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August 4th, 2009
09:47 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 08/04/09

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We're just getting word of a deadly shooting at a health club near Pittsburgh. There are reports of several deaths. We'll have the breaking details for you tonight on AC360°. Plus, coming home. Two Americans freed from a North Korean prison with help from former President Bill Clinton.

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  1. Steve - NC

    Good point about Al Gore, also - it must have been agonizing for him to have two of his employees detained like that.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  2. mario

    What is going on this guy is a fool

    August 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Erica,
    Ok, I will do that this Thursday for report card.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  4. Fay - California

    What police force wants an officer in their department who makes racially insensitive comments? And to claim that he's NOT a racist is ludicrous. It was right for Officer Barrett to be let go.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  5. Angela - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    I can't believe the cop on the Gates case can call himself as the victim here. I'm so not buying his story of what happened.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  6. Josh

    I believe that this is absolutely appalling that someone could and would bring a weapon inside a gym. Is there anywhere that we are safe?

    August 4, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  7. Sean, AZ

    Wow! Those "report card" grades are harsh!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  8. Sharon Hastings

    Get a clue people. Don't write anything whatsoever in an email that can come back on you. The Boston policeman is most certainly a racist. He is also stupid.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  9. Sharon

    I really enjoy watching Helen Thomas at press conferences. May she have many more birthdays and continue working every day.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  10. ericacnn

    don't forget to weigh in at cnn.com/reportcard on the president's second 100 days!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  11. Sabrina In Los Angeles

    I don't think that racial slurs are covered under civil rights.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  12. starr formerly known as vincent

    The shootings in Pittsburgh are awful. WHY? Why would anyone want to shoot up a gym?

    Our thoughts and prayers go out the families and friends of those who lost their innocent lives.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  13. An

    Hi Anderson.

    Hi Bloggers.

    Hi Anderson, when the innocents are in prisons so how sadful hurtness things are! these things so lowly hurt so much! These things are fatally bad things!

    An.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  14. Isabel, Brazil

    @ David, Indiana

    I agree with you! The image of the two women getting on that plane and Bill Clinton greeting them is exciting... thrilling!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  15. Alonzo

    Erica H. I heard the Republicans being described as Junkyard dogs today! Due to their reactions to Bill Clinton's good deed with N.Korea.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  16. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Anthonia, so am I. It was a big surprise to hear that the women were coming home.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  17. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - Good to be with you tonight and to see Erica in the big chair again. As much as we all are saddened by the news of yet another big shooting (why is it so easy for someone to carry a duffle bag into a gym with a gun in it???), we can be heartened by these two young journalists coming home tonight. Bill Clinton, President Obama and the Obama administration all deserve praise on this one. But we should remember someone else who has stayed out of the limelight on their release and yet also was relentless in its pursuit: their boss, Al Gore. Well done, one and all!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  18. alan jones

    I give honor where honor is due. Thank you President obama president bill Clinton. Thank you to all people who worked behind the scenes to bring the journalist home Great Job!!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  19. Sabrina In Los Angeles

    That mom proves why people should not drink and drive and why Pot should not be legal...or medical pot should be kept at home on their couch so they don't kill anyone.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  20. Kathy

    Our former President became the girls guardian angel. Well done!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  21. Sabrina In Los Angeles

    So glad that the journalists are finally on their way home.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  22. Heather - Spokane, WA

    That would be cool to have the president give you cupcakes on your birthday and share the same day as him.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  23. starr formerly known as vincent

    We (family & friends) were grafified to see Pres. Obama honor Helen Thomas today. The way that GW's administration treated her was offensive.

    And also Happy Birthday Mr. President!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  24. Kevin T.

    White House claims that Clinton's mission was not State sponsored is bogus. His wife is the Sec of State and as such, her husband's conduct abroad if private would have been a conflict of interest for her- potentially losing her job.
    America's policy that it does not negotiate with the "axis of evil" no longer exists. I welcome America's new diplomatic policy to negotitate for the lives of every American and not just the big shots in society. Lets see how the Americans captured by Iran will be handled now.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  25. Joe Terrogano

    Bravo Mr. Gergen. Let's not let this turn this rescue into another attack on President Obama or Bill Clinton. The ladies are coming home and North Korea is not posturing. The nay-sayetrs be damned.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  26. Minou, New York City

    Glad to know the President is a leo like me... 🙂

    August 4, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  27. David, Indiana

    Evening Erica, Gary Tuchman, Isabel, everyone. It's simply great that Laura Ling and Euna Lee are coming home, I am so happy for them and their families, and wonderful to see the video of the two women getting on that plane and Bill Clinton greeting them.

    Great point David Gergen, Bill Clinton deserves credit for this mission and for his tremdous restraint as his wife is Secretary of State. I feel that concialiatory tone that Tom Foreman noted in his report is completely appropriate in this situation, a request for an humanitarian release. Gordon Chang has pt about the North Koreans winning a little bit, but the pressure is on North Korea overall, this situation has worked out well.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  28. Niwat, Chicago

    I'm happy for the families who soon will be reuniting with the 2 journalists.Former president Clinton's bail out was a fantastic job!.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  29. Isabel, Brazil

    Very sad news about the 5 killed in gym.

    My condolences to the families

    August 4, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  30. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    fun fact: Obama is the fourth president to ever turn 48 during their presidency.

    Happy B-Day Obama! Happy B-Day Helen Thomas!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  31. Stephen Q.

    Everyone is saying that Clinton's trip was private which is fine, but it was obviously an expensive trip so I'm curious who paid for it? And if the Gov't paid for it, then was it really private?

    August 4, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  32. ericacnn

    hi, everyone – talk about a busy news day. great news on laura ling and euna lee

    August 4, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  33. Graham

    Thank you Pres Clinton

    August 4, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  34. jane MI

    Incredible news on the release of the journalists. And great to hear of such success with Bill Clinton's diplomacy skills, and the Swedish diplomat!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  35. Fay - California

    David Gergen is correct – John Bolton is still operating under an outmoded mindset that doesn't necessarily work now – it's clear that the new approach with North Korea was the right decision.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  36. Saveena, Pennsylvania

    Although I am very happy and excited at the releasing of the two journalists, I am saddened by the tragedy right here in Pennsylvania. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with those families.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  37. Steve - NC

    Here, here!!! Mr. Gurgen!!!! I completely agree!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  38. Minou, New York City

    oh yes : Happy Birthday, Mr President!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  39. starr formerly known as vincent

    Gergen- your the man! Your statement re: Mr. Bolton's comments were excellent! And your remarks regarding Bill Clinton was even better!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  40. Lori

    Thank you Bill Clinton.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  41. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    Gergen, you are so right.

    Thanks Mr. Clinton! 😀

    August 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  42. Jerry

    Yes Bill CLinton is a wonderful asset!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  43. Daniel, Canada

    Good evening Erica,

    Many thanks to Bill Clinton and am excited for the families of the two journalists.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  44. Isabel, Brazil

    Mr. Clinton did an excellent job ... those to remember for the rest of life as a glorious moment!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  45. Anthonia-California

    Good Evening everyone! 🙂

    @Heather-Iam super elated that everything turned out to be good news for the two women in the labor camps to be finally pardoned!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  46. Poppy

    Additionally, I figure, they paid N.Korea. They had the power to keep those two women if they wanted, what kind of negotiation did they have?

    August 4, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  47. Jerry

    A humanitarian misson? yes thats the right wording i would assume!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  48. Nikole

    Way to go President Clinton!!! Welcome Back, Laura and Euna!! I think we need to re-elect Bill Clinton for President, 2012!!!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  49. Jason Robards

    Good evening Erica,

    Wow. Though many may have been involved, President Clinton has done our nation proud today. In such hard times, it is great to hear that our country found a way to bring them home. In the end I think this was more about N. Korea bringing US to their table but just glad their coming home!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  50. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I'm wondering if this is a real turning point or if N. Korea will be back launching missiles and setting of nukes soon.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
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