September 17th, 2009
09:47 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk: 9/17/09

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gets emotional on Capitol Hill. We'll have the raw politics. Plus, we take you inside the Garrido home where police say Jaycee Dugard had to live for 18 years. Meanwhile, investigators say cadaver dogs may have found remains on the Garrido property.

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  1. Nicole

    What were the "two words" Clark said? Anyway, I don't know who, but I hope you find the person responsible for such a tragedy.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  2. Danielle - Long Beach, CA

    THe New Haven chief says this is workplace violence? I mean people are saying the guy was very picky and a neat freak but I doubt someone would kill someone because they didn't leave the lab in perfect order. There's got to be more to this than just "workplace violence"

    September 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  3. Jeff everyday america Wiscsonsin

    doesnt look good but your right

    September 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  4. John

    Ray Clark is not guilty yet people.
    Fatcs are still being uncovered.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  5. Anthonia-Bay Area

    I just hope that Annie Le's death brings awarness to college students, and everyday citizens; people should start to become aware of their surroundings and their safety because Its a real crazy and dangerous world out there...

    September 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  6. Fabio

    I believe people are just extremely concerned about the effects this reform can have on us, although there are certain individuals like many people on the news have said that took it to far with thier signs and what not and they shouldnt be the image of the protestors we need to look at the average american going to these protests. But really something needs to be done about healthcare in america things can not go on the same way it has been.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  7. David, Indiana

    @starr formerly known as vincent, I agree we do need to pull together and get the healthcare reform debate back on track as well as other upcoming issues.

    I agree w/ yr vw of Speaker Pelosi's remarks. Though the pt about vitriol as David Gergen notes is a valid concern.

    9 ft tall, 150pounds, T-Rex was in good shape.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  8. Wendy Ontario, Canada

    I've been shocked & worried as I watch what is happening in your country. I fear so much for the Obama family & am beginning to wish he would not have won the election. So much hatred & likely violence will follow. How come there is so much protesting now? Other Presidents have worked toward reforming health care & I don't remember seeing anything like this? I do believe the racists are using this debate as an excuse to attack the President. So sad to think Obama, such a young, smart man with a beautiful family is now at risk. Not from the terrorists of the world but the American people.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  9. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That is great job for people to be found T-rex bones to dig up many million years ago! Cool!

    September 17, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  10. BobVA

    Anderson, just heard you say Republicans have problem with scraping defense missile shield, but if did research also Democrats McCaskill and Nelson have not endorsed this decision.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  11. ryo

    How are people not supposed to think that violence is close to errupting when people carry signs that say "the tree of liberty needs to be watered" and "we came unarmed, this time" and we have political leaders talking about slitting their wrists and making blood packs to block bills and that we are the verge of a 'revolution'.....

    September 17, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  12. Cindy...NC

    US citizens are just tired of the government controlling everything without listening to their views. This is a major matter and needs be thoroughly thought through before imposing on the American citizens. If it isn't good enough for our representatives to have then they should not impose it on us.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  13. Susan Walker

    Using the excuse of free speech to justify such outrageous comments against Obama is an ethical fallacy rooted from ignorance or lack of willingness to find common ground. I'm truly ashamed for all of you who continue do to this.

    Susan Walker

    September 17, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  14. Lori

    These are really uncertain times. Everyone is scared and angry about what has happened. We should all try to take a step back and settle down a little.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  15. Pat

    I am a small town Massachusetts Selectman, a life long Democrat,
    and I like to think of myself as a fair and non critical person. But I do not undestand the fierce redereck regarding health care. Why would
    any American not want to have some type of universal health care for
    our citizens? And is there anything that says it can never be tweaked as we go along?

    September 17, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  16. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    It sounds so strange to me that a suspect (or killer) has many (normals?) pictures in the social media.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  17. Renee

    @star and lori: I agree. However NO one has solid facts on health care. OMB has no real numbers. There are NO real bills that I have seen. The Dems seem to be spinning as much as the Republicans. Are there any bills in committee that may get on the President's desk? Really why isn't a health care bill coming out of committee?

    September 17, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  18. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Cessy, Chicago,
    Yes, We do!!!! I agree!

    September 17, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  19. Donna in MD

    Well said, eddie in MA.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  20. Jeff everyday america Wiscsonsin

    I just think more people need to come to the midwest and see how most normal people live and then go back and govern with those morels and work ethics

    September 17, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  21. Michelle B in Los Angeles

    I meet the criteria he just said and I would never had gone to such a gathering. Only difference between me and the people that attended , I'm b;ack and think totally different then they do...
    Guess average american comes in all colors, shapes, intellect, ...

    September 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  22. cherie

    If it is United we Stand. Divided we fall. Why don't we have the guts to remember the health and the welfare of the people comes first and not your partsian rehtoric. I feel like the whole world is watching and knee slapping and we are just all over the place.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  23. Jacqueline, NY

    Cessy, Chicago "Can we ALL just get along??????"

    Funny, Cessy.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  24. ericacnn

    hi, everyone. seems like the entire country - liberal, conservative, smack down the middle, apolitical - could use some QT with emily post. as a friend said recently, "when did manners go out of style?!"

    September 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  25. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    They all should be kind to one anothers.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  26. gail

    Good evening,
    Ibelieve we are dealing with 2 issues. Those who have a right to a different opinion and those who can never accept an African American President. Race is an issue for some.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  27. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Larouche supporters must be all of one tenth of one percent of the population. Barney Frank has just disproved his own argument.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  28. Lori, IL

    @ starr - I agree with you completely.... That's why I think certain groups are taking advantage of the "fringe" people and using them to drive the discussion away from the real issues. If you don't have a solution - re-direct the conversation?!

    September 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  29. gail

    Nancy Pelosi never called anyone un American. She said that the tactics that people used to shut down the town hall meetings by shouting people down was un American. It does not advance Democracy in any way.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  30. Jeff everyday america Wiscsonsin

    good point mike

    September 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  31. eddie MA

    We all seem to be missing the point here. At what point does a responsible conservative leader come out to to say ENOUGH to these radical elements on the fringes. They are slowly taking over a legitimate debate and... the continued silence of our conservative elected officials in the face of these vile remarks from conservative "voices" seems condoning. How do we then differenciate?

    September 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  32. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Racist or satirical? Or disrespect?

    September 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  33. Dan --- California

    Excellent story on the climate of hate against Harvey Milk then and against Obama today. Hateful right wing true believers were in the forefront then and now. And isn't it interesting how many of them are fundamentalist Christians. Does "Love Thine Enemy" ring a bell with these people?.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  34. Ann

    Good evening everyone,

    I think there is some racism involved but not in general. The problem seems to be an over reaction linked to big money being lost by the pharmaceuticals and the insurance companies who are behind the Republicans campaign. BIG MONEY drives people to do insane things such as show disrespect for an institution such as the President of the United States. Voicing your opinion is one thing. Making accusations and getting down and dirty is another.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  35. Cessy, Chicago

    Can we ALL just get along??????

    September 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  36. Jeff everyday america Wiscsonsin

    good point john this is a business

    September 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  37. Jacqueline, NY

    The opposition wants us to talk about the opposition to the health plan instead of the health plan itself.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  38. Amanda

    You know whats dumb? People still acting like its the 1800's.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  39. Kathy - Illinois

    David is so very correct about the Lincoln Presidential Museum. I walked through their last April and was shocked and very moved by the room he referred to with the cartoons that so viciously attached our greatest president. I was brought to tears while I was there and truly fear that the current rhetoric may go too far. I pray that civility begins to take hold of our expression of concerns with our fellow Americans.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  40. Donna in MD

    David Gergen is someone I usually find reassuring....but his Lincoln analogy just scared me.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  41. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Why can't people accept that most of those who demonstrated were not far right radicals and racists? Barney Frank wants to paint this as a fringe movement. It's not.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  42. John

    People cannot throw away part of an engine and expect it still to run. There is probably too much name calling on both sides,but people are navie to think one side or the other cares more about them.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  43. Jeff everyday america Wiscsonsin

    The dems are running scared

    September 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  44. Christina

    Hello everyone....hope you all have a good night .

    September 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  45. William Berkson

    I was at the town hall with Rep. Moran and Gov. Howard Dean. Contrary to what your Republican representative is saying, those in the opposition were rude and inflammatory in the extreme. This reality needs to be addressed and condemned by Republican leaders.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  46. Henya,From CA

    Thank you David for standing up for our president

    September 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  47. John Smith

    Fear always harbors anger as a response. Everyone's sense of safety has been assaulted by the "recession". Those who prey upon that fear politically may increase that anger, but they may also lose control over it. To think that violence can only happen to one side is foolish. There are individuals on both sides who may take the fear mongering as a call to action. It is time to stop gun carrying at rallies, attributions of evil (which are evil themselves), and claims of debaters as "UnAmerican". WE are ALL Americans who disagree. This great nation is made up of various cultures and divergent beliefs. But all are Americans!!!

    September 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  48. Teresa

    It is so frustrating to hear officials and layman alike arguing over issues that are not even in the health care proposed policies.
    This is a country where many still believe Elvis is still alive.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  49. Ethel Landers

    I wonder how much the Fairness Doctrine did to keep America more in balance politically? Today I think the majority of people who religiously follow Rush and Fox News truly believe they are getting the whole story and the other stations are lying! They have no idea there is no requirement to be fair and balanced.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  50. Chris

    President Carter was absolutly right about racism. One only need look at the interview with the head tea-bagger Mark Williams. Speaker Pelosi is right in her fear about the danger in this politcally charged atmosphere. I fear every morning when I turn on the TV that the headline will be that President Obama has been assasinated.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
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