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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  1. Anthonia-(Yay! Area)California

    Seriously..i think people are just being HATERS! what is wrong with having "manly facial features?" I think the South African runner is a woman 🙂

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

    It is possible for she or he to be both. It has something to do with the chromosome.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  3. Victor El Paso TX

    OMG TEST Maddie Deutsch!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  4. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I'm sorry, but her body looks just like a man's body. And, would somebody please explain how hard it is to look at someone's genitals to learn what sex he/she is? Evidently, I'm ignorant.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  5. Isabel • Brazil

    If she has a problem, this should not be exposed so.
    I hate that exposure of privacy.

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

    However, if she is intersex, and has male chromosomes, what happens in relation to medal?

    August 21, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  7. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    Not to be cruel, but that runner does have manly features. I do know some biological women who look like men. She has no adams apple. Constant training can lead to the absence of femininity

    August 21, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  8. Adeline, Luxembourg

    Anderson....it's 4:35 am in Luxembourg....you're responsible for my insomnia...so that's one watching from Europe at least and loving it ! your show is worth staying up late at night, trust me.LOL

    August 21, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  9. Mark, Pa

    its only 10 here, and i doubt her gender she has alot of masculine features. but you never know maybe its just her genetics

    August 21, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  10. Angela - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    This runner situation reminds of Lady Gaga being called an hemaphrodite... But this woman (the runner)... she even sounds like a man.

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

    Mike, Syracuse, NY
    I agree!!!!!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  12. Nancy

    There is such a condition as being born being intersexual – human beings whose biological sex cannot be classified as either male or female.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  13. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    So test her already and be done with it. Maybe she's just pumped full of steroids.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  14. Isabel • Brazil

    This story is pretty confusing. Poor athlete! Poor person (she or he)!

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

    Hey Mark,
    Welcome!!!! Have nice you to be here tonight and have a great join blog! 🙂

    August 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  16. David, Indiana

    @Isabel, the deficit numbers? are astronomical, staggering, everytime you turn around. Do you think the economy is improving enough to help us meet the deficit?

    August 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  17. andersoncnn

    amazing how many are watching us in europe, where it is very early in the morning.. thanks.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  18. Lori, IL

    I feel sorry for Brian Flynn, and all those who lost loved ones on that flight in 1985 - I'm sure watching the pictures of the "heroes" wlcome ripped open old wounds.

    Never understood why we started up relations with Lybia again -

    August 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  19. Mark, Pa

    adriana, wouldnt they just strip her of her or his gold medal?

    August 21, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  20. Victor El Paso TX


    Breast implants have serial numbers!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  21. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Scotland has a lot of explaining to do to the victims of the terrorist they released.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  22. Kathy Chicago

    It is a sin that they sent this man back to Libya.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  23. Jo in San Jose

    Mr. Begala is nearly always on point (and civil in the process); nice to see him on the air again.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  24. Mark

    Mr. Copper, I have enjoyed your show and the topics you have brought to your viewers. I admit I'm not a faithful follower but I find your views timely and informative.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  25. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Another relative who lost his brother too, predicted this exact senario Before the release!

    I am absolutely disgusted with the situation and agree with Mr. Flynn, that If Britain & the US Wanted this Not to happend, it would have been stopped!

    God bless all of the people who lost family members, this is a real slap in the face to them and the people of Lockerby, Scotland.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  26. Adriana, Broomfield, CO

    Mark, first time? Prepare to get hooked!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  27. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Oh my!!!!! 2 trillion for our healthcare!!!!!! *whew*! I agree with Linda-Portland, OR.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  28. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    Libya knew the world would be watching, what better way to show America how much they hate us? I know there was more involved than acts of so-called compassion.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  29. Isabel • Brazil

    Sounds strange that a person who was not trusted to live in society because it is in terminal stage now be trusted.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  30. Adriana, Broomfield, CO

    What happens to the athlete if they find out that she is a man?

    August 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  31. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Can't you people who say 'look at Bush' understand that the worst year of deficits under Bush was $400 billion, and most were a lot less? Obama will have a $1 trillion deficit every year he is in office.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  32. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Hi everybody, sorry i'm late on the blog, but have been watching the show.

    @Kelso, i thank you for such a positive view on the deficit.

    However, it is a bit worrying that we owe so much money. However, i remain convinced that we will get through this and turn our economy around! (i'm very concerned that this will, however mess up the health care reform).

    August 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  33. Jacqueline, NY

    Hi Mark! welcome to the looney bin. 🙂

    August 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  34. Marian

    Lets not forget the expense of the Iraq war contributed to money not well spent. This, along with health care not being reformed may cause future generations a lot more pain than you could ever imagine.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  35. Anthonia-(Yay! Area)California

    I think it will take weeks to detemine if olympian was a female or male because what if some the contestants just happened to change thier sex...? but i doubt if that will ever happen..!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  36. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    I am so sorry for Michael Jackson kids, they need a lot of love,selent,but not this Jackson war about their dead body of their father .Micheal Jackson have a right too P.I.R:.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  37. Mark, Pa

    thank youu 🙂

    August 21, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  38. andersoncnn

    Mark, first time watching? welcome to the show and the blog

    August 21, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  39. Stacy

    @Jo in San Jose: The allegations made by Ridge are not new. The Nation even did a 2004 cover story that detailed how the Bush Administration was using fear for political benefit.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  40. Kelso

    less money doesn't necessarily mean a lower quality of life...its a chance for this country to reform policies and how it does business, which is potentially a good thing.

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

    @Martina, Illstad Germany: I don't know many ppl who watch it here because it comes on so late at night... def. prefer Anderson and AC360 to most european news...I wish CNN Europe/International would do reruns during the day and I could also set my tevo but frankly nothing like watching it live...I usually watch the podcast...so I don't have to stay up late at night....but sometimes feels good to watch it live...also bis bald, Tschuss....

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

    Go Paul Bagalia - Where were all these people who are so worried about the deficit – the last 8 years when it was growing by leaps and bounds?

    August 21, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  43. Mark

    i think shes a man..

    August 21, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  44. Jacqueline, NY

    Had Washington decided to give the bulk of the stimulus to the right people, we would probably be out of debt by now.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Gloria, Brooklyn, NY,
    I agree with you....... me second, Please release the book.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  46. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    So, what's the worst case scenario of a building deficit? What does that mean for the country, exactly?

    August 21, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  47. Rich Snow

    Only Tom Ridge knew how he FELT. It doesn't even mean that any pressure was intended by others in the Bush administration. It seems foolish for anyone else to tell the us how he FELT.

    Rich Snow

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

    this is my first time watching AC360.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  49. Eddie Sedillo

    How can those uninsured old rednecks in the south not see how this health care reform will help them. They argue against something that will benefit them. Geez, go figure!

    August 21, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  50. Jo in San Jose

    Why is the mainstream news media not publicizing the poll that came out yesterday that says 77% support a public option in health reform?

    I'm starting to wonder if the health care industry is pulling the news media's strings here.

    August 21, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
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