October 22nd, 2009
10:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/22/09

Tonight the new fears over the H1N1 vaccine. Why one governor is stopping mandatory vaccines for health care workers. And we're answering your questions on the flu. Plus, groundbreaking legislation that would make it a federal crime to assault someone for their sexual orientation. And, Anderson talks about the war on terror with the former Pres. of Pakistan. What should be the U.S. strategy in the region?

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  1. Caroline, Los Angeles

    I do appreciate how he thought of pimping out the Lazy-Boy with gold spray paint.

    Pretty awesome

    October 23, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  2. Lori from IL

    Listening to Barney songs would qualify as torture!

    October 23, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  3. Lori

    Good night. Sweet dreams!

    October 23, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  4. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    How could this guy crash the "chair" into anything and not severely injure himself–his legs would be hanging over the front edge?

    October 23, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  5. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you Anderson, Erica & Team 360 for another great news program! Really interesting topics tonight. And, good night to you all as well...have a great tommorrow.

    Good night fellow bloggers. Great conversationand have a great tomorrow!

    Thank you, as always, for leaving us laughing. (Homer Simpson's car-LOL)

    October 22, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  6. Lori

    A motorized Lazy Boy? What next?

    October 22, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  7. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! Have a nice night!

    October 22, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  8. Karen Gonyea, MN

    Good Night!

    October 22, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  9. Brian in Chicago

    Finally; some legislation for Gay rights! The Republican's who didn't sign it never had to face discrimination and this prove they continue their discrimination.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  10. Emily

    Have a great night Anderson, Erica, Martina, Megan and Bloggers!

    It was a great AC360 tonight...loved the different topics tonight! 🙂

    I hope to see you all tomorrow night!

    Have a great Friday Everyone!!!! 😛

    October 22, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  11. Karen

    I think people would be shocked at what happens to our economy if they could suddenly whisk all illegal immigrants away in one fell swoop. It would be devastating.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  12. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    I m not a big fan of Musharraf,thank you for doing a very good job, Where is all the money gone he got from Ameria?,

    October 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  13. David, Indiana

    President Obama did come out and say unequivocally that don't ask don't tell should be abolished.

    Peter Bergen's pt Pakistan's offensive against the Taliban in the country is full on. Having the know how, as Michael Ware notes the Pakistan army does to fight the Taliban is key. Establishing alliances would be a successful strategy.

    The President has already put in huge influx of troops, and there's an election run off going on. He's not dithering, he's looking to take the best shots to help Afghanistan start making progress.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  14. Deece

    Illegal immigrants should not be granted a path to citizenship. The jackpot prize of US citizenship should be reserved for those who did not come here in defiance of our sovereignty and immigration laws.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  15. Jennifer - AZ

    What will happen to Marta if she is deported? Just dumped across the border? Children should be given special consideration, and we should make sure they will be cared for no matter where they come from rather than being considered a political problem.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  16. Dulcie - Denver

    I really like what Mr. Martinez has to say. We desperately need some good answers on immigration. And yes, I believe that there needs to be some serious controls, but also a way to find compassion for these people.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  17. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    How can one defends a man who is getting his pary on?

    October 22, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  18. Joe

    It is remarkable that Mel Martinez has so little regard for the sanctity of the nation that gave him and tens of thousands of other Cuban Refugees the opportunity to breath the free air.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  19. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    There is no buts about it. These people are breaking the law. If we don't force people to respect the law there will be anarchy. If they don't like the law they can try to change it, but you can't pick and choose which laws you want to respect and which ones you don't.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  20. Emily

    I agree 100% in enforcing the laws, no doubt, however, I think that it's very ironic that they were building a fence down there after the US wanted Berlin to "Tear down the Wall"!!!

    October 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  21. starr, formerly known as vincent

    I missed Latino in America this evening.

    This story about children who entered our country alone is devestating. Especailly, the one about "Marta". Does she have family at home? Can they find her mother here? This child is all alone.
    The young man looking for a prosthetic, heartbreaking.

    I am conflicted on this issue (i think like many other Americans), but i do feel that we need to at least offer these children education so that if they are sent home, they at least have something to make their lives better.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  22. Karla

    ...Polorizing issue because you seem to condemn those who inforce the law and have such sypmathy for those who come here illegally. As a fair open mindeded non-republican in Az, I just dont want to pay for anyone elses problems I have too many of my own. Our schools are wrecked due to illegal immigration.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:53 pm |
  23. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Obviously there are extenuating circumstances relative to illegal immigration with children, but at what point do we draw the line? How many of these kids get sent back and what really happens to those who get sent back?

    October 22, 2009 at 11:53 pm |
  24. dana, South Carolina

    Hi, Anderson and everybody. Have there been any reports of severe side-effects from the already administered HINI flu shots that we know of? How many vaccines have been actually administered so far?
    I am an MD myself and mother of 2, but as confused as anybody else about what to do about the vaccination...

    October 22, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  25. Jesse Weiser

    Afghanistan must be maintained and brought under control and the Taliban must go. Pakistan is the real problem, when nuclear missiles fall into the Taliban hands (who are less then 20 miles from the nukes), India as well as the world better watch out. Send more troops.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:51 pm |
  26. Caroline, Los Angeles

    OK. That's ridiculous not to provide these kids with a lawyer. They are kids.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:51 pm |
  27. Kola Tubosun

    I still find it ironic that we have Columbus Day here in the United States, and we still have so much apparent resentment for immigrants. There is nothing wrong with migrating to find a new life. That's what started this country in the first place.

    KT – Illinois

    October 22, 2009 at 11:50 pm |
  28. Emily

    I feel so bad for the children in all of these cases....they didn't ask for any of this! re. Soledad's "immigration limbo"

    October 22, 2009 at 11:49 pm |
  29. Lori

    How can a mother abandon her child?

    October 22, 2009 at 11:49 pm |
  30. Emily

    $1.5 billion? ....hmm, I'm sure that I could find something to do with that, however, since deficits, loans, etc. have entered the trillion marker, the "b" is just not the same anymore!

    October 22, 2009 at 11:48 pm |
  31. starr, formerly known as vincent

    I forgot to mention, that i was glad to hear from Peter Bergen that the Pakistani's are fighting "for real" this time.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:48 pm |
  32. Caroline, Los Angeles

    I think I need to design a new t-shirt. It will say: "I'm dithering"

    October 22, 2009 at 11:47 pm |
  33. Tamesha

    Immigration is such a complex issue, my heart goes out to anyone caught in the cross fire of it. No matter what side you're on, if you're human there has to be a part of you that sympathizes with this group.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:47 pm |
  34. Dodie ~ California

    Afghanistan war reminds me of the Vietnam war. I personally do not see us gaining anything from this war except for loss of lives...

    October 22, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  35. Dulcie - Denver

    BTW Anderson, Excellent questions in your interview with the Pakistan leader. Hard questions, but not rude. Well done!

    October 22, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  36. Karla

    I wish we had never got in so deep in this part of the world! It is so cruel and complicated – we cant trust of 'friends' .

    October 22, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  37. Emily

    Nine Inch Nails, REM, and Pearl Jam?

    that is a trio that I never thought would have anything in common!

    October 22, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  38. Lori from IL

    Good discussion with Peter Bergen and Michael Ware –

    Is it me, or have we seen/ heard more from Cheney since he's been out of office, than we did the 8 years he was in office?

    October 22, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  39. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Excellent Panel discussion with two gentlemen whoreally know what they are talking about.
    Great questions too, anderson!

    October 22, 2009 at 11:45 pm |
  40. Jennifer - AZ

    Anderson, looks like you and Musharraf should be playing "Risk" on that table. Great interview.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:45 pm |
  41. David Y

    Dick Cheney may claim President Obama is dithering by addressing the Afghanistan troop levels after 9 months in office while Dick Cheney & the Bush administration were NEGLIGENT in Afghanistan over the last 8 YEARS!!

    October 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  42. Cessy, Chicago IL

    $1.5B is a lot of money, I agree. But I feel that there's so much to do to help Pakistan...I'm more interested in finding out what they will use they money for aso we can have a better understanding on what they need and why they need this kind of money. We dont really know what goes on in Pakistan unless we experience what it's like to live there.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  43. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Musharraf is allowing the Taliban to "own" that region.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  44. Kola Tubosun

    Does Dick Cheney want a job in the military?

    October 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  45. Emily

    Michael Ware & Peter Bergen are proving great info here with Anderson!

    October 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  46. Victoria Alameda

    Musharraf is not believable on where the money went or was used for. Because you don't have to worry about micro management if everything is above board

    October 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  47. Larry

    Hey! Don't go hating on Cheney, he has 1st amendment rights as much as we do.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
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