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. starr, formerly known as vncent

    Pictures from Atlanta mind boggling!

    Our (family & friends) send thoughts & prayers to ALL who are affected. I understand that parts of Alabama are bad too.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  2. Jaimie

    The war in Afghanistan has illuminated another ongoing battle: realism vs. normative liberalism. Is this war America's attempt to maintain and possibly enhance it's status as Hegemon (leading superpower)? Or is it founded predominantly on concern for the welfare of Afghanistan's people? To what extent does self-interest come into play?
    Is it in our interest to withdraw our troops as soon as possible? Will we be able to live with the potential and severe consequences of a swift withdrawal? How will this affect our image?

    Just some questions to consider.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  3. Jane - Vt

    What a mess Atlanta is.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  4. Emily, Canada

    sofas, fires, etc. so much for "home, sweet home".

    I hope that everyone there in Atlanta is safe! Thoughts are with you.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  5. deb

    emotional show as always Mr Copper
    keep being exactly who you are !!!

    September 21, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  6. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    That is a paradoxal picture...a house burning during a flood?!

    Strange weather...too much in some areas and too little in others.

    Scary to have to be evacuated when you didn't expect to see this happening.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  7. David, Indiana

    @Chantelle, Atlanta, glad the Cobb county school board came to it's senses for tomorrow, but were the kids in the lower half the county where the schools were open able to get back home safely? It must've taken hours, esp at rush hour w/ probably unbelieveable traffic jams.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  8. michael armstrong sr.

    Is that guy waiding around in that merky water watching out for snakes .

    September 21, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  9. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    About Garrido... I don't understand how, for many years, such a mess and dirt not caught the attention of anyone!

    September 21, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  10. Chantelle, Atlanta

    @David, Indiana

    Thankfully, I'm self-employed (I'm an artist/illustrator), so I can stay home and safe until the flooding goes down. And there's a grocery half a mile from the house, so I can get more clean water if we run out.
    I've never been so glad to have a house up on a hill.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  11. Emily, Canada

    OMG, 5 dead, and look at those waters!

    September 21, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  12. Danielle - Long Beach, CA

    Garrido is completely insane. Let's just hope the facility he ends up in doesn't have field trips like that place in Spokan, Wa that had the Schizo guy escape at the State Fair.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  13. Carmella

    My question is what was the wife doing all this time. Need to investigate that part of the story. What was her role in this whole situation? What was her mental state?

    September 21, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  14. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I hear voices from my IPOD. I think it's God .......nevermind it's just Aerosmith.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  15. Rebekah

    It's quite mind-boggling to me how people can still take anything dealing with religion seriously anymore after all of these crazies that have come out into the open that say they're operating under directions from "God"....

    September 21, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  16. Shamara, Belvidere, TN

    I'm still stunned about this story about Jaycee. Will she ever give an interview? Has any of the media got a shot of her? I know we need to respect her privacy b/c of what she has gone through, but this is getting crazy.

    Why is it when people go crazy the media makes sure to expose some crazy religious aspect with it. This makes me mad! My husband is a pastor and I believe that the media only reports any kind of religious happenings when it damages Christians. This really frustrates me! He was crazy and felt guilt from God to expose his dirty secrect! NOT that he was haivng a spiritual awakening!

    September 21, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  17. Cessy, Chicago

    Garrido = BIZZARE.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  18. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    Garrido was such a strange one.

    Extremists and seclusion.

    Openness and honesty and bouncing ideas off of a group is good.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  19. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Today I saw some pictures of the house in the blog ...
    What a mess! What sub-human conditions! 🙁

    September 21, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  20. Anthonia-Bay Area,California

    If he was on a mission for God, i honestly dont believe God would send him to kidnap and kill innocent people would have to do with anything..

    September 21, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  21. Lori

    I assume the box is empty.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  22. michael armstrong sr.

    Garrito is going to plead insanity and get away with what he did.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  23. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Garrido sounds seriously touched,besides being a predatory monster.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  24. Dodie - California

    Garrido was delusional! But that is no excuse for what he did. You can be delusional and still be very dangerous and responsible for your behavior.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  25. deborah.oh

    thank you Michael for a great explanation! How many more unwinnable wars!?....

    September 21, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  26. Fay - California

    Excellent panel discussion on Afghanistan.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  27. Minou, New York City

    I wish CNN would use a different photo of this Garrido. His mug shot is so darn creepy!

    September 21, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  28. An

    Hi Anderson !

    Wishing so much a safe times for us two really so so much !

    An !

    September 21, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  29. David, Indiana

    @Chantelle, with bridges like that washed out are you able to travel where you need to? like getting to work tomorrow?

    I thought about "Rainy night in Georgia" when I heard about the flooding. Hope it's not going too hard there.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  30. michael armstrong sr.

    A black box with magic powers sound like something from the hell raiser movies.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  31. starr, formerly known as vncent

    Excellent Panel discussion. All members of the panel had insightful and knowledgable answers.

    Anderson's questions were also succinct.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  32. Shubha Kumar

    Your coverage of the war in Afghanistan is exemplary. It drives home the fact that while we sit here in relative safety, there are hundreds of young men and women out there, fighting a war, putting their lives on the line in a battle that won't come to an end any time soon, thank you for doing such a good job...

    September 21, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  33. Dodie - California

    @ LorenaR

    It would have not been a problem if we were not in a war for the past 8 years. Now it is a problem. We can not continue to sustain this indefinitely!

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

    If since 2001, everyone was focused on Afghanistan, I wonder if OBL would have been caught, etc?
    Rory Steward was very good, intersting perspective.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  35. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    They need to have a workable strategy in Afghanistan before the start sending in these extra troops.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  36. Renee

    I thought Obama was going to stop the war. Didn't he get elected on that platform?

    September 21, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  37. Jacqueline, NY

    Thank you, Michael for your outstanding work and insights.

    Michael's steamed. With good reason.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  38. Isabel Siaba, Brazil


    While the allies want to leave Afghanistan, the US cogitate send more troops.
    Thank you for coming back to discuss it.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  39. Dodie - California

    Rory, you are absolutely correct.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  40. Jane - Vt

    @Erica, interesting 2 summers ago they had the worst drought and now too much water.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  41. Chantelle, Atlanta

    @Adriana, Broomfield, CO

    This is the worst I can ever remember it being. There were a few roads closed because of rain a few years ago, but other than that this is all pretty record-breaking. We've actually been in a drought for a while.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  42. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    No more troops for what to sent them to their death too. This is a senseless war.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  43. Dodie - California

    Afghanistan should have been fought in 2001 not 2009! We have allowed these terrorists 8 years to establish themselves and control the local people!

    September 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  44. Penny

    Good discussion re:Afghanistan. liked the point about Obama shouldn't of had McChrystal submit a report if he wasn't going to respond (with more troops) to the report!

    September 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  45. deborah.oh

    hello anderson, erica, & all, a comment about elizabeth edwards-I am in much the same medical condition she is (terminal cancer & fighting!)-I cannot imagine how she is able to cope with her husband"s 'situation!!!! Attitude is half the fight-my heart goes out to her-keep fighting Elizabeth, we are with you in spirit!!

    September 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  46. LorenaR

    @Casey Jones – Palm Springs CA, interesting question. i am very uncomfortable with the idea of more than 100,000 american soldiers occupying another country. VietNam, Iraq, and now Afghanistan. we can't de-talibanize this country, nor can we democratize it. what are our objectives there? even though i've enjoyed all your reports from there, i still don't have a clear understanding of it.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  47. Emily, Canada

    Peter Bergen is great! I like when he is on the show. Always great to hear what he has to say.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  48. Tommy

    Whats the mission in Afghanistan?
    To stop the Taliban? isnt their Taliban in Nigeria?
    All this nonsense becomes a blur!
    Is it Taliban or AlQuada we are after?

    September 21, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  49. michael armstrong sr.

    We are fighting for a lost cause lets get out and let them fight there own war.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  50. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    The goal is that Afghan progressively assume their responsibilities as a nation.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
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