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September 21st, 2009
09:46 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 09/21/09

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Tonight we have breaking developments on the rising water in Georgia. At least 5 people are killed after heavy rains and flooding. Dozens of schools are closed. When will the danger be over? Plus, former presidential candidate John Edwards' has admitted to an extramarital affair. He may soon have another bombshell admission.

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  1. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    if you put guns and more means of destruction in these chiefs hands they will get rid of the taliban, but what's to keep them from turning on each other and another tribal genocide happening?

    September 21, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  2. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    In Afghanistan, the people have no infrastructure. The country needs roads, network transmitting power, running water. Without such elements, the nation will not be a nation and butchers conflicts persist.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  3. niwat, Chicago

    @Loreanar, I do also think the american military presence required there to facilitate Afghanistan security stablization so that terrorist group both taliban and al-qaeda won't have a strong hold of the country. Hopefully these additional troops helps establish peace and non-violent movements. Oh Mr Cooper, your afghanistan coverage was such a gallant of you! =)

    September 21, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  4. Lisa L

    Good evening Anderson,

    I believe marriage is for life, and when you find the one be faithful and turn to each other for support.

    Sincerely,

    Lisa L
    Sydney, Australia

    September 21, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  5. Adriana, Broomfield, CO

    @Erica
    Getting home safely should be the most basic right for all of us... there is a state in Brazil (Santa Catarina) which is under water for the second year in a row! Is Georgia the same? I mean, is it always this hard there when it rains?

    September 21, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  6. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Pretty interesting that the very strategy used to stabilize Iraq (the surge plus awakening councils) are the new strategy for Afghanistan. Obama opposed this in Iraq. Maybe he's learned something.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  7. Minou, New York City

    Rory Steward is great! I read one of his books. He is a very smart, insightful, and sensible person. I'm so happy that he is finally on 360!

    September 21, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  8. Carmella

    I don't know if Micheal is right but he sure is convicing.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  9. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Anderson Cooper CNN
    Thanks for visiting from Afghanistan, It was so awesome story our troops, I am amazing one soldier said to drink cup of tea!!!! I like to drink tea... 🙂
    Peter Bergen and Michael Ware are doing great job too!!! 😀

    September 21, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  10. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    All flooded and fire ... awesome scene!

    September 21, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  11. starr, formerly known as vncent

    It's just my opinion, but the "leaking" of the General's report seems like an attempt to "jam the President up", by putting pressure on him for Immediate action.

    Pres. Obama needs times to meet with Joint Chiefs of Staff and others to determine what if any strategy that will work.

    Also, and foremost, he needs to know whether the recent elections were on the up & up to determine whether we can work successfully with the Afgan government. Karsai has been useless so far. Maybe new leadership in Afgan Government would be a great help to making the best decsion of what America should do regarding the war.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  12. Michele, Douglaston NY

    I can't tell you how I felt about Edward's family. I really feel deeply sorry for Mrs. Edwards. When someone is terminal ill, the family should be there for her well-being until the time comes. He has made a hugh mistake. no matter what..

    September 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  13. Dodie - California

    I completely agree with him

    September 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  14. LorenaR

    what does winning in Afghanistan mean? what does losing mean? I wondered the same things about Iraq and never got those questions answered.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  15. Cessy, Chicago

    Anderson-( beeping on the background...) are you texting/twitting ??? 😀

    September 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  16. ericacnn

    Interestingly, the one potential upside in the Atlanta region may be seen in Lake Lanier, which has been seriously low since before I left the area

    September 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  17. Kelly Swanson- Harrisburg, PA

    I have been wondering why we've spent marines in to do somewhat of a peacekeeping/humanitarian mission... correct?

    September 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  18. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    Didn't even know it was flooding in Atlanta!? Why isn't this the main story?

    September 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  19. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    I don't like war but we have to be safe.

    We need to be smart with quality not quantity.

    Figure out the best strategy to get it solved quickly and with the least casualties.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  20. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Is CNN the only major network that has covered Afghanistan up front? Do any of the middle east news agencies cover Afghanistan, or is it just an "American" story?

    September 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  21. Jacqueline, NY

    Anderson,

    Were you afraid in Afghanistan?

    September 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  22. Jana, Indiana

    I have a lot of good friends living in Georgia and hope they are all well.

    The town I use to live in there has flooding in town.

    Hope everyone in this area stays safe.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  23. David, Indiana

    @Chantelle, Atlanta thanks, I was wondering about people in Atlanta today, I thought it might be a little dicey getting home, very glad to know that you and many others made it safely. Surprised though about the school board's decision in that county since the storm was coming out of Texas and training on the Atlanta area from West. I heard the rivers should go down from flood stage quickly compared to other regions.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  24. ericacnn

    Interesting reports from many of our colleagues in Atlanta – nightmare getting home, but their goal is simply to get there safely.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  25. Dodie - California

    @ Mike!

    You are absolutely correct! We need to have enough troops so they are safer and can end the war sooner.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  26. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Erica Hill CNN
    I agree!!!!! Very mess marriage!!!!!! I think Elizabeth will divorce John Edwards anytime, I am feeling sorry for Elizabeth and her kids, It made me so angry at John.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  27. LorenaR

    thanks for continuing your excellent coverage of Afghanistan. in my limited understanding, 1)we are there to fight the Al-Qaeda, not the Taliban.2) we cannot leave the country soon because of undesirable consequences. this is about ALL i understand about why we are there. we need a lot of enlightenment on this subject.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  28. Emily,

    that was great reporting that you did over there in Afghanistan Anderson. This war is like no other. These IED's are cowardous!

    September 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  29. carol

    If a spouse cheats, its their sin. None of us have the right 2 judge this man. Let him resolve this matter within his family an God. If there's a crime then by all means he should b puniushed. Y don't we just focus on that an not his personal affairs.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  30. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    This is a safty issue for our troops. If there aren't enough troops, those that are there are at greater risk.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  31. Ngoc Thao Nguyen

    hello anderson.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  32. Teresa, OH

    @Michael: re: "…..Ms.Hunter as absolutely no respect for Mrs.Edward."

    The Hunter has no respect for herself. I dont know how a woman in her 40s allows herself to get pregnant... especially if youre w/ a married man.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  33. Minou, New York City

    Anderson, you guys were great in Afghanistan!

    September 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  34. Minou, New York City

    Who leaked this? What was the ulterior motive?

    September 21, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  35. starr, formerly known as vncent

    Hi Anderson, glad to see you with us on the blog! Weekend was fabulous because weather was great!

    No so in Atlanta and other places. I hope all affected will be alright.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  36. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Is this war about 9-11 or is it about policing another country .

    September 21, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  37. Patrick H.-Shannon, MS

    There's no doubt Edward's political career is over. But hey, he could always sale insurance, and he appears to have certain qualities that would take him to the top, fast.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  38. Chantelle, Atlanta

    There's a brand new bridge by my old house, that was just opened one month ago, and today when I drove by it it was completely underwater, and looks like it may have been swept away. They'd been working on it for over a year, specifically because the old bridge had been too low and prone to flooding.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  39. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Talk about "It a raining night in Georgia!"

    September 21, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  40. Josh

    Rio Hunter's 'friend' clearly has ulterior motives for speaking out. Her claim that the purpose of her interview was to reveal the real John Edwards is about as believable as the smirks she continuously gave throughout the discussion. Whatever self-serving purpose this was really meant to serve, I hope she feels fulfilled and enjoys her undeserving sense of self importance.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  41. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    On a side note, I can't wait for the new Michael Jackson film This Is It. I hope they do him justice.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  42. Adriana, Broomfield, CO

    Honestly, I understand how hard it must be for Mrs. Edwards to be involved int his whole mess. Isn't it time to move on, though?

    September 21, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  43. Christopher Puckett

    Anderson, you seem like a stand up guy. Why not call John Edwards what he really is, a loser. If this was Bush, CNN would be willing to do that. Thanks

    September 21, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  44. Emily,

    Oh NO, Anderson, Not More Michael Jackson!

    September 21, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  45. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Folks, I know it's popular to jump on the wagon to shake our fingers (and tongues) at John Edwards, but let's step back a moment and remind ourselves how imperfect we all are. We all have skeletons in our closets.

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

    Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.
    Welcome back!!!! Missed you!!!!! HUGS!

    September 21, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  47. Cessy, Chicago

    On Brothers reunited: Life works in mysterious ways.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  48. Minou, New York City

    The brother story is amazing!!! How cool!

    September 21, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  49. Bob Upton

    The matter of John Edward's sex life is between himself and his wife and includes his friend, I guess. We've been thru this already. It is not news now except that it must produce more viewers for your program. For shame! There are much more serious issues you should be following, most assuredly the conflict between the U.S. military leaders in Afghanistan and President Obama. Get with it. We deserve better!!!

    September 21, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  50. Sharon in Alabama

    RE: Edwards' legal woes-
    Ok I get it, he's a lech, with no moral code...
    but consider this- prosecution could ultimately leave his children orphaned after Liz's battle with cancer has ended.

    I'm in favor of levying fines and penalites against him for any wrongdoing, but don't orphan his poor kids.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
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