May 8th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 05/08/09

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Tonight, we'll have the latest on the Wesleyan University student shot and killed by an alleged stalker. Tonight the suspected gunman is being held on $15 million dollars bail. We're learning more about his life and the alleged threats he put on paper.

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  1. Esma

    The situation in Chicago is just sickening. Where's the governor in all of this...oh, yeah, reality TV.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That's really terrible crime!!! people are vitcim of shooting by anti-gangs. The doctors can anything do best save all children during surgery.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  3. jacqueline, NY

    How horrible. They're just babies.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  4. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    Why does the USA have the highest statistics of murder in the world?

    Why is there more people in prison and jail in the USA than any other country in the world???

    May 8, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  5. David, Indiana

    @Isabel, I agree the rules of the church are important, but I Father Alberto probably did not plan to fall in love, maybe no one plans that. Also, see the priest and nun who got married, they look pretty happy. I think you can express your faith, Father Alberto can express his, by loving a woman, by getting married, he may have to give up his job as a priest though.

    Also, on your pt about the unemployment numbers, Ali Velshi noted that employment and housing are lagging indicators, they should pick up when the ecomomy gets going and starts having some momentum.

    Hi David Gergen, always nice when you comment on the blog, and Happy Birthday a day early from me too!

    May 8, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  6. Caroline, Los Angeles

    900 treated for gunshot wounds. Where is the National Guard? I don't like militarizing any city but come on! It's insane!

    May 8, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  7. starr formerly known as vincent

    I believe that Catholic priests should be allowed to marry.

    The Church allows other ministers to convert & stay married.

    As the guest priest mentioned, celebacy was not institued until around the Middle ages.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  8. Mary

    I always wondered why a preist was not allowed to marry, when I look at what is involved in being a member of the clergy I wonder that any religions allow their pastors to marry.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  9. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    I consider the Catholic religion a beautiful history of Christianity. Like everything else, it is not without it's faults.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  10. Miss J

    How can one find out if their on the terrorist list?

    Only if you try to fly somewhere and then you get pulled out by security and questioned.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  11. Dulcie - Denver

    A very happy birthday to you, David Gergen! Thanks so much for all of your insightful commentary.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  12. Nattada, Houston TX

    An 8 year old as a terrorist? It was like a joke or a punk from Aston Kucher.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  13. Karen T Amarillo Texas

    Good evening Anderson,
    Please wish all the mother's of the world a Happy Mother's Day. God bless them all having to raise children in today's world. So glad mine are already grown.
    Karen T.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  14. Bridget, TX

    David G., Happy Birthday:)

    I often think about how often so many of us bloggers 4/5 months ago use to come here and look to you to give us hope when our world appeared to be falling apart. The economy was in shambles, and was going from bad to worse and we had two wars to deal with.

    You were always honest, but offered us a light at the end of the tunnel. I will always be greatful for the light you provided during very dark days.

    It is amazing 5 months into P.Obama's presidency, the fear and hopeless no longer consume us. There is no telling what will happen tomorrow or three months from, but it is nice to believe it'll continue to get better.

    Thanks for all you did during the worst of times:)

    May 8, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  15. Paul M. Fedor

    It is all about the money.... From what I heard, catholic priests used to be able to marry. The problem that the church had when that was the case is that the wifes sometimes survived their husbands in some cases and there was a problem with wifes having a legal monetary claim on priests assets (which are supposed to be Gods) after the priests passed away. Thus, the church came up with this concept of celibacy to avoid the problem. I'd suggest that if the churches former policy to allow priests to marry had no monetary affect on the church, then priests would still be allowed to marry. Cheers!

    May 8, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  16. Lori from IL

    Happy Birthday, David Gergen - and thank you for blogging with us on a regular basis. Always enjoy your perspective and insights. Hope you enjoy your special day!!

    May 8, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  17. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    @Anderson Happy mother's day to your Mom .

    May 8, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  18. Nancy

    OMG! an 8yr old on a terrorist list? Now that REALLY so much for confidence in the system..geez...

    May 8, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  19. julie - san mateo ca

    Celibacy was instituted into the Catholic simply to keep riches within the church. It used to be that when priests died, their monetary and physical belongings went to their wives. Some of the apostles were,indeed, married so there is no religious basis for this.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  20. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    I'm surprised because of all the stupid things I say at the airport, I'm not on that terror watch list...

    May 8, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  21. gayle mccauley Malden,Mass.

    Happy Birthday from Boston David!!

    May 8, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  22. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Better watch out for that little kid. He really looks ready to blow something up...

    Seriously, that watch list is a joke.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  23. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Well Drew Griffin would worry me too...or an 8 year old...that is insane!

    Its good to know that they are doing such a great job with that list!

    May 8, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  24. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    @Maren i agree with you yes if they can't fulfil thier calling yes then they should leave beacause it wasn't thier calling and the church won't change .

    May 8, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  25. Donald Cole

    If the Catholic Church used the Bible to determine doctrine, there would be no question, and they would know that to prohibit a man from marriage is an abomination to God.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  26. Paula, Colorado

    Happy Friday!
    The wildfires in California are awful to watch–they seem to be too frequent for one area of the country.
    Your discussions have been fascinating tonight.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  27. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Hi David Gergen: I didn't know if you wanted birthday wishes or not. Some of us of a certain age range under which you and I both dwell really aren't crazy about those numbers going up, up, up. But have a happy birthday anyway!

    May 8, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  28. jacqueline, NY

    How can one find out if their on the terrorist list?

    May 8, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  29. Heather - Spokane, WA

    That little boy looks like a terrorist....he has that look of suspicion.....:)

    May 8, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  30. Nattada, Houston TX

    Happy birthday to you, David Gergen. Wish you a very happy birthday and have a best year to come.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  31. Theresa

    Stalking goes back long before it was recognized by the law. I still have nightmares, no law was present then. Thank God one can be protected now.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  32. Lori from IL

    Love that the couple has been married for 31 years! Congrats to them.

    Always wondered how Catholic Priests were able to do marriage counseling when they have never been married - but then again, there are lots of things I don't understand about the Catholic Church.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  33. jacqueline, NY

    30,000 plus 23 more?! Where will they go? My prayers are with them.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  34. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Happy Mother's Day to Erica, Maria, Gloria, BettyJo and all you Moms out there. XO!

    May 8, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  35. Caroline, Los Angeles

    @lori-yup. That's a pretty terrible example of highly offensive hypocrisy from the church, isn't it?

    May 8, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  36. Miss J

    It's Gergen's birthday? Well Happy Birthday David! What did you do to celebrate?

    May 8, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  37. angel manners

    Happy Birthday David! Are Anderson, Ali and the guys going to take you out for boys night on the town?

    May 8, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  38. Elle

    I find it ironic that the church has acted so quickly in the case of a priest having a relationship with a woman, yet will not hesitate to protect a priest who, for years, who molest children, especially boys. Go figure that Anderson.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  39. Lauren--NY

    Oh, Happy Birthday, Mr. Gergen! Thanks for all your brilliant contributions to CNN. 🙂

    May 8, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  40. Tom

    Celibacy shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone wanting to become a Roman Catholic priest. It's not like they changed the rules mid-stream. If you want to be married, don't become a priest. It's really rather simple.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  41. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    it's kind of nice that the priest has admitted to what he has done, unlike others

    May 8, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  42. David, Indiana

    That's a terrible and disheartening crime that happened at Wesleyan University. Heartbreaking, my thoughts and prayers go out to Johanna's family and loved ones.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  43. Mary

    @ Lori form illinois, I lost my mom over 20 years ago. Your mom is always with you. Happy Mothers Day!!!

    May 8, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  44. Martina Ilstad

    David Gergen a verry happy birthday,i like you verry much.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  45. Patricia Walker- Norfolk, Va

    I think it is a shame that african americans have the highest unemployment rate. It has always been hard for us to make it in America and I feel with the recession it's even harder. I'm a college student that lives be myself and I've been looking for work for about 5 months now. On some applications I don't even put down that I'm black just to see if I'll get a call.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  46. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    I don't believe that Priests should marry they are called to serve God and it would pull them away from thier calling .

    May 8, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  47. Kathy, Chicago

    I think that if the Holy Father chooses to be with women, he can find other opportunities in the Church. It is better than little boys.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  48. Anthony Guiliano

    I worked with a former priest that fell in love with one of his church members. He said he was torn with his feelings and finally decided to leave the church. But he still talks and acts like a priest.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  49. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - not quite sure how the word got out about my birthday (think a friend might be at work) but do want to thank all of you for your good wishes - and for your continuing loyalty to the AC 360 web conversation! You're great! David

    May 8, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  50. jacqueline, NY

    Happy Mom Day the mothers.

    May 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
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