August 21st, 2009
09:37 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 8/21/09

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CNN has learned that the federal budget deficit is now projected to be $9-trillion, over 10 years. That’s up from the previous estimate of $7-trillion.

Also tonight, confusion over a star athlete’s gender. 18-year old South African runner, Caster Semenya won the gold medal in the world women’s 800 meter event in Berlin. But that achievement has been overshadowed by a gender verification test ordered by athletic officials.

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

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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Adeline, Luxembourg

    good night everyone....and especially you cooper !

    August 21, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Don, WA

    Martha's Vineyard looks like a slow paced relaxing place to spend some time.

    August 21, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Cynthia, NC

    Great show and great blog tonight. Have a nice weekend everyone!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  4. David, Indiana

    Enjoyed that report on Martha's Vineyard, interesting looking into the history of the Island, and nice views, beautiful shot of those two kayakers sunlight streaming over the water.

    No Arlen Specter seems like he has good sense of humor...I don't know about stand up

    Good night Isabel, good night everyone. Have a great weekend all.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Angela - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Oh well... Have an excellent weekend everyone!! Be safe and have lots of fun! Missed the last 10 minutes of the show cause I lost CNN signal 🙁 but anyways... Take care everyone!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  6. LisaL - Canada

    feel like a teenager... that was pretty funny, actually

    August 21, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Melinda

    Casey Jones – we might be related, and yes, it seems obvious that they would put resrictions reporters and the President's kids.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Lori, IL

    Good show tonight, Anderson -

    Looking forward to the Health Care Special

    Hope everyone has a good weekend

    August 21, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good night everyone. Enjoy the weekend!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  10. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you and good night Anderson, Gary T. & Team 360.

    Good night and TGIF fellow bloggers.

    Who knew about Sen. Spector? Very interesting......

    August 21, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  11. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    I wish you a very good and silent weekend,try to get some rest.Hardworkers needs to rest,
    All the best from far away in Germany(so maybe a little comment will show me that you realize that.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  12. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Arlen Specter = Comedy?

    Our Legislators = Perpetual Comedy Show (that makes mroe sense)

    I have to go find a teenager now (YIKES!)

    August 21, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
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