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October 8th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/08/09

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Tonight, new signs that U.S. Congressman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., could be headed for trouble. He’s accused of playing fast and loose with his own taxes. We’ll also take a closer look at why many gay Americans are disappointed in President Obama. Has he broken his promises on same-sex marriage, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and more? We’ve also been digging on a story that’s put a spotlight on an obscure subgenre of rap music called “Horrorcore.” It’s violent and steeped in grotesque imagery. But did it lead a young California man to murder four people?

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  1. Audrey Askins

    Chicago public school teachers are assulted regularly and nothing is done to the students. I was not surprised at the video this goes on all the time in CPS schools where the population is 90% black. Teachers have no power in Chicago schools.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  2. Nadine - Canada

    Welcome back Erica!
    Here in my household, we enjoy AC360 mainly because of Erica & Anderson. The 2 of you are a nice team to watch on TV! Great show tonight as always!

    October 8, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  3. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Obama made lots of promises to lots of special interest groups. Gays aren't the first he's reneged on, and won't be the last.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  4. Caroline, Los Angeles

    I think the march is a good idea. It does indeed take a lot of patience to change attitudes and beliefs.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  5. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    October 8, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  6. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Don't ask... Don't tell... It is ridiculous that people have to hide and thus suffer!!

    October 8, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  7. Lori from IL

    Okay – are the same people who are crying that President Obama is trying to do too much, now saying he's not doing enough? I believe the President will work to improve gay right's issues, but we need to give him time. I'm sure if he chose gay rights issues over the economy and health care – he'd be hung out to dry. Give him time - He's been President 9 months (he didn't become president on election night.) – and he has to work with a congress which moves extremely slow.

    I support gay rights – and think that contacting congress is the best way to get things moving.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  8. Cessy, Chicago IL

    You guys said it. Pres. Obama's report card=D's for Disappointments

    October 8, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  9. Kathy Chicago

    Pres Obama is a politician. He will say anything to get what he wants. I don't think that gay rights are a priority for him right now.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  10. Jennifer

    Stabbing at my sons school in Richmond Ky. Home econ knife used. Teen in critical condition. Issue is not just inner city (Chicago) but everywhere. How do we protect our children?

    October 8, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  11. Antonia-Oakland,California

    Obama did not exactly break his promises, theres other things he needs to worry about first...people are asking for too much from him..wayy to much.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  12. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Oh..oh...looks like the president's report card is not looking good.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  13. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    As usual, gays and lesbians are relegated to the end of the line.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  14. gina

    I love your work at Cnn, you all go get the truth and that is awesome. I am watching your program about the youths in Chicago. What these kids need is not more social service programs, they are children lost in a system, many of these kids have a lack of morals, because they are raised in a society that also acts immoral. They are angry. What they need is a change in education and to be shown by positive example, someone needs to step in and change the education they get in schools, they need to learn about respect, love and real true caring for fellow human beings.

    Gina in Philadelphia

    October 8, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  15. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Don't ask... Don't tell... Nowadays, people should be more open-minded. This is ridiculous!

    October 8, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  16. Rafael Zamora

    Hay Anderson I just wanted to recap on the violence in chicago and the don't snitch.
    I feel like the don't snitch thing is getting to out of hand. It's one thing when you don't tell mom who ate out the cookie jar but not to speak up about your friend dyeing is ridiculous. Remember that this link of stupidity has been on for years and it's time to stop it and parents can help a great deal. Your local police station also helps too it's called staying anonymous. It's always okay until this reality hits home.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  17. Shawn Hendricks - Fairplay, MD

    Keeping the President honest does not happen. Reminding a President of his missteps does.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  18. Lori from IL

    @ Emily –

    students may not be going to the police – but they have talked – there was a front page story in the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday – were some of the Fenger students involved in the fight, talked about the incident.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  19. David, Indiana

    Well it would be good if those in the center on the dems and republicans were in fact sitting down together right now. The fringes have seemed to dominate, so can the center get together? 13 months if a very long time till the midterm election.

    Hi Erica! sorry I thought Randi Kaye was in for you.

    NASA is not "bombing" the moon. They are intentionally slamming a rocket into a crater on the south pole of the moon, to see if there's water in the dust that's kicked up.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  20. Nancy

    We're ruining Earth. Please, let's not ruin the moon.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  21. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    @ Erica

    Welcome back!!!!! Missed you this week!!!I You are more beautiful!

    October 8, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  22. Jane - Vt

    Welcome back Erica. We missed you and I'm sure Anderson missed your humor.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  23. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Great report by Gary, he is really on top of this story! Good move to get the kids to give info anonymously. Gary is right that is common sense thinking, why wasn't it suggested earlier?

    October 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  24. Jennifer

    The moon's been ask'in for it for years

    October 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  25. Antonia-Oakland,California

    I hope NASA does not make a mistake and accidentally bomb the entire moon! lols..now that would be sad..!

    October 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  26. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Horrorcore looks horribly creepy to me...

    October 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  27. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    Why is NASA looking for water on the moon?

    October 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  28. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Mayor of Chicago reach out, we are all here wanting to help.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  29. Emily

    Kids should never be in the crossfire!!!
    I can't believe that NO one has come forward in D. Albert's beating death.
    An Outrage!!!!
    Shame on the people of Chicago!
    Come on people, Speak UP!!!

    October 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  30. Cessy, Chicago IL

    "NASA will bomb the moon"....THAT's news!!!

    October 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  31. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Of course they could report anonymously. Do they really need someone to tell them that?

    October 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  32. Tabitha

    So sad about that bomb attack.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  33. Ed

    Rangel's shenanigans is just another example of a hypocritical congressman caught with his pants down. What a shame! Rangel needs to go!

    October 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  34. Nancy

    After school programs and more police aren't exactly new ideas and won't make up for lack of parenting, especially by fathers.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  35. Rick

    I really like Obama and believe he wants to do the right for everyone but his party isn't helping and penalties aren't harsh enough for the wealth. If you followed the same consequence of a common person I bet it would happen less.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi Erica,
    Welcome back!!!!! Missed you this week!!! I am glad see you on live blog tonight, Hugs! 😉

    October 8, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  37. Rob

    I saw the poll about the Dem's losing strength. I'm from Canada. I honestly believe if the Dems forced through a health care reform with a significant government insurance plan, they would be voted back in power possibly for years to come. It will be popular with average people. Take the risk and be part of the group that can say 'I made a real difference in peoples lives for the better'. We love our system.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  38. Tony, from lagos,Nigeria

    I think Pres. Obama has suddenly realised the enormity of the challenges he faces.Its easier to criticise people in power.His indecision on key issues,( iraq,afghanistan,health care reform) has made some neutrals to move away from the Democrats.

    Thank you

    October 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  39. Gary

    The Democrats have majorities in both houses, yet there have been no new regulations imposed on the financial community, there have been no attempts to role back the Bush-era tax cuts for the rich, and a number of Democrats have been doing their best to protect health insurance companies instead of people. We voted for a change and we got more of the same. Why not throw the rascals out?

    October 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  40. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Emily,
    Yup! I am hoping that he must quit his position congress, He never paid his taxes since his past years! I agree, Emily!

    October 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  41. Pat

    I hope that after midterm elections the dems loose their power to shoot down everything the republicans try to do!!! I will do my part to see to it.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  42. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Anderson...Mayor Daley is speaking out on what he is going to do to decrease and hopefully eliminate teen violence here in Chicago...You got his attention, alright.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  43. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Hi Erica! Glad to see you back.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  44. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Hello all. I don't think the Dems in Congress are in any trouble at all. Not any more than usual for both sides.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  45. Emily

    Hi Erica, how have you been?

    October 8, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  46. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    One party rule doesn't work. When Clinton had to contend with a Republican Congress we had a balanced budget, welfare reform and a great economy.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  47. Jim Hunsucker

    To much government always leads to tyranny and abuse of "We the People". Just ask our Founders and read the meaning behind the 10th Amendment.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  48. Emily

    Some how I don't think that the "I forgot" excuse to do my taxes would work with the government, if I didn't pay my taxes!!!

    October 8, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  49. Sage Maxwell

    If we are agreeable to preserve democratic ideals, let due process take its course.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  50. Dulcie - Denver

    Finally, a conservative who sounds sane. Ms. Wallace is making some really good points. Thanks for having someone on who doesn't yammer on in extremes. And YES! We have spent too much time on the extremes. I agree completely.

    Thanks again!

    October 8, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
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