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January 1st, 2009
09:49 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 1/1/09

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Tonight on 360° we're following breaking news out of the Middle East.

New airstrikes on Gaza as the death toll continues to rise. We'll have a live report from Israel.

And, golden parachutes for corporate execs heading out the door.

Millions of dollars in severance handed out .. even if the company is failing .. and get this.. the CEOs don't pay the taxes.

We're keeping them honest.

Tell us what you think about the continuing violence in the Middle East as well as the continuing disconnect between Wall Street and Main Street.

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


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soundoff (310 Responses)
  1. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Improper stuff aside, you all did a great job last night!

    January 1, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Maria

    Anderson – did Kathy give you back your middens?

    January 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  3. Lorna

    ouch the punch!

    good night! thanks for a great start of the year!

    Happy 2009, again!!

    January 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Good Night Anderson, Erica and bloggers! Happy New Year! Have a great evening!

    Great Shot of the Day! That was a great show even with all the technical difficulties! Anderson...you should dance more! But, no offense to Kathy, I think we need a new co-host next year...one that wont physically abuse Anderson! 🙂

    January 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  5. EJ (USA)

    Good times indeed. I loved when Kathy punched Anderson. I thought it was cute.

    January 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Emma

    You guys were great last night! Um, you had some interesting musical acts. Thanks for a great evening!

    January 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    New years Day Shot..A unruly crowd, bleeps abound..And blurring the pics that cross the line? Yep, It takes New Years Eve to bring out the finer points of life..Night all

    January 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Maureen T

    Thanks for the recap Anderson! LOL. Have a great New Year! Good night all!

    January 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Sarah Rutherford ATL

    I love kathy griffin I can't wait for the new season. I actually think that last night was calm for her

    January 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Jacqui Chan

    Anderson, Kathy, Erica and Don Lemon are some of my favorite people, couldn't have picked more interesting/ entertaining people
    maybe next year all the same along w David Gergan, and Christian Amanpour

    January 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  11. Gina-Clarksville,TN

    I bet she was a riot to work with!!..

    January 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  12. Gisselle - Houston TX

    Happy New Year Anderson, Erica and everyone! We had an awesome New Year's Eve here in Houston, lovely and we watched the New Year's with Kathy and Anderson during the party, yep we stopped to watch, and it was AWESOME! Loved you guys! Have a wonderful New Year folks!

    January 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  13. Minou, New York City

    I enjoyed the Times Square last night! Good job all.

    January 1, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  14. Marie Lussoro and Mom

    anderson and staff--happy new year --lets pray and work for peace- last nights broadcast was lots of fun thanks!

    January 1, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  15. Ashley - Hamlin NY

    Good night all. Great SHOT. I love the mishaps. Made the show!

    Great first 2009 episode!

    Stay safe!

    January 1, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Ellen Hodorek

    Oh, I love the low lights! Good for you. What a riot.

    January 1, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  17. Anne

    HAPPY NEW YEAR COOPER,AND
    GOOD NIGHT.
    LOVE YOU.

    January 1, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  18. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    show the guy that insulted and invaded erica's space with his tongue! ewwww

    January 1, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  19. Jacqueline

    Did Anderson Hays Cooper really dance last night. The 'never in a trillion years', Anderson Cooper? And I missed it?!

    January 1, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  20. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    Lol, I would have thrown a rock at the Jonas Brothers, too. 🙂

    January 1, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  21. Minou, New York City

    Ahh, thanks for clarifying the Urkel mystery ...still dont know him though..

    January 1, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  22. Ashley - Hamlin NY

    I want to know how Hill and Cooper can keep a straight face with the Urkel story.

    January 1, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  23. Candace from Canada

    Wow the hour is almost up already!

    Great show!
    happy new year to all you bloggers out there!
    And to Anderson, & Erica!
    🙂

    The rate that the year is moving – it will be a very busy news year!

    Cheers to 2009!
    Good night!
    😉 cam_canada

    January 1, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  24. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson, Happy New Year and good night. I saw enough of Griffin last night.

    January 1, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  25. Sarah Rutherford ATL

    How do ppl not know who steve urkel is

    January 1, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  26. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, WA

    Who’s Steve Urkel?
    Minou....
    I think you remember that actor Jaeleen White who play Steve Urkel the show Family Matters.

    January 1, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  27. Dulcie - Denver

    Can't wait to see the cringe-inducing bits, Anderson.

    Good night all! Back to work tomorrow!

    January 1, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  28. Steve - southern Illinois

    Where I come from DUI and adultery aren't "minor indiscretions."

    January 1, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  29. Kathy, Chicago

    Happy New Year, guys! I hope this is a great year for us all!

    January 1, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  30. lynn

    I hope no one tells the girls about the ghost....they may not be able to sleep combined with all the excitement and sadness to of their move(s).

    January 1, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  31. Gina-Clarksville,TN

    Awwww, look at Kathy and Anderson Dancing...sooo cute..

    January 1, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  32. Stacy

    Aw, you mean you're not going to show Kathy's "blue" comment? I can't imagine why. Heh. I bet you all were thanking your lucky stars the FCC can't fine cable.

    January 1, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  33. Mary D

    I hope Kathy will be back next year – I love it!

    January 1, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  34. Minou, New York City

    LOL, Anderson and Kathy dancing...reminds me of high school .

    January 1, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  35. EJ (USA)

    The part you had to edit out of the replay was very funny.

    January 1, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  36. Steve - southern Illinois

    I'm curious as ever as to whether CNN will roll the dice again next year with Kathy Griffin.

    January 1, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  37. Ingrid from Northern VA

    My pray for all the media is to do everything in their power to NOT cover anything with Obama's girls...It is just not safe and even a regular parent wouldn't want so much info out there...
    Barack and Michelle signed up for this but respect to the girls is paramount and will stop watching any channel that crosses a line..

    January 1, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  38. Jacqueline

    Ooh! I just thought of a new year's resolution for us all, and that is. Keeping Anderson Cooper Honest. Hey, gang, what do you say?

    So, Anderson Hays Cooper, the man with the three last names - are you game. Who is 'keeping you honest'? Do you mind if your viewers challenge you on this. It could be a segment addition to replace the 'What Were They Thinking/Thinkin' one. LOL!

    So...what say you?

    January 1, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  39. Heather - Spokane, WA

    That would be really cool to stay in a place like that

    January 1, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  40. Jacqui Chan

    it's cool to see a story about ghosts acknowledged by a respectable show like 360 bit of a risk, I appreciate it

    January 1, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  41. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    FIVE THOUSAND A NIGHT?! Are the rooms made of gold?!

    January 1, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  42. Candace from Canada

    Oh who would have thought that Charles Barkley and Urkel party together! I would have totally lost that bet. 🙂

    Being that Charles was pretty open, honest and cooperative I think the American public will forgive him for this somewhat minor indiscretion.

    January 1, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  43. Ashley - Hamlin NY

    Does anyone else think Cooper should dance more? I'm expecting break-dancing next....(Don't worry, I'm not holding my breath)

    January 1, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  44. rola florida

    HAPPY NEW YEAR , I hope this will be a new year for occupied territories and remember the reason that Isreal is on offence is because is because millions of Palestinians are under occupation.Dont blame the rape victim for fighting off the rapists

    January 1, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  45. Miguel Matos

    Congratulations on your great show Anderson,

    We would like to know what effect would have brought to our economy if the "bailout" moneys would have been distributed to us taxpayers. It is our money, right?

    Much success bro!

    January 1, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  46. Jana, Indiana

    Anderson, good show tonight. A really great mix of stories.

    Hope you, your staff and all bloggers have a great 2009.

    Sorry I am in the minority here, but I did not like your NYE special last night. Would have been great with just you and your CNN co-workers, but Kathy Griffin is just to much for my taste. I imagine Kelly Ripa will be jealous though, that Kathy got you to dance on TV.

    Good night.

    January 1, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  47. Lori from IL

    So does this end Barkley's run for governor in 2016? Glad my days of being young and stupid are over - I guess some people just never grow up.

    Looks like Anderson does dance after all - has he been taking lessons from the floor crew?!

    January 1, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  48. Ashley - Hamlin NY

    Whoever is in charge of publicity at CNN is rocking their job. The "Let's Go" commerical always makes me want to turn on CNN, and the CNN Heroes promo 'Dare to be Inspired' inspires me alone. Great job!

    January 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  49. Sydney Greene

    The situation in Gaza is isane. Think about how many people have been killed! They are innocent. It's sad to think about it. The violence needs to end!!

    January 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  50. David, Indiana

    Business and confidence and sex...yes that was interesting...

    I'm so glad those guys could go back and get their friend. That was gut wrenching to listen to him.

    January 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
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