October 20th, 2008
09:11 PM ET


Lisa Ort
AC360° Producer

Closing arguments in the Stevens trial…and other stories on our radar:

ON THE TRAIL: Sen. McCain spends the day in Pennsylvania with rallies in Bensalem, Harrisburg, and Moon Township. Sen. Obama is in Florida with an event in Lake Worth and a rally in Miami. Gov. Palin has rallies in Reno and Henderson, NV and Sen. Biden has a rally in Greeley, CO.

CULPRITS OF THE COLLAPSE: Who’s next on the top ten most wanted list? Here’s a hint: these mortgage giants were able to borrow money at below market rates and make risky investments because of their government backing.

TED STEVENS TRIAL: Prosecutors finished grilling Ted Stevens, the Republican senator charged with breaking Senate ethics rules by failing to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts and renovations on his home in Alaska. He was the last witness for the defense. Closing arguments are expected Tuesday.

WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT ON INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: President George W. Bush will deliver the keynote address at the summit which will discuss country ownership, good governance, results-based programs and accountability, and the importance of economic growth.

HEALTH OF THE NATION: The American Medical Association holds a media briefing on the health of the nation at the National Press Club.

REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT REPORT: Released by the Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics at 10:00AM ET.

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Deborah Parker, Pittsburgh, PA

    I hope that our nation survives this crisis. It is very ugly what we are currently going through, I have lived long enough to know that what is ocurring is so very wrong for our nation right now. Does everything in politics have to be so dirty, what is the point? Are we truly such a racist nation that anything goes and no one will say a word about what is happening during the final days of this presidential campaign. Where are our morals as a nation where is the civility, where is the caution, where is the respect for one another because on November the 4th this will all be over and most of this will never be forgotten by this generation or future ones. I am ashamed by the all of this. I will vote, but will we be able to move forward as a nation.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:59 am |
  2. Deborah Parker, Pittsburgh, PA

    I pray that Senator Obama's Grandmother pulls through her illness. I can only imagine her fortitude through these insults that have been hurled at her grandson in the name of "all is fair in politics". I hope our country survives them also. I wonder what the world thinks of us as a nation during these last weeks of our presidential campaign. Gee, it is so sad that our leaders, especially Senator McCain and Governor Palin have resorted to such inhuman remarks.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:40 am |
  3. Deborah Parker, Pittsburgh, PA

    Those involved show be exposed. If our nation is to heal from this manufactured tragedy those responsible should be called out, and hopefully held accountable for their dastardly deeds. One nation indivisiable with liberty and justice for all. We should all remember these words and never forget them. So many of our current leaders in government, private business and potential next president have truly forgotten these immortal words.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:33 am |
  4. Bob Holloway


    You guys talk about being fair and balanced. That you are unbiased and " the best political coverage. I guess I just don't get it.

    Senator Biden warns about an international incident that will test Obama during his first six months as president and CNN doesn't mention it during your program. Instead, you run SNL clips of Sarah

    Unbelievable. Shame on you.

    October 21, 2008 at 1:52 am |
  5. Chris

    You've missed the boat in a big way. It turns out that "affordable housing" was not so affordable. Who is responsible for making decisions about what they can and can not afford? Yes, it's first and foremost "the man in the mirror". Blaming it on Alan Greenspan for keeping rates low and not popping the asset bubble is a complete diversion from the real issue.

    October 21, 2008 at 1:52 am |
  6. gloria

    I have a question which has been bugging me for weeks now. In the second debate there was a question about america's policy towards situations like dafur and somalia and how as presidents, the candidates might handle such situations. was mcCain implying that its ok to sacfrice american lives in Iraq but not africa? if america is willing to sacrifice about 5,000 precious lives iraq, all of a sudden we have to determine if its worth sacrificing american lives in Africa? what kind of answer that?

    October 21, 2008 at 1:24 am |
  7. pamela

    Anderson, when will you investigate all the money being contributed to Obama's campaign, especially the smaller donations made thru the internet? Why won't they release this information?

    October 21, 2008 at 12:19 am |
  8. avnash

    I thought you are giving balanced coverage, but see what you did today your program looked more like advance Sara Palin program. Joe Biden is also a candidate. I am disappointed.

    October 21, 2008 at 12:17 am |
  9. Ron Cook

    I think it would be interesting to look into the Sarah Palin angle to the Ted Stevens trial. If he is convicted, and he still wins the election, he could not serve as a senator because he would be a convicted felon. As Governor, I believe Palin would appoint his successor until an election in 2010 (ala Mel Carnahan in Missouri.) Would she be so bold as to resign as Governor after making a deal with the Lt. Governor to appoint her as Steven's replacement? One way or the other, she might end up in Washington in January.

    Just a thought....

    October 21, 2008 at 12:13 am |
  10. Bud

    Why haven't Stanley O'Neal and Franklin Raines shown up on your 10 most-wanted list? I hope it's not because you're being politically correct.

    October 21, 2008 at 12:06 am |
  11. ed

    Moderation and objectivity is exactly what I'm looking for...

    October 20, 2008 at 11:57 pm |
  12. ed

    Notice the head of Fannie didn't make the list? and Frank and Dodd? It will be conclusive on the objectivity question if they don't !!

    October 20, 2008 at 11:51 pm |
  13. bailey gray

    it would be great to identify the culprits of the collapse by party affiliation once all are named.

    October 20, 2008 at 11:50 pm |
  14. Christine McKeough

    Palin's reference to people mocking her faith was likely a masked jab at Obama, since she loves to point out in her rally's that Obama made his comment about people clinging to their guns and religion

    October 20, 2008 at 11:47 pm |
  15. Carlos Medrano

    My wife and I are wonder why the Obama campaign has not brought out McCain's involvement in the Keating Five. That was part of what began to unravel the financial system, Senators and Congressmen working directly with financial corporations to undermine the regulations that were put in place to protect us. That to us is much more grave than sitting in a living room with a college professor.

    October 20, 2008 at 11:45 pm |
  16. PINKY

    Hi Mr. cooper, thanks for a chance to speak , much love and prayers to all th CANIDATES as some are going thru a personal time and it did'nt just PRAY AMERICA PRAY! PINKY

    October 20, 2008 at 11:37 pm |
  17. Ghost Man

    Wow, this idea that a comment needs 'moderation' doesn't seem very American. Sounds like censorship to me. Oh, I know, I remember now. It's political correctness.

    October 20, 2008 at 11:29 pm |
  18. Nancy S. Jochens

    Why haven't we heard anything on your program about the John McCain article in the October 16 issue of Rolling Stone? I've done some of my own "fact checking" and the article seems to be right on time.

    October 20, 2008 at 11:27 pm |
  19. Ghost Man

    Ok, we have a 'N' word... and now we have an 'S' word? How many other words are we going to have to learn by initials?

    Jeez, 1/3 of high school students don't even graduate, 1/3 of those can't even read at grade level, and now they are supposed to remember initials?

    October 20, 2008 at 11:21 pm |
  20. Ashley, Auburn, GA

    I believe your guest just brought up the point of Obama not wearing a flag pin again. Has anyone else noticed that McCain did not have one on in the third debate?

    October 20, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  21. Ralph Gonzales

    It's about time these thieves were exposed. Now-let's see if any action is taken! That's the real issue. A chance like this may never come again! It's NOW or NEVER!!

    October 20, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  22. Violet

    Hi Anderson – Thanks for creating the "Most Wante Culprit" list. If you have Phil Gramm and Alan Greenspan up there, then you must not forget to include Henry Kissinger. He's been a major architect of this system throughout the decades.

    kutgw - V.

    October 20, 2008 at 9:27 pm |
  23. Sara

    Larry, they're not done with the list. However, I agree with you...Dodd and Frank should be included. The list won't be complete without them.

    October 20, 2008 at 9:23 pm |
  24. Larry

    Still surprised Chris Dodd & Barney Frank have eluded this group.

    October 20, 2008 at 9:13 pm |