August 3rd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 08/03/09

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Hope you're having a nice Monday night. Here's what's on our radar: Could Pres. Obama have to back away from his promise of no new taxes for the middle class? Plus, a custody decision regarding Michael Jackson's children, but questions remain over his estate.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

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  1. Ligia

    Erica is great!!! But, where is Anderson????

    August 3, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  2. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - Yes, you are right: great to see Erica in the big chair - she fills it out extremely well, don't you think? And what a pleasure it is to share a conversation with David Walker - he has been like Diogenes carrying a lamp, showing us some hard truths. And the truth is that our spending is heading sharply up - a result of both the Bush and Obama administrations - while tax revenues are heading sharply downward. Unless we want to print up boatloads of money - and set off a wave of high inflation - we will inevitably have to cut back on spending AND raise taxes. For now, let's get ourselves firmly on the road to recovery and jobs - but one day soon, we will need a reckoning on our government finances!

    August 3, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  3. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I saw a staggering statistic the other day. For the first time in our history there are more people who get a government check (welfare, EIC, etc.) than people who pay taxes. Now that the recipients are a majority, they'll vote to keep it that way, and our taxes will go up and up.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  4. Samantha,New Jersey

    @ sabrina in LA: Agreed.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  5. tom

    detaining Americans seems to be happening a lot lately

    August 3, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  6. LorenaR

    good luck and best wishes for a successful journey for Mr Clinton, on his way to North Korea. to use his persuasive skills to have the two young women freed.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  7. Kathy Chicago

    I hope Bill can do some good and the women can come home safely. If his plan works, maybe he can then try to help Obama get his budget in order!

    August 3, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  8. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    YES!!!!!!!! I am so exciting former pres. Clinton will go to N. Korea get our favorite Americans journalits out of N.Korea!!!!!! That's good news for me!

    August 3, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  9. Sabrina In Los Angeles

    I hope Lisa and Laura are able to be released soon.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  10. Angela - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Oh man!! i can't believe I'm missing Erica behind the desk tonight! I lost my cable signal today! 🙁

    August 3, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  11. starr formerly known as vincent

    @Mike, Syracuse NY

    I see your point and agree that some (small) credit can be given to Bush. But remember, it was him & his congress that went on an 8 year spending spree.

    Did you purchase your home or are you still looking? Either way, i wish you the best deal on your purchse possible.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  12. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Gail, Obama inherited the debt. The deficits however are much larger under his watch than Bush's, and will be over $1 trillion each year for a decade.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  13. LorenaR

    re your section on Iran, which hasn't aired yet, i thought no one country could be more psychotic and dysfunctional than North Korea, now i find that it has an evil twin, IRAN! that Iran could accuse these two or three hikers as spies would be laughable, if it were not alarming.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  14. Glen

    mmmm.. increase taxes to pay for health care... whats the difference? Higher taxes... but then you dont have to pay for health insurance. I am sure in the end the middle class will pay less..

    I live in Canada and I <3 my healthcare. Good luck with yours.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  15. tom

    it is so nice to get the news without people screaming over each other

    August 3, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  16. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Dodie, thanks. I'm now Mike of TBD. Haven't picked a new town yet, and will be in NE MA or southern NH. Both unfortunately much 'bluer' than NY.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  17. Dodie ~ California

    @ Mike, Syracuse, NY August 3rd, 2009 10:09 pm ET

    It’s absolutely inconceivable that with the stimulus and proposed mega health giveaways that taxes won’t go up. It will be the beginning of major class warfare, tax payers vs. government handout receivers.

    I completely agree. I already see that here in California and I work in the system itself!

    August 3, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  18. Cosme, Mississauga , Canada

    Hello Erica, great show!

    August 3, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  19. Tony

    If it takes risen taxes to keep this country strong, then I am all for it .

    August 3, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  20. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Starr, there was only one President as Obama pointed out many times. Obama has also blamed the last administration for everything, so now he can give credit where it's due, to Bush.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  21. Samantha,New Jersey

    Agree with David Walker. Oxymoron. Where will the money come from? All of us. Some people don't want this reform. Some people are ok with what's happening.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  22. Dan, Utah

    Please more David Walker! He's one of the few talking about our out-of- control entitlement spending. When will the news media actually REALLY cover stories like that and peak oil instead of ridiculous, irrelevant items? Thank you.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  23. Gail in SC

    @ David G. Thanks for pointing out that the Bush Administration is the reason that we have all these big deficits. Think about that tax cut that has diminished revenues so much that we are in the red. Also the President spending is a fraction of the deficit and the press continues to portray it as though President Obama has run up this deficit in seven months! Also the reason that nothing is being taken off the table is because the Press will do to him what they did with George H. W. Bush was President.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  24. Dodie ~ California

    @ Mike, Syracuse

    Congrats to you with purchasing a new home!

    August 3, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  25. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Gail, didn't you just see the numbers? Obama's deficit spending makes Bush's look like pocket change.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  26. Dboquet

    Erica... your own show is coming...I see it in the stars... or I just looked at all your fans!

    August 3, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  27. Charles Larkin

    Instead of flaming the fans of class conflict over tax rates, how about mentioning the fact that between 1997 and the present roughly 60 to 65% of US corporations paid no income tax at all.

    Why are they not part of this discussion?

    August 3, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  28. starr formerly known as vincent

    @Mike Syracuse, NY

    If i remember correctly Mr. Bush & Pres. Obama's incoming team worked "Together" to stem the financial disaster primarily caused by GW's massive spending on two wars and No regulation over the housing market, banks, or stock market.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  29. Fay - California

    I guess it's a little unrealistic to expect a politician to keep all of his/her campaign promises – it's just the reality of governing that you have to make some unpopular decisions.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  30. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    It's absolutely inconceivable that with the stimulus and proposed mega health giveaways that taxes won't go up. It will be the beginning of major class warfare, tax payers vs. government handout receivers.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  31. Kathy Chicago

    I think Obama should trim his staff, budget, and expenses, maybe his 50,000 per week vacation. He needs to cut back on some of his plans.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  32. Cessy, Chicago

    news about increase in taxes gets me down...feels like all we do is work and get stuck!

    August 3, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  33. Diana (Hampton, GA)

    Taxes are just a part of life. If they go up so be it. We all have to do our share even if we didn't make the mess; if we want to help this economy and the deficit.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  34. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I'm looking for a new home now. Let's hold off on price increases for a month or two!

    August 3, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  35. Gail in SC

    @ Erica Why is it that the media is focusing on the deficit now , but not when Bush was spending like a drunken sailor! I am very frustrated with the coverage that the media has been given to the tax issue and the lack of coverage of the lies that the GOP has been telling to derail healthcare. Why is that?

    August 3, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  36. Sharon Hastings

    Hey Erica and happy Monday all. I'll get excited when jobs start coming back. And as for housing, people who have money are starting to buy houses that are dirt cheap now. I don't think we're that close to recovery.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  37. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Hi Erica. Good that you're in the Big Chair. I'm betting a lot of people won't give credit to the last administration for starting a turnaround.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  38. Isabel, Brazil

    @ Megan Dresslar – Shoreline, WA

    Hi Megan! How are you? 🙂

    Let 's hope that the President fulfill such promises because many experts believe that this will be complicated.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Samantha,New Jersey

    ...anyone recalling GW "no new taxes.." ??

    August 3, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  40. Cynthia, NC

    Good Monday evening! Paying down our national debt will come out of all of our pockets for quite some time.

    Erica, great to have you anchoring the show tonight!

    August 3, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  41. starr formerly known as vincent

    Hi Erica! Great to see you hosting!

    Hello fellow bloggers.

    I really hope that the economy is recovering. Thanks for having Ali V. explain the finances to us. (He's so good at that).

    August 3, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  42. Glen

    Yaaa Erica... it should always be you as subsitute anchor when Anderson isn't there.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  43. Cessy, Chicago

    Hi Erica! I've been looking forward to the Malaria segment. real interesting...

    Where's AC? travelling again?

    August 3, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  44. Gail in SC

    @Erica You know that Robert Gibbs in the briefing today said that the President stands by his position that he will not raise taxes on families making less than 250,000 dollars a year! Thanks to Ali for pointing out the good news on the economy.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  45. Dodie ~ California

    You need to evaluate who is purchasing the homes. Whether it is Americans or people from other countries!!!

    August 3, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  46. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That's great news I hear what Ali reports our pres. Obama had promised for recovery and taxes.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  47. Minou, New York City

    Hello Erica, so cool to see you sit in!

    I'm looking forward to the Malaria and the Manson stories!
    Recession over? Methinks not! I still don't get proper work hours (I'm part -time).

    August 3, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  48. Lauren--NY

    Good evening, Erica! I'm always happy to see you filling in. You should be permanent sub. 🙂

    August 3, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Isabel, Brazil

    Hello Erica!
    It's always great to see you anchoring!

    Hello everyone… AC360 team, David (Indiana) and bloggers!

    Another Monday and a lot of news!

    August 3, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Erica, (Anderson) Ed Henry, David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Hope you have a great weekend!!!!!! Happy Monday!

    August 3, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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