December 29th, 2008
10:00 PM ET

Live blog from the anchor desk 12/29/08

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Happy Monday! There's a lot to talk about tonight and we want to hear from you. Join the conversation below.

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1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book)
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  1. Larry

    G'nite folk that don't hate:)

    December 29, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  2. David, Indiana

    Not tough sledding for that dog.

    Good night everyone.

    December 29, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Jacqui Chan

    good nigh Anderson. Randi 360 staff and bloggers GN take care

    December 29, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Too cute. Love the sleding lab! We needed some cuteness to end the show! Loved the 2008 Dramatic Animal Video review...hope you continue with them in 2009!

    Nite all!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  5. EJ (USA)

    Nighty night Anderson.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, Wa

    I can't wait see Anderson best moment year before Happy New Year Eve party with Anderson and Kathy...... am so exciting for that event!
    I am ready for new year whoooohooo!!!!
    Good night Anderson, Randi and best bloggers!!!!!!!!
    Have a great night and sleep tight!!!
    See you tomorrow night!!!
    Day of the shot my favorite best year dog rode on sled going down!!! Awwww!!! that is so great shot!!!!! LOL!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Monday's Shot! Animals gone Wild..The lab forgot to take the sled back up the hill? Now that would be a Shot and a half..night all

    December 29, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Lori from IL

    Love the "sleigh-riding" lab –

    Good show tonight, Anderson –

    Good night, all.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Renee

    @ Daisy: I think I am surprised because if you ever knew a Holocaust survivor you would know what special,special people they are. They have a special determination and drive and a special spirit.

    @ Jacqui: I hope Bubbie had a good holiday. Shalom!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Good Night Anderson, Randi and bloggers...The creepy cat graphic still makes me laugh every time! That was an adorable shot of the day! Have a good evening!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  11. Marian

    This Holocaust survivor did con his readers but how many people have endured the Hell he probably experienced. Maybe he just wanted to believe this fantasy to make his experience more tolerable. Try visiting a death camp in Poland.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    what a great job tonite anderson, randi, and crew.

    anderson, im sorry i wont be able to tune in for the NYE special, as im sure you will be crushed, but i plan on quietly drowning more of my brain cells with a variety of alcoholic beverages and shots while watching ANYTHING that isnt about NYE. 😉

    awww, puppy on a sled! how cute!

    goodnite all.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Joe Terrogano

    I am 60 years old and the Israel-Palestine conflict has been going on as long as I can remember. God only knows how many people have been killed. There has been no progress in all that time, just more killing. Each side pointing the finger at the other, propagating this war-to-nowhere. It is time to wake up and see the truth. They are both wrong and both right. Stop the killing, try really talking and cooperating before you turn off everyone.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  14. EJ (USA)

    I'm not too big on these animal videos.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  15. Jacqui Chan

    I agree Tina Fey is amazing
    this is the first I heard about Rosie O'Donnel bombing but this coud be because I hate celebrity gossip and I can say PROUDLY that I NEVER read or watch thoose tabloid gossip shows or mags...

    December 29, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Adrian

    I though it was funny when Larry Elder tried to defend the CD, but it was even funnier when he started to tout the virtues of the Republican Party. Smaller Government? Conservative ideals? exactly which Republican party is he speaking of? Certainly not this modern party.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  17. Ken in NC

    Good show tonight Anderson. See you all tomorrow night

    December 29, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  18. Maureen T

    the show is over already! Glad to have you back! Looking forward to spending New Year's Eve with you...and, oh yeah, Kathy Griffin! 🙂

    December 29, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  19. Ashley - Hamlin NY

    All right all you hard workers at CNN – thanks for another interesting night. Hope for peace, as always.

    Goodnight bloggers and CNN crew.

    Good to have you back Cooper.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  20. Tombi Smith

    I believe that Larry was incorrect with his judgment in regards to his fellow Republican. The song is racist and proves that society still has a long road to journey in regards to racism. For him not to notice this, this proves that his book is based on him.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  21. Tracey - Boston

    Ashley: can you say Syble ?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  22. leslie in georgia

    Well there is a lot going on tonight. I have to say who was the Africa American Guy commenting on the Obama song? I am African American and I was offended as well as all of my family and friends. Thats a lot of people. I am number 10 of 10 children. Is this was the republican party will be focusing on color when so much is going on...like Israel, Iraq, etc.?

    This is why most African Americans would not come near the republican party. Who wants to be a part of something that makes a joke out of your suffering...or did they forget about all the free labor the US got from African Americans, or all the lynchings, etc. I would say that makes me very sensitive.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  23. elisabeth meier

    Anderson did you really say she tries something new??? LOL
    be serious.
    and I would love to see your new years eve show... please make it possible for cnni-viewers !

    December 29, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  24. David, Indiana

    A point missed, is that Hamas and Fatah have to reconcile, that would help negotiation between Israel and the Palestinians go forward. Reza Aslan mentioned this.

    It seems like the border dispute around gaza could be worked out. More effort needs to be put into avoiding these conflicts. Paying a little bit more attention to this could be very helpful.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  25. Bader

    Thank you Jacqueline, NY and Cliff McWhorter for using common sense...something politics seems to be missing 🙂

    December 29, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  26. Bridget

    Why do so many people blame the media for reporting the news? The media isn't responsible for the latest proof that the republican party still doesn't get it. The media isn't responsible for idioitic mistakes people make, the media reports the news period.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  27. Steve

    Faking a Holocaust tale???? Shame on that author. Well beyond faking a drug addiction.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  28. Michelle

    So the Lil' Wayne rumors are true.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  29. Larry

    I thought that Jon Stewart's piece on obama's goat story was demeaning but not as bad as the Japanese commercial where there were many apes, behind another ape at the podium, holding up signs with 'Change' on them: EMOBILE's Racist Commercial Depicts Obama as a Monkey

    December 29, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  30. Tracey - Boston

    I'll be in Times Square looking for CNN

    December 29, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  31. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Tom Foreman's "2008 All the best/worst" special looks like it will be good to watch. Thanks for the preview.....

    December 29, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  32. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I completely agree...the best moments on TV this year were Tina Fey playing Sarah Palin!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  33. Maureen T

    Tina Fey is awesome!!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  34. Ashley - Hamlin NY

    I love the music they played at the end of the show with the entertainment section. Did anyone else picture Cooper busting a move? (We all know you've got it in ya...)

    I am so sick of hearing about Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana. We're giving kudos to a 15 year old who has multiple personalities!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  35. Daisy, Houston

    Why are people so surprised that the Rosenblats lied and used that lie to sell a book? Haven't some celebrities published autobiographies with questionable tales and no one batted an eye? Haven't some biographers been doing that for decades? Do people really believe everything they read?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  36. Jacqui Chan

    my Bubbie and Zaddie (both my cousins grandparents) they are both holocaust survivors I think they met in a concentration camp but my Zada died and lately Bubbie has perhaps been suffering from some psychological issues due to age and reflecting (as I have never seen her do before) on her families suffering in the camp so I don't want to ask any ?'s

    December 29, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  37. Tracey - Boston

    Blaine was definitely lame

    December 29, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  38. Maureen T

    Way to go Madonna! I saw Madge live and thorougly enjoyed that show!!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  39. J

    I love your show Anderson. Great in depth stories, along with an impressive host. A plus!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  40. Sarah, WV

    you're confusion about teenage pop culture cracks me up! 🙂 though miley cyrus/hanna montana confuses the best of us can't wait for your new
    years eve special! you and kathy can straighten out that pop culture.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  41. Maureen T

    I gather you're not a pop fan. I have a 10 year old daughter so I know who Miley Cyrus is! She plays a character on tv show called Hannah Montana. The great Annie Lebowitz took some controversial pictures in Vanity Fair of Miley. You must have heard that story! Maybe you heard of her father, Billy Ray Cyrus! 🙂

    December 29, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  42. Erica

    This israeli violence... seems like once again they'[re the bully on the block. Why???? This has been for decades. Why cannot we diffuse this. What a mess.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  43. Dominique Bredy

    Anderson I want to respond about Larry Elder commenting on Obama about that song and the Republican Party. As a Black man I am very offended about this guy every time I see him on television, It seems to me anything that is negative against black folks he is for it. Why would you call a book "Stupid Black man"? He is so quick to defend the Repiblican Party and that they are righteous for america. Does he realises that he is also Black. I think elder thinks because he used to be Judge he is above Black folks. In my opinion he is a want to be. The same people that he is embracing (republicans) are the same people who are calling him the N word behind closed door. Its a fact and I see it everyday. Larry Elder needs to wake up and smell the coffee. If he said the person who should be upset is Mr. Sharpton he just proved that to America how shallow is his thinking. Larry Elder needs to look in the mirror and ask himself what color is he?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  44. pamela - las vegas, nv

    Happy Holidays to all of our CNN friends. Gosh, I guess
    we couldn't get to the end of this year without saddness
    in the middle east. These countries have been at war for
    centuries they will never get along. Too bad kids are caught
    in this crossfire. Just don't let "our kids" have to deal with this
    in the military.

    Rush Lindbaugh, shame on you for all of your horrible comments.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  45. Teresa, OH

    I LOVE Larry Elder and think he makes so much sense it blows my mind. I think anyone who thinks he is totally off the mark is in denial about the real world.

    And on the little diddy song about Barrack, dare we count the way WE all laughed at all the Bushims and public humiliation Bush recieved?
    Unfortunately, if you're in the public eye these days of supermedia, you're gonna be fair game. I think the song is cute and I believe there is MUCH TRUTH TO IT.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
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