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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.

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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    Maybe you know,i am German,we have one the best health care system,or maybe the best health care in the world.
    Health care is very importent for people,but it has to be affordable
    For example PSA Test you have to pay in Germany 40 Euro for your own

    August 21, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  2. Linda-Portland, OR

    $9 Trillion?.....wow....our kid's kid's kid's will be paying this deficit down

    August 21, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  3. linda - Canada

    Hi Anderson. Really enjoyed your interview on the Tom Ridge matter. You are so smart.... ie your comment that nobody would be that stupid to admit they were raising the alert for political reasons!!!! I had that thought yesterday so I'm very pleased you brought it up in your interview today. Love your show.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  4. Isabel • Brazil

    These numbers are so astronomical! 😮

    August 21, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  5. Jennifer

    Evening Anderson,
    Great line of questioning on the Tom Ridge accusation. I agree with Paul. I never trusted George Bush. He's got them shifty eyes 😉

    August 21, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  6. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I believe that thanks to this out of control spending my children will have a lower quality of life than I will; a first in our country's history that a next generation will have a worse life than the present.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  7. lampe

    Look what difference does it really make? Nothing was really done, all they did was talk about it. And to be truthful, I would have rather they raised the alert and errored on the side of caution, then to ever have a repeat of 9-11!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Burney

    How can you not believe Tom Ridge? As a Republican I am appalled that no one has figured this out...We as citizens lost more rights under a Republican President than in the history of our country. We lost these rights with a single stoke of the pen forming DHS.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  9. Isabel • Brazil

    hese numbers are so astronomical! 😮

    August 21, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  10. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Isabel, everyone. Happy Friday all, sort of a hard path to get here, but glad to finally get here.

    Bronze star for valor, I'd forgotten that. I don't think Tom Ridge is just trying to sell books. His comments are a jarring review of the Bush Admin. He would know that and not make such charges without being completely serious.

    It does sound like the meeting in question was an impassioned discussion, a tussle actually.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  11. Tassia

    It's fairly clear that Bush was prepared to do anything as long as he became President as both time and the evidence reflects for both elections. It provided the perfect conditions for Rumsfeld, Rove and Cheney to cause significant damage not only internally within the US but also abroad including Canada.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  12. Jo in San Jose

    I don't trust the Bush administration's motives for anything they did, but I hesitate to believe allegations made by an ex-Bush adminstration official, too.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  13. Isabel • Brazil

    @ Adeline, Luxembourg

    Unfortunately we see politicians around the world thinking more in their interests for to be in power than the general welfare.

    It’s good to see foreigners here! Here in Brazil still is earlier … 11:13 pm yet!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  14. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    That was a great debate. I think one of the best I've seen on 360. I would expect nothing less than "spin" from the person that chaired the meeting in question–that's her job. (Just for the record, the only person I trust less than a banker is a Republican.)

    August 21, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  15. Dulcie - Denver

    I think Ms. Townsend is tap dancing really, really fast. The old USA Today article pretty much settled it for me.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  16. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Wow, a 9 trillion dollar debt in the next 10 years. Kind off makes Bush look like a spendthrift. How can anyone think we can pay for health care too?

    August 21, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  17. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That man got all the right to say his say!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  18. Mark

    hey everyonee

    August 21, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  19. Angela - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Good evening everyone, finally friday! 😀

    August 21, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  20. Stacy

    It's beyond ironic to hear Frances Townsend accuse someone else of exploiting 9-11.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  21. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Funny how whenever a former Bush Administration member has a book coming out they come up with shocking revelations.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  22. Noell

    Hi Anderson...Love the show

    yes I believe that Bush used fear to win the election.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  23. Lisa L

    Good evening Anderson,

    I am happy to see and hear you anchoring from safer places.

    You do very well in reporting medical advancements.

    Sincerely,

    Lisa L
    Sydney, Australia

    August 21, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  24. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Adeline, Luxembourg.....
    I hope you will get rest after show....... Wow!! 4am in the morning!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  25. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi–Happy Friday!
    What Tom Ridge has written doesn't seem that extreme to me–the Bush administration certainly recognized the security issue as being one of their strong points during the 2004 campaign.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  26. Cynthia, NC

    Hello and Happy Friday everyone! I think Mr. Ridge and his publishing company have timed the release of his book, just to increase sales.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  27. Isabel • Brazil

    @ Adeline, Luxembourg

    It's good to see foreigners here! Here in Brazil still is earlier ... 11:09 pm yet! 🙂

    August 21, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  28. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Release the book!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  29. Lori, IL

    Good evening Anderson and Fellow Bloggers –

    Yeah, Paul Bagalia -

    I think a lot of the public at the time knew the alerts were political - no one I knew was panicing when the alerts were raised. I remember attending college football games and having extra searches because of the alerts - and people were more frustrated with standing in long lines, rather than concerned about a terror attack.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  30. Adeline, Luxembourg

    I agree, Isabel...using fear to reach one's own ends is never good.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  31. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Everything is politic that what concerns are all about politics.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  32. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    This is why I like Anderson, he doesn't hold back asking the obvious and tough questions even when who he's asking works for or is affiliated with his own network.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  33. Fay - California

    It's difficult to listen to the Bush Administration disputing Ridge's views considering how corrupt we've learned they were.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  34. Martina Ilstad Germany

    @Adeline,Luxembourg,but honest if not for Anderson show,nobody give so good information ,But i am happy that i am not the only Europan CNN AC watcher

    August 21, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  35. Linda-Portland, OR

    happy Friday everyone!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Happy Friday night!!!!! 🙂
    Yay!!!! I can’t wait forward this weekend!!!!!!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  37. Isabel • Brazil

    It's absurd to use fear as a political weapon. Well as it's absurd to use anything as an exchange of interests for votes.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  38. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening All!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  39. Stacy

    Of course Ridge wants to sell books. It doesn't mean he's wrong.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  40. Adeline, Luxembourg

    Hi Isabel

    August 21, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  41. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    Happy Friday everyone – put your seat belts on, it looks like an interesting ride tonight.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Yay!!!! I can’t wait forward this weekend!!!!!!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Jacqueline, NY,
    I agree with you...... LOL!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Adeline, Luxembourg

    Martina, I'm sleepless in Luxembourg, lol....4am here...

    August 21, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Isabel • Brazil

    Evening Anderson!
    Happy Friday!

    Hello David (Indiana), 360ºteam and bloggers!
    Happy Friday everyone!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  46. lampe

    How in GOD'S name are we ever going to be able to pay off this massive debt? Somebody better take a step back and take a good hard look at things before we add anymore to this Debt. This is terrible!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Jacqueline, NY

    Happy Friday all!

    So the federal budget deficit is now projected to be $9-trillion, ha! That's AC's lunch money.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    Sleepless in Germany,so a really good reason to watch your show,with a very importent issue.
    Oh what a week,thank God its friday,no day longer.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Adeline, Luxembourg

    Hi Anderson, how are you?

    August 21, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. andersoncnn

    welcome everyone. thanks for joining us on this friday night.

    August 21, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
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