May 12th, 2009
09:47 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 05/12/09

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Tonight on 360°, new insight on the Army sergeant accused of killing five comrades at Camp Liberty in Iraq. His dad and his son are talking about what they say drove John Russell to allegedly pull the trigger. Who they blame may surprise you.

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soundoff (286 Responses)
  1. Rebekah

    *wah-wah-waaaahhh....* probably the best "word" to describe that Shot. and Miss Teen South Carolina was pretty much the most memorable pageant moment in HISTORY. ouch. thanks for that clip, it's for sure and oldie but a goodie haha =D

    goodnite Anderson and Erica!

    May 12, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Andrew

    Anderson, Your cruel" such as" Leave miss South Carolina alone.
    Thanks for the laugh.

    May 12, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Don, WA

    Confucious say – look at a map.

    May 12, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Lee

    Good for Lt. Choi in finally exhaling and freely and fully breathing as his true self. I wish him success to serve our country and to have a loved one at home, which is part of the American story. As for President Obama, he will keep his promise, but will develop a strategy to assure a positive outcome.

    May 12, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  5. David, Indiana

    @Erica opening up to people can be difficult sometimes, people often don't understand things disorders like OCD that are completely manageable.

    Anderson, its easy to cut the video on Miss CA but her pt about expressing honestly and sensitively her pt of vw is exactly right.

    Miss Carolina, that's funny though. The question 20percent of americans cant find the us on a map hilarious.

    good night all

    May 12, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  6. Maureen T, Canada

    Quite an interesting show Anderson! Good night and thanks for putting a smile on my face!

    May 12, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  7. Cessy, Chicago

    excellent show tonight, Anderson.

    goodnight everyone. Be safe.

    May 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Lori from IL

    Good night all - hope you have a good day tomorrow!

    May 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  9. Jennifer - Michigan

    Good night. I didn't get the shot – I'll have to watch it again to figure it out. Sleep tight.

    May 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  10. Nattada, Houston TX

    Anderson & Erica, you making faces crack me up. 😀

    Good night Anderson, Erica, AC360 Team, and all bloggers.

    Have a great mid week.
    Sweet dreams everyone.

    May 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  11. Tony

    Amazing story.. Choi is so articulate and so strong to stand up and be counted. A great representative and a very brave man.

    May 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  12. Nancy from Ohio

    I am extremely concerned that the Continental Express pilot who crashed in Buffalo had such limited experience.

    May 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  13. brian-canada

    good show everyone thank-you

    May 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  14. gayle mccauley Malden,Mass.

    Goodnight everyone.Peace to all of you and yours.Loved the shot.

    May 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  15. LisaL - Canada

    well, isn't that interesting. let's just all hope for world peace, 'kay?

    May 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  16. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    The shot made me bury my head in my hands in shame...

    Good night Anderson, Erica and fellow bloggers! Have a great night and a wonderful tomorrow! Great show tonight! 🙂

    May 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  17. Liz

    I hope President Obama is not going to be as weak and vacillating about the military gay issue as President Clinton was ! Military recruitment is way down andl those who are serving are being deployed far to often.
    Don't Ask Don't Tell has to go and soon. If Lt Choi is an example of the kind of talented young man the military are throwing out because of their sexual orientation they are completely nuts !

    May 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  18. starr formerly known as vincent

    Diversified show tonight, very interesting topics.

    Thank you Anderson, producers, crew, Erica David G. Gary T. & moderators & good night too.

    Good night fellow bloggers-terrific conversation as always!

    Erica, thank you for sticking up for Eliz Edwards, i agree with you and other bloggers who support her.

    LOL on the shot! (both of them)

    May 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  19. Michelle

    Why are dumb answers par for the course for Miss USA?

    May 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  20. Samantha M.

    maybe both in Panama, but he is Chinese in the rest of the world....

    May 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  21. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Thank God for that education on "confusion," and that re-run–more dumb blonde behavior.

    May 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  22. Krasi, Houston, TX

    To be attacked and/or punished for your beliefs is indeed intolerant. Then why are capable and honorable soldiers discharged for just being who they are and not hurting anybody, but defending the country.

    Re: Miss Panama, wow I hope the meaning was lost in translation:)

    Good night everybody!

    May 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  23. Frank, Calgary Alberta

    Elizabeth Edwards has a great internal strength of character which we should all admire and focus on.

    May 12, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  24. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good night and sleep well, everyone!

    May 12, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  25. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Erica, David G, Edurrado (Ed Henry) and my friend twitter/facebook bloggers!!!!!!!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 😀
    See you tomorrow night!!!!
    Day of the shot with pageant contest...... so funny!!! LOL!!!!!! Great shot!

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

    May 12, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  26. Emil

    why was this plane being filmed as it landed if there was no sign of a problem before it landed???

    May 12, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  27. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    Leave Elizabeth Edwards alone. The woman has lost enough, been though enough to last any human multiple lifetimes. I don't think it's our place to judge her. Having lost my mom at an early age, I often wish I had a book from her that explained the things I will never know about her life.

    May 12, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  28. Cheryl K. Sask Canada

    Elizabeth Edwards is a brave woman to face the world concerning such a personal matter. She said she forgives her husband . She now needs to live her life the best she can. I only wish the very best for her.

    May 12, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  29. Lori from IL

    In my opinion - Elizabeth Edwards needs to put her kids first - this media blitz over her book can't be good for them. Once you become a parent, you need to always think of how your actions will affect your children and then act according to their best interest.

    May 12, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  30. LisaL - Canada

    it is nice to see Elizabeth Edwards spending time with the people she cares about - it must be hard for her to think about leaving - she should be spending time with her friends and family

    May 12, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  31. Peg

    I hope it concerns others as much as it does me that the
    "stupid white men" are
    makig the rules for those of us who do not agree with their "rules." Live and let live....regardless of your sexual ofientation.

    May 12, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  32. Cessy, Chicago

    I pray for continued strength for Mrs. Edwards. Excellent point, Erica. Let's not be quick to judge her (or anyone on this matter ) unless you have experienced betrayal–more so if you are sick and fighting for your life.

    May 12, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  33. salma

    Elizabeth isn't resposable.............hi from Egypt

    May 12, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  34. jennie

    how can miss california compare her beauty pageant experience to her grandfather's war experience? what an insult to all veterans.

    May 12, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  35. Michael

    Dan Choi has gone out on a limb to talk about his sexuality and his truthfulness as to who he is...in light that he served as an American soldier. No matter what his sexual orientation, one can still defend his or her country. I was in the Viet Nam conflict, and the hatred toward men who liked men and women who liked women was so stark and confusing, especially since these (including myself) men and women served their country...and this came from officers, sargents, and men in command. We ought to get over this and to move on to why we need all men and women to serve their country. Kudos to Dan for his effort and for AC to address this on national television. Michael

    May 12, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  36. Jerry Hallman

    Miss California made an interesting comment about Freedom of Speech. See stated that she was punished for what she said. She exercised her right, and she is reaping the consequences of the words she choose to share. Free speech doesn't mean you aren't held accountable for what you choose to say. She is learning this lesson painfully – but proof that she isn't ready to represent the country.

    May 12, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
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