August 13th, 2009
10:46 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 08/13/09

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Thanks for staying up late with us. 360° will be coming your way at 11pm ET, following "Generation Islam." We're following a lot of breaking news. There's word that Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been involved in a car accident. Plus, we have new video of that mid-air collision over New York's Hudson River. And, two air traffic controllers have been suspended by the FAA. We'll tell you why.

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

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  1. Emeka

    Congress is the biggest corruption cartel and they could care less if average Americans had good health care or not. What I don't understand is why cant we all have the same access to the health care members of congress and 8million federal employees get?

    August 13, 2009 at 11:20 pm |
  2. Karen (Lincoln NE)

    People are so (mistakenly) terrified of socialism, the seem to ignore we are going to drop in to third world status if we *don't* make reforms.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:20 pm |

    hi anderson and erica,
    wow these town hall meetings are going beyond, what this
    insurance reform should be, about all the ppl in the nation that
    dont have health care.
    it is starting to look like a circus.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:20 pm |
  4. Karen (Lincoln NE)

    OK, here is a short one.

    Why aren't you talking to the 50% of people who DO support healthcare reform? For every detractor you should talk to a supporter. It is pretty evenly split.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  5. Oscar

    The gentleman that was just on the show did not have his facts straight either. The gov't does not own the banks or the car industry. The gov't gave loans to these industries. All of these mis-statements and misrepresentations just add to the outrage on the conservative right. People need to get educated on these issues.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  6. kenya bolden

    Now Micheal Phelps knows he better not have any drugs in his system wheather he was in the wrong or right. This would end his career for sure or if not then would never have to worry about an endorsment.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  7. Paulo - Houston, TX

    Bring on the reform...I have having voted for health care reform and be denied it because people throw hissy fits during what are supposed to be civilized meetings. Get with the program already.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  8. Myke

    Maybe it would be helpful if we would start talking about health INSURANCE reform as opposed to health care reform–I don't know anyone who thinks health insurance is doing a good job–and I say talking not shouting, screaming, yelling, threatening!

    August 13, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  9. Jeremy, Toronto

    Can't really speak for Americans, but as a Canadian I can say we have superb health care, I have never had any problems besides long wait times at hospitals. Watching footage from the town hall meetings it's clear to me that the issue isn't about health care it's about Obama.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  10. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    Bonuses, the least these people can do is have a heart and refuse them. They already have enough money

    August 13, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  11. Lori, IL

    When did our country become so angry and why? Perhaps it's time we all stood back and reflected on what's best for our country in the long run, not what's best for me now. Let's stop the hate, people.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  12. Karen (Lincoln NE)

    Putting a cap on malpractice *might* lower costs, but I highly doubt it. Do not count on costs coming anywhere near down. It certainly isn't going to convince insurance companies to lower pricing or deductibles or stop dropping people or getting people with conditions like diabetes picked up. We. Are. Doomed. because people won't look beyond today.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  13. Nadia

    This is clearly not the time to correct all the problems of current government doings. I personally agree with president Obama that right now we have to cross the health care hurdle. It is also high time that fact be sifted from fiction. The claims right now seem ludcrious and seem to stem from ignorance.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  14. Kevin


    I'm a life long republican who is embarrassed by our party with regard to this issue. As a physician assistant I have seen the devastation from our current health policy and change is an absolute requirement. I applaud the current administration's attempt to resolve this issue. It seems that most who fear this change already have excellent insurance. This is not the America I fought for. The wealthy need to realize that not covering the poor or underinsured creates a worsening health care for all of us.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  15. starr santa fe

    @ Albert, you make a good point about setting "a cap" on malpractice.

    I think modified tort reform is necessary. What i mean about modified, is throw out the "junk lawsuits", but keep the Real malpractice cases available for courts.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  16. Eleanor

    Why are top execs getting these high bonuses when staff is told there is no money for raises?

    August 13, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  17. Ligia, San Jose/CA

    Washington better start controlling the spending at least as a good example... or we are going poor.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  18. Paulo - Houston, TX

    Wow Citi has absolutely no shame!

    August 13, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  19. cristy kirssin

    I agree with Mark Williams the trend shows a move towards socialism is the sectors of banking, health care, finance....Sorry to hear about Michael Phelps.... 🙁

    August 13, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  20. Sydney McIlroy

    100 million for performance! what a joke

    August 13, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  21. nicole

    i hope michael phelps wasn't high on pot (lol) and hope the victim is alright and of course phelps

    August 13, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  22. Krasi

    Listening to the constant mentioning of the health care reform leading to the worst possible – socialism, you'd think it's 1980 and the Cold war was in full swing. You really have to have no knowledge of socialism to believe that the proposed reform will lead to it.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  23. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Isabel, everyone. Anderson that's horrifying video of the plane helicopter crash in the Hudson River corridor. What is the timeline of communications btwn controllers and the flights? If the two flights were talking to a controller or controlllers how did they get so close in the first place? What kind of picture do controllers have of that flight space, at what altitudes do the they have radar? Who controls what parts of the corridor?

    August 13, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  24. Cynthia Satti

    One thing I want to say about the interview just on, No one ever made me protest the war or paid me to do it!!! That was absurd.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  25. Kaylee

    I love watching the updates about the riots on health care. I totally agree with their anger.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:13 pm |
  26. Albert

    Hi every one, I like to know why no body ever talks about putting a cap on the mal practice suits as a way to lower the health care cost, is it becuse most members of congress are lawyers and dont want to cut their bodies income?

    August 13, 2009 at 11:13 pm |
  27. Cessy, Chicago

    Bonuses on Wall Street...there's still money going around while the rest live uncomfortably?

    August 13, 2009 at 11:12 pm |
  28. Paulo - Houston, TX

    Good evening everyone!

    August 13, 2009 at 11:12 pm |
  29. Anthonia-California

    Heeey Everyone!

    Man those town hall meetings are going beserk!
    I understand why the people are blaming Obama for his broken promises, but they shouldnt expect too much from him! hes only ONE PERSON! if people really want to complain, they should complain to the congress, they are the main ones that make all the decisions!!

    August 13, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  30. BettyAnn Nacogdoches,TX

    hate speak is easy, ignorance is easier.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  31. Krasi

    American people are not coming together. Just the opposite – they are bringing the nation apart on the basis of ignorance and hate.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  32. Stacy

    I can understand being concerned about spending, but what exactly do these people expect Obama to do? We were on the edge of a depression. The stimulus was a bitter pill we had to swallow. The current health care system is broken. It has to be reformed.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:10 pm |
  33. Isabel • Brazil

    @ Anderson

    Good evening!
    But unfortunately you're not on CNN International.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:10 pm |
  34. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    that video is so messed up. You see it in movies and think, "that's really cool," but in real life it's completely different. Insanity is what that video is. Nice for a investigative tool, but creepy to just watch it.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  35. BettyAnn Nacogdoches,TX

    All these protestors, all these malitia groups forming. I have to wonder, who is the enemy?

    August 13, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  36. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    A wonderful evening to everyone!

    August 13, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  37. andersoncnn

    evening everyone..

    August 13, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  38. Krasi

    "this government is out of control" – good think those protesting are in control and bringing order!

    August 13, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  39. Claudia

    Good evening Anderson and AC360 team!

    Video about crash was disturbing.

    The whole health care thing is not about health care at all. Behind the anger: racism, intolerance and ignorance.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  40. Krasi

    You'd think the deficit appeared just a month ago. Suddenly everyone is angry about the nation's debt. Where were all these people in past years?

    August 13, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  41. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Anderson and everyone. The video of the plane and helicopter is scary to watch

    August 13, 2009 at 11:05 pm |
  42. Cindy - Dyer, In

    good evening all...

    August 13, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  43. Ligia, San Jose/CA

    Good evening everybody. Glad the show is late... I was stuck in traffic

    August 13, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  44. Cessy, Chicago

    good evening Anderson and AC360 staff!

    Seeing this Hudson River crash tonight is heartbreaking...

    August 13, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  45. starr santa fe

    Hello Anderson, Erica & Team 360.

    Good evening fellow bloggers.

    That tape is amazing! I hope very much it will help with the investigation.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  46. kayjonescnn

    Greetings AC360 gang! Really amazing video here. Had an interesting discussion with Jim Tilmon before the show. He is so fascinating

    August 13, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  47. Krasi

    That video is disturbing. Can't imagine seeing it happen above me.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  48. Isabel • Brazil

    Hello Anderson!
    Hi 360 team, David (Indiana) and bloggers!

    It's so good to be here with you all, in a moment just mine.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  49. Suzanne Thomas, Boston, MA

    Re: Health Care

    I am a Canadian citizen living in the US and I am completely baffled by how some Americans are outraged by the proposed healthcare reform. In Canada you get the care you need, when you need it and no one opens their wallet. It’s that simple.

    This is not socialism, take the blinders off and start looking at the facts on THIS issue. Good healthcare is a right for every American, not a privilege. America needs a better health care system.

    Suzanne Thomas
    Boston, MA

    August 13, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  50. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    hey peoples!

    Hope your Thursday went well.

    and a lot of news today..wow.... 😀

    August 13, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
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