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January 13th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 1/13/09

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  1. Sherrol in Canada

    Sarah Palin not only attacked the media, she slammed us bloggers as well. She needs to sit back and shut up........enough already.

    I really do believe she's becoming unhinged and someone needs to suggest to her to take it easy.....Poor soul!!

    January 13, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  2. Richard Moore

    When one pays taxes it is based on taxable income, not how much is withheld. Something is rather fishy in the T.G. story.

    January 13, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  3. anderson cooper

    Maureen – as much as i want to go to Gaza, if it happened next week i would have to stay and cover the inaugural. it's a historic and remarkable event and i wouldnt want to miss it.

    January 13, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  4. Autumn Meadows

    Thank you Erica now I know I am not techie challanged!!

    January 13, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  5. Adriana

    I hope that peace will come soon in Middle East...so many innocent people die in vain, that is the worst thing...

    January 13, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  6. Isabel, RJ, Brazil

    Sad end to Mr. Merckle after a life of glory and achievements.
    How would of their despair?
    Indescribable and impossible to determine.

    There are more details about his death?

    January 13, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  7. Glen Up North

    Patrice – 500+ private jets! That's crazy... and yes, that's quite a carbon footprint. Would it be too much to ask all these people to pool their travelling resources?

    January 13, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  8. Paolo

    Hi everyone! It is embarassing for Geithner to not pay his taxes. This is someone who will be running an office which is at least partially responsible for – taxes.

    January 13, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  9. Lori from IL

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and Fellow Bloggers.

    Thanks, Erica for the heads-up - thought maybe the problems were on my end.

    Poor PE Obama - getting hammered by everyone and the inauguration is still a week away. I do believe people can get confused with what taxes they owe. U.S. tax code is extremely complicated. Geithner probably hired a "tax man" as many people do, and left such issues up to that person. Obama's team obviously knew of the problem and didn't see it as a deal breaker or the appointment wouldn't have been made.

    January 13, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Jeane from Salem MA

    Evening Anderson, Erica.

    Wow Sarah Palin, really? More complains about the media? Hasn't she ever heard that saying that even bad press is press? Then again, she can't wait to find a camera to yap into. So much for those 'complaints'.

    January 13, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Don, WA

    Hillary's a great choice for sec. state.

    January 13, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  12. Ingrid from Northern Virginia

    I think the issue with Geithner just shows that Obama and his team are not going to be perfect...If there are laws broken by anyone, then out, no questions...but there will definitely be "hiccups" here and there...
    And I thought we could have a Sarah Palin free 2009!!!!

    January 13, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  13. Christian Warder

    Wow, I used to have so much respect for David Gergen and to hear him say the Geitner story is a small problem in his confirmation hearing is ridicoulos. This supposedly intelligent man "forgot" to pay his taxes. Bring me the ax!

    January 13, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  14. Lauren--NY

    Thanks for the heads-up, Erica!

    January 13, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  15. Emeka

    Times are hard and politics appears to have blinded politicians and reporters to the fact that, Tim G. could very well have managed to pay up on back taxes. At least he paid up!

    January 13, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  16. Mike, Syracuse NY

    How is accepting foreign donations when HRC is SOS any different than Congress taking donations from lobbyists? It's buying influence either way.

    January 13, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  17. bill peck

    If you owe back taxes to IRS, or even have an issue with IRS about your taxes, YOU CANNOT BE EMPLOYED by the IRS. How can we have a Treasury Department head with IRS issues, when Sec Treasury is the leadership over the IRS?

    January 13, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  18. Leshun

    Good evening all.

    Just curious, but if Tim Geithner has paid off his debts to the IRS, why are people still worrying about the fact that he hadn't? Just let it go!

    January 13, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  19. cathy

    why are the leaders of this country so suddenly interested in where the first billion dollar bailout went? Why weren't they asking where, when it was first being spent??? itseemed nobody cared then...

    January 13, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  20. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Hillary looked tired during her confirmation hearing.

    January 13, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  21. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Thanks Erica, for the heads-up. It's nice to know that it's not always my computer.

    January 13, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  22. Sherrol in Canada

    Hillary did very well today in her hearing, I was impressed. At times it was like a love fest with her fellow Senators, and at other times she took a beating from them re questions about Bill.

    January 13, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  23. Jane

    Honest Mistake it was!!!!!! how convenient to forget to pay those taxes, until ofcourse, after IRS flags you on them!!!! He even ignored the IRS... Wow... millions of americans have to pay these taxes every quarter, dont tell me about a mistake.... what else did he forget to do? forgot about the Nanny papers.. what else?

    January 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  24. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Erica: Thanks for the heads up on the webcams. At least I know now that it's not my computer!

    January 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  25. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Maybe someone should have gave Geithner 'Taxes for Dummies' for Christmas.

    January 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  26. DIANNE

    Watched Hillary today. She did a great job answering questions and is totally knowledgeable. I am just counting the days until a new administration and some good brains in there!

    January 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  27. David, Indiana

    Hi Anderson, Erica, everyone. From Nic Robertson's report, houses being blown out of the way to access Hamas fighters, it doesn't sound like we're near a cease fire but we need to be.

    January 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  28. vincent

    hi anderson et al, i i coninue to feel pain as Israel & Gaza war,,,,what will take to get to peace,'

    Hillary hearing was almost surreal...everyone so pleasant, until the request for her husband to stop taking foreign donations at all, and she said essentially "no".

    Tax booboo could hurt, but probably not, seems simple mistakes.

    I just watched Bush on King's show...unbelievable! I guess i'm never going to get it get it that he doesn't get it and apparently never wil.

    Just a few more days...

    January 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  29. Glen Up North

    Thanks for the word, Erica 🙂

    January 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  30. Kathy

    George Bush kept us safe for 7 years.

    January 13, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  31. Bea

    Go Hillary!

    January 13, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  32. Dulcie - Denver

    I think it's actually hurting Israel by not allowing reporters into Gaza. All that we can get is the Hamas propaganda. Which is heartbreaking to watch, but not the whole story by a long shot.

    I also wish that we could get independent reporters into Gaza. It would make the reports more balanced

    January 13, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  33. Sherrol in Canada

    Expanding the basketball court in the White House, I'm not surprised. Everyone needs an outlet, I guess. I'd also imagine there are funds set aside for such ventures for incoming presidents?

    January 13, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  34. Bea

    Congress is like a person coming out of a bad relationship and refusing to take the blame themselves for having picked the wrong person. The person they date after that (Obama) has to pay the price of their earlier bad judgment. Stop the speeches and come up with some good ideas..

    January 13, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  35. josh

    here's a suggestion for mr president instead of bailing all these companies out y not just erase the common mans debt i'm sure the common man would do better than any large corporation could.

    January 13, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  36. Jacqueline, NY

    Hi, Erica!

    Thanks!

    January 13, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  37. Glen Up North

    Mike in Syracuse, I agree with you 100% : the US government should have (and should) demand accountability with the money given out as "bailouts". No accountability = no money given. That's the way it works up north.

    January 13, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  38. laporsha frazier

    i also agree with David Gergen

    January 13, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  39. Mary H. St. Louis, MO

    As a former external and internal auditor, I'm really irritated that there was no oversight in how the money was spent. It is beyond belief......

    January 13, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  40. ericacnn

    hi, everyone. the webcams are down tonight – just a heads-up

    January 13, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  41. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Everybody makes a mistake on their taxes at some point or another...he's paid what he owes, why is this such a big deal? Isn't there more important things going on?

    January 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  42. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    If PE Obama KNEW about it the tax issue (34000 isn't chump change, either), he KNOWS about the downward spiraling economy, and he KNOWS about the scandals and corruption in the economic sector.

    I'm not sure if I should be concerned that he's using his knowledge to make the best decisions...

    January 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  43. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Gergen is just making excuses for Geithner. I think the American people might have a different opinion. I don't think it will set well considering the current economic crisis.

    January 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  44. Mary H. St. Louis, MO

    As a former external and internal auditor, I'm really irritated that there was no accountability on how the money was spent. It is beyond belief....

    January 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  45. Imani from Maryland

    Mike i agree it's their own fault... don't complain about something you did.

    January 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  46. Patrice Palmer

    Good evening, Anderson! How about the D.C airport having to shut down a runway in order to park over 500 private jets? Why can’t the rich and famous at least jet-pool to the Inauguration in order to save fuel, help reduce global warming and maybe keep the runway open for the average person to travel without even more delays?

    January 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  47. Cassandra

    Hello everyone,
    Please people.....The media has literally made Obama the president every since he was elected. Hardly anything about Bush, but everything is about what a Obama does, thinks, eats, says, ....... Well, I guess this gives Obama the right to veto......You Go Obama!! Set Them Straight......A new sheriff is in town people...

    January 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  48. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Wait a minute. If you reprt all your income and figure your tax, even if withholding is insufficient you still know how much you owe. Hey, get Turbo Tax dummy!

    January 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  49. Deni NS Canada

    it seems as if they're putting his judgement on level with george bush and his government on how they would consider spending the next pile of money that's being asked for and I think that's a bad place to start from.

    January 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  50. Gilbert in Austin, TX

    Interesting how Israel is not allowing international journalists into Gaza...what are they hiding?

    January 13, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
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