October 28th, 2009
09:50 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/28/09

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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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  1. Emily

    I wonder if any of the other parents of the students at the dance that night will also?

    great that you enjoy multitasking; glad to see you on the blog each night! 🙂

    yeah, David Gergen & Michael Ware!

    October 28, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  2. David, Indiana

    That young student just slammed the security and the admin of that school.

    I guess child pornography charges are possible, but I think the main charge though would be aiding and abetting. What the student said about the security of police not checking id's at a dance is more to the point. If you don't like the idea of everyone's id being checked, someone in security or one of the teachers or principals supervising the dance should've just as a matter of routine should've checked out what was going on with kids outside. It fine w/ me that security at the school would check id's at a dance in one of the most dangerous cities in CA

    I don't understand how the age of the victim affects whether or not witnesses are required by law to report a felony. But maybe I misunderstood that.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  3. Joe

    @ Vickie_Ar I agree thats what I was saying, and thats what what I would have done

    October 28, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  4. patrick toney

    I want my money back from samoa.why is the gov.just giving our money away and their are people here that is losing jobs and home. I believe the people in the gov.are just plain stupid just book sense but no common sense.and if they stop lining there wallets with kick back this gov can get on track but as long as kick back is involved it will never happen.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  5. Dodie ~ California

    @ Emily

    That was right on target! There is an "excuse" for everything. Yes, that is very troublesome to me. It talks about Not being Responsible.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  6. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    I think Sarah Palin wants to be one of those you love or you hate. She wants the celebrity, not going to attract press or speaking engagements or book sales if she is middle of the road.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  7. Cessy, Chicago IL

    19...20 year olds caught...what are they doing at the homecoming dance?

    October 28, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  8. Renee

    These "boys" have watched SO many videos and violent games they do not know FACTS from FICTION. The brain becomes numb to violence when you have seen so much of it at a young age. Just my motherly opinion. That's why these violent videos and what nots are not permitted in my home. Who needs this non-sense?

    October 28, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  9. gail

    @ Glen
    My pleasure.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  10. Vickie_AR

    Those people were bystanders, not hostages. They could have ran around the corner and called 911 on a cell phone and no one would have even known it.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  11. SELVIN

    @erica hill dont you think its time the law changes were no matter the age you should go to jail for severe crimes like killing assault or rape or drug dealing its destroying america

    October 28, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  12. Shannon, Fairfax, VA


    That's good to hear, thanks for telling us.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  13. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I do love multitasking same time watch CNN and blogs each week!
    I think her parents are also lawsuit against school for damage.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  14. Emily

    John King asked great questions and both Jeff & Lisa have made great points...provided great information...what a sad, sick story! 😐

    October 28, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  15. Renee

    @ Casey: I hear you! We had 1300 at my high schoo. Times have changed. We need to re-structure these high schools to make them smaller populations so that everyone gets to know each other. I will not get on my rant about school choice destroying neighborhoods.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  16. Dodie ~ California

    The problem is that these boys just do NOT care. They have rage towards women. Rape is Rage, not sex. It is a sexual act, but it is an act of violence.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  17. amy

    RE: American Samoa...What is going on? In any well run business..(aka..the IRS!) you think there would be someone monitoring spending. This sort of laziness as a result of "distance" in this day and age is a disgrace! I am a hard working, tax paying, law abiding citizen living in a small town where folks take care of each other...I take this so personally. This is OUR money people! If I didn't have to draw a salary I would enter into politics myself just to TRY to fix the stuff( and that's a nice word) like this. My prayers go to all the people in the territory of American Samoa.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  18. Michelle

    I am not surprised that people took videos and pictures.
    Regardless of gender teens upload sex acts through
    tubes on the internet. Quite frankly amateur porn is big
    on high school an college campuses.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  19. Joe

    I mean everyone gets on the people who did nothing but if you saw a group of men who not only outnumber you but could kill you would you have done anything besides calling the police and getting help?

    October 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  20. Dodie ~ California

    @ starr, formerly known as vincent

    Right on! I hope they can be charged for watching!

    October 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  21. Michael, eastern NC

    I have to say that John King is the only man on Earth who could come close to filling Anderson's shoes...I love you both!

    October 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  22. Emily

    @ Casey Jones,
    We are in a different time now...there is a 'rehab' and an excuse for everything! (wow, I'm sounding old!)

    October 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  23. Karen Hartwright

    There was a case in the 80'sin Massachusetts that was the basis for the movie The Accused starring Jodie Foster. It was about a situation just like the one in CA. A girl was gang raped in a bar while many onlookers stoodby, chanted and cheered on the rapists. The onlookers were eventually charged (with what I don't remember) and convicted,

    October 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  24. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I like Jeff Toobin and Lisa Bloom's comment. I am sorry about teenager girl 15 yrs old got raped by boys and adult.... My heart goes to 15 yrs old teenager girl, I hope she will heal own her life.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  25. Nancy

    The girl called her dad to come get her? Didn't he come?

    October 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  26. Renee

    Lisa Bloom is right on this one!

    October 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  27. Sam

    I agree that it is horrible that they are wasting our money in Samoa. That is plain horrible. But we shouldn't blame them for everything. Our government has helped us so much wither everything. They do so much for us, no one publicizes that, they only publicize their mistakes.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  28. Emily

    @ Erica,
    The law really is very disturbing! ....the fact that they were watching and standing there, and not overhearing this from their apt. – this is so stomach-turning!

    glad to hear that some of the students at the school are speaking out.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  29. Shannon, Fairfax, VA

    Hey, that's a good point, I hadn't thought about the child porn thing.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  30. Dodie ~ California

    I hope those people will be held liable for not doing their job

    October 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  31. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    When I went to high school (1500 kids) we never had "security" on campus or at school dances. We DID have chapperones, etc., so where are the parents in all this? Why do we constantly have to place blame on educators for poor parenting skills?

    October 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  32. Sue Saunders

    There is now a fund set up for the 15 year old girl raped at Richmond HIgh School Saturday night. Please let viewers know they can contribute to help this child.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  33. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    It is absurd that our children are not safe at school functions. Sad, pathetic and intolerable.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  34. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Why can't onlookers be charged with aiding and abetting?

    October 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  35. Mark

    You guys need to expand this story on Samoa and look at all the U.S. Territories. I am in the U.S. Virgin Islands and everday tons of Federal funds are squandered and stolen everyday.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  36. ericacnn

    Amazing the law re: a 14 yr old... stunning and so, so disturbing

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

    I am so glad she testified. That is awesome

    October 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  38. Emily

    Are parents going to sue the school?

    October 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  39. Sue Lee

    I am 67 working still – no way to retire for a few years yet – why are you sending my tax dollars- millions and billions- to Somoa and not tracking? I am not going to get a COLA on my SS next year but you have tax dollars to send after already wasted tax dollars?

    October 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  40. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @John King....I'm glad we're having all this Palin hype now. I can't imagine she'll be able to stay-the-course all the way to 2012. In the meantime, she provides great fodder for cocktail conversation.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  41. Emily

    That man that was able to get the grants for the Island; he had NO responsibility to see how the money was spent?

    Is this true for all States?
    The money/grants were traced to him, and he didn't know how that money was spent?

    why there is not a regulation there to follow-up?

    October 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  42. Rashid

    Hi John King,
    It does matter to me who the CIA pays in Afghanistan, especially when our money goes to warlords. We are supposedly there promoting democracy, and yet our money goes to people who are gangsters dealing opium and furthering the drug trade. To make matters worse, that opium then comes back to our cities and towns destroying lives of our youth. The CIA and the US government should be working at higher standards.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  43. Kathy Chicago

    Maybe if the govt stopped wasting our time and money, we wouldn't complain about giving tax money to them.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  44. gail

    Count me in the camp of Sarah Palin is not qualified and not only that I blame her for the ratcheting up of hatred against the President and muddying health care legislation through lies. I will never and I mean never vote for her. No middle ground here.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  45. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    WoW! It is hard to believe that we are spending that kind of money in Samoa! WoW!

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

    @ starr, formerly known as vincent

    Lets get a bill going to make them all illegal! That ought to be interesting..

    October 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  47. starr, formerly known as vincent

    This report on American Samoa is stunning!

    But, then again, maybe not. i guess we all should be used to the fantastic waste that has been going on for a Long Time.

    Thank you Drew, for an eye-opening story!

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

    @ John King,
    I think that when Sarah Palin Quit as the Governor of Alaska, that was a sign that "she isn't ready" for some who might have given her a chance in a few years.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  49. Gregg - - Fla.

    Those poor Samoans, yet another Government corruption charge again, @ us tax payers expense, sad...

    October 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  50. Dodie ~ California

    This has been going on for as long as I can remember, and that is a loooooooong time. We just throw money at other countries (governments) never following through on where the money goes. This is just standard operating procedures for us!

    October 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
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