January 28th, 2009
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  1. Leanne

    Haggard obviously has a problem. He needs to deal with it and stop being in denial about it for all involved, especially his wife and kids. He is only hurting them more, each time he goes back to his denial of preference.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  2. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    I don't know that Obama look-a-likes are really much of an issue. All public figures tend to become subjects for impersonation. Don't think that this is particularly harmful to the girls.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  3. Belinda

    Ariel is a cutie! but she does not look like either of the girls. Look-like is a bit different from naming items after them.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  4. Sharon

    If the US postal service cuts back 1 day a week on delivery, what about revoking Blue Laws and closing up shop on Sundays? Is the world any better off having stores open on Sundays? It could prevent somebody from losing their job completely, as opposed to just cutting back a day for each employee.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  5. Dee from Virginia

    Not sure why CNN keeps covering Haggard. Why do we care what he's up to screwing up his own personal life? What's the news worthiness giving this national coverage?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  6. Maureen T

    Leave the Obama girls alone! But always remember that black is and will always be beautiful!!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  7. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Parents should help their children to develop their own unique identities and not encourage them to emulate anyone else.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  8. Elliott

    We Americans need to have positive attitude and spending to stimulate the Economy.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  9. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Ugh. Marketing children always makes me a bit queasy.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  10. Mike, Syracuse NY

    I can't even get to the Sports Illustrated site at work. It's blocked because of the swimsuit issue. How is it that these government servers don't block porn sites? It's not that hard. I guess it's just a different form of 'stimulus'.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  11. EJ (USA)

    Regarding Haggerty –

    There is a category the CDC has identified as "MSM" – Men who have sex with men but don't identify as being gay.

    Haggart is in this category and I don't think he cares what anyone else thinks. He's obviously back on the money-makiing path and will continue to say the same things he's said in the past despite his recent experiences.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  12. Donna Montreal

    Ice in Washington? Try 25cm of snow in Montreal. Sheesh!!!!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  13. John

    ted haggard= sexual exploitation while in office

    January 28, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  14. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Ashley..that comment is priceless! Made me laugh a lot! Thank you!

    School is never cancelled in North Dakota either! We have to have at least a foot of snow in a days time before they cancel!

    And I think we need to give a big shout out to the moderators! They work really hard to get our comments posted! And the blog has just been insane! Thanks guys!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  15. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    Haggard is a phony freak. Too bad he screwed up so many lives. Let's take him off the air now.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  16. Ellie

    Hey Anderson, I find it truly ironic that majority of Republicans voted NO on the stimulus package but NEVER owned up to the fact they created this economic mess. It pisses me off that they steadily cry the blues and nip-picked everything about the plan and THEN turned around and did what they always do which is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. I they wonder WHY they lost back in November. Hello.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  17. Alexander

    Good Evening, everyone!

    Congratulations to President Obama on tonight's great news! Also, congratulations to everybody, including me, who supports Barack Obama. Finaly, I think Ed Henry crossed all possible lines i today's report: his anger toward Obama is not acceptable.


    South Dakota

    January 28, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  18. Lori from IL

    I watched part of Oprah today - and I must say I was struck by how far away Ted Haggard's wife was sitting from him. I would tend to think that if she has truly forgiven him, she would be a little more supportive - sitting closer, holding hands, etc. Not sure why I was struck by this, but sometimes visuals tell more than words.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  19. Minou, New York City

    companies can manufacture whatever they want... it's the people who buy this stuff that are at fault. it only encourages manufacturing and production ideas.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  20. Virginia

    I think Haggard is just trying to drum up exposure of his new documentary. H e needs to crawl back under the rock he came from.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  21. CLYDE

    "Adding a trillion dollars to the debt will not help us in the long run."

    No one knows this as fact and you can't possibly know it as fact either. Don't state something you can't support.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  22. Olga

    cnn, you guys need to cover how this PORK stimulus is gonna affect everything,

    We will be paying for decades! Everything will go up in prices, food, gas, any products, to make up for the tax increases this will accumulate.

    It is a pork bill – that is the truth.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  23. lorene

    Hi..just a short note,please refer to my President by his proper name, President Obama,not Obama or Barrack and his wife,First Lady Michelle Obama. Please ask your fellow media peers to respect the position AND the Man who holds it!
    I love your show, and you,please don't give me a reason to turn the channel.
    Remember, you are also teaching a nation,teach them the right way!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  24. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Megan, will some of those laid off be able to go back to work at some point? Will they be called back? I hope the dreamliner goes fully into production.

    David in Indiana.....
    Maybe, I am sure.... because they had strike previous that time contact for like health or insurance to earn........ I am sure they will come back to work.......

    January 28, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  25. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Oh, Haggard. Once again you are the cherry on top of my Palin Blagojevich sundae.

    Heterosexual with homosexual habits? Really? Isn't that just saying: "I'm gay but not nearly as interesting if I admit it?"

    January 28, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  26. Abby

    I hope Ted Haggard decides to finally support the LGBT community. It's so sad. We're in 2009 and I can't believe that being gay is still an issue.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  27. Pati Mc

    What worries me is that the more we make a big deal over Sasha and Malia, the more people will go after the poor kids. Honestly, why can't people just let them be? They are children for goodness sake.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  28. Sharon

    As usual a great blog by all! Thank You Anderson and all CNN crew for all the great reporting!

    Good night!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  29. gene N.C.

    HI anderson. Can you spell sell out, If you thank the president is thinking of you or me in the future good luck. The paforming arts is going to help , or condoms or going to help get housing back on its feet. I just pull on my hair thnking about it.And new cars for the goverment , we just as well told the car makers well give you a raise Lets get real we need to get things done now to help stop unemployment, get people back in their homes, and get health insurance for all. WE also need to get schools up to date i think all polititions should be held accountable for thier votes.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  30. David, N.Y. (USA)

    That must be hilarious to see President Obama in a music video with beyonce.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  31. Jessica, Missouri

    Are we so caught up in making a profit that we're willing to kill people? Of course we are, look at this peanut scandal, the thousands of people that have died from black lung, people who've died in factory fires, and more. Dying for our consumer products. Dying for market value. Dying for profit. Someone had to give and for hundreds of years of American history it has been the poor, the weak, the 'others', the uneducated. Lives that never reached their full potential. People, us.

    We need to demand more from corporations and be prepared to pay a little more for honorable products and maybe spend less on objects that give us nothing more than status. We need to redefine what's important.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  32. Jessica

    I appreciate that some of the items in the stimulus package may not actually be an economic stimulus. But I am in favor of the bill because we need to do something about infrastructure. When I drive I notice that the road seemed to be cracked; not just potholes but cracks. I am afraid we will be driving on rubble pretty soon.
    Spending money to upgrade our power grid, computerize health records, etc. are all important items.
    I was disappointed that my congressman voted against the TARP bill, but now I see how poorly that was managed. In this case I believe Pres. Obama when he says there will be transparency about this new bill. I am sorry that my representative voted against this bill also.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  33. keba

    they talk about all this money but i never heard on thing about our main problem and that's how the money will go to the states that really need it they talk a a good game but me as parent without a job want to know if my state will get some of that money to put myself and other families back to work here in Baltimore.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  34. Jim M

    So Haggard is finding it so difficult to admit that he is a switch-hitter. His problem is that he cannot admit that his situation is one of pleasure seeking vs. hypocracy of one man, one woman.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  35. Tom of Philly

    communicate with your rep i got a 20 page email with a summation of the bill and whats in it, earmarks are when items get added without going to committee, ok there is a little bacon wrapped around the meat, but some of the programs produce over $2 of economic activity for every buck spent. ok and to the die had republicans who say it was WWII that got us out the depression, not the new deal. it was the 4 to 5 Trillion (in todays dollars) we spent on the war that got us out so by your logic this bill isnt big enough, riiiiight??

    January 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  36. Larry

    BTW 11 democrats voted against the stimulus; it wasn't only republicans.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  37. Cathy Patterns

    I'm all for the stimulus package, we need it! Too bad the Republicans are not getting on board, oh, well. Bill Clinton had his very successful prosperity package passed without a single Republican vote.

    History is repeating itself in that instance. Too bad for the Republicans, oh well.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  38. MikeG

    The Stimulus Pan is good in economical sence, but Lou Dobs sence of Economy Theories is a solid F. My Econ teacher would be laughing her butt off at him.

    To help GDP's equation is this

    GDP= C+I+G+Xn
    C- Consumer Consumtio, you buy final goods and sevices (a washing machine or the service of a body shop to fix your car)

    I- Industry Investment- buying of capital or other bussness needs (New computers is consitered capital, not cash, so is pallet jacks, robots that build cars, or just a screwdriver to turn a screw on their product)

    G- Government Spending, Basicly spending on projects, departments, and other thing (Like buying a new soda machine or calling a plumber to fix the leaking pipes)

    Xn- Trade, The goods you send out to forign markets and forgin goods into the domestic market. (Usualy it is a negative in the US)

    Also In Kaynesian Theory (Created by John Mayhard Keynes also made the Keynsian Cross) states forget national debt when the economy is falling down, shake hands with the devil of debt and fill the economy with the cash it needs to get it out of its freefall. You can recover your losses after the crisis is dealt with. So what if the government is buying new cars, at least they are pumping money in the economy.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  39. Amina from TN

    the FDA i believe is by far the most useless agency
    they are a waste of tax payer money. there are alot of things they don't regulating

    about the porno case
    i am not up for the whole 'big brother watching' but i think the govt should monitor govt workers

    January 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  40. claire-wichita, ks

    When is America gonna get over its sexual repression issues? Why should the Haggard story even be a prime time story–with all the other stuff going on in the world, I could care less if this fellow had sex with another man....Other than to say that Gay Americans are still discriminated against and persecuted unfairly–that is news worth investigating.....

    January 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  41. Isabel, RJ, Brazil

    What leads prominent names of evangelical, as Ted Haggard, to fall?
    This thinking is extremely important. Yes, because the fall of Ted Haggard taught us some lessons about the true spirituality, which have often been neglected in favor of a speech and a style that might seem attractive, beautiful and spiritual, but that actually have nothing to do with real spirituality.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  42. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Haggard's therapist told him he's a heterosexual with homosexual tendancies? What the heck does that mean? I'm confused. 😕

    January 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  43. Paulo Fonseca

    Hey guys,

    Every night I watch you here, from Brazil...
    Can I ask you something???
    Please, speak a little more slowly...

    Thank you and congratulations ... you are the best


    January 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  44. Jackie

    Haggard is easy! Anything goes type of person.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  45. Diane Kleynowski

    I have never really cared about politics. Now, at age 49, I am addicted to CNN and our new president-My question–how would the republicans feel if it was somehow decided we needed to cut their high paying/perk jobs in the senate-I say make the cut-let them collect unemployment with no health care-do we really need more than one cry baby per state-wow, what a cut that would be for the budget-

    January 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  46. LisaN Barnwell, SC

    Quick question – is Haggard a politician?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  47. Trisha

    Why is everyone promoting this Ted Haggard story?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  48. Esma

    This is why I feel bad for Ted Haggard: he demonizes himself. I cannot imagine living that way.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  49. Aelis

    The most frustrating thing about people complaining about the spending is where were you all 4 years ago!? Where where you when all your hokey whining and complaining could have made the difference? I have been working since I graduated from HS 13 years ago, and I still don't own a home. I lost my job, and I am having a hard time collecting unemployment. I have 2 kids. I can't afford to complain. All I can do is believe that our PRESIDENT, is going to get things moving again. And I am not so foolish to think that he is going to solve America's problems in 7 days, because he isn't God. For you Repubs out there who think you are cheeky in complaining and whining about spend this pork that, gimme a break. I can't take any of you seriously after you have gifted the world with 8 years of the Bush Administration. Once again, let's be a little real. New Prez in the White House doesn't mean we sweep the last crappy 8 Years under the proverbial rug. It's history, but its going to take America a long to get over it. Do Republicans have no shame?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  50. Paul

    One more thing... Republicans are crying for a greater degree of infrastructure spending in the bill, while at the same time crying for more tax cuts, and crying about deficit growth. Can't have it all. What we need is immediate tax increases on the top 2% of income earners to provide the funds the package needs. BTW, great job by Ali in explaining where the money would go. The analysis he provided was more accurate that any I've seen. Since when are electrical grids and public schools not infrastructure?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
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