March 12th, 2009
09:52 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 03/12/09

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Tonight on AC360°, Madoff’s confession. Today the former Nasdaq chairman and Wall Street fat cat pleaded guilty to defrauding thousands of investors out of 65 billion dollars. He said he knew what he did was wrong and fully expected this day to come. Tonight he’s in jail, awaiting his June sentencing. He faces up to 150 years. Considering he’s 70 years old, he’ll likely die in prison. But confessing to the massive Ponzi scheme won’t bring his victims’ money back. We’ll be digging deeper into the story tonight. We’d love to hear your thoughts on Bernie Madoff. We want to keep the live blog on this one topic. So, please share your thoughts on Madoff’s guilty plea below.

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soundoff (333 Responses)
  1. Caroline, Los Angeles


    March 12, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Nattada, Houston, TX

    😀 The shot tonight is so cute.

    Good noght Anderson, Randi, AC360 team, and all bloggers.

    Have a great Firday tomorrow.
    Sweet dreams all!!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Cristy Kirssin

    Good Night Guys! See ya Later

    March 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Erik

    Good to see him go down ... now what about all of the bankers that are stealing from the American Taxpayer under the cover of a Bailout when will they see their day in court. The owner of TCF Bank had it right. They were using illegal practices with glorified calling cards to make it sound OK.

    March 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    OK, that's really cute. I think it's time for AC to do another Sesame Street gig. Actually, it would be really cool if all the AC360 talking heads didi a gig together on Sesame Street (I'LL WATCH!!).

    Thanks bloggers. Thought provoking conversation this evening. See you Monday!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  6. David, Indiana

    Jolene, yep it does make you wonder some.

    Jill AC360 I think that market went up because there is a lot of possibility yet in this market, a lot of effort put into turning things around.

    I think drugs are a terrible problem.

    Yes a good discussion about domestic abuse.

    Good night everyone

    March 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Mark - San Francisco

    First,, its not domestic abuse, the 2 of them do not live together. Secondly, its unfairly judgemental and assumptive to call C. B. an abuser/batterer – its not like he's Ike Turner who spent years beating his wife. Third, its not just a woman problem, its a people problem. The very minute that the people in this world stop making like there's such a huge difference between race and gender and making judgments and decisions based on such, the more efficient we will be in becoming better HUMAN BEINGS! Lets talk about this subject on an even playing field, 2 HUMAN BEINGS, were in a violent altercation and it should have NEVER happened!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Annie Kate

    Night all.

    March 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  9. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Randi, David G, David in IN, Brandi, Esma, Bea, BettyAnn, Rikki, Michelle D, Glen, EJ, Ashley, Isabel, Chris S, Vanessa TX, Vanessa DC, Pati, Casey Sean, Soldier in IRAQ and best bloggers!!!!!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!!
    See you tomorrow night!!!!

    Day of the shot with my favorite show Sasame Street and Elmo….. so cute guy elmo!!!!! Cool!!!!!!! Love it!!!

    Have a great night, good sleep at home after work!!!! See you tomorrow night!!! Have a plenty sleep!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  10. Xavier

    It is so shocking to hear so many off the wall comments regarding Chris Brown and Rhianna, from commentators and others. Before casting Judgment, let's wait until all of the facts are in. Better yet, parents picture these kids as you your own and then comment just as you would to their faces. And children, why not put your parents in Chris And Rhianna's shoes before you pass judgment. Think about what you would say to them.

    March 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  11. Isabel, Brazil

    Bye everyone...
    See you tomorrow !!!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  12. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Well, perhaps one day we will see Madoff in an orange jump suit dancing to one of MIchael Jackson's song's as "The Shot".....

    Have a good evening everyone!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  13. Jacqui Chan

    NO WAY Elmo & Ricki Gervais what a classic can't wait to see it in its entirety
    some more classics Anderson with the grouches and REM singling "Furry Happy Monster's holding Hands"
    greta moments to see if on youtube bloggers

    March 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  14. Cherry B - Ms

    Got here a little late, but will see the show later tonight. Eventually catch it all. Madoff – what goes around comes around!

    So glad to see the emphasis on domestic abuse. Maybe this will get some folks to pay attention this time and get help.

    Good to have a little positive attitude with both Presideht and Market. Sure hope it carries on. Hope everyone has a great night!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  15. Maureen T, Canada

    Thanks for that Ricky Gervais and Elmo bit! These days it's great to laugh and smile! Thanks again Anderson! Good night and rest easy!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  16. Lauren--NY

    Good night, all. Anderson, I hope you continue to be safe in your travels. I'm looking forward to the extensive field reporting coming up. You can bet I'll be watching that.

    Thanks, Randi and David Gergen! Everyone sleep well. <3

    March 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  17. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    I couldn't hear the audio much on The Shot. Oh, well... I'll just assume it was funny.

    Have a great night, everyone!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  18. Esma

    That's the side of Sesame Street I wanna live on!!!

    Goodnight everyone!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  19. Glen Up North

    Well, it's pretty close to "closing time". Evening Anderson, Randi, David G., Jill, CNN and all you great bloggers out there. 🙂

    March 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  20. Caroline, Los Angeles

    That's your payment-ha ha.

    March 12, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  21. Isabel, Brazil

    pure wishful!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  22. Cindy

    Night Anderson and all.

    The Shot with Elmo was too funny!


    March 12, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  23. starr formerly known as vincent

    @ David G-thanks for your blog...i agree with you and i know i feel better now.

    @Sear in Iraq -great to have you with us again...keep on writing, i love your commentary.

    Good night Anderson et al, & best bloggers! It was another informative show , as alway.....tomorrow is Friday!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  24. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    That was an awesome shot of the day! I do enjoy having a laugh before I go off to bed!

    Good evening Anderson, Randi and all my fellow bloggers! Have a good sleep and a great tomorrow! Happy Floor Crew Friday!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  25. Patrice Palmer

    I agree with Roland Martin that this should not be a predominantly female conversation. However, I don't care why people are being abusive. Whaaaaah – a bunch of immature whiners! Poor me! Yeah, right. These people aren't children. They are responsible for the abuse they rain upon others, no matter how bad their childhood was. Responsibility belongs to the abuser, not the victim! The more we say, poor man or poor boy, the more we help them justify their own actions. Children and adults are responsible for their own actions. No one can make you abuse them; you choose to abuse them! Grow up and take responsibility for your own actions!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  26. Maren in Oregon

    Mexican drug lords, killer teens, domestic violence, Bernie Madoff. Wow! We needed Ricky Gervais.

    Good night Anderson! Thank you!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  27. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good night!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  28. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Goodnight All! talk to u yall tomorrow.

    I luv Elmo!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  29. Isabel, Brazil

    Good night, Anderson, Randi and producers!

    Good night, David (Indiana), Megan, Casey, Gayle, Esma, Rikki, Brandi, Betty Ann, Vanessa, …

    See you tomorrow ll!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  30. Bea

    There are young men in this country who would never rob a bank, never beat up another person. There are also young men who, if they did it, would take responsibilty and act publicly like they are remorseful, not just say they are.

    March 12, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  31. Annie Kate

    Elmo!! Great to end on – that gives me a smile just thinking about him. I'm glad Anderson that you are trying to end the show on an upbeat note. Thanks so much.

    March 12, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  32. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Glen Up North, living in poverty is never an excuse for murder. These 'teens at risk' made a choice. They aren't victims, they are criminals.

    March 12, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  33. Minou, New York City

    April: well said!

    March 12, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
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