January 23rd, 2009
12:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 1/23/09

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  1. kim-chicago

    I think Blagojevich is going for the "insanity" plea. It just might work!!

    January 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  2. Carla

    I question the wisdom of additional help for the large financial institutions. Don't you think one of the big problems is that we've all decided not to spend money we don't have...that means we don't need as much of that credit? If I survive this, I plan to pay off my debt and pay cash for what I need or not buy it! Also, you know there are some banks around that aren't in trouble. I spoke with an employee of a small (10 banks) midwestern banker that survived the Great Depression and is still very healthy now.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  3. EJ (USA)

    For Suze Orman: I will finish my master’s degree in May 2009. I have $80,000 in student loans. What is the best and fastest way to repay student loans?

    Find a really high paying job.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  4. Madalein

    Anderson, please cover more on the stimulus package and please press the new administration to start at the core of the problem, with homeowners. They don't seem to get it or they are choosing to look the other way. If there's anyone that can get the new administration to relook at this huge issue it's CNN.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  5. Chris Allen

    What the heck is the Govenor of IL talking about? Wow!!

    January 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  6. Minou, New York City

    Your hilarious, Anderson!

    January 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  7. Clarence Albuquerque

    Blagojevich is spreading a lot of manure.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  8. Maureen, Georgia

    I certainly won't be buying Palin's book, I don't have money to waste.
    Blago is just crazy.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  9. L Carilo

    Pass the popcorn

    January 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  10. Fjola, NC

    hahaha..anderson you're funny with the popcorn! Hollywood couldn't write a script this wacky...

    January 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  11. Candace from Canada

    Anderson you are hilarious!

    I love it when you bring out the snacks during "movie" time! 🙂

    January 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  12. bill

    have a small ira was at 4500 now below 4000 $ should i get ou i am 67 years old

    January 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  13. Isabel, RJ, Brazil

    Hum .. popcorn!
    I also am eating! (Laughing. ..)

    January 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  14. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Oh Cooper with your popcorn...just what I was thinking. It's times like these when I wonder why you aren't nominated for an Oscar. 🙂

    January 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  15. Paul

    In regards to the first segment, I do not think landscaping our national monuments is quite on par with a $35,000 toilet! Economic stimulus is going to involve some public projects, like painting libraries and building highways. Someone has to get paid to do the work, and that's creating jobs, isn't it?

    January 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  16. MaryBeth

    LOL Anderson eating popcorn!!! This is hilarious!!!

    January 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  17. Greg

    OMG! LOL Anderson the popcorn is classic.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  18. Kassie Wright

    You know, I won't even lie, I'd be interested in reading Palin's memoirs, if for no other reason than to get her take on everything that has happened.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  19. Cherry B - Ms

    Hello to all. Anderson, thanks to you and your great crew and guests for keeping us intelligently up to date while things are moving so fast. Hope we can give Obama a chance and the much needed time. Also hope the entire country pitches in to do our part. We need alot of patience, prayer, and faith. Thanks to all of you for such great coverage this week!

    January 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  20. Naissa, South Texas

    11 MILLION?! If she gets that deal worth that much, I will lose all faith in hunanity.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  21. Maureen T

    A book deal for Sarah Palin? What next? A photo spread?

    January 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  22. Manda

    My fiance and I bought our first home in 2008. We qualify for the $7500 First Time Homebuyer tax credit, but are not sure if we should take it. We have a mortgage of $92k, car loans of $30k, no credit card debt, and student loans of $30k. We were thinking of taking the credit to add some improvements to our home. What do you think we should do? Thank you Suze, we love you!

    January 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  23. Meg vanderHoek

    Suze: we are conservative, retirees with a modest stock holding. Shall we sell Bank of America and FGB (A. G. Edwards plus Wachovia). Help.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  24. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    Any cash Americans receive and spend would probably just benefit China, since all of us are now reduced to shopping at Walmart/Target/Kmart...

    Buy American... shop at thrift stores! It's the green thing to do.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  25. Candace from Canada

    The Economy is even starting to Tank here in Canada.

    I live in the Northwest Territories even our Diamond mines are laying people off.
    Exploration is slow which of course ripples thru our northern economy.
    We went from Boom to Bust very quickly.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  26. Minou, New York City

    I'm so glad Nkunda has been caught! Let's hope that'll calm things down in North Kivu.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  27. Donna Montreal

    11 million???!!!! Is she out of her mind?

    January 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  28. Jackie- Iowa

    I know that the Gov. from Il. sounds as crazy as they come. But if what he is saying is true and he doesn't get a chance to challange the evidents how do we know they aren't setting him up ??

    January 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  29. Ivory

    Anderson, you need a fiest after a great week you and the others did. I tried to keep up as best I can, but I might have missed a few minutes. Keep up the excellent work, your the BEST!

    January 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  30. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I feel so sorry for the Travolta family. The last thing they need is this. Some people are just slugs. There's always some horrible profit seeker.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  31. Bob

    It been said, the more you learn the more you earn. With college cost being what they are what is a parent to do?

    Should we refinance the house to put the kids in college. The fact is we make to much money for our children to qualify for aid. In state tuition room and board at the university of vermont is 24,000 per year.

    I just don't see jobs in the future that justify the debt parents and students are taking on

    What do you say susiei

    January 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  32. Kaye

    Michigan has over 10% unemployment and that's not counting the people that have dropped off the rolls – people losing their homes and plants closing.

    if banks and credit cards don't get brought under control, they'll bankrupt the people of the US and they'll be the last men standing – glad THEY ARE the ones getting cheap loans and billions – strike that – trillions without any accountability.

    We need executive action to stop this madness.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  33. Isabel, RJ, Brazil

    Something must be done for blackmail. People can not take advantage of a moment of pain and want to take advantage or make money. This is where the police!

    January 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  34. bill

    there's alot of talk about the economy these days I just want to know why did congress aprove the automotive stimulus package when they could of just given the money to elderly citizens over 62 therefore opening up 15 million new jobs for the new generation.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  35. Lauren--NY

    Sorry, my computer froze...Lori, thanks for giving us the word directly from IL again–I was unaware of that development. It tells us he's in serious trouble; that's what it tells us–and didn't his wife just lose her job? If it weren't for those two little girls, I'd say fine, let them file for unemployment like everybody else, but I worry about their two little ones. They didn't ask for this nonsense.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  36. David, Indiana

    Lori from IL It always seems to me that when Illinois politics heat up like you say, the governor appears to have a case.

    Ashley, I was impressed with Gov. Paterson's appointment of Kirsten Gillanbrand too. What caught my attention, along with her solid legisatlive experience as I learned about in the press conference where Paterson announced her appt, was that she worked in Hillary Clinton's senate campaign. That would be good exp. for someone being appointed Clintons senate seat.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  37. Paul Herrick

    For Suzie– Question concerning about paying my mortgage down faster by using an ALOC (like a HELOC) and doing the scheduled payments required to pay on the principle of the mortgage. It is like saving tons of intrest over the long term of the loan. I have seen two types of these but I am very nervous about doing soething like this and does it really work and are there any hidden cost involved? Thanks for any imput

    January 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  38. Candace from Canada

    That is just sick that people would try to take advantage of the Travolta Family like this.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  39. Chris Melendrez


    My wife and I are doing everything right, we pay all of our bills on time, have never missed a mortgage payment or car note. The problem is we have no room to save. We have cut out everything we can, no eating out, no movies (even rentals), down to one cell phone as my wife is no longer employed.

    In our position does it even make sence to continue to try and pay our mortgage each month as we do not qualify for a loan mod unless we miss more than 3 months. It seems as if we are being punished for doing all the right things; no break for those who are doing the same. What do we do...?

    January 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  40. Don, WA

    This is the american era of macaroni and cheese, bicycles, dollar menu's, and the occasional splurge on a day time matinee (no popcorn).

    January 23, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  41. Tara

    David I agree that Obama's week has been flawless - no one could do better than him. Everyone I know is still in disbelief that we actually have a leader that is intelligent, powerful in his presence, and gives us hope. People are mesmerized that he is actually in office –can't get enough of him and I believe he will make considered decisions to the best of his intelligent ability. Such love and gratitude on people's faces and its like we can breathe easy for awhile. The nay sayers will tear him down - and he will make some mistakes, but it doesn't matter because no one else can do the job like he can. His worst is George Bush's best.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  42. Karen C

    OMG, I'm always so depressed after Suze is on. I am such a loser.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  43. Amanda -Ontario, Canada

    My heart just bleeds for the Travolta family...these people adding insult to injury...I can't watch this heart break without tears

    My heart and prayers go out to the Travolta family and friends

    January 23, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  44. larbi


    Your presence on A360 is A+. Thanks for the wisdom you have been sharing with us. President Obama was hired by us because we decided he can handle the job. He is doing very well so far and i hope the republicans wil reach out back to him. No time to waste, no time for the old childish and divisive ways.
    Enjoy your weekend.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  45. Carla

    My daughter is in the redemption period before foreclosure. She got a short sale offer on her home, accepted by the first mortgage company. She has a second mortage and that company refused to alow the sale. While she's still in redemption, they sold her mortgage to a credit collection company who is putting a judgement against her. Can they do that before she's foreclosed on? Can a mortgage company sell the mortgage to a collection firm?

    January 23, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  46. Melinda

    How can I possiby put triplets through college? I have told them they need to make good grades and will have to do student loans. This doesn't seem to motivate them right now as sophomores in highschool.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  47. Rich

    My wife and I have accumulated a 25,000 credit card debt over the past year (major home improvement project) we transfered the debt to an interest free credit card, and have a plan to pay it off within the next 8 months. should we stay the course and pay down this debt, or would it be smarter to make minimum payments and save the money in case of job loss, given the current economy.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  48. Mack Alford

    For Suze Orman: I will finish my master's degree in May 2009. I have $80,000 in student loans. What is the best and fastest way to repay student loans?

    January 23, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  49. Candace from Canada

    With the economy in a down turn – I am just trying to save as much money as I can.
    That means I had to not purchase the previously owned skidoo I was looking at. 🙁

    January 23, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  50. Maureen, Georgia

    Minou I agree with you, The guy probably wasn't a terrorist when he was thrown into gitmo.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
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