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October 5th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/05/09

A new deadly battle in Afghanistan. Should the U.S. change its strategy in the war zone? We're digging deeper. The first H1NI vaccines are given. We have the facts you need to know. Plus, how the suspected stalker of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews tracked her down and allegedly filmed her naked in a hotel room.

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  1. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    So, if Mary Matalin and James Carville can stay married all these years, why can't Democrats and Republicans get along? I know, a little tongue-in-cheek, but is there a foundation of respect among the two parties or do politicians think their job is just to make the other side look bad instead of doing some good?

    October 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  2. steve richmond

    Come on Mary, Rush has been complaining for decades about the same old stuff. There's no need to demonize him as he's obviously a windbag who just seeks to profit complaining and fabricating a ficticious enemy of the state called the "liberals"...

    October 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  3. Lori

    I think that we all need to pull together and work toward building small businesses. Depending on one person (the president) to fix everything is childish.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  4. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    People like Limbaugh the time of day he just puts down evrying he does for his own political games .

    October 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Emily,
    Yes! I agree with you, I am glad the panel are good point about war to deploying there... Peter and Christiane are correct talking about terrorism.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  6. Emily

    @ Victoria Alameda,
    I agree with you, re. Nation building. If the people there don't want it, it's even worse.

    That was not the original goal....should get back to that as much as possible!

    October 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  7. gail

    She reveres Rush Limbaugh? How warped is that? We are NOT a center right country.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  8. Calvin

    Why are the Republicans happy that Obama fails at something? When we lost the bid for the Olympics, the Republicans cheered. Why? Because Obama's democrat. Because he's not in the same party. Why all the argument and disagreement? When George Bush plunged us into debt did they say anything? No! But now when Obama is trying to solve the problem of the economy, they all criticize Obama for "excessive spending." Who created the 1.4 trillion dollar deficit in the first place?

    October 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  9. Susan

    Did your guest from the New York Times ever watch Keith Obermann or Rachel Maddow during the Bush Administration? Apparently not!!!

    October 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  10. Fay - CA

    Cheering the loss of the Olympics and certain Republican politicians going overseas to undermine US foreign policy is an odd way of showing love for this country.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  11. Joe Terrogano

    Ms. Matlin is minimizing the adolescent behavior of negative conservatives. Trying to make Rush Limbaugh lovable or palatable is really a stretch.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  12. Jane - Vt

    I think Mary is wrong. I think all this hate and vitriol is going to blow up in their faces.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  13. James in Idaho

    Rush is NOT to be revered, he is to be reviled.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  14. Kathy Chicago

    I don't really think that it was Obama's fault that Chicago lost the Olympics. I'm hoping Rio got them because they had never been in South America before.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  15. Michelle

    Can someone please explain to me why the chatter
    on talk radio and the conservative crowd a news story.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  16. Valery Lyman

    Yeah really, it's barely been more than 7 months, it takes more time than that to get us out of the many messes we had fallen into ....

    October 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  17. James in Idaho

    The main problem, once again, isn't that republicans have a negative view of Obama, but that they have a positive view of their most extreme supporters.

    And to Mrs. Carville... the fact is, Bush IS a liar and Bush deserves the criticisms leveled against him.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  18. gail

    I believe that Saturday night live is completely off base. As a liberal even I did not expect that President Obama would have everything done in 9 months. his top priority has been health care. What I took from the sketch is exactly how ridiculous it is to be complaining that he hasn't done anything or in the Republicans case he is doing everything. He has 4 years to do his job. Why don't we let him do it. Their are several things that the President has already done, He will do things but in the right amount of time. Our instant gratification society is the reason we are in the messes we are in. Some things require thought and hard work.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  19. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    Pres Obama's mojo is not lost .He is trying to get the mess cleaned up but it can't be done over night .

    October 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  20. Lori

    I live with a bratty 13 year old. He can throw out worse.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  21. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    The Snl skit was funny .

    October 5, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  22. Emily

    Hi Mary Matalin!!! 🙂

    What a GREAT Monday night this is on AC!
    Also, Randi Kaye too.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  23. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    People who wish the President would fail (with everything) are simply un-American. These are the same people who call the rest of us un-American because we simply disagree. They need to look in a mirror (Rush Limbaugh, for example).

    October 5, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  24. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    We need to send the troops home before more casulaites .It's so sad.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  25. Calvin

    We must work in the long term, I mean, we can send in a 100,000 troops at once, and it will still not work. We have to deal efficiently with the guerrilla Taliban. W must adopt a new strategy, because going on the defensive and not offensive will be moot.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  26. Victoria Alameda

    You can be a well thought of business man and be a pervert. Like that peeping tom. You never know people till you live in their shoes

    October 5, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  27. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    His first year is not up yet, foolish one.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  28. Jackie Bissah

    Have you lost your mojo?

    October 5, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  29. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I am glad suspected stalker arrested by police to follow Erin Andrews who caught of photo... I hope he have to learn own lesson never stalk her anymore. He is in jail for now.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  30. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    Christiane Armanpour show is great ! Nice to have her on Cnn news show line up .

    October 5, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  31. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    That SNL skit was great, and very true!

    October 5, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  32. Lori

    Being president is a tough job.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  33. gail

    I just have one question? Who are we battling in Afghanistan? 8 years ago we went in to run Al qaeda out not to fight the Taliban. Make that two questions. What is our mission? Make that three. How do we get the heck out of there?

    October 5, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  34. Valery Lyman

    I do not understand the double standard in politics. Can you imagine how Republicans would have reacted if progressives had cheered when the US lost out on its Olympic bid?

    We were considered unpatriotic for protesting against the Iraq War; but conservative protesters these days are plied with coverage and defended by many as patriotic in their discontent.

    It makes me feel like I live in a deeply unfair country.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  35. David, Indiana

    Christiane Amanpous is right about the attacks from the air engendering resentment, so many Afghan civilians have lost their lives in those attacks. As Peter Bergen said, the strategy we proceed with will expose troops much more to the Afgran populace. Yes that would be more humility because we would be depending on the people of that country to inform and guide our efforts and that might be the best way to stand up what we are calling the infrastructure of Afghanistan.

    Hello Randi Kaye!

    Fascinating rept about the Nobel nominees studying chromosome degradation.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  36. Emily

    @ Mike, Syracuse, NY,
    Sounds good to me!!!

    October 5, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  37. Al, Kings Park, NY

    The answer to afghanistan might be a combination of more special forces and drone attacks and a major precense in the cities to win the hearts and minds of the afghans which I find hard to do. We are the most powerful military in the world with the best technology. Why don't we put that to good use?
    We might also need better commanders that care for their troops. How is it possible that the outpost be located lower down the mountains and become easy targets from above. It is just moronic to do that.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  38. michael

    i think we should leave, i was over there for 6mos those people are not scared to die. i ask my soldier when i was there, who would drive a truck in a crowd of them and blow them up, nobody would. every last one of them would just to kill americans now please can somebody tell how do u when a war fighting these people.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  39. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    President Obama is cleaning up mess form 8yrs of Bush he can only do so much it's hard job to do give him a break .

    October 5, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  40. Dodie ~ California

    I agree with John and Darryl. We should have gone into Afghanistan in 2001 with the Canadians. Afghanistan would probably not even be a problem today, if we had followed the Canadians....

    October 5, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  41. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I don't believe Letterman is sorry. He is just sorry it can out this way.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  42. Jane - Vt

    So Mary Matilin "reveres" Rush Limbaugh? Is Rush God now?

    October 5, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  43. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    Hi Anderson and bloggers
    My question for Dr. Oz

    Should you get this vaccine if you have pre existing condtons or low immunity ?

    October 5, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  44. Luke

    Yes think we should send more troops we need to put politics behind us and remember we have soldiers in Afghanistan fighting with out the equipment or numbers that they need to complete the mission and that should be the biggest priority giveing them the men they need to do the job so they can come home safe. All of us that serve know the risks but depend on the government not to let us down like they have in Afghanistan by not sending more troops.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  45. Jordan David

    The u.s should send in more troops,the american troops there need more assistance...obama is taking too long to make a decision..lets not forget while thats going on,iran could be creating weapons of mass destruction as well..bin laden could be behind these attacks..remember when a leader no more the sheep scatter but the taliban are being lead but by who?

    October 5, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  46. Emily

    Those quakes were awful!!! ...so many casualties!!!

    October 5, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  47. Joanna

    For Anderson. Thank you for all you are doing and the courage you have.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  48. gail

    The President has lost nothing, but the media consistently gives in to the republican story line or narrative. What ever the heck you all call it. The real story on the Olympic games is that Republicans were cheering when Chicago lost the bid because their hatred of President Obama is stronger than their love of this country and what could have been potentially very good in so far jobs are concerned. That should be your focus. Why not ask "Have the Republicans gone completely off the rails when their opposition to this President leads them to cheer an American loss?" rather that "Has President Obama lost his mojo?

    October 5, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  49. Robin

    Nowhere is the failed policy of Bush more evident. By leaving Afghanistan to focus on Iraq, we lost momentum, world support, validation – and human lives.
    And to follow with "had Obama lost his mojo" – in the face of the devastation (seems almost laughable if it wasn't so sad) of Bush policies – economic, political, medical that he has to deal with. What messes he's been left to clean up – and with nothing but opposition for the sake of opposition from the other side. If this isn't the time to get past petty partisanship I don't know when is.
    I can't imagine any other time in recent history that was as desperate both nationally and internationally. Watching the mess we're dealing with in Afghnastan, on your show – has made me very sad

    October 5, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  50. Devin

    The president should go along with his top general, a man with more than 30 years of military experience. The president is too worried about how the decision would effect his presidency and what the vastly uninformed public will think of his decision.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
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