December 14th, 2009
09:44 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/14/09

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We've got breaking news from Capitol Hill on health care reform. There's word of a possible about-face from Senate Democrats on the idea of allowing Americans to buy into Medicare starting at the age of 55. We've got the raw politics. Plus, big banks under fire. President Obama urged banking executives to provide more loans to small businesses. We're keeping them honest. Should banks be doing enough to rebuild the economy?

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  1. Nancy

    The deer is trying to take Rudolph's job.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Shanny

    making a run for rudolph's spot on Santa's sleigh

    December 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  3. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night! Sleep tight!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  4. LisaL - Canada

    oh look at the time! great show!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Emily

    Have a great night Anderson, Erica, Megan, Martina, & Bloggers!

    Love the shot! ended on a 'high note', I think! 🙂
    Cute Kid....

    Great topics tonight.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  6. tompan

    @erica. You are so right about social chaos extending far beyond the schools...parents, society, mores and expectations...there are just a fearful number of factors that conspire against the culture of poverty that we are seeing here...on top of all of that we have the media which instils such antisocial attitudes wherever we look.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  7. charlie

    What utter hypocrisy regarding Tiger Wood.
    Gillette have three lead sports figures in the sponsorship
    Wood, Thierry Henry, Federer.
    Henry disgraced the most popular sport in the world (Soccer) by baltantly breaking the rules on the game in public.
    Nothing from the sponsors !
    Woods has personal failings which probably half the male population of the US do (given divorce rates) but nothing to question his integrity or success in his (minority participation) sport and mayhem !
    Get in touch with the rest of the world America.
    Get in touch with Integrity big business.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Sorry, but ukulele kid is obnoxious!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  9. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good night Anderson, Erica & entire Team 360 and Thank you for a very diversified show tonight, it was great.

    Good night fellow bloggers- many, many great posts. This blog is such a success because of the very excellent exchange of ideas.

    The deer with the lights will hopefully loose them when he sheds is rack later this year.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Donald Brown

    When you come up with a system that holds parents accountable for their kids actions in school, performance in school, and whether or not a diploma is attained, then you will see progress in our education system. Right now, school systems are so worried about their graduation rate, a quality education is going down the tubes in order to entice students to stay in school. School systems are bending over backwards to keep students in schools. Most of the schools in my area have lowered the passing grade to 60 instead of the 65 it has been for the past 25 years or more. More students will pass the course, but with less knowledge of the curriculum.

    Cut the government financial support of these kids that are failing or cut the tax exemption of the parents whose kids are failing. The only time parents will react is when it hits their pocket book. Parents should not be entitled to money for children which THEY are NOT doing THEIR job.

    Teachers in our state (Alabama) are now having to jump through so many hoops to prove that we are doing what we are supposed to do that there is less time to do the quality job that we would like to have time to do.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Jennifer - AZ

    Good-night and good sleep everyone

    December 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Lori

    Good night. Sweet dreams. Stay warm!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Gail Duncan

    Ahhhh, that little man has got talent. Enjoyed that.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  14. Karla

    In regards to crime in Chicago,

    You cannot blame anyone but the people, themselves. Quit blaming the education system. It should start with self-discipline. Self-discipline usually starts in the home!!! Get a grip America (parents!) If these children have no discipline (self or otherwise), they will never be educated. I am sick of there being no discipline in homes or schools! You can hardly expect schools to discipline children when they have no discipline at home!!

    I am very disturbed by people's lack of accountability and responsibility! Once again, it all begins with self!!!! Prime example are the people in government, top CEO's, etc. Most of them lack self-discipline in many areas.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  15. Casey Jones - Boston, MA

    Oh Deer! Good night folks. 😉

    December 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good evening everyone – Anderson, David (Indiana), friends and bloggers!

    Good show tonight.


    December 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  17. Soledad Gomez

    HaHa the deer trying to destroy Christmas.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  18. Lisa A., Philadelphia, PA

    Focus Anderson, lol. That kid is too cute! Goodnight everyone!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  19. Winifred

    I don't think Tiger lied about his family coming first. If he didn't think of his family first, he would have walked out of that marriage and the children. If his wife could come after him with a golf club, can you imagine what kind of abuse he puts up with. He put his family first and didn't give a full incident report to the police. Please give Tiger a break and leave him alone.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  20. Jennifer - AZ

    That little kid's pretty good

    December 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  21. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Sorry to hear that Charlie Moore is a hunter. I am totally against shooting innocent animals. Shame on him!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  22. Lori

    Cute musician.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  23. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    great singer! and cute!!!!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  24. David, Indiana

    @Isabel, Yes I noticed that Wells Fargo also announced it would return bailout money.

    This is a good rept that gets at the situation that lead to Derrion Albert's death. Have to see how all this fit together in court though. This the view of one person. How does the attorney represent this young man's brother feel about this young man giving an intvw to the media.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  25. Emily

    cute kid!
    how old is he?

    December 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  26. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Anderson, you are a lot of laugh! Ho! Ho! Ho!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  27. Shanny

    That's what I sound like singing. Good on the tune but can't recall the lyrics. Awesome!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  28. Emily

    the deer is looking for his sleigh!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  29. LisaL - Canada

    anyone who has a company-provided electronic device should just invest in one of their own for personal use.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  30. Sean

    That deer needs a battery pack!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  31. Jennifer - AZ

    that poor deer!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  32. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Cute deer! Poor deer!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  33. Emily

    I think that it's about power! many women are attracked to it, and someone who it worth over 1 Billion $, can open all kinds of doors, etc.

    It's a turn on for them!

    and then there are the sports groupies, etc.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  34. Lori

    That poor deer.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  35. Casey Jones - Boston, MA

    Better kids are smoking grass than drinking

    December 14, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  36. gretchen

    Leave Tiger Alone,what's with all the judgement? I would like for all of you saints for your sexual habits to be broadcast news.I wonder if any of you would want all those details revealed.Tiger is the worlds greatest golfer,he did not say or win any championships on being a great husband or a great father.Last I checked he did not commit a crime.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  37. Rick

    Quit blaming the local government, school system, and churches in Chicago over the death on the young man in Chicago! BLAME the parents who are having these kids out of wedlock without any parental guidance. The fault lies with these parents who keep having kids without a good family structure (family/marriage). These kids are not raised correctly by there parents and then become hoodlums on the street. Its squarely the fault of the the parentse that keep bringing multiple children out of wedlock in our society! Some one needs to teach the parents birth control practices!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    No one have right to follow or stalker Tiger Wood, I am really disappointed with media and others, Please them alone and their private their life.

    Wow! the guy punch the Italy prime minster's teeth broke, I was watching news on CNN last night... But he is so lucky to be alive!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  39. LisaL - Canada

    i think that tiger was under an increasing amount of stress, and as it built up he didn't deal with things as effectively as he could. if i was a sponsor, i would probably follow nike's lead.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  40. Vivian B

    Education begins in the home. A child could have access to the best education but if the support system at home isn't there they will fail.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  41. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Tiger is a dissappointment. Next? ho Ho HO!
    Have a wonderful and magical evening everyone!

    December 14, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  42. Emily

    @starr, formerly known as vincent,

    Yes, thank you. I think that is the disorder that I was trying to think of!

    that smug look on his face in that picture, and hearing what Melinda was saying....the whole thing is getting worse.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  43. carla

    why did the prime minister of italy get punched in the face...see that could have happen to obama at his state party with the crashers

    December 14, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  44. Dulcie - Denver

    I'm sort of sick of all this moralizing about Tiger Woods. I don't give a hoot about golf but this is simply insane. It's a personal issue that's none of our issues.

    Please. Enough of the moralizing about private infidelities. Let him without sin cast the first stone and all that. And hey, I'm not even a Christian.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  45. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "That's g-r-e-a-t!!!!"

    December 14, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  46. todd

    I noticed the absence of the father, in the chicago brawl.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  47. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    It seems like the celebrities supporting Woods have the same reputation for having numerous sexual indiscretions.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  48. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Casey is right. People who took on too much debt, lost jobs, took on too much risk when they had good credit have lost their good credit and can't get that repaired for anywhere from 3 to 7 years.

    But the banks-the banks whose credit ratings would be 106 if Experian rated them the way we individuals get rated--the banks never have to suffer the consequences of their actions.

    No, no-we taxpayers suffer the consequences for them.

    So when do We The Consumers get to credit rate the banks?

    December 14, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  49. Larry

    We loved Tiger as much as we love Obama. Now, does Michelle know what texts are on Barack's Blackberry?

    December 14, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  50. Lisa A., Philadelphia, PA

    Blip – ha ha – for some people, any press is good press. Tiger is selling an image as an athlete. His major indiscretions tarnish his image. He's a public figure. Ultimately, it's his athletic ability that is the cornerstone of his image. He can drop the "family man" facade and better play great golf to get his marketability back.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
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