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December 23rd, 2008
09:44 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/23/08

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Tonight on AC360°,  new details on the Obama senate seat scandal. The President-elect's secret report revealed. We'll tell you how much contact the Obama team had with Illinois Governor Blagojevich and the bombshell no one expected.  Plus, why waiting to the last minute to do your holiday shopping may pay off for you this year. We'll have those stories and more.

Here's how you can be a part of tonight's program. Just scroll down and share your thoughts on the headlines.

Just follow our rules.  Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book)
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (we don't like screaming)
3) Use your real name

Don't miss Randi Kay'es webcast during the commercials.  She's got that duty since Erica is filling in for Anderson tonight.  LINK TO WEBCAST

And take a look at our live web camera from the 360° studio. LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA


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soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. Ashley - Hamlin NY

    Good night and good work all!!

    Thanks to the AC360 team. You make the news worthwhile....

    See you next year.

    December 23, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, WA)

    P.S. Hope you will get safe trip for christmas day!

    December 23, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Don, WA

    Good Christmas Erica Hill and Randi Kay and the gang – really good show!

    December 23, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  4. David, Indiana

    I mean not like after all the wall street news I don't know there's some thrill seeking on wall street.

    Economy better by next Christmas, good to look forward to, but I hope it gets better sooner.

    Hey David Gergen, Happy Holidays to you, too. And to you Erica and Randi, and Anderson and everyone. Thanks for so many thoughtful and stimulatiing nights here on the live blog. I love doing this. Thanks for the chance to comment. Also have enjoyed the humor of everyone on the blog.

    Good night everyone. Merry Christmast, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year too!

    December 23, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Great pick for "The Shot". Good laughs and reminders of what a year 2008 has been!

    Great job and show tonight Erica and Randi! Hope all the bloggers and the AC360 team have a happy holiday!

    December 23, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Great job Erica and Randi!

    December 23, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Good night and Happy Holidays Erica, Randi, Anderson, the entire 360 Staff and bloggers! Hope you all have safe and wonderful holiday! Great show and webcasts tonight!...when the cat's away the mice will play...its always fun when Erica and Randi are in charge!

    The shot of the day was excellent! It was hilarious!

    December 23, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, WA)

    Good night Erica, Randi, David Gergen and best bloggers!!!!!!
    Have a great night and sleep tight!!!! 🙂
    See you on Friday night! and Happy Holidays to all the bloggers and CNN and 360 crew!!!!!
    Day the shot with crazy dance Frannie Mac!!! Very Funny!!!!!!! LOL not good idea, but great shot!!!!!! take care!!!!! 🙂

    December 23, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  9. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    I went on a "spree" at Armani when I visited Las Vegas a few weeks ago–I've never seen these kind of deals before.

    Good night Erica and Randi! I love seeing both of you running the show, especially together! Thank you!

    OMG, that JibJab piece was great!!!

    December 23, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Bonnie

    Good show Erica–Merry Christmas everyone!!

    December 23, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  11. laporsha frazier

    Sonja, theres something you and i have in common. you stick it out to the end when its your time.

    i cannot wait to see the 2008 look back by jibjab. wow it was hilarious but couldnt really understand the words. 🙂

    December 23, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Paolo

    Jib jab's year-in-review is quite funny!

    December 23, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Friday's Shot.I guess Chicken Little is correct..The Sky really is falling..Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all at ac360 and bloggers. Night all.

    December 23, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  14. EJ (USA)

    Obama could give the proceeds from his cologne to several charities.

    December 23, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  15. pati mc., camp hill, pa

    Dear AC 360 gang. Anderson, Erica, Randi. David, Kevin, Bob, Tone Dog, all you awesome people...

    Have a wonderful Holiday!!!!!!!! And a safe one.

    You guys deserve so much credit, and I just wanted to thank you for all that you do. You have made a difficult year so much easier with your hilarious senses of humor and the valuable information that you provide.

    Rest well dear friends. See you aftet the Holidays! Love you guys! 🙂

    December 23, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Ashley - Hamlin NY

    Risque Shot...

    Good for you guys! Haha!

    December 23, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  17. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    bah humbug! 😛

    uh oh, someone missed something that should have had a bleep! lol

    December 23, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  18. Bridget

    Happy Holidays to the Ac360 team and all the bloggers! May you have a safe, happy wonderful Christmas/hannuka. Take the time to tell a family/friend that you love them.

    December 23, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  19. EJ (USA)

    Goodnight Erica – Great job tonight! You & Randi were great.

    December 23, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  20. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Lynn, why is it that it's so important that the US be 'liked'? I'd rather the US be respected by friends and feared by enemies. I doubt if any of our enemies fear Obama.

    December 23, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  21. ericacnn

    Happy Hannukah / Festivus / Christmas, bloggers!

    December 23, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  22. Renee

    Happy holidays to the Moderator and the 360 crew!

    @ Erica: Merry Christmas to your family and your little guy! I am sure he is SO excited for Christmas!

    December 23, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  23. EJ (USA)

    An Obama cologne would fly off the shelves too.

    December 23, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  24. Ken in NC

    Great show tonight Erica and Randi and Bloggers. See you you all tomorrow night as long as I can get out in time to complete my run before sun rise Thursday morning.

    December 23, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  25. Susan

    Happy holidays to all and thank you for how hard all of you work, it doesn't go unnoticed! I noticed and appreciate it. Great show tonight Erica. Thanks David for wisdom and being so humane in the broadest sense.

    December 23, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  26. Lori from IL

    To the whole 360 staff and crew and fellow bloggers -

    I wish you all have a very Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays.

    December 23, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  27. Jonathan Usher

    I was planning to do a lot of Xmas shopping after the Xmas to find sales. Do you think prices will decrease further from the deals you are currently seeing after Xmas.

    December 23, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  28. Ashley - Hamlin NY

    Hill, I just need to tell you that I love when you host. I mean, we all love Cooper too, but you just make me feel that it will all be okay. Haha!

    Happy holidays all...have fun and stay safe!

    December 23, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  29. Renee

    @ Erica, I got an $1,800 Gucci purse at a resale shop for $125. Never used!

    December 23, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  30. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    alan, as a massage therapist, it is my ethical responsibility to point out to you that 'parlor' and massage are two words that should not be used together. massage is very therapeutic, and licensing requirements are very strict on the sexual issues.

    December 23, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  31. Renee

    @ David, Indiana: Wall Street is the name of a street in NYC where most investment/financial advisory firms are located in America.

    December 23, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  32. pati mc., camp hill, pa

    Aw! Happy Holidays David!

    Same to you. We love your wonderful insight and sense of humor. You help to make AC 360 a very special place to be. You are just the best!

    Very best Wishes! XXXOOOXXX

    December 23, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  33. EJ (USA)

    I thought people on Wall Street are investors.

    I guess sometimes they invest in a little hanky panky

    December 23, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  34. Bonnie

    I'm guessing a hand-made sculpture would be something you would have to keep. Wouldn't you have to set it out everytime the person that gave it to you came to visit?

    December 23, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  35. Renee

    Yes, Alan B and the tatoo parlors too! Ouch!

    December 23, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  36. Greg, Austin Tx

    Great show tonight. I wouldn't be surprised to see an EH360 show somewhere down the line.

    December 23, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  37. Don, WA

    Headline: "Sex Sells!"

    December 23, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  38. Janine from PA.

    Nothing wrong with regifting if the gift has never been used someone may actually use it and whats wrong with an item being used rather then sitting around collecting dust?
    Oh yes its ladies night oh what a night!!

    December 23, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  39. David, Indiana

    I thought people on Wall Street are investors.

    December 23, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  40. k.g.moll

    sad wall st, and they manipulate the country, i see a lot of strip clubs at car dealers also

    December 23, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  41. lynn

    Mike: No one forced those people to come. Believe me I have relatives in Europe and they are elated with the change in administration. Also people wanted to be there to share in his election.

    December 23, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
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