June 17th, 2009
09:46 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 06/17/09

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Tonight on 360°, we're looking at the big question on many minds: Is Iran collapsing? Another major protest expected any moment now over last week's presidential election. There are still reports that the baton wielding paramilitary is attacking protesters. We'll have the latest from Tehran.

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  1. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    President Obama's afraid to take a stand and alientate each groups playing both sides of the issues.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  2. Susan in IL

    Do not be fooled. Marijuana is addictive. Ask any habitual user of pot of the effects when they try to quit. I'm all for legalization for medical purposes but I watched my son go through rehab and he finally came to understand it is an addictive drug.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  3. Kent,Oakland ca.

    Go ahead and legalize weed already, this is a good revenue source for states like Cali. It could affect so many things, cut farm subsidies,the problems with cartels in mexico,etc,etc.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  4. Arianne, AZ

    To paraphrase Bill Maher, gay people are allowed to have birthdays, they just don't get as much cake to send the right message to children.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  5. matthew todd

    I am not a gay person, but I do fell that the gay and lesbian community does deserve full equality. I have to say though that the gay and lesbian community needs to relax and give president Obama some time. I believe he will deliver on his promises, I mean he still has 3 and half years in his presidency.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  6. Maureen T, Canada

    give President Obama a chance. It is a start you know. Better than the previous administration right??

    June 17, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  7. Casey Jones, Palm Springs, CA

    @Isabel. That surprises me (in Brazil). How is it being covered by the Brazilian media?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  8. Lori from IL

    The President stated today that this is "only the beginning" ... let's give him a chance. Perhaps instead of blaming the President, individuals need to take action to persuade their congressmen that it's time to catch up with what's happening in society and take the necessary legislative action.... The President can't do everything, and the civil rights movement took more than 140 days!...

    I support gay rights, same sex unions/marriage, etc., but am getting a little tired of all the blame for inaction being layed at the feet of the President. Perhaps he hasn't made public statements, but do you really know what's happening behind the scenes?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  9. mikez

    I have heard that one of the biggest lobbying groups against medical marijuana is the pharma industry...wouldnt many sick people save millions of dollarts collectivly if they could grow their own natural FREE pain medicine

    June 17, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  10. Dawn T. - Pittsburgh

    Hi Anderson,
    I came in on the tail end of your interview about the President's memo regarding same-sex benefits. I hope the point was made that the President did what he was allowed to do under the law. Some of those benefits have to be granted by congress. In holding elected officials accountable, let's be fair and tell the whole story.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  11. Minou, New York City

    D.L. Black is smart, handsome, and well-spoken... I like this guy!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  12. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    @Minou I agree they should march with gays!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  13. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    ok, lets see, we went from discussing how 50% of married men do not respect the sanctity of their marriages to discussing the protection of that sanctity of marriage by giving less than equal rights to gay people.

    what was that word you said earlier, anderson? hypocrisy? yep, thats it!

    or is it an oxymoron? 🙂

    June 17, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  14. Wesley Pipes


    June 17, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  15. vachelle prater

    As an American it gives me the jitters to see Iranian democracy at work and if the truth be told the Iranians that are marching for truth and honesty could give us lessons about standing up for what you believe in. God bless them and protect them in their struggle.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  16. Isabel, Brazil

    I hope that President Obama's promises are fulfilled

    June 17, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  17. Amy Sewell

    Hi - second class citizens? I get it! What about women? When are women going to rally about equality like the gay community! We all need to help each other get equality. Why is this such a problem?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  18. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Let same -sex partners just live in peace .Why is Obama flip-floping on the issues of this .

    June 17, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  19. Theresa, Des Moines

    I work in a manufacturing plant. For safety reasons, we do not want forklift operators or heavy equipment operators under the influence of marijuana or any other drug while they are working. Similarly, none of us want our doctors, nurses, policeman stoned while they are on the job. We also don't want to be driving on the same road with someone who is high.

    Is there a test (similar to blood alcohol content) that would determine if someone is actually under the influence of pot? The tests I'm aware of show if someone has used pot in the last several months, not whether they are currently high or not?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  20. Casey Jones, Palm Springs, CA

    The HIV travel ban is just infuriating. Talk about discrimination. And encouraging people to lie about who they are while serving in our armed forces? How ironic and ignorant is that?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  21. Isabel, Brazil

    Unfortunately the homosexuals are so persecuted.
    Last Sunday, a man who was in the Gay Parade in my country was attacked and today had brain death ... these things are absurd!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  22. Roya

    What's happening on the other side of our world is evil and unjust. I respect and support those protestors fighting for their basic human rights. These protests can't be ignored forever. The world is watching and someone with the power must do something. Until then, there will never be change, there will never be peace.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  23. Maryam Houston Tx

    @ Alice I agree with you . 100% America needs to stay out of it .

    June 17, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  24. Monica M. Williams

    I would like to hear how supporters of Same Sex Marriage plan to fight the opposition of President's weak plan without ailienating a potential alli.

    Conservatives such as Republicans have not been supportive of the Same Sex Cause in the past.

    Upon the next change of administration the issue could be be put back into play with potentially less favorable results is they are back in Presidental office.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  25. Vida

    It is so important for the governments of USA and Israel to stay clear of what is happening in Iran. The Iranian revolution Guard, Basij and Khamenei (who are the real enemies of democracy) are waiting to blame the uprising on the enemies of 79 revolution (US and Israel).

    June 17, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  26. Arianne, AZ

    Equal rights for homosexual couples should not be put on the back burner. The LGBT deserve equal rights. There are no excuses.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  27. BettyAnn,Nacogdoches,TX

    It is past time for us to give gay/lesbians their rights. I feel President Obama will face this issue later. . . I hope

    June 17, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  28. Minou, New York City

    Straight ppl need to march along with gays!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  29. J. Barton

    Legalizing gay marriage in the U.S. would generate a LOT of revenue! It's big business in Canada.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  30. Kent,Oakland ca.

    Gays are expecting way too much from President Obama, too quickly. Dustin Black acknowledge this too, but still expects a quick fix.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    LOL@Anderson and Erica!!!! Very funny!!!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  32. Sharon Hastings

    On the subject of pot. My first job as a nurse in 1975 was working on an oncology unit. Our oncologist was doing research way back then and some experimentation using pot on cancer patients in great pain. I think we have to separate medicinal use of cannabanoids from recreational use. Is it addictive? Maybe not but many recreational users find it very hard to give up after long term use. It also causes many to lay on the couch for long periods (years) contemplating working without actually ever going to work, dude.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  33. Paul

    On the evening of 9/11, I chatted with with a young Iranian in an international chat room. We have kept up our correspondence ever since then....his latest word: "We have freedom of speech...we don't have freedom after speech."

    June 17, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  34. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Should people who grow these hemp plants have a licence like the liqour stores who report to the liquor board . What's the differnce ?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  35. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I'll never get why in the day and age we still don't have equal rights for everybody. All Americans deserve to have the ability to get married and have a life and care for their families.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  36. David

    Michelle D., I can answer that question for you. Prescription pain medications are, as you stated, addictive (highly so). However, marijuana is not. That is the difference. Also, many people find it easier to function normally while taking cannabis (as opposed to prescription painkillers).

    June 17, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  37. Casey Jones, Palm Springs, CA

    Let's get serious about our Constitution President Obama. Are you simply trying to appease us with these "rights" you afforded us today? Black is right. We remain second-class citizens. I pay my taxes and i want my rights respected.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  38. Yash

    Dear Mr. Cooper,

    Regarding IRAN, what is happning, and what are different outcome of the protests.

    Thanks for covering this and grate work so far.

    I see you are interviewing people with grate theoretical knowledge about Iran but unfortunatly non have the full story to tell the public.

    To understand what is happning and why, and what could/should we expect as outcome we need...
    1- Where the regime is comming from
    2- How it is structured and who is really running the country. If anyone think Supreme leader is the one, is really has no clue about the structure of this regime and I am so sorry to see and hear so many wrong or misguided analysis.
    3- Who are the protesters
    4- who are the candidates and where they come from....
    5- There is few options here as the possible outcome of protests which will be defined by the actions on the streets of Iran which we can discuss it and compare to what happened during the cupe against Mosadeq and revelution against Shah.
    6- Just do not neglect effects of political activiists (Iranians) residing outside the country
    7- let us not forget thoes whom been silensed for 30 years....



    June 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  39. LorenaR

    the President could not extend the benefits of health care to same-sexers because that would be the job of Congress. what he did, regardless, is a start.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  40. Wesley Pipes

    Let people live their lives.......
    God judges at the end.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  41. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Tehranistan) (Spokandyland)

    people who are against gay rights are just haters... what's so hard to accept?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  42. Arianne, AZ

    Obama said that it is not possible to give homosexual couples the same rights as heterosexual, married couples. Why is that?

    June 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  43. Scott from LA

    I am horrified that yet another conservative hipocrit that spews family values has caught his tongue in his pant zipper – NOT. Let this be a lesson to all of us – don't ever to politicians that support family values or suggest to us all how to live our lives. The credibility and trust factor for me is nil with these clowns. The latest clown from Nevada deserves to be pummed in the press. Good bye bozo.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  44. Ron San Bruno, Ca

    It seems to me that leaglizing pot, is like gay marriage. State by State just a matter of time .

    June 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  45. Fiona,Australia

    Congrats to CNN on the frequent coverage on events in Iran. Please keep it up... the world needs to see just how oppressive this regime has been against its people. We have a moral duty to tell their story.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  46. Isabel, Brazil

    @ Erica

    Evening! It's great to have you blogging with us! 🙂

    June 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  47. Nassim

    Iran is not collapsing but is going to a huge major political change. People became aware of their power and know how to peacefully ask for their votes! That's a huge political progress that the world and the countries in the region can learn from it. I'm proud of my people 🙂

    June 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  48. Melissa

    Iran is not collapsing...though it's government may be. As a non-Iranian who, up until a month ago, lived in Tehran for the past 4 years, I can say that it is a beautiful country, rich with history and culture. The people are kind and giving and that is why it is even more surprising and somehow exciting that so many people are fighting for their rights.

    The people need to fight their own battle, but we need to stand supportive as the leaders of the democratic world. Their government is obviously trying to censor what the rest of the world can see – don't let them be successful in making us forget what is happening to freedom loving people – JUST like you & me. If the time comes – we need to push for the UN to help – let's just hope it doesn't come to that!

    Support the Iranian people!

    June 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  49. mikez

    My mom suffers from rumatory arthritis...I have seen research that medical marijuana not only eases the pain but slows down the destruction of the joints...do you think it could help

    June 17, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  50. LorenaR

    @Zola, your comment is inspiring. the flyers, leaflets, broadsides of history used to stir up the passions of the people from the French revolution on, have evolved into Facebook and Twitter. Regardless of outcome of this is, it has been an unprecedented experience

    June 17, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
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