October 29th, 2009
09:48 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/29/09

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A U.S. contractor fights back during a Taliban attack. He shares his story tonight on 360°. Plus, why Sarah Palin may help a Democrat get elected on Tuesday. And, funny woman Wanda Sykes talks politics.

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  1. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Love beat 360 caption!!!!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  2. 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 many animals ate pumpkin for halloween.... AWWWW!!!!! So cute shot!!! LOL!!!!!

    You're so funny man!!!!! See you tomorrow night!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  3. Emily

    Have a great night John King, Erica, Megan, and Bloggers! 😀

    A great show tonight and great bloggers as always! 🙂

    Hope to see you all tomorrow and have a Happy Friday! 🙂

    October 29, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  4. lisal -canada

    Love the bears eating pumpkins!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  5. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good night John, Erica & Team 360 & thank you.

    Good night fellow bloggers-have a great day tomorrow.

    The shots: LOL – lions usually eat meat!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  6. cicly

    night y'all thanks for another interesting and fun time.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  7. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Do pumpkins only grow at certain times of the year?

    October 29, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  8. Emily

    the BEAT360! 🙂

    October 29, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  9. starr, formerly known as vincent

    @ David Indiana, i wish i could answer your question on which sectors are doing well on the market, but i can tell you it is Not new housing (which unexpectedly fell this quarter.)

    October 29, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  10. Jane - Vt

    Good night everybody. Good show tonight.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  11. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    You're welcome!!! HUGS!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  12. johnkingcnn

    wow .. slipped in bad boston accent there. ooooops

    October 29, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  13. Emily

    What Jaycee went through is just so unimaginable!
    That guy should just ROT!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  14. cicly

    this flu affects young people quite hard sometimes. for the life of me i can't see how every doctor is in some big conspiracy to lure people into taking some "evil" vaccine. get yourself and your loved ones vaccinated. it's just common sense.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  15. ericacnn

    @james, if I remember correctly, Sanjay did not get the shot because he had H1N1 in Afghanistan recently

    October 29, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  16. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Love Wanda Sykes....she is very funny.

    Love, the Limbaugh remark. And, appreciate her balanced take on Pres. Obama.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  17. Emily

    @ Erica,
    Hello Erica, glad to see that you were able to log on with us tonight! 🙂

    October 29, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  18. David, Indiana

    Yes glad people's 401K got a boost today, but am even more thankful that GDP grew by 3.5% in the third quarter. I'm sorry I should know this but what sectors are accounting the growth, the impression I have is that there generally stimulus throughout the economy is that right?

    Where did he get the huge rubber bands he used in that ball?

    Good pt, repub part vp candidate going for a conservative party candidate instead of a republican, I'm surprised Sarah Palin is doing that.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  19. Vickie_AR

    Wanda Sykes is GREAT!!!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  20. Jennifer - AZ

    I love WANDA

    October 29, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  21. Emily

    Wanda Skyes has her on T.V. show?

    She's pretty funny!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  22. Emily

    @ Jennifer,
    There is quite a bit in there however, I've heard from a nurse that it's a lot like the HPV vaccine.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  23. gail

    The President is always measured on good economic news precisely because so many are out of work, but I also wish that he would get credit for the good that is going on. I seemed to remember that the GOP saying that the stock market was the indicator when it was bad , now its good, The it was GDP, now that's good. Now the are talking about job creation, that will bee good at some point too . I just want to know when is the media going to ask the GOP what is their plan besides the word "No"

    October 29, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  24. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Hi Erica! Glad to see you got "hooked up" to join un on the blog.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  25. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    It's interesting how obsessed everyone, particularly Democrats are about Sarah Palin, when even the majority of Republicans don't think she's qualified as President. What are they so afraid of?

    October 29, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  26. Emily

    @Lori, that's funny!! 😛

    I think Palin is out there for the attention, and she is no longer interested in a politic position.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  27. james

    I want to know if Dr. Gupta had taken the h1n1 shot?

    October 29, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  28. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    Answer for "To vaccinate or not to vaccinate."....NO!

    Bad brew.

    Holistic strengthening of system instead.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  29. starr, formerly known as vincent

    I loved Paul B's remark about hunting down heretics.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  30. ericacnn

    belated logon for me tonight – no laptop in the studio. all set now, though

    October 29, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  31. Emily

    @ Casey Jones,
    I know that this H1N1 vaccine is very serious....there are many people out there that are very period about this vaccine, and want to know what is in it and why are people not getting it, the main reasons!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  32. johnkingcnn

    what an odd box for the obama white house. finally, finally the economy grows - but it isnt adding jobs and might not for months - so they have to be very careful not to brag or do too many handstands.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  33. Lori

    I like Sarah Palin. She appears to have some backbone.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  34. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Who is really going to listen to Palin? Especially in NY?

    The candidate she is supporting doesn't even live in the district he is running for.


    October 29, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  35. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Let's see Wanda Sykes! She's hilarious!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  36. Jennifer

    Mercury has been typical until recently in vaccines as a preservative, supposedly in safe amounts. Versions of the H1N1 vaccine will be available without Mercury, it's just that they allowed the Mercury (and without level restrictions, at least in WA) for now so as to speed up the process of getting the vaccine out so those most at risk can get them asap.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  37. starr, formerly known as vincent

    I have 3 friends who have lost their jobs recently. Each one of them were told the reason they were fired was "it wasn't working out".

    It would seem that many employers have the "cream of the crop" to choose from, or they are just trimming their budgets.

    I really hope that the Obama adminstration really can create millions more jobs.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I hope you will better soon right away, get rest for you.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  39. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    How do you prove you have 'saved' a job? Either there are more jobs or not. Thanks John King for pointing out that President Obama lost ground by 3 million jobs.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  40. Emily

    some of the jobs, they have been phased out!
    businesses have cut them out in order not to go out of business!
    yes, to "save" the entire company/business, there were many that were phased out...different from the ones that May have a job to come back to!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  41. Susan

    We live in Bucks County PA and have tried to find H1N1 vaccine for our teenage son.

    It seems like no one has it and no one knows when they are going get it, including

    our primary physician.

    I am very upset and nervous!

    Do you know where we can go to get our son immunize from H1N1 virus?

    Please help!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  42. David, Indiana

    @John King were the states in red those that had closed schools? I didn't catch that, If so, the map needs to be corrected because we had a school close locally here due to H1N1.

    Has anyone figured out why w/swine flu vaccine in 1976 those vaccinated caught Gullian Barre syndrome?

    I think the steps taken to stem this outbreak are helping, maybe the virus is, thankfully, less virulent (though seems to be potentially dangerous for pregnant women and young people), an unchecked flu pandemic could have a snowball effect on public health.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  43. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Emily. It's rather simple. Do you want to live or take a chance on death? Are you high risk? Maybe it's worth the risk. I've taken a lot of drugs that were considered poison and I'm still here to type this (I wouldn't be otherwise). We can't have it both ways considering the urgency.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  44. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Nice see President Obama honored many soldiers casket who love lost ones from Afghanistan, My heart goes to soldiers family & friends

    October 29, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  45. starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse.

    Your remark about the vaccine and the piano -hysterically funny!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
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