February 5th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 2/5/09

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  1. Cassandra

    Time for a March on |Washington. The Partisan politics of the Repugs has got to stop. What they will try to play tomorrow even thought they were never going to vote for the bill is ...well Barack was Partisan so we can't vote. |BS..... They tried to play this with Nancy Pelosi. Are we dealing with children or adults. Many of the Repugs act like children. Get the peoples work done. |Stop the nonsense. |Get the |Bill passed.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  2. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    Justice is blind, slow but not crash!

    Markopolos, took 9 years, but you managed to unmask the scheme Madoff.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  3. Arni

    The SEC peeps got pwned!!! hehehe..

    February 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  4. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    Markopolos is a tue hero homeward!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  5. Vanessa, TX

    Hey where's Anderson's popcorn...he seems to be enjoying the argument! lol

    February 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  6. Ana

    The more I think about what is going on at Congress and coming from a "republican" state, I am very disappointed by the Republican's lack of cooperation and playing politics while so many people are hurting. I will certainly remember this at the next election.

    Ana from TN

    February 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  7. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Good Night to Anderson , Erica , Megan D.,Brandi,Pati
    Have Great night !!!
    See you tomorrow
    I 'm geting sleepy now

    February 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  8. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    It's one thing to scold these guys, but what they need is punishment.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  9. vincent

    SEC hearing was breathtaking as it pointed out what a profound failure they have been for years. Funny that Martha Stewart got "caught" while all of this other fraud was overlooked and ignored.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  10. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Oh my goodness Rep. Ackerman is awesome! I really enjoyed watching that bit from the hearings today...we need more people like him running these hearings!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  11. Minou, New York City

    Go Ackerman!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  12. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    "Pile of dung"? I love this Ackerman guy! They should put his rant to music (like Christian Bale) and start a dance craze! At least he's making some good points!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  13. sylvia, chicago

    what a great whistle blower – this guy is unreal...animated, entertaining and just a pure delight to watch, the entire hearing was just extremely good "show", and they say politics is boring...

    February 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  14. Cessy, Chicago

    You go! Mr. Ackerman! Tell it like it is...

    February 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  15. ericacnn

    i could watch mr ackerman all day

    February 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  16. Maureen T

    Oh the games people with too much money play! Obviously different from the rest of us!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  17. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Good for Ackerman. Granted, he's incredibly amusing, but he isn't taking any crap from anyone. About time we had someone on our side!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  18. Lorna

    I would hate to be in front of Ackerman at that point.

    "Your value is worthless."

    February 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  19. Belinda

    Wow, the grown ups have come home!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  20. Fay - California

    Wow, go Ackerman!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  21. Katie Challacombe

    These politicians have to be worried about loosing their jobs too, but they have years before their time is up......We're in trouble today!!!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  22. Esma

    This SEC hearing is priceless...thank you, Mr. Ackerman. I feel like I'm being grounded and sent to my room indefinitely.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  23. Janine from PA.

    The crew was great, but what I hear from the air traffic controllers, they too were keeping their cool. Imagine what they were thinking when they hear the engines are out and he's landing in the hudson. Then hearing that he's landed and they are all getting out? I'd love to hear from them and what they were thinking at that time.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  24. Lynette

    The American people have shown we are behind Obama. The republicans seem to want to play typical politics. These are extreme times and call for extreme measures. I hope some where here they take a step back a look at the big picture. Clearly action is called for – the sooner the better – Go Obama.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  25. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    i love the SEC bashing!!! its about time.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  26. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    my thoughts and prayers with Judge Gingsburg have a cancer from surgery....... Please tell her " Get Well Soon."

    February 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  27. CurtisJo

    @Jo Ann..."am uncomfortable when religion and politics mix. Why should any one religion get to push their agenda on everyone else?"

    Here, here! Thank you Jo Ann!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  28. Michelle Brown in Los Angeles - Love Obama

    I second Steves motion, cut the salaries of Senate until the vote one way or the other on all bills related to the failing econmic times that we are experiencing.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  29. Renee Y

    Ever;yone in the SEC need to be fired. They have gotten too comfortable in their jobs and can't recognize fraud if it slapped them!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  30. Vanessa, TX

    So the mother of the octuplets finally decide to show herself...I keep telling myself I'm not gonna judge but its kinda hard to..this story gets more stranger as more details get released

    February 5, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  31. Mike, Syracuse NY

    If another 24 or 48 hours results in a bill with the same stimuls effect and $100-$200 billion less cost (pork) why not give it that time. This is a blind stampede just like the TARP mess.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  32. Miranda


    Watching the landing of AW1549 was speechless and yeah! at the same time.Mr. Sully is a hero period.


    February 5, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  33. sue

    people. read the stimulus package you are going to pay for!
    only 3% is towards jobs. the rest is for goverment porks. read it please.
    obama can say what he knows you want to hear but trust in common sense he's all politics. and he should remember talk is free but to walk the walk is character! you should get informed in the print of this package, it's a stimulus for the party not the people.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  34. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Captian Sully is so brave he's the Cnn Hero for sure his act of knowledge saved so may lives!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  35. sue

    State govenors & Mayors should organize marches on the house & senate to get to work!!! Show them what the people are thinking about their behavior!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  36. Maureen, Georgia

    What makes the repubs. fell like they are experts on fixing the economy, isn't the reason we're in this peril because of the failed economic policies of the past 8 yrs. I'm behind Pres. Obama 100% and the repubs. need to give him a chance, they've already made changes to the package now let's do this NOW and get this package passed, every minuite counts.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  37. Bea

    Bush put folks who were polifical friends in jobs, not folks who were competent. and independent. That's what went wrong with the Madoff scheme.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  38. Ken in NC

    @ Chas Dnewitz

    AF-1 is the mode of transportation use by the President of the United States. Give it up.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  39. Scott A. Meyers

    here's an idea 4 the stimulus package =$900 trillion/300 million (us population) = $3,000 for every man, woman & child – not allowed to save, pay off bills, spend the rest = stimulation!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  40. Glen Up North

    Bea, I really like that comment: "tax cuts _are_ pork".

    February 5, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  41. Paula

    Way to go Mr. President. You brought the smackdown to Washington. They can definitely Smell What You are Cooking. Bipartisanship is the direction to go in...but I'm glad it is done with the understanding that it will be achieved overtime. America has been waiting for you!!!!! Buckle up Washington.....we're riding on the Obama Express!!!!!......and it's going to be one heck of a ride.........all the way to the bank. Kudos Mr. President.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  42. mitch sommers

    Anderson, my concern is long-term after-affects of persons who never recover financially, especially persons who lose their home in foreclosure, then prices go-up. For whatever they will never ever own a home again, I was just thinking to for-warn this, financial grieve can be devestating to some people. Will there be psychological help for these people, so they need not have to suffer depression, needlessly, over financial loss?

    February 5, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  43. CurtisJo

    I absolutely LOVE that whistleblower!!!!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  44. Leslie

    Please excuse my ignorance. Is this the same type of plan that Bush put into action? I guess I didn't get that whole idea either. I mean we get a check to boost the economy, right? But most of our products that we purchase are not made by Americans in American. And then we had to claim the check that we got on our taxes this year....
    I am sooo confused.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  45. Jody, Michigan

    So, if Obama threw every member of Congress in the running for an appointment of some sort (we can create some just for fun) and they all started writing checks for what they owe in back taxes, we may not even need this gold lined stimulous package. Let's collect all the back taxes and yes, the due fees and penalties...we may be able to shave this right down to nothing.

    All together now..."I plea no contest"...translation? you got me but I am NOT going to admit to it.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  46. Sharon VA

    ok she was injured in the back with so much pain I guess that was her point of wanting eight more children, that would do wonders for any woman's back!!!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  47. Lorna

    ... if only company CEOs displayed such leadership skills like Captain Sullenberger! really inspiring how decisive he was.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  48. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    @Minou...therre is a diferent standard for athletes. Their whole being and careers are based (essentially) on their physical attributes. That is HOW their body functions, as opposed to celebrities who depend on WHAT thier body looks like.

    Nobody can prove a damn thing with Michael Phelps. A picture is not enough to punish or penalize someone.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  49. Daisy21


    Yes, you are right. The Dems did vote for the last stimulus bill last fall.
    Mr. Obama doesn't need Republicans to vote for this. He's got big majorities. what he is looking for is cover in case it doesn't work. That way he can claim that it is not the Democrat's fault - -even Republicans voted for it.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  50. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    @ Chris Sosa I don't agree with Obama's faith bases insentives either but your'e right conversion is the 1 goal

    February 5, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
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