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October 28th, 2009
09:50 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/28/09

Tonight we're look at the accusations Pres. Obama is giving big donors access to the White House. We've got the raw politics. And we're looking into reports that the CIA has a drug lord on its payroll in Afghanistan – the brother of the Pres. Hamid Karzi.

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soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Great show tonight! Stay safe and I wish you all uninterruped sleep. Unlike my house. Good Night! Love, peace, and "rest"!

    October 28, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Dodie ~ California

    Good night Erica and John. Always nice to see you on CNN.

    Good night bloggers, Emily and Star. Have a wonderful evening and week.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  3. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you and good night Jon K., Erica, & Team 360, wonderful mix tonight.

    Good night fellow bloggers.hope you all have a great day tomorrow.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  4. Gene

    I am all for us sending money to American Samoa but there needs to be accountability!

    October 28, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night John King (Anderson), Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen, Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    See you tomorrow night!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 😀
    Day of the shot with I-phone guys I love costume forr halloween!!! Cute shot!!!! I do love the shot! 🙂

    October 28, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  6. Emily

    Good night John (great panels tonight!), Erica, Megan & Bloggers!!!

    Hope to see you all tomorrow! 🙂

    October 28, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  7. David, Indiana

    Solar energy could be used in Samoa.

    Is there not an annual accounting of how the Samoan govt spends it money printed in the newspaper in the classified. Are there no laws requiring these notices in American Samoa? Was the dept of Homeland security making any noise about how slow things were going with the warning sirens?

    October 28, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  8. Jarrett Meers

    Uh... when Sarah Palin remarks that the man is hungry for attention... wasn't she in the running for Miss America at one point?

    October 28, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  9. sven

    Levi is just in it for a payday and attention. He's not credible.

    Agree that Palin has crossed over into being a celebrity rather than a politician. Would be interested to see her get a talk show. Now that's entertainment!

    October 28, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  10. starr, formerly known as vincent

    The "attention" remark seems rediculous when you see how much "attention" she seems to need.

    Levi is apparently bound and determined to keep her in check.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  11. Cessy, Chicago IL

    goodnight, all. Be safe!

    October 28, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  12. Stephen Wilkerson (Drew) Maryland

    He won't go that far, unless..... the Price is right!

    Drew

    October 28, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  13. Dodie ~ California

    @ Casey Jones – Palm Springs, CA

    That was Great! You gave me a good laugh!

    October 28, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  14. Connie

    What has become of our values as citizen and a sense of community? After hearing about what happened to the 15 year old girl, I was completely discusted! What happened to responsibility?

    October 28, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  15. Rodney

    Why is Sarah Palin being glorified for quitting on Alaska. i forgot two sets of standards.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  16. Emily

    @Jay,
    Palin showed what a poor politician she was when she QUIT as the Gov. of Alaska! That was a bad move!
    Also, it was reported that she was going off script during the campaign – bad move!
    No one like a QUITTER!!

    October 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  17. Dodie ~ California

    Sarah Palin is funny! that is why people like her.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  18. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Michael, eastern NC,
    Yes, I agree!! Exaclty right! 🙂 Me too!

    October 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  19. Stephen Wilkerson (Drew) Maryland

    Let's see..... why are they doing this. Could it be motivated by money. I think it is for both of them. What a shame that this is the face of being a conservative. I for one have left the republican party forever.

    Drew

    October 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  20. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Isn't Sarah Palin selling her body for money (or is her mind of another universe)?

    October 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  21. Glen Up North (visiting Norwalk, CT)

    Well, I'm out for the night (early morning tomorrow). Evening John, Erica, David, bloggers, and Anderson (wherever you may be).

    October 28, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  22. Dodie ~ California

    @ starr, formerly known as vincent

    You are so correct regarding the history of the CIA!

    October 28, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  23. Tim

    That was the end of the Russians a decade ago in Afghanistan. They got pinned in the Cities. By all means take the fight to the enemy by use of outposts.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  24. Dodie ~ California

    Sarah Palin???? lol Now that is a joke!

    October 28, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  25. johnkingcnn

    a smart discussion with three smart guys about the difficult choices in afghanistan. i learn from the back and forth – and hope it helps you.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  26. Jay - Memphis, TN

    Sarah Palin is showing what a poor politician she is in the way she is handling the situation with her grandson's father. She should be picking her feuds and enemies much more carefully. Why doesn't she just ignore him? She is bringing a simmering pot to a boil just in time for her book release – bad move. I bet Johnston boils over and drops of the "bombshells" just as the book comes out. He'll steal all of her thunder.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  27. Emily

    Bob B. makes a great point esp. after that awful explosion in Pakistan in the women's market today, or yesterday now.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  28. starr, formerly known as vincent

    This drug lord story is no surprise! CIA history is littered with payments to "bad" guys.

    Excellent panel discussion. Although it is very sad that we continue to try and " buy" our way out of things.

    I think that the purchase power of the USA is waining & has caused a lot of disrespect towards our country.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  29. Dodie ~ California

    I am sorry to say this... We have tried to win a war within another country and it never worked. Why do you believe that it will work this time?

    Best predictor of current or future is the past!

    October 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  30. Stephen Wilkerson (Drew) Maryland

    No cards lots of money. Let's solve this thing with Money, it's the American way.

    Drew

    October 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  31. sven

    John, Jeffrey, and Lisa did a great job with a difficult topic from Richmond.

    The legal system needs to come down hard on the perpetrators of that rape.

    And there is a disturbing issue of those watching and doing nothing. I'm really glad you keep up with that theme. I wonder why people don't speak up or don't do something. Why is silence a good thing?

    October 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  32. Stephen Wilkerson (Drew) Maryland

    The voice of wisdom, money solves all problems. Let's buy a solution in Afghanistan like we did in Iraq. That's the ticket.

    Drew

    October 28, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  33. Dodie ~ California

    This could prove to be very dangerous for Karzaki (sp)!

    October 28, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  34. Rashid

    "CIA paying Karzai's Brother"

    Would we mind if CIA were to pay mafia who were committing crimes in U.S. cities? Of course yes,
    Now we are paying a guy who is neck deep in all sort of crimes: warlord, drug dealer....

    October 28, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  35. Renee

    @ Gergen: The hell with them is right. Enough already with these Afghan War Lords! Are you ever going to blog again?

    October 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  36. Barbara

    Your report on American Samoa was a breath of fresh air. However corruption is nothing new to most people in American Samoa! Many have been taken advantage of by the government. It's about time the FBI has stepped in to take a closer look into this government. Let's hope something will be done for the people of American Samoa. Even the health care system there is in need of a major change. Most people that live in American Samoa must travel to Hawaii for good health care. Why is that?

    October 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  37. Stephen Wilkerson (Drew) Maryland

    Let's go back to your news casts from 2001 and see what you all were saying about Hamid Karzi. How a couple of years changes everything. we put him in power, now what?

    Drew

    October 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
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