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May 29th, 2009
09:43 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 05/29/09

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Tonight on 360°, President Obama defending his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Sonia Sotomayor is coming under fire for a comment she made back in 2001 that a Latina judge would often reach a better decision than a white male judge. The 32 words she shared back then could play a crucial role in her Senate confirmation hearing. We'll have the raw politics.

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  1. Krasi, Houston, TX

    I bet LA is not the only city with homeless living underground.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  2. Lori from IL

    Wow - this hidden "underworld" story is really disturbing - homelessness is so sad.......

    May 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  3. starr formerly known as vincent

    Erica, you are right, John King deserves a LOT of credit doing hours of news in one day. He also doesn't skip a beat and blogs often too.

    He's a "super" man! (& reporter too). Love State of the Union.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  4. Jacqueline, NY

    I think it begs to question, if this is the richest country in the world, then why are there any at all?

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

    For me the homeless in USA are somewhat unbelievable ... it seems something of my country, alas!

    May 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  6. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    @ Erica!
    I agree with you!!! John is great job this week!!!!! He always blog to write all times! I love his comment!!! he is really good writer!

    May 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  7. Gerry In Toronto

    Jong is desperate to get attention and negotiate with the US> He's trying to pass his position on to his son and that's what this is all about.

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

    @ Erica Hill

    You are also great blogging with us, but John can write a lot ... lol ...

    Today you are the most beautiful … my opinion and of the my husband!

    May 29, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  9. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    an underworld? huh, never would have guessed...

    May 29, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  10. Dale (D-Source)

    I have read Sotomayor's speeh In context. She made the case that wisdom combines knowledge, experience and certain other ingredients. The more diverse experience a person has, the wiser their decisions will be. This was definitely her point.

    In context, it's obviously unfortunate, not intentional, that the people in her example happened to be of different races and genders. Poor political foresight? Yes. Racist? Definitely not. Anyone who takes time to read her speach will easily see that. Let's move on.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  11. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    @ John,
    Don't be scary!!!!!!!! LOL!!! You're doing fine double duty, I am glad CNN told Wolf Blizter took day off......... You are great!

    May 29, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  12. Heather MacLeod, Toronto ON

    I think this entire group is very impressive. I'm a fairly new CNN viewer and I think you guys are great!

    May 29, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  13. starr formerly known as vincent

    Erica, great interview with M. Albright! I have a good deal of admiration for her.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  14. johnkingcnn

    there are many critics, in both parties, of how the clinton administration handled north korea. but it is fascinating that secretary albright has firsthand experience negotiating with kim jong il.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  15. ericacnn

    @Isabel – John does get extra points for his blogging! 🙂
    he puts us all to shame

    May 29, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  16. David, Indiana

    Whew heavy news on a Friday. I think that was an excellent question, Erica, about what Kim Jong Il wants now and what he wanted before when talks w North Korea were having some success. I think Sec Albright's answer, that few people have spoken w Kim Jong Il recently is the key. Domestic or Foreign audience for his actions, North Korea need to establish some sort of foreign relations with the US to better its own situation. More extensive talks btwn the US and North Korea?

    May 29, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  17. Isabel, Brazil

    @ Erica Hill

    king john did a great job this week. I love when he is host on AC360 ... he's blogging with us the entire show ... thanks, John!

    May 29, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  18. Lori from IL

    @ Krasi – "Why is everyone caught up on that one statement?" That's what some people do to promote their own agenda! Take things out of context and hope know one looks further to see the full statement/speech/ectc. So sad, but true....

    May 29, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  19. Felix Arocho

    The inflammatory comments against Honorable Judge Sonia Sotomayor by Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich and the right wing conservative base are highly disturbing. Could it really be that Limbaugh, Gingrich and their followers are the last gasps of the Confederacy? We must all coalesce against these home-grown insurgents within our midsts.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  20. Dan

    It doesn't matter what color her skin is, where she grew up, or where her parents are from. What matters is what Ms. Sotomayor has done as a judge/attorney, what she has said, and how she has ruled while in her position. What I have read about her so far does not look good for a Supreme Court Justice, no matter who he/she is.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  21. Anita

    Wonderful interview Erica! Can't wait to see the rest of it.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  22. starr formerly known as vincent

    I would hope that China (& Russia as well) would be deeply concerned about what N.Korea is doing. If you look at the map, they appear to have more to lose, given N. Korea's missile range.

    @Jasmine – Spokane, WA- i see your point, however throwing words like "racism" around so casually, can be considered offensive to a country who built it's reputation on "diversity".

    May 29, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  23. Lori from IL

    Don't be scared of me seeing you on the Situation Room - only caught the last 20 minutes - but was surprised to see you anchoring for Wolf -

    May 29, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  24. ericacnn

    happy friday, all. john king deserves an extra day off!

    May 29, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  25. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I love Madeleine Albright, she is really amazing woman, of course, I agree with her comment that N Korea must have stop fire missile out of this country.......I am really disappointed with N Korea Pres. Kim Jong really stranger behavior reckless foolish own people to death.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  26. Isabel, Brazil

    The North Korean president may be taking advantage of the economic crisis to make your game. Economists are worried about the US tax issue, with the deficit hitting at 13% by the end of the year. All that President Obama does not need now is a front for expenses, plus a battle front, plus a swamp in which they sink. After all, there are already enough problems internally, all the complications that still bleed the economy.

    Therefore, and for everything that he intends to be in American politics, President Obama will try at all costs avoid a conflict, but at the same time can not run the risk of "moral hazard" in the diplomatic area, because if he passes weakness, this weaken him the domestic political dispute.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  27. Lori from IL

    Joining in a bit late tonight, but glad to see you back in the anchor chair tonight, John King (Didn't I see you filling in for Wolf earlier today? You are one busy guy!) - and I like the fact that President Obama addresses a situation and tries to turn the page -

    Hello Team 360 and Fellow Bloggers - TGIF (even though it's been a short week - I'm ready for it to be over!)

    May 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  28. Paula

    I realize that , due to our background, we sometimes feel more able to deal with certain situations, since we possess additional information/experiences. However, in other situations (different culture/background), we are at a disadvantage. Ms. Sotomayor will likely be better equipped for some cases than others. This situations is probably true for all judges, regardless of their ethnicity.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  29. Isabel, Brazil

    North Korea: Nuclear threat imminent and irresponsible actions

    A true act of desperation, when it resolves to play all or nothing to see in what is going. But who will pay this act of desperation will be the people, unfortunately

    May 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  30. Alfredo

    This is simply crazy, Republicans are trying to flare up anything against Democrats these days. They should just turn around and look at their own problems and fix them.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  31. johnkingcnn

    those of you who know this is double duty scare me a little!!! but cnn thanks you for your loyalty!!!!

    one of those days ... but fun ... a lot happening and i like busy.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  32. Andrew

    I believe that Obama restated her ideas because many people seem to have trouble following a careful nuanced complex argument. Perhaps I am being too harsh, it just may be that people are pouncing on the famous quotation for 2 possible reasons. One, it is an attempt to discredit a thoughtful person and qualified judge who dares to talk about race, or second, some have not read the entire piece. If you have read the entire text I do not not know how one could call the piece anything but honest and thoughtful. However, that may be my bias. Care to make a guess about my race from my words alone?

    May 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  33. Isabel, Brazil

    The nuclear tests by North Korea are the first serious foreign policy challenge of President Obama. Feared that this challenge were of the Muslim world, but came from another country harassed by the old government. It is also a challenge for the leadership of China in the region. From an economic perspective, even small and isolated, North Korea creates a further burden a weak body.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  34. David, Indiana

    Evening Isabel, John King, Erica, everyone. I think its ok to challenge Judge Sotomayor to as Joe Johns says open up a discussion of pts that are important to republicans as regards the judiciary, but so fare it's been incendiary, though now swirling around the actualy remarks.

    Kind of busy Friday here, but Happy Friday all.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  35. Krasi, Houston, TX

    Why is everyone caught up on that one statement? Does anyone honestly expect that a person, even if a Supreme Court Justice, can be completely stripped from all biases and personal beliefs? The Supreme Court Justices are human and I am sure that the rest also bring their own ideas and beliefs to the cases they review. The greater the diversity, though, the more likely it is that a case will be looked at from several different perspectives.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  36. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    @Starr, I actually think that the GOP is something like a frat or a sorority, just one that no one wants to be in right now. But honestly, even when we were all kids, we had those clubs, being exclusive and all, and we still wanted part in them...

    May 29, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  37. Isabel, Brazil

    For whom was born, grew up and studied in a neighborhood considered dark and reached the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor is an ordinary person, but with an unusual and admirable biography

    May 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I think Republicans are going against Sonia Sotomayor to drop her nomation her position.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  39. starr formerly known as vincent

    I don't understand how "everybody wins". The Republicans are making fools of themselves!

    Who would want to be a member of a party that is as exclutionary as the Republican party would appear to be at this point in time.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  40. gayle mccauley Malden,Mass.

    Greetings to All! Everyone looking forward to a good weekend,I hope.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  41. Michelle

    I can not believe that CNN is taking the craziness from
    Limbaugh and Gringich and thinking that they matter.
    The only people falling for this work in cable news.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  42. Isabel, Brazil

    The blogosphere is delighted with the appointment because Judge Sonia Sotomayor is considered the first person to reach the Supreme Court who know and practice the Cyberlaw.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  43. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    We are all biased...What's sad is that some people can't control it. It's nice that some people are able to be aware of their problems.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  44. Zac

    Good evening guys!
    As for Obama's remark. If she wanted to restate her idea, she would have done so.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  45. starr formerly known as vincent

    Hi John King! You're doing double duty today! Hello to the entite 360 team.

    Good evening fellow bloggers. TGIF!!

    Hold on...looks like it's going to be a bumpy ride..(re: high court nomination & republicans.)

    May 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  46. Isabel, Brazil

    In an article, "The New York Times" defined the Judge Sonia Sotomayor as a person of strong opinions, not intimidated in the tribune, or before the press.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo John, Erica, Edurrado(Ed Henry) David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    I can't wait forward this weekend already!!!!! Thanks god it's Friday night!
    John,
    You are doing great job double duty Situation Room and AC360 tonight!

    I agree with John is saying about Judge Sonia Sotomayor is not racist at all, no proof evidence out of trouble.

    May 29, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Isabel, Brazil

    Good evening, John King!!

    Hi, friends, David (Indiana), bloggers, everyone

    Happy Friday, everyone!!!!!

    May 29, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    It's finally Friday! 😀

    A sweet hello to all of the bloggers and the news team! 😀

    May 29, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. johnkingcnn

    Happy Friday everyone – another newsy night.

    The president and his top advisers spent much of the day in “what she meant to say” mode – trying to quiet the controversy over judge sotomayor’s 2001 speech that some haved interpreted as “identity politics” – suggesting that as a Latina judge perhaps she can better understand some cases than a white male.

    If you read the whole speech – she actually stresses how she tries to understand her biases and work, as much as any human can, to not let the impact her judgments. But critics have latched on to the statement … and when the president himself is trying to clean things up … it is proof the white house sees it as an issue.

    I say issue, not problem, because there is no evidence of any major trouble for the nomination. None. But it is still an interesting wrinkle …. and a reminder of an obama political instinct we saw a lot in the campaign: if something seems awry, even a bit, move quickly to try to clean it up and turn the page.

    May 29, 2009 at 9:50 pm |
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