December 2nd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/02/09

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Tonight on 360°, a prime-time exclusive on the war in Afghanistan. Anderson will talk Gen. David Petraeus, who is the chief of U.S. Central Command. There's a lot of pushback to the strategy on Capitol Hill. We'll talk it over with a group of reporters who've sent time on the ground in the war zone and know firsthand what's at stake.

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soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. Cessy, Chicago IL

    great show tonight, Anderson! See you tomorrow!

    Goodnight, everyone. Be safe.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Emily

    Have a great night Anderson, Erica (loved you @7pm), Megan, Martina, Lori and Bloggers!

    Hope to see you all tomorrow!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  3. lisal .canada

    perhaps he tweeted it so he wouldn't forget the date...

    December 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    That's so cool that the groom was updating his FB and Twitter, so promptly (ahem)!


    December 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Wendell

    Mike Huckabee commuted the sentence of Maurice Clemmons, he reduced the sentence from 108 years, to 67 years, thus making him eligible for parole. No pardon was given by Huckabee, Clemmons was paroled by a parole board.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! "His and her updates!"

    December 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Lori

    It's official! Good night. Sweet dreams

    December 2, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  8. Emily

    Yikes! "I do NOT!"
    funny shot however.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  9. lisal .canada

    the white-house party crashers are actually too funny - i found them really boring at first, but it just gets better and better.

    go susan boyle!

    good show tonight. very good.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Susan Boyle better watch out or Kanye West will be on her case.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Heather - Spokane, WA

    It looks like spending time in Afghanistan would make you want to never go to a beach ever again. have a good night everyone!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  12. Emily

    @Nancy in Oregon

    "The soldiers are amazing humans, to me."

    I agree with you! 🙂

    I'd much rather stand behind them, than in front of!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  13. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That was a sand box, Anderson!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  14. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Boyle, Gaga and MM...sounds like an interesting concert.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  15. Emily

    Oh Anderson, Just love that smile on your face when you were talking about Susan Boyle! I can't wait to see this! 😛

    December 2, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  16. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    OH BOY! Susan Boyle!!!!!!!!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  17. Nancy in Oregon

    The soldiers are amazing humans, to me.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  18. Lori

    It is hard to believe that anything will grow in Afghanistan due to soil, climate and availability of potable water.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  19. James in Idaho

    And that's an excellent point Mark

    December 2, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  20. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The only reason for a pardon or clemency should be if a error in conviction is proven. Otherwise if you do the crime, you do the time.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  21. Mark Kerrin

    The prosecutor does not believe the parole board is responsible only former Gov. Huckelbee. This sounds like politics The parole board is responsible in reviewing investigating and approving before the recommendation is sent to the Governor for his signature. Who sat on the parole board and how many voted for his release?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  22. Alex Valiao (Aliso Viejo, Ca)

    Good evening! 🙂 Great show as always. I love the line of questioning/probing on topics since this week. Talking about looking for truth with tactfulness. OR, perhaps Mr. Cooper is back so I am biased. Hah!! Kidding!! The AC360 team is equally awesome.

    I think POTUS arrived at the right decision about Afghanistan. He AND his administration just needs to explain it to the public. The Americans' disconnect also roots on the fact that for the past 8 years, it sizzled once the impact of 9/11 weaned off and the issue is stowed in the dark and overshadowed by Iraq. By now, the war is a moldy piece of bread people (without military connections) would prefer to throw away.

    As for Mr. Huckabee, I do not blame him about the Clemens case. The guy was only 16 years old then and we don't normally just give up on our youth just like that. Besides, he had multiple burglaries, a possession in firearms but never heard of actual killing. When he had repeated cases after the first incident, I think that is where we failed in our justice system.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  23. Antonio-elizabeth,NJ

    There were no warning signs missed. an oppressed individual who felt as if his life was over, made a drastic decision.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  24. frank

    judges parole boards and people granting clemency should be accountable – these are life and death decisions they make and tomprrow this will be old news....how sad.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  25. Lori

    Thanks Emily.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  26. Nancy in Oregon

    Casey, if not political (which they might have been), possibly faith-based. (Sad....wishful thinking-based.)

    December 2, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  27. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,

    today, with DNA, it should be!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  28. Cessy, Chicago IL

    yeah! Toobin in the house!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  29. lisal .canada

    so this clemmens guy is what, a sleeper sniper for someone? he's the kind of guy who could care less if he killed 4 cops - right from age 18, i would suspect.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  30. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I hate to say this, but its people like this that make you lose faith in the law system......

    December 2, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  31. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Wait a minute–how did Clemmons get from Arkansas to Washington? Did I miss something? Are we getting the entire story?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  32. frank

    Clemens story basically says it's over- we cannot rely on the people we elect or appoint to do their jobs- Huckabee you blew it .... you really really blew it

    December 2, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  33. Nancy in Oregon

    But Anthonia-Bay Area, patterns are very hard to break. His nature was (sadly, I agree) was set.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  34. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Was Huckabee's move political? This is getting more interesting....

    December 2, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  35. Emily


    I don't think that it was his age alone....Huckabee is also a Minister of some kind is he not?

    I think that Nancy is correct and "faith" also played a part in it too!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  36. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    This would never happen if use of the death penalty was expanded to cover repeat violent offenders. They can't be rehabilitated, and why should we pay for a life behind bars?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  37. Lori

    It sometimes seems that the laws are set up to protect the guilty.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
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