August 17th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 08/17/09

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Is Pres. Obama wavering on a key component of his health care reform plan? Tonight we'll look at what it could mean for you and your family. Plus, a deal to sell some Michael Jackson memorabilia. And, why you're likely carrying around cocaine in your pocket.

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  1. Isabel • Brazil

    Good night, Anderson and Erica!!!
    Good night, David!!!!
    Good night, friends!

    A great week for us…

    Oh, Anderson, The show today was one of the best. Excellent liveblog!

    August 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Sabrina

    Yes, Michael Vick does deserve a 2nd chance; he has earned his opportunity to rejoin civilized society. Redemption? That has yet to be seen. Contriteness does not equal redemption. "'It' was unnecessary," does not equal: "What I did was horrible, and I am truly repentant for the pain and suffering I inflicted." - NFL? No. Let him bang nails. Maybe he can build a little character while he's at it.

    The issue is not 'just dogs'. The issue is Vick, himself. His intent; the blackness of heart required to derive pleasure from the heinous, repeated, relentless torture of defenseless, helpless living creatures.

    Professional athletes 'are' role models. They ALL should be held to a 'higher' standard of character and conduct, on and off the field. It is a privilege to be put on a pedestal and paid millions to entertain our children. This, Michael Vick does not deserve.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Karina

    My opinion about Michael Vick is he enjoyed doing the dog fighting and the killing. He wasn't doing it for the money, he was doing it for the for the power he felt. I don't think he is one bit remorseful. If he had been doing it for the money, he would have been remorseful.

    I mean, did you look at the smirk on his face during the interview. I didn't see any tears, I didn't see any remorse!

    August 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Is it really the Egyptian that looks like Michael or perhaps MJ decided to look like the Egyptian (i.e. all the cosmetic surgeries he's had)....guess we will never know....

    Have a great evening bloggers! Nite all!

    August 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  5. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you and goo night Anderson, Erica & Team 360.

    Good night fellow bloggers.

    I like Lae & Order & CSI Miami too. Another blogger put it best when he mentioned how David Caruso "poses".

    August 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Bonnie

    I do not think Michael Vick should be allowed to play football again. He's not sorry for the animal abuse, he's sorry he got caught and I'm certain his tears were not for the horrible treatment of the dogs but for himself. Sorry Michael, I don't buy your apology.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Caroline, Los Angeles

    I don't feel too sorry for millionaires in prison at all. Especially when they have a job waiting for them.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Elizabeth

    Vick should be permanently barred from any Hall of FAme honors.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Traci

    In response to Michael Vick,

    This is old news! What Mike Vick did indeed was horrible and wrong, but he paid his debt to society and he deserves a second chance. Who are we to judge him? And besides, God gives us second, third, and fourth chances to get our lives right. Let Mike Vick move on with his life as he puts this past behind him.

    P.S. I am a dog owner and I love my dog! Resident of Newport News, Va.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Cutting the nose off.........cutting it very close there! Have a good night all

    August 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  11. Cessy, Chicago

    goodnight Anderson and Erica ! You both look great!!!!

    see you all tomorrow! Be safe!

    August 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  12. Lori

    Sweet dreams! ;o)

    August 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  13. Sandra Robertson, GA

    He looks Egyptian neanderthal.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  14. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good night everyone! Kool!

    August 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  15. Rose from Muscoy,Calif

    Night All! Sweet dreams Anderson and Ercia.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  16. Kathy Chicago

    Good show tonight! Is it Friday yet? Night all

    August 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  17. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 😀
    See you tomorrow night!
    Day of the shot with Michael Jackson made like cool egypt!!!! LOL!!! Love it!!!!!! Funny shot!
    Have a great night, good sleep at home after work!!!! See you tomorrow night!!! Have a plenty sleep! 😀

    August 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  18. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I wonder if Michael jackson was tyring to emulate that ancient (or a similar) look?

    August 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  19. gayle mccauley malden,mass.

    Great shot!! Eerily similar to MJ. Goodnight everyone.Peace to all of you and yours.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  20. Isabel • Brazil

    And is not it seems! lol ... 🙂

    August 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  21. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    great show, great comments – very interesting. good night all!

    August 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  22. Heidi Ann Berg

    good night Anderson

    August 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  23. Tom

    I don't think that Vick should be allowed to re-enter the NFL. I don't believe he has any real remorse for what he did, nor do I believe that just because he was convicted to 2 years in prison that he should be forgiven by the NFL and its fans for what he did.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  24. Alex (Aliso Viejo, Ca)

    Good evening, everyone! 🙂 I don't believe Michael Vick's apology. It is too memorized devoid of true feelings making the sincerity factor below par. Anyway, as the SCOTUS expert says...he just needs to say sorry, shut up, move on and don't EVER and EVER as in EVER repeat it again.

    President Obama needs a back-up plan if he is willing to give up the public option since it will defeat the main purpose of healthcare reform which is nationalization, accessibility and affordability. Health coop's won't meet nationalization agenda unless everybody is mandated to get healthcare coverage. As for America coming out of recession as dictated by our DOW. COME ON!!! We are doing healthcare reform. Hello! Another corporate industry??

    Good night! 🙂

    August 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  25. Caroline, Los Angeles

    OK, that's crazy that statue.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  26. Cammie Bass

    I don't understand why Vick is even allowed back into the NFL. What a great role model. Torturing animals is sadistic, not normal. No amount of apology will change the fact that he was sick enough to do that in the first place. I can't believe that anyone is supportive of his returning to the NFL.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  27. Jacqueline, NY

    @Lori, IL,

    No, nor have I ever seen CSI. And I have done background/extra work on L&O and have never seen an episode.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  28. Jillonne, Florida

    I hope that everyone has a great night! Good night Anderson, Erica and the 360 team!

    August 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  29. karen swanson

    hey guys alot of those dogs especailly the buried ones got no second chance, why should vic be forgiven?you are just telling all the celbs they have a free pass

    August 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  30. Stephanie

    Anderson, please understand that Michael Vick has seen dog fighting since he was a young boy and in his mind it was o.k. He realized it was wrong, he paid his debt to society, please allow him to move on with his life. He is forgiven....

    August 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  31. Vicki from NJ

    Where was Vick when the dogs were crying? Give me a break with his remark about crying while in prison…poor baby! If Michael Vick actively goes out there and helps shut down some of these now dog-fighting rings (which I’m sure he knows where they are since he was in it, big time)…and…(if he donates say $500,000/year of his big salary to the Humane Society of the US), maybe, just maybe, we will believe he’s truly sorry for what he’s done to animals who didn’t have a chance, then.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  32. Rose from Muscoy,Calif

    Anderson, we would like to see you Dance with the Stars! PLEASE!

    August 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  33. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I notice there are alot of Michael Jackson memorabilia being sold on tv

    August 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  34. Dulcie - Denver

    Glad to hear Mayor Barrett is okay. What a guy!

    August 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  35. Faye

    Michael Vick – you can tell by his body language he's nor sorry for what he did -only that he got caught. His lawyers are coaching him on how and what to say and act. He deserves everything he's received and more – and you watch he'll get caught again- he's hooked on it! Just like gambling or drugs! Yet the NFL just slaps his hand and then let's him sign a new contract Like nothing ever happened – the NFL is just as bad as our Congess – it's all about the money!

    August 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  36. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    I think it is good that the mayor stepped up to assist people in need.

    I am glad he is recovering and I hope that assailant gets it.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  37. Michelle

    That relic has got to be a fake.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  38. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    Anderson on Dancing with the Stars! That would be SWEET, come and Anderson ... you would be great 😉 I am sure you've learned all kinds of interesting moves in your world travels. 🙂

    August 17, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  39. Daniel from alexandria va

    ANDERSON. I am from Ethiopia in my country , if the man totally take responsibility for his mistake than he should get another chance .

    August 17, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  40. Ella

    Vick has not been punished enough. Do not forget his actions were intentional, those dogs were not accidentally drowned and electorcuted.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  41. Isabel • Brazil

    @ Anderson

    Just missing you on "Dancing with the stars" ... lol ...

    August 17, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  42. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Anderson needs to go on DancIng With The Stars!!! (I bet he's been asked.)

    August 17, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  43. Krasi

    It would be cool if Anderson gets on Dancing with the stars 🙂

    August 17, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  44. Cessy, Chicago

    Erica..will you do DWTS? 😀

    August 17, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  45. Niwat, Chicago

    what struck me was that, in the history of human nature, dogs are trained to give us companionship, trust, love much without much conditions.. and for MV to engage those puppies in cruelty, it's against the history..and u know what.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
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