May 27th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 05/27/09

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  1. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    @John....you really need to make sure that the magic knows who's boss! It was a bit fussy this evening! Glad you got it to cooperate! I always love the magic wall!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  2. denese Winchester

    Yeah Rikki, But i am kinda worried about this cycle! If you dont have some kind of buffer, that many people dont have, the cycle could be very difficult to survive.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  3. Isabel, Brazil

    I read a news that Fiat would also be interested in GM, but his condition was also staying with the GM’s operations in Brazil, which is the second most profitable in the world. Is this fact?

    May 27, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  4. carol

    I think North Korea Leader is a mad man and cares doesn't care about mankind.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  5. johnkingcnn

    hi everyone.

    sorry i am so late getting online. we had some juggling at the top of the show and the magic wall was in a bit of a mood!

    hope you are well - the court fight is off to a polarizing start.

    and north korea is one of those stories that can seem stranger than fiction. but it's a huge challenge and general grange and mike chinoy are two of the best to help understand it - smart, sober guys who break it down without the hyperbole.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  6. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    N. Korea has let millions starve to support their million man army. What's a UN resolution to do.

    @Casey, the Bush administration DID get an agreement that led to N. Korea dismantling their reactor. The North later reneged on the rest of the deal. You can't globally condemn the Bush foreign policy.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  7. Sadie

    I do not think Judge Sotomayor is a racist. Most people believe that legal standards are clear cut. They are not. Some legal standards require judges to decide what is "reasonable." Depending on one's life experiences, each person will view "reasonableness" differently. I am sure most judges try to be impartial, but they cannot completely divorce their decisions from their personal experiences. To believe otherwise is naive.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  8. denese Winchester

    A mad man indeed. But the US can not afford another war, not economically or with troop numbers.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  9. Lori from IL

    I agree we need to try diplomacy - this is not being "gutless" it is being wise. Do we really need another unjustified war at this time? Russia and China are much closer - perhaps they need to take the lead.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  10. Anthonia-califonia

    @P.J-I doubt if China would even want to get involved if this did esclated into a war. I think china would probably just sit back down and watch the whole thing happen.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  11. Isabel, Brazil

    Christiane Amanpour,

    Unfortunately it is not the America ... the inspection in the airport is very different! 😮

    May 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  12. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    If anyone thinks that any Supreme Court Justice, over our entire history, has not made decisions that have been influenced by their personal experiences, then they're living in a dream world.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  13. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    The recession ending? Dare we speak those words?...Truth be told I think its on its way out the door too! Economies are cyclical and it was just a matter of time before it went back up!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  14. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @P.J. Diplomacy has been tried by both the Clinton and Bush Administrations. Multiple 'deals' have been made and broken by N. Korea. You can't negotiate with madmen who have no intention of honoring agreements. Sanctions haven't worked, and neither have economic 'carrots'. What's left but force?

    May 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  15. Leo

    A couple of thoughts:
    1) What would be North Korea's motivation to nuke Japan, China or whatever other country? that would be suicidal.
    2) Playing Devil's advocate now: If I was North Korean I would say, if other countries (including the US) do develop nuclear weapons, why can't we? After all North Korea is not a country with a long history of wars like others that do own nuclear weapons.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  16. Suzi, Billerica, MA

    Maybe there are some inner polticis in Korea and Kim is just puffing up and beating his chest like a gorilla does to let his competition to know he's the baddest you know what in the bunch. I remember reading once that the reason Sadam kept starting wars with his neighbors was give his enemies WITHIN an enemy outside to keep his power and position more secure. Could something like that be happening with Korea?

    May 27, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  17. Jacqueline, NY

    Every man who wants nukes is a mad man.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  18. Lori from IL

    "Can't controll his hair so he often puts it in rollers!" LOL

    May 27, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  19. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Diplomacy might have been tried with N Korea for the last ten years, but considering that eight of those years were an abysmal failure in terms of foreign relations, the most responsible thing to do for ourselves (as well as for the rest of the world) is to actually TRY developing positive foreign relations with N. Korea, et al.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  20. David, Indiana

    An interesting discussion about the situation w North Korea. Why they need the huge army, the scud and various dong missiles, the nukes, I don't know. I think the economic depression noted by Gen Grange is significant. Seems like North Korea dilemma gets worse when it is put on the back burner, progress is made quickly, it seems, like summer 2008 when that country is on the front burner diplomatically.
    Seems too like they are looking to have a relationship somehow with the US.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  21. Esma

    @ Mike-I'd rather caution over another draining war. No one ever wins a war.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  22. Miss J

    @Esma, diplomacy has been tried for 10 years. N. Korea ignores sanctions and resolutions, and doesn’t respond to ‘carrots’ either. Force is the only real option, but Obama lacks the guts to do anything.

    You really want us to go to war with North Korea?

    I'm not the President of the United States or anything but that doesn't really sound like a good idea.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  23. Isabel, Brazil

    @ Megan Dressler

    It would be wonderful to have a magic wall at home! 🙂

    May 27, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  24. Matt

    @ Mike, Syracuse

    Diplomacy has NOT been tried for 10 years. Diplomacy is not sanctions or threats and it is not "carrots" or bribes. It involves recognizing that the world is not so black and white, and that breaking down barriers requires effort to understand your other and bridge your differences.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  25. Dodie ~ California

    I certainly do have some concerns with N. Korea...

    May 27, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  26. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    ugh, what's sad is that most powerful dictators are brilliant leaders...

    May 27, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  27. Miss J

    North Korea has been doing this about twice a year for the past several years right? Hard to tell if they are really plotting anything.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  28. PJ, Indiana

    Mike- I wouldnt say he "lacks the guts." You can't go in too aggressive- stick with diplomacy until they pull something outrageous and then be justified in your actions.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  29. Isabel, Brazil

    How Christiane Amanpour said yesterday, the best attitudes are of retaliation because they are fighting with nuclear weapons. They have little or no responsibility and it is dangerous. Don't delete a bonfire playing more firewood.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  30. Isabel, Brazil

    @ David, Indiana

    I agree with you. The office of judge requires preparation, study, dedication ... that lead to fairness and impartiality .

    A Brazilian singer set the Twitter as a room with several people talking alone, however many are listening.


    May 27, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    @ Jasmine,
    I agree with you too! I love magic wall!!! he is amazing touch magic wall!!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  32. starr formerly known as vincent

    Thank you Gen Grange for stating the obvious, theleader of N.Korea is "crazy"!

    Given the range of n.Korea's rockets, WHY are China and Russia not putting much more pressure on them?

    Whether this is "political theater" or not, it is Dangerous!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  33. Suzi, Billerica, MA

    And I find it interesting that Judge Sotomayor remarks are being so misused for isn't the fact that her combination of gender and ethnicity never been on the bench maybe has made her and those like her that the system hasn't seen them as able to be in that position so maybe that comment was a form of overcompensation to show she would be an asset, and her words were more hyperbole than racism. When the letter of the ones words are given more import than the spirit of them, like the law, then we all loose.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  34. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Esma, diplomacy has been tried for 10 years. N. Korea ignores sanctions and resolutions, and doesn't respond to 'carrots' either. Force is the only real option, but Obama lacks the guts to do anything.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  35. Jeffrey

    As an independent voter, a fiscal conservative, and what I believe is an honest intellectual, I have a hard time understanding how someone with Ms. Sotomayor's education and accomplishments can be called unqualified. I don't think she's a racist. I think she has been taken out of context. We all have been there.

    Don't hate the Republicans, hate this game they are playing. And I personally would like to see Newt, Dick, and Rush take there well paid, well positioned persons to a timeout somewhere. Everyone is not doing as well as they are.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  36. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    The whole idea of North Korea doing nuclear weapons tests is scary. But it is good to know that the US has been training the South Korean army...Hopefully nothing will come of these tests.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  37. PJ, Indiana

    Even if it does escalate to war, the U.S. and Europe won't put up with that. We're ready to bring them down, and it'd be better for the world. As long as China doesn't get involved, we're good.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  38. Anthonia-califonia

    This is scary stuff! i wish that it would be alot easier if America can make a friendly pact with N. Korea. if only it was that easy...but sadly its not :/

    May 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  39. Gene

    They waste money on weapons while their county starves.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  40. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    If we do nothing but the same UN resolution/sanction route, N. Korea will have nukes and the missiles to deliver them to the US in just a few years.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  41. Miss J

    I thought North Korea's leader was very sick anyway. Who's really running the show there?

    May 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  42. melvin

    The press coverage of conservative comments about Judge Sotomayor, have been extremely lacking. They simple need to put up the entire statement, not just the "White male" part.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  43. Benjamin

    I'm not surprised the Repub are going after her, It's obvious they would go after whomever Obama nominates;It's just sad they are stooping down this low.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  44. Danielle

    1. We need a woman

    2. We need a hispanic

    3. We need someone who is not a loser who says what people tells them too.

    – Danielle

    May 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Are North Korea still firing missile few days now??? Why not stop firing missile out of the country.... That's reckless foolish for N. Korea!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  46. Esma

    I'm just hoping that world leaders don't resort to rash decisions (ie going to war without at least trying diplomacy first, which should always be the first), as this is a tricky situation.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  47. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    North Korea's leader is crazy...and it scares me.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  48. Joy

    It's funny seeing republican hispanics tongue tied because they don't know how to answer Rush caling someone of their own race racists. Let's see how many hispanics throw her under the bus.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  49. Suzi, Billerica, MA

    Seems like much ado about nothing and Repubs are really desparate and its showing. I took the Latina Judge's comments as meaning, when it comes to judging the diversity of people that come before the court a woman and minority like herself has the perspective to not have unconscious biases that have plagued our legal system for centuries, and we have come a long way baby but we all know bias is out there and I agree with her that someone who has had to deal with people's false prejudgements based on gender and ethnicity, is better equipped to make judgements without those biases... so her point may be true and these grey haired old white republican shills trying to twist her words to be racist maybe can't handle the truth for maybe they have been needing to scream out racist to a minority so they don't have to feel so twisted about there own inner racisms that most old white guys like Rush et al sooo have!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  50. Mando in Texas

    Korea's is bluffing. They have learned how to get the world's attention and they are probably spending all their missiles now. Prepare and wait and they will do not much more.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
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