October 7th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/07/09

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Anderson is reporting live from Chicago tonight and demanding answers. Why are kids killings kids? What's going to be done to solve the crisis? And, today marks the eighth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. Will Pres. Obama change U.S. strategy in the war zone? We're digging deeper with political strategists James Carville and Bill Bennett on the left and the right.

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soundoff (296 Responses)
  1. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Excellent show, Anderson! Be safe!

    October 7, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  2. David, Indiana

    That intvw give a very clear sense what community members are striving with in Chicago. I feel the combinations of discussions tonight are illuminating.

    Good night Isbael, good night everyone

    October 7, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  3. Lori

    If Chicago passed a law making it illegal for a minor to walk alone on the streets, the problem would be solved.

    October 7, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good night Anderson, great show tonight!

    October 7, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  5. Cindy - Dyer, In

    Good night all sweet dreams

    October 7, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  6. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Too bad tonight has to end without a happy ending. Have a good night all

    October 7, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Florentino


    What if public school systems start working on a new method of teaching that fosters the new generations of school age kids and young adults as well as the community (including parents).

    Chicago needs more school…. Smaller class sizes is a benefit to all. Students get more attention and teachers don’t stress out as much.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    I guess one thing people like me could do is volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, give them another stable trusted adult in their lives. Of course, you have to have time to spend. What else can we do?

    October 7, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  9. Emily

    Get show tonight Anderson!!!

    Have a good night everyone!!! 😀

    October 7, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  10. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Wow, yet again another fast night on 360.

    Thank you and good night to everybody. Have a great tomorrow!

    Great show & great blog.

    Your're doing incredible work Anderson.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  11. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Erica, Randi, Ed Henry, David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    See you tomorrow night!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 😀

    Have a great night, good sleep at home after work!!!! See you tomorrow night!!! Have a plenty sleep! 😀

    October 7, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  12. roland

    re chicago martial law needs to be enforced werever crime is more powerful than the law

    October 7, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  13. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    good night everyone, have a safe evening and safe journey home AC360 team.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  14. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Goodnight everyone.Peace to all of you and yours.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  15. Robin

    we r looking at how letterman has created a toxic work environment look to the women whom had sex with him i think these women give us a bad name what where they looking for what was there motive both sides r to blame neither should have let this happen but letterman gets in trouble cuz hes the man with the money

    October 7, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  16. Jane - Vt

    Night all.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  17. lucy romo

    you have to talk to some of these troubled kids-at the office we talk that t a huge factor nobody wants to talk about is drugs. One co-worker was one of these trouble kids, he told us all he knew growing up was his parents high on drugs.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  18. mickey

    Baltimore has a very high youth crime but no focus from TV. Both white and black youths have been killed by gang violence in baltimore but no Anderson Cooper focusing

    October 7, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  19. Wendy,Newcastle,ON

    Sorry Lisa disagree with you!!!
    Love ya Dave....keep the jokes coming!!

    October 7, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  20. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! "Anderson, you all right!"

    October 7, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  21. Jen NY

    what kind of gang member rehabilitation programs r there in chicago?

    October 7, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  22. Renee

    It's good to see Anderson all fired up tonight about the kids. But I have to ask where are the protesters? If I had all these kids killed in my neighborhood and knew I had a chance to be on CNN, I would be rounding folks/protesters.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  23. starr, formerly known as vincent

    I disagree with the Sec. of Education. Although this may be an American problem, Chicago seems to be the epicenter of violence.

    Again, i beleive that the parents very much need to be involved, the Sec.'s comment of the story on the one young man whose mother is "drinking her life away" is indeed disheartening. However, I don't believe that All of the parents are disfunctional.

    Thank you Anderson, not only for your keeping the spotlight on this problem, but for having the locals have the opportunity to speak.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  24. Lori from IL

    @ Cessy, Chicago, IL

    I agree - they need to highlight some of the programs that are in place - and the good work that is being done - not just the bad.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  25. Anthonia-(Bay Area)California

    Why wasnt this issue in Chicago the Mayor's first priority then? does it literally take a video for people to realize there needs be change?

    October 7, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  26. Caroline. Los Angeles

    @ Jacqueline-That's what he said.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  27. Jen NY

    i'm curious if chicago has alternative high schools and or programs for students with discipline and or emotional problems. what kinds of programs are there for these students?

    October 7, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  28. Thomas Ret. SFC U.S. Army

    Hi Anderson,
    President Obama is doing the right thing. I think he should the advice of his commanders and Sec. Of Defense. Mr. Pres., forget politics its time to be commander and chief. Your military is prepared give them the chance to win or bring them home! Life & death. May God guide you.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  29. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    We talk about teaching our children about morals and respect, and i totally agree with this, but what about the young adults who are beyond help? Some of the older kids, teenagers, are full of hate and have no compassion – is it too late for them? And if it is, aren't they the problem? These kids won't stop the violence, especially those who find it "fun".

    October 7, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  30. Roger

    Where is Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton? I think Mayor Daley should be fired.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  31. Rochelle Stempel

    NOWs accusation is an insult to women. It's as though their denying women the right to have a sex drive. Isn't it just possible that the women came on to Dave? Women are every bit as capable of getting horny in the workplace as men are ... and they can be pretty good seducers too. If anyone is belittling women, I think it's NOW themselves.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  32. Myron

    Regardless of where it happened, these were two consenting adults. Many long and loving marriages were born in the workplace. If his advances was unwanted then they have the option and right to file a complaint (didn't happen). A jealous boyfriend trid to extort Letterman. "Lock him up!

    October 7, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  33. Diane W

    Regarding the David Letterman situation: let's not forget that any woman has a choice of having sex or not having sex with anyone – unless it's rape. The comments by NOW make it seem like every woman in the workplace is automatically expected to have sex and has no free will or choice. You are not giving us enough credit to have the character to avoid these situations IF WE WANT TO. Unfortunately, some women do want to, but don't make it seems like it's a requirement for every woman. IT'S NOT, if you don't allow it to be. We don't have to be victims.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  34. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I think police need step up to protect our kids to safe place without violence on the street. No more violence on the street at all, we don't accept their teenagers behavior, ZERO!

    October 7, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  35. Anthony

    "An American problem"? No sir, its a problem with today's parenting and not setting the example for our kids.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  36. Jeramy, ca

    is there no one in the Chicago community that will step up and maybe acknowledge that they may be at fault as well as the school system or the local government?

    October 7, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  37. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson should have asked Duncan who these people are that are not outraged by the death of children like Derrion Albert. Let's be specific and not just throw out innuendos.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  38. Linda

    Parents are not teaching their children any morals at all. Money seems to be the main focus and having things. There is no respect for anyone anymore and everyone cares only for themselves. I feel so sorry for this young man and for all young children that end up in gangs. I've seen a child grow up and how he started getting involved in gangs; his parents were divorced, mom busy living a wild life; dad involved only when available......Parents, Parents are responsible for their children and must get out there and check on their children when they are out too late. Parents must call Police when they see gangs in the corner of their street. Call at any time, when you see homes that are dealing drugs....please report it. Children a precious gift from God, Take care of them.....I am sadden by all this.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  39. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Political leaders may not be able to stop this completely, but it would help if they did get involved

    October 7, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  40. mike tn

    since it is the 8th anniv.of the war in afghanistan give the troops a present and send them home.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  41. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    So what has the community done to step up? Why don't the parents take to the streets. Stop looking for someone else to help. Help yourselves!

    October 7, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  42. Octavia - Baltimore, MD

    Get that stimulus money to install some video cameras!!!!

    October 7, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  43. Emily

    It starts @ home!!!!

    October 7, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  44. Jacqueline, NY

    Did that man just say he child was beaten and killed in front of the police?!

    October 7, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  45. Mike

    Why are Republicans so sure about what to do in Afghanistan? Seems to me 8 years of Republican strategy in the mideast does not bode well for their ability to run war strategy decisions. I'd put my money on Obama's ability to strategically think thru what should be done in Afghanistan.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  46. Emily

    Arnie Duncan interview was interesting!

    OMG, these people that Anderson are talking to right now, their stories are so sad!!!

    October 7, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
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