen: perhaps the negotiations you believe will occur will be the U.S. diplomat telling the Iranians to give up their nuclear ambitions and we will "talk" some more.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  2. kelly

    I remember as young teen reading Helter Skelter how the Sharon Tate murder really impacted me. I felt so bad ,I had no idea what a cult was , seeing Charles Manson on tv and his followers really creeped me out . I was dumbfounded as to why someone or how someone could do this. STAY IN JAIL, KARMA IS DIFFICULT

    July 15, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  3. Maureen T

    Thanks Anderson! I'd hate to be on the list and not know! 🙂

    July 15, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  4. Dwight in San Bernardino, CA

    If McCain, said that Obama isn't qaualified when it comes to military policy, then why is Bush and McCain following Obama's lead, when it comes to moving troops to Afganastan?

    July 15, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  5. Jolene

    David Gergen! Ah, giving credit for being willing to change your mind. For some reason I think we will be seeing a lot of this during this campaign season. As long as changing your mind leads you in the right direction and it's successful, I'm okay with it.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  6. teresa


    Do you think it's possible that the "change" of mind on talking with Iran is after the missles they tested recently?

    July 15, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  7. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    The parole board made the right decision about the Manson Family member. The fact that this person was even considered for parole is ridiculous. This just goes to show you that any sentence can be changed, no matter how severe. A death penalty sentence can be commuted and life without parole is not worth the paper it is written on.

    I wonder how she liked having to beg for her life.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  8. Janna

    David G, It's so nice to hear someone give credit for a politician changing positions instead of calling it a "flip flop".... Surprising it ends up being a compliment for Bush though!

    July 15, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  9. Chuck, Eugene Oregon

    5-10 vs 6-`10 that is not a fight, how could he even reach the other guys head to hit him, he would have to been standing nearly toe to toe to do that. The whole thing sounds fish.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  10. Shea, North Carolina

    Afghanistan is the forgotten war!!! i don't think a lot of people realized how bad it was over there. our military needs to pull out of iraq and go to afghanistan.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  11. EJ (USA)

    Thanks Anderson – many of us want to know!

    July 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  12. CaseyJPS

    Anderson, if you can't add that information to the broadcast, can you blog it, please?

    July 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  13. Susan - North Haven,CT

    Hi David... I was agreeing with you until the last sentence about Bush.

    One has to HAVE a mind before they can change it. He lost his a long time ago.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  14. Caitlin

    What happened to the Serbian diplomat who gave him another passport?

    July 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  15. ericacnn

    Thanks, David! And *always* great to have David Gergen on the program

    July 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  16. Maureen T

    Three on one does not fly! Oh my goodness...that poor young man...The other young man should be brought back to America to serve some time!!

    July 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  17. Charles

    Yes let us know, if not add it to the Blog

    July 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  18. Heather

    Its amazing what diplomats can get away with. They dont get traffic tickets, arrested, or even go through our justice system if they get into trouble here. They need to make some new rules for diplomats and their families.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  19. EJ (USA)

    Sounds like he is being picked on.

    Imagine what happens to those of us who don't have CNN (media) and top legal experts supporting us.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  20. Sarah

    I don't think Susan Atkins should be let out. Even though she's disabled, she's still a monster. Maybe TSA will put her on their watch list.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  21. andersoncnn

    i realized, we didnt get to the part where we tell you how to find out if you are on the list.. im seeing if we can add it in later in the broadcast.. will let you know asap

    July 15, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  22. Cindy

    I can't believe that he beat the guy into a coma for asking the girl to a dance!

    It is crazy that he is free in his country to do as he pleases while the other guy is comatose and may die.


    July 15, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  23. Dawn

    David Gergen you always put things into perspective. I like that you are always willing to give credit where credit is due. You're the man.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  24. Celeste

    I just read about the Sharon Tate "compassionate release" story a little while ago, and I am so glad her request was denied. Her crimes were so heinous and, she should've been put to death a long time ago-when her death sentence was commuted to life in prison, that is exactly what it meant...LIFE IN PRISON....not life in prison until you are within six months of dying because of a terminal illness. I am sure being a ward of the state of California, she is receiving far better treatment in her hospitilzation anyway....

    July 15, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  25. Carmine I

    The young Canadian man's mother was on local TV here in Canada pleading for his release. Something just doesn't add up.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  26. sarah B....Durham,NC

    TSA.....wastes money by looping around and not getting to the point! funny who CNN can find out...but a national admin. cannot!!~~.....not too shocked by diversions and no one taking responsibility for their actions or no consequences at all....!!

    July 15, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  27. Genevieve M, TX

    How do we find out if we are on the "TSA watch list"?

    July 15, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  28. Susan - North Haven,CT

    Poor Drew... on a terrorist watchlist! I guess that shows us what happens when one steps on the wrong toes...

    July 15, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  29. david gergen

    Hello everyone - a lot of disagreement flying around tonight on this blog site, but one thing on which we can all agree: great to have Erica back!

    Recommend that if you have time, read the full texts from speech today by Obama on foreign policy and then the response from McCain. They are two of the best expositions I have seen of their views and you can weigh more clearly who has the more persuasive arguments. Strikingly, it seems to me they are pretty close together on Afghanistan: both want to commit more US troops there and turn back the tide.

    On Iran, I just don't agree with the argument from some of you that this is not a change of direction by the administration. Yes, U.S. diplomats in the past have been in the same room with Iranians (e.g., Condi Rice). But the administration has held a firm line that it would not be part of a negotiation with Iran unless Iran first stopped its nuclear enrichment. I for one am glad that the administration has made this shift - perhaps it can bring us closer to a diplomatic solution. I have yet to meet a U.S. Army general who has any desire for a military solution. So, let's hope there is some progress this weekend with the diplomats - and give credit to President Bush for being willing to change his mind.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  30. Shelley, Washington the State

    Can you imagine having to prove who you are each time you fly? How irritating when your racing to catch a flight!

    July 15, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  31. Heather

    The Patriot Act has gone way too far. That is probably the worst thing that has came out during these past seven years. I know two people who have been affected by this act. So much for anyone's privacy.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  32. carl

    TSA is no different than most people involved with government in the last several years . . . they think they are above the law!

    July 15, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  33. EJ (USA)

    That is indeed insane. I guess that's what happens to us if we cross the government.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  34. ericacnn

    Drew Griffin is a rockstar

    July 15, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  35. Tracey - Boston

    Sounds like he is being picked on.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  36. Chuck, Eugene Oregon

    I interviewed with TSA for an airport job a while back, and the way they talked and the briefing were crazy. Basically everything you say, do or not do while at work and away from work were monitored and scrutinized.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  37. Shannon

    TSA really has gone overboard. I still have not figured out the liquid thing in airports. I understand being viligent to ensure safety, but this seems like unnecessary expense and harrassment

    July 15, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  38. Jolene

    Sounds like Drew Griffin is on the TSA's short list to me! If anyone can get off the list, it will be Drew! Good Luck!

    July 15, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  39. MaryBeth

    Makes you wonder who is on that list? I bet there are kids and deceased ppl.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  40. John

    It makes people wonder what in the heck is going on with things out there. People won't want to work in these jobs if this kind of thing can happen. They might rather just work in private industry which is fine, but the point is their reasoning.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  41. Susan - North Haven,CT

    TSA – wow – shameful.
    CNN... Good job on finding the e-mail owner! WTG

    July 15, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  42. Genevieve M, TX

    I would not be suprised if the TSA put the AC360 staff and its bloggers on the "watch list" just for being on this live blog while this story is being aired!

    July 15, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  43. Shelley, Washington the State

    Aparantly Big brother is watching? I mean I remember reading 1984 in school thinking it was just a piece of science fiction...who knew we would see some of it implemented in our time. Unbelievable!

    July 15, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  44. Dylan

    When the federal government monitors the private emails of a man, especially that of an air marshall & a father of four, we know how far our government has fallen.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  45. Celeste

    Abuse of power, imo.....

    They should be ashamed...

    July 15, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  46. Norma

    Way to go CNN go after the TSA.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  47. CaseyJPS

    This identity story is really hard to believe. It's distrubing and disgusting. The TSA is abusive.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  48. Janna

    oooh, this is a touchy subject. Of course we want to keep them honest BUT doesn't this compromise our safety so much more- to broadcast, literally, any flaws in security?

    July 15, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  49. Sara, Oklahoma

    The FBI is reading everything anyone sends on their computers? That is a little scary.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  50. Lisa in Miami

    Wow! The TSA tracking personal emails and calling the guy! Way to go CNN keeping YOURSELF honest. Interesting report.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
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