November 30th, 2009
09:52 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 11/30/09

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Tonight, we have breaking news on the hunt in Washington state for the gunman accused of killing four police officers. Plus, new details on the White House party crashers. The Washington Post is reporting on e-mails that the couple says clears them of wrongdoing. We have the White House reaction.

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  1. Sandy

    My concern is not that we need to know simply because he's a celebrity – I could care less. However, if it's true that his wife took a golf club to him, then the police do need to get involved. Then it's domestic violence. If the roles were reversed, the masses would be/should be very concerned.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  2. Steven

    Jeff Toobin is leaving out the real possibility of a legal issue. If alcohol was not involved, the next thing I would be suspicious of is whether he was impaired by other substances. And one can be arrested and charged for DUI as a result of prescription or OTC drugs. So, law enforcement has every right and responsibility to investigate this possibility as they would with any other average Joe in this country.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  3. Jim

    Anderson you crack me up calling them cling ons I'm still rotflmao

    November 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  4. karen

    like i said before they want reality, give it to them press charges against them. put them in jail. if i did that i would have already been in prison, they have money, so they can fight this.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  5. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    If these two clowns are the celebrities some claim they are, they will get a pass and won't face any charges even if they did breach security.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  6. joey

    when is enough gonna be enough. and to top it off huckabee and the judge that granted him clemoncy, didnt even take responsibility. if it wasnt for either of them then whose fault is it. these are leaders of our country in some aspect. its a disgrace!! and innocent lives were taken because of poor leadership and common sense. how hard is it to grasp this concept: people who break the law and do wrong should be punished, severely!. what the freak is so difficult to understand!!! four families lives were ruined forever cause people in power felt bad for a criminal. makes no sense!!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  7. Toby Rien

    With regard to the Secret Service blunder, the agents involved should be relieved of their duty and fired. That is their only job and they placed not only the President of the United States in jeopardy but everyone else in that building.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  8. Merry Armstrong

    One of the scariest parts of the "party crashers" is the fact that "she" resembles Ann Coulter way too much!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  9. Lori

    Hi everyone! These party crashers are quite a couple.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  10. Wendy

    @ Erica.....think you should do the news with a hat,scarf and mittens on....would be a funny joke!!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  11. Kathy Chicago

    Heads should roll for this security breach, both White house social and govt officials.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  12. Mobi

    Hi! I was listing your program few minutes ago from Lahore Pakistan I am very sad to witness the this sad episode and my prayers with the cops's families and I thought that the judge is also responsible because killer has the very bad record he is child rapist and a multitude of other offenses despite of that I think Judge treat him like Judge is Jesus and also a black man his duty to facilitate him as much as he can. My sympathies are with the accused families.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  13. Michelle

    I feel sorry for those policeman on duty. This is a horrific tragedy and I'm angered that they could let someone out of prison who had such a violent history and with guns. I'm angry at what that judge try to sugar coat this murder...and trying to bring Mercy & sympathy to the murder. Mercy ..what about those poor officers and victims family members suffering from loss right now. If this murder is caught he should get the death penalty.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  14. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    They have a history of crashing party. They want to be with the "Who, Who!"

    November 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  15. Tammy Allison

    I agree with Anderson and the photo-op disorder of the "Crashers".

    November 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  16. Angie

    Hi Anderson

    I agree with you absolutely. I say that Tiger Woods should continue keeping his silence and let people think whatever they want to think.

    I do wish that there was more attention placed on the couple who snuck into the presidential dinner event. They could have posed a real threat to the president. That can be copied for others as well

    November 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  17. Tony Mack

    First of all my prayers go out to the slain officers families. I am the father of the 12 year old rape victim. Please keep her in your prayers and thoughts also. She is also a victim of this monster that deserves to DIE!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  18. Betty

    I think Tiger is correct in not talking to the press. After all, people need privacy. He and his family live in a glass house--not easy, even if they are rich. As far as the tabloid press-–it is time they stop destroying people's lives .

    November 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  19. steve- virginia beach, va

    There has been suggestion of crimminal charges in the Tiger Woods issue so I don't blame him for keeping quiet.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  20. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,

    That is 95% of Known crimes!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  21. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    What shocks me is that the cop killer in Washington was let out on bail after he RAPED a small child. That is sick, sick, sick! What kind of laws do they have in Washington State to allow this? Rape of kids still doesn't rate being much of a crime in the United States.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  22. John

    Evening guys

    November 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  23. Susan, NJ

    For most drivers it would be unusual to have a car accident early in the morning at the end of their own driveway. Those facts, suggest some altered state of mind. Also, after what we learned about OJ Simpson following Nicole Simpson down a drive way and hitting the car with a baseball bat, it is better safe than sorry to investigate.

    Was Tiger going in and out of consciousness because he had been hit in the head? Domestic violence is a public health issue.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  24. Antonio-elizabeth,NJ

    good night

    November 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  25. John in Tacoma, WA

    Tiger was probably on his way to Mac's or Jack's. What happened to Tiger is called an "accident"...

    November 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  26. Doug, Laredo, TX

    Jeffery Toobin is right on the mark regarding Tiger Woods and the need for him to explain. He does not need to explain anythinh to anybody and those goofy TMZ people are just going to have to remain on the outside looking in on this one. Anderson's comment was also right on.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  27. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,

    @ least 95% of crimes are from repeat offenders!
    They keep the Police in business, that it for sure!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  28. Ray

    As a Police Officer (with a friend and fellow Police officer who lives two miles from the coffee shop where these four Officers were killed) I was angered and very sad with this news. What a shame for this community, and what a terrible loss for these four families.
    Maybe the next time you see a Police Officer having a coffee in a local coffee shop you'll stop and thank these men and women for putting their lives on the line each and every day for you. Instead of critising them for taking a coffee break. How many of you have ever delt with a s- bag like this Clemmons. For all of you far left nuts that think everyone deserves a second chance go and spend some time with the families of these four Officers. See and feel their loss, and then just maybe you might get it.
    As for Huckabee kiss you'r thoughts of a presendential run good bye. Oh yeah thats right you were going to be tough on crime. What a Hypocrate. I hope every morning for the rest of your life your decision stares you in the face. What a coward... Oh and thats right if you had it to do over again you'd do it differently. To late four Police Officers are dead.
    The general public has no idea what Police officers deal with on a daily basis. My heart and prayers go out to all the families, and the Lakewood Police Dept. for their terrible loss.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  29. Wendy

    I'm sure with Tiger it all comes down to the time it happened!!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  30. Sophia - Texas

    A/C, You're so down! I'm so glad you said T.W.'s business is nobody's business (busybodies are a bummer...) So glad you're back! xoxo

    November 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  31. Kathy Larson

    Many of these issues...like Tiger Woods, would disappear much sooner if the media would let it go. Unfortunately the news just keeps dragging these things on and on and on and on. There has to be many more important issues to talk about.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  32. Barbara in Boston

    Leave Tiger Woods alone.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  33. Janine in NC

    It's a shame the justice system has once again failed and the families of these officers are left to pay the price. Can't see him turning himself in though, not at this point.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  34. Jennifer- CA

    I agree with Jeffery, there's no point in this. It sound like bitter (media?) people are just trying to dig up dirt on him because he's been so private. He's a celebrity.. how dare he not live his life for our amusement! hah!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  35. Christopher

    Leave Tiger Alone!!!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  36. Steven D

    Tiger is definitly hiding something>>>>

    November 30, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  37. Dan Hill

    Anderson – great interview of the judge but drill deeper. How many other violent criminals has this judge had pardoned. Don't let him (the Judge) bully you on TV. We need accountability

    November 30, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  38. Jim

    What would your guests say about the Tiger story if he and Elin switched places. She leaves the house, hits the tree, he breaks the windows and her mouth is bleeding and she is unconscious? Still a "private matter". The police have a right to be asking questions.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  39. Michael Dick, Decatur, AL

    Are there journals published that present and evaluate judicial decision making? There are dozens of them in medicine, psychology and science. How is it possible that in over 200 years as a nation these people are beyond scrutiny, unless you quit your job and sit in their courtroom?

    November 30, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  40. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I love these guys who are willing to be in the public eye in order to get rich, but then act so surprised when they lose their privacy. That is the price you pay to live in a mansion and own a yacht. I doubt many of us would turn that down.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  41. steve- virginia beach, va

    I saw and heard Huckabee say "I take full responsibility for commuting Clemmons' sentence". So why are so many people saying that he isn't taking responsibility?

    November 30, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  42. Moureen

    Regarding Tiger Woods – does this incident really need so much coverage? Whatever the situation is, it appears there may be some work in his pesonal life he needs to address – not the press.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  43. catlover

    I say Tiger's personal life is no body elses business. Why doesn't everyone leave him alone. The media is making huge speculations about possible wrong doings which is much to do about nothing. They don't have a clue. LEAVE TIGER ALONE.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  44. gail

    The reason that this is being blown out of proportion is because he is Tiger Woods and the media. Whatever happened is his business and his wife's. We are sending troops to Iraq and I just find this all to be much ado about nothing!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  45. Sonya

    M heart goes out to the Police Officer's family; this is just the beginning of their pain. I feel sorry for the incarcerated as well, commutation is going to be even more tougher; the vendetta against inmates just received more amonition.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  46. Sammem

    In my opinion, CNN should be leaving Tiger alone. I completely agree with Toobin. He is still being a role model by taking blame and saying this was an "embarrassing" issue and won't happen again. Celebrities are entitled to their privacy as well.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  47. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    There has been commentary that Woods often went to work out or practice at all times of the day or night.

    Also, it was reported that he was also going in and out of conciousness which could indicate at least a concussion. That could affect memory and i'll bet his face is pretty bruised too. Maybe he doesn't want to be seen that way.

    The panel seems to be on the money re: legal issue versus public relations problem. I agree.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  48. Antonio-elizabeth,NJ

    What happened in seattle is a travesty, but it just goes to show what American prisons turn people into, the oppression felt by millions of non-violent americans can only lead to more and more violent acts. The man responsible for the seattle Police slayings is not the man who they seek, yet the United states judicial system. Oppression has always ended in violence. When will non-violent American criminals get the respect they deserve. I truly believe that this man was not only driven to be violent, but also oppressed in a way that only could be explained by good honest reporting.

    I am a firm believer in the death penalty for pedafiles, but no bail for an accusation is ridiculous. The number of people falsely accused and falsely incarcerated in the U.S because of ignorant laws is truly heart breaking, and this smells like a full blown oppressed individual, courtesy of the U.S judicial system. over zealous prosecutors are to blame for this tragedy, along with the dishonesty that has plagued our Police community. The sad part is that we will never get the guys story. neither will we know if he is a child molester

    Lets face it, the majority of Police Officers in the U.S are good hard working people, the rest are scum who take advantage of their power and oppress the American populace, this man is just one of millions of Americans who truly hate Police, and unless something is done to fish out those power hungry Officers, that hate will only grow, and more innocent Officers will have to pay the ultimate price.

    I want to know what led this man to do what he did, the truth, so that we could have the chance to prohibit this from ever happening again. It is a travesty, but I believe it was a travesty driven by an inraged man oppressed by our judicial system as millions are.

    I believe that Clemency is a scape goat's only hope. our Judicial system is loaded with prosecutors who do not care about the facts, they only care about conviction percentages, and they will stop at nothing to get their conviction percentages above 90%.

    Huckabee is not a very smart person, at least not politically, we all know that, I hope. Yet, those are the people who seem to prosper in the GOP

    November 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  49. lisal .canada

    oh let's just add to the speculation and rumors ... what if the wife was the one at "fault" ... we always assume it is the man (and it really is no one's business, although society will argue otherwise)

    November 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  50. Susan, NJ

    Domestic violence is a PUBLIC health issue. Many people try to cover up domestic violence. The police have a right to investigate possible domestic violence.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
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