September 18th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 09/18/09

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We have breaking news. An Afghan national living in the U.S. has admitted ties to al Qaeda. Does he have ties to a possible terror plot on U.S. soil? We'll have the latest on the investigation.

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  1. David, Indiana

    I am glad Congressman Wilson has found his core principles of civility again.

    On the panel discussion, no, I don't think Speaker Pelosi's comments were an attempt to clamp down, as Tony Perkins says, on the opposition to Health Care Reform. I think it's hard to resolve something without talking about it, but after a week and half of talking about it, it feels like are ready to get down to the business of taking on HCR.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I hope I know congress and senator must pass for our healthcare this weekend or next week...... I love my healthcare.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  3. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Anthonia, I can't believe that this health care 'issue' has distracted us from 2 wars and the economy. Health care is really pretty far down the list of things that need to be addressed.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  4. Jacqueline, NY

    Who was it that asked last night, "Couldn't we all just get along?"
    Now that we're talking about more terrorists attacks, shouldn't we be concentrating on the things that bind us as a nation and acting in one accord?

    September 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  5. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Let's focus on the health care reform. Let's make it better for all of us.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  6. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    If anybody thinks that NONE of the backlash has anything to do with race, they need to pull their head out of the sand.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  7. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    I think this photo so disrespect with a president

    September 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  8. starr, formerly known as vncent

    What a great piece by Joe Johns.
    I'm glad to see Pres. Obama, as usual, is taking this "race" issue in stride.
    Tony Perkins- the Dems did not start the conversation on race, the tea party people sure demonstrated racial overtones in the signs & their march.
    The panel discussion was enlightening.

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

    Of course there is some small percentage that hate Obama because of race, but to say 'most' (as Carter did) oppose him due to race is outright inflammatory.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:18 pm |

    Hi anderson and erica wish you all the best. Best team in 360 what wonderful team.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  11. Monica M. Williams

    Why are we so concern with the President handling race issues? I'm kind of "over" people pointing out the obvious – he's Black. Duh! He was hired (voted in) to lead the country on issues pertaining to economy, foreign affairs, employment and such; not lead commentary on race. Let's leave those trivial conversations were it belongs; in the mouths of those less insightful and vital to our countries progress.

    I agree with the President. It's time we all get over ourselves and get back to the real matters.

    Good luck on AC360's Emmy nomination. Regardless of the outcome, I look forward to watching today and well into the future.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  12. Dulcie - Denver

    Ack! Tony Perkins! Though he's right – the health care debate is far more important. Yes, there are racists and I even think it's more than just a few. But Health Care Policy is way more important.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  13. Emily

    "Getting Past Race?" A Great discussion!

    September 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  14. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and all. TGIF. Efforts toward healthcare reform have certainly turned into a hornet's nest. I hate all the race insinuations and terrible divisiveness. So much anger and hate. All because an effort is being made to help so many Americans and fix a broken system badly in need of fixing.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  15. Adeline

    Hmmmm...not about race?? Let's see...

    September 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  16. Anthonia-(Bay Area)California

    Good Evening Everyone 🙂

    Wow, i cannot believe this whole issue about 'race' is a huge distraction from the real issue which is HEALH CARE!

    September 18, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  17. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    What? Health care is the biggest domestic agenda item? What happened to the greatest economic crisis since the great depression?

    September 18, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  18. Lori

    Hello everyone! Happy Friday!

    September 18, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  19. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Please stop with this racial motivation argument for legitimate opposition. It never was and isn't today about race, nor as Michelle Obama implied today about gender.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  20. Emily

    Pres. Obama is Not bother by race. Why don't people move on from that and get on with politics? Regardless of what side you are on, it's all for the good of the American people!

    September 18, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  21. Jim

    Its about time a possible terrorist is brought to the stand.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  22. Elaine M

    Zazi lives in Aurora which is a suburb of Denver, CO.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  23. Jacqueline, NY

    Evening all!

    This news of more terrorism scares me. What should we do?

    September 18, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  24. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Now Al Qaeda worns Germany,to vote for politicyl change,for take German millitary out of Afganistan,otherwiseGermany will get big problems .in one week we will have German election

    September 18, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  25. Lisa L

    Good evening Anderson,

    I found President Obama’s health care speech to have many valuable points.

    Here is a summary of some of my postings from the live blog:

    * put incentives in the economy to turn it around [11 Feb 09] e.g review policies and procedures for any savings, as well as keeping businesses and jobs going

    * medical processes and advancements [27 Apr 09] e.g swine flu vaccination

    * healthy living [18 May 09]

    * dietary guidelines [24 Jul 09]

    * good medical staffing levels and facilities at hospitals, as well as awareness of alternatives [18 Aug 09]

    * medical coverage [18 Aug 09] e.g have a range of choices in health insurance from a competitive market

    * more collaboration, especially to look at the health bill and offer any suggestions with the reference and reasons [28 Aug 09]


    Lisa L
    Sydney, Australia

    September 18, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  26. Danielle - Long Beach, CA

    What is up with Joe Wilson's rambling at that press conference? It began like he was giving an acceptance speech for an Oscar. He thanked everyone and their mother.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  27. Dulcie - Denver

    How creepy that Zazi is in the Denver area. I was pretty shocked to hear it.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  28. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Isabel, everyone.

    I have to say it comes as a shock that Najibullah Zazi is admitting to ties with Al Qaeda. Like you're just asking Peter Bergen about, other cases like this have not been hardcore terrorists.

    It is a bit scary how seemingly easy it is for potential terrorist to find Al Qaeda.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  29. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Miriam, of course there will be another attack on the US. It's just a matter of time. As has been said we have to be successful 100% of the time, and they only have to be lucky once.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  30. starr, formerly known as vncent

    Excellent analysis by Peter Bergen and great questions from Anderson.

    If this truns out to be something, we will be sending a lot of thanks to our National Security people for their work.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  31. Kathy Chicago

    TGIF! Interesting this terrorist plot. How do we know that there aren't many more out there. Kinda scary.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  32. Adeline

    He was brainwashed

    September 18, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  33. Danielle - Long Beach, CA

    What I don't understand is why the guy drove all the way from Colorado to New York, especially for a meeting with a guy about a coffee cart?!?!

    September 18, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  34. Kathy

    Very scary news tonight. Let's hope we can trust the info he provides as the basis for his plea deal.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  35. Adeline


    September 18, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  36. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! Happy Friday.
    The terrorist investigation is frightening, but not surprising. I'm glad it's resulted in something concrete to work with–and hopefully prevent any harm.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  37. Emily

    This case with Zazi is awful, however, great that it's been found out. I still don't understand WHY someone from 'Western' world would been interested in this.
    Just how deep does this go?

    September 18, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  38. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    If this guy was training to use bombs, he certainly was up to no good.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Cynthia, NC

    Good evening, everyone. So glad it is Friday. It is very frightening to know there is someone living here in the US with ties to al Qaeda. I look forward to learning more on tonight’s show.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  40. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Hello Anderson, friends, David (Indiana), 360 team and blogers!

    Happy Friday! How scary that suspicion of terrorism!

    September 18, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  41. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Peter Bergen is really good expert analyst for National Security for us, we are listening what Peter talking about terrorism.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  42. Adeline

    You never know what can happen...you should always be alert and on your guards.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  43. Miriam Cooper, NY

    Hi Anderson.

    I dont think there will an attack anymore on USA. Seriously, who is thinking of you'll? Nobody – it is already Saturday out there and I am sure they are in weekend spirit, it is time we too wined and dined !!!!

    September 18, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  44. starr, formerly known as vncent

    Hello Anderson, Erica & Entire Team 360.

    Hi fellow bloggers! It's Friday!!

    This story about possible terrorism is pretty startling.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Good evening. I'm guessing terrorists living in the U.S. is more common than we'd like to know.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Thank God It's Friday night!!! Couldn't wait this weekend........
    We have breaking news for us, An Afghan national living in the U.S. has admitted ties to al Qaeda. We are going found out what they found.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Emily, in Canada

    Happy Friday evening Anderson, Erica, & bloggers 😀
    I see it's another busy news day.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Adeline

    Hi Anderson, you're okay?

    September 18, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening all!

    September 18, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    Sleepless in Germany,but because i missed your shows last week(buzzy week) a good reason to watch the show tonight.As you know its 4 o clock here in Germany.
    Thank God its friday,no day longer.This was a very sad week not only becaus actor Patrik S. died last week.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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