December 9th, 2009
09:50 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/09/09

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Tonight on 360°, five American arrested and accused of terrorist ties in Pakistan. We'll have the latest.
Plus, new details on the health care fight on Capitol Hill.  Do  Senate Democrats have enough votes to get their new plan passed? We've got the raw politics.

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  1. starr, formerly known as vincent


    You make an excellent point! I am hopeful that CNN and other networks hear you loud and clear!

    December 9, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  2. Shanny

    Oh Palin ... go put your guns down. What planet are you from? Polar bears are struggling.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  3. Muzzammil

    Everyone have a good night, and stay blessed. I would love to continue on here, but I have to study for my finals.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  4. abdoulaye

    there is no terrorism in islam islam is peace love and forgiveness islam did teach no bady to kill or destroy and jihad in islam don't war or violence any muslim who sad jihad mean war and killing violence is very wrong and ignorant they don't no nothing about islam and mohamed teached us peace and love

    December 9, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  5. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The cost of heath care will be carried by the same people who pay taxes now. 53% of us pay all taxes, and those taxes WILL go up.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  6. Jack agard

    Healthcare should be a fundemental right of every American citizen. The need for expansion is long over due. The President is aware that critical healthcare expansion now, is far less costly than in the next administration or the next. His interest is with the American people, those with insurance and those without.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I do like Dana, Joe and David Gergen's comment are correct about healthcare.... Hope have to change the bill law or keep the bill.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  8. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "Help the people!"

    December 9, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  9. Muzzammil

    Emily thank you for the respond. It is my first time being on here, and I like it. I will continue to speak on here in the future.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  10. starr, formerly known as vincent

    David Gergen is really demonstrating his knowledge of how Congress and Washington works.As well as both reporters.

    I can't wait to see the CBO numbers to see if any of these ideas are feasible.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  11. Lori

    Great discussion on health care bills. Thanks.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  12. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Muzzammil and Zaheer

    Im happy that you are both speaking out about this and saying that just beacuse there are a few bad apples that the whole bunch is not bad. I think it speaks more volume when it comes from the good apples

    December 9, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  13. Emily


    You are also able to help find the people who do the "brainwashing".

    I'm not a Muslim; whomever "they" are, it would not be me that they would try to 'brainwash'.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  14. Alex A.

    When politicians say government is inefficient, aren't they stating they are inefficient? If we can get to the moon we can become efficient!

    December 9, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  15. Jami H

    Wow, just found out that one of the men accused of terrorist ties is from my home town, Decatur, IL. I guess you never know what could happen these days. Anyway, Hi Anderson!

    December 9, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  16. Muzzammil

    Vincent, I do speak out against these types of acts in my local community. The masjid I attend always speak of peace and we are working on becoming part of the community.

    Vincent the issue is media outlets have to reach out and give the Muslim community leaders an outlet to speak out against these types of acts. Rather than having a ndividual get on AC once in a blue moon, they need to have a segment where Muslims leaders can heard openly on TV.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  17. Patrice Palmer

    The question of money for abortion in health care reform should not be questioned. According to the Supreme Court of the United States, abortion is legal. People are using health care reform as their own personal platform to debate the legality of abortion. Health care reform will fund legal procedures. If you don't agree with the legality of the procedure, take your disagreement where it belongs: to the courts. Do NOT jeopardize the health care reform so desperately needed by so many citizens for your own personal agenda. Shame on you!

    December 9, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  18. Shanny

    Gosh, I am sorry you guys are fighting through this health care business. Canada's plan is not perfect but I've never feared that I couldn't get care. I definitely have had times in my life where knowing that safety net exists takes a load off my back.

    Good luck

    December 9, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  19. Emily


    It's not just about ratings!
    Also, in your own neighborhood, etc.

    On CNN, they are pretty good about giving different sides, or opinions.
    It's people like yourself that need to be heard (and seen here), for others that blow themselves up (?) ....that's hard to understand!

    I'm sure that not all Muslims feel this way, however, yous also need to condemn it. Your voice is louder than mind in this issue.

    glad to see many of yous here tonight!

    December 9, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  20. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    We need to get our infrastructure in line. Stop our people from trading sides. Stop the stupidness from within so our nation is good and strong again.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  21. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I do love polar bears, Once I had chance visit the zoo! It is so cute bears.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  22. starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Muzzammil & Zaheer

    Both of your commentaries make sense. Hopefully, you have a voice in you communities and on other blogs too.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  23. Monica M. Williams

    Good Evening 360 Crew.

    It is Monica M. Williams; the one who provides recurrent value to your viewership through my creative production suggestions and witty commentary.

    Mr. Anderson Cooper, I loved the inclusion of your 2007 Greenland polar ice cap piece for the climate control discussion. The segment was new to me because I did not watch the show back then. However the discussion was not. I believe the inconvenient truth regarding our planet’s slow demise. I was enthralled by your journey because “to see a glacier” is on my Life’s To Do List. The irony: How long do I have to complete this goal before the shrinking polar region becomes my execution.

    The sad truth: Most people will only begin to care about this planet once a piece of sky falls down on them. Then it will become a matter of finding someone to sue over it.
    Have a great evening!

    December 9, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  24. Emily


    I'd want to make sure that I knew where those 5 were!

    did you hear if those 5 will be charged with anything that could have occurred over there in Pakistan?

    December 9, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  25. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I think you're right about that.... I don't like the terrorism get out of jail...... I hope will stop violence in the world.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  26. David, Indiana

    Hi Erica, nice to see you, I think the edge would be having a security manual and knowing a bunch of security procedures.

    @Annie Kate, what I see is that they espouse unique pts of vw. Some seem misguided and confused. Maybe the person in Chicago seems the most hardcore, but he is not yet charged.

    @Emily, good pt, this news is a bit more scary given the TSA security Breach.

    Those two polar bears look like they're sleeping togther.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  27. Raj

    i agree that most muslims are not radical. the moderate muslims need to speak out against the radicals in mosks and in their communities.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  28. Muzzammil

    Emily it is difficult to speak out when the media feeds of negativity. There are many many Muslim they speak out against this type of act (including me), however Muslim speaking of peace and love will not bring rating of a show up. However I would like to see CNN bring in more and more Muslims who speak out against these radical acts.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  29. lisal .canada

    i do hope the implied threat of increased homegrown terrorism does not cause people to get ridiculously paranoid as that will just cause a further decay in social trust and acceptance

    December 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  30. Arzoo

    If we help resolve the conflicts in Middle East and South Asia, many of the reasons to justify these terror attacks will go away. Its frustrating to see that political issues are being used by these terrorists to spin their goals in a religious context.

    And yes, killing yourself or taking the life of an innocent is the biggest sin you can commit in Islam.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  31. Will

    Climate Change – Polar bears Shouldn't be in danger? Umm, Palin is from alaska right. I would think she should be the first person to jump on the bandwagon for climate change because some of the effects of climate change is appearing in that state? Aren't there villages/towns in alaska that are in danger of falling into the ocean because the tundra soil is too soft to hold the structures due to the increase in temperature?

    December 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  32. Emily

    Sarah Palin says "they shouldn't be" ...why? because they have nothing to fear, no reason that they would be endangered?

    This should be good!

    December 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  33. Lori

    Those polar bears look so cute and innocent.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  34. Raj

    the mosks may not be preaching radicalism but they have to ensure they preach moderation and acceptance of other religions.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  35. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Ouch! it is breach TSA security at airport!!!!! YIKES!

    December 9, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  36. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio


    "With so much anti Islamic coverage in the media, the Muslims who oppose the radical ideology are afraid of speaking out due to fear."

    I think they are more fearful of their own people than they are of anythng else.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  37. Zaheer

    Mike, mosques and a lot of muslims do. It is a common practice that people generalize the actions of few to many. I think what is missing here is the voice of millions and millions of muslims who hate these actions.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  38. Emily

    It looks like Christiane has a very interesting program on Sunday!

    December 9, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  39. Muzzammil

    Zaheer I been to many masjids around the US and have never witnessed these radical ideology. It seems as though a great deal of brain washing is done on the internet rather than face to face.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  40. kenny

    these 5 and others like them should lose their US citizenship and not ever be allowed to return.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  41. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Anderson, perhaps you should point out that since the 1950's polar bear populations have increased from 5,000 to 25,000. Doesn't seem like they are in all that much trouble to me.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  42. Emily

    This is a spot where the law needs to catch up with the times by the sounds of it! (very odd that they were allowed out of jail).

    Glad to see you here with us on the blog tonight!
    Lots of interesting news tonight.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  43. starr, formerly known as vincent

    @David Indiana

    As usual your comments are insiteful.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  44. Jennifer - AZ

    Evening Anderson and all

    I would be interested to hear if a psychologist had anything to add to this discussion of radicalization. (Elibiary is now largely answering my question) – Reminds me of the trend toward crips and bloods in LA in the 90s.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  45. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Maybe they should tell them not to show up and then maybe they will crashed the appearance.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  46. Emily


    I think that Arzoo made a good point here on the blog by saying that more Muslims need to speak out against terrorism!

    The fact that the American Muslim group helped out here, it's a good sign.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  47. Lori

    This is probably not the invitation the Crashers were seeking.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  48. Muzzammil

    @Shanny. With so much anti Islamic coverage in the media, the Muslims who oppose the radical ideology are afraid of speaking out due to fear. That is sad.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  49. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I just question why an american would join in on terrorism on their own country

    December 9, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  50. Zaheer

    I disagree that mosques and religions schools are where these people are radicalized.

    December 9, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
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