December 18th, 2009
09:49 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/18/09

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Tonight on 360°, we're tracking the massive storm that could cause a big mess along the east coast this weekend. Plus,  a Mexican  drug cartel leader is killed and law enforcement is on alert for reprisal attacks. We take you inside the war next door.

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  1. Emily

    Great reporting by Michael Ware!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  2. lisal -canada

    there will quite likely be retribution.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  3. starr, formerly known as vincent

    @David Gergen-always great to see you blog with us.

    I am very disappointed with the NON binding agreement. I, for one, do not trust China to be transparent-at this point they have no vested interest given the vast amounts of money they are making in industry.

    india is in the same position. It will, as always, come down to the almight dollar (or money if you like).

    December 18, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  4. A. Smith, Oregon

    When a drug lord or 'czar' is murdered, 10 more come forward to take part of the billions of dollars that come their way due to America's War on Drugs.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi Erica,
    Thanks! We don't have snow in Seattle.... Nice see you anchoring for Anderson..... I agree with you and Tom. Charlie is respect and honor man I have see.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  6. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Im just waiting for them to start boarder wars between gangs.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  7. janeh

    I think President Obama needs David Gergen to straighten out the White House.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  8. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @David Gergen, unfortunately that mangy rabbit trick seems to be normal operating procedure for this Administration. Everything turns out to be less than expected.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  9. Dodie

    @Megan Dresslar – Shoreline, WA

    Thanks Megan. I understand it is raining up that way. I have plenty of sunshine here... I can send you some!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  10. Will

    @Mike, My opinion is that health care is good for the economy. The healthier the population the more it will grow and the longer the people will live. This in turn will only increase the demand for certain services; nonetheless, I do capitulate to the point that a growing population will require the necessary jobs in order for the growing population to earn the income in order to purchase and invest with. However, I do believe that there is a link between the two.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  11. James

    Hello everyone .... Copenhagen is a great idea to get these powerful people together to discuss the worlds enviorment ... wouldn't it be nice if we (they) could get together and discuss how we can stop the killing around the world (war) and how they could find a way to feed the millions of people around the world .... I'm not sure how it works in other countries but here in the USA we all know the people you have to convince are the energy lobbyist (BIG OIL) that is the fight that the Prez will have to face if this issue keeps moving forwrd

    December 18, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  12. David, Indiana

    Beautiful shots of the falling snow at night.

    Philly to DC getting pounded.

    @Mike formely from Syracuse When did all the other leaders show up in Copehagen?

    @Isabel An Agreement on emissions for the whole world is hard to come to. Even the Kyoto agreement didn't go into full effect as countries agreed to it over the last several years.

    I'm looking for solid progress on healthcare legislation. Would I like something passed by Christmas? I'd love it. Maybe getting snowed in would help, good pt Erica.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  13. Karin

    @ Rand – Spokane, WA

    I agree... like the expression goes: "Rome wasn't build in a day." We, the people are an impatient specie and instant gratificaton seem to suit us so much better.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  14. Rand spokane, wa.

    No record snow in spokane this year yet. Last winter was enough.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  15. A. Smith, Oregon

    Alcohol Prohibition directly led to a vast empire ruled by the Mafia.

    Americas War on drugs is pouring billions of dollars into the hands of the Mexican Cartels vastly extending their influence and corruption.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  16. Dodie

    Good Evening Erica Hill...

    Throw some snow our way. It was 80 degrees and I had to use the A/C.

    A. Smith, Oregon
    Ah, thanks. Always nice to see you here and what is happening....

    December 18, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  17. niwat kurusattra, chicago

    Hi AC, EH and ac360 teamcasts,

    The non-abiding and unprecedented global climate change deal will likely fail on the congress even if president Obama promise the deal to be legally blinded, just as the kyoto protocol didn't get thru the senate floor. It is highly doubtful if this mission to reduce the global temperature/greenhouse gas emission will succeed since the united states doesn't adhere to legal decorum.

    Happy Weekend, everyone

    December 18, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  18. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Last day for Charlie Gibson will be missed. He was my favorite anchorman I have watched...... Good bye Charlie, Good luck Charlie!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  19. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Rand, you have to be able to tell the difference between 'vision' and delusions. Failure to translate any vision into reality means they were delusions.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  20. Dulcie - Denver

    @ Rand

    I agree completely. The President is going to have a rough road – I'm afraid for his entire term – because the GOP and some Dems are setting themselves out against him.

    This is no longer about what's best for the world or Americans. It's all about winning for some. So sad. I finally got interested in politics again and now I just want to run screaming. Bleh!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  21. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Erica......Yes. The white created by the water swirling around feverishly in the hot tub (evil grin).

    December 18, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  22. janeh

    @ Casey, that's what I'm wondering, or selective memory loss, lol. The weird thing is that the C-span archive shows the cameras going to black for the period, but they have the official transcripts. Channeling Rosemary Woods??

    December 18, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  23. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Erica- thanks for showing Charlie Gibson's good-bye.

    I will really miss him, Tom is right, he's very well respected.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  24. charlie

    The Chinese have unconditionally committed to control per capita / Per GDP emissions. That is more than the US has even proposed. I trust the Chinese more to keep, their committments than the US, where a presidential committment is just a promise to try to get something through the lobbyist vetos.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  25. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - Glad to see you here - and Erica pinch hitting for Anderson. Was in DC until early evening, and must say the airlines (for a change) were doing a good job ferrying people out before the storm.

    Again, I believe President Obama deserves credit for saving the Copenhagen talks from complete collapse. But the agreement that emerged (one can't really call it a deal) falls so far short that environmental activisits are darn disappointed. A blogger for The New Republic captured their sentiment, observing that the President had pulled a rabbit out of the hat - but the rabbit looked pretty mangy.

    Good luck to everyone living in the path of the storm!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  26. Emily

    Congrats to Charlie Gibson on his retirement!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  27. nigel canada

    The Copenhagen summit was a joke. In the end, you are only responsible for yourself. If you want to move to a more sustainable, less consuming lifestyle, you can change how you live. No singed agreement between western leaders and people like Mugabe will do that. See the Ron Mann documentary Go Further.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  28. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Janeh......old age. (Sorry, I couldn't help myself.)

    December 18, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  29. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi Dodie,
    Nice see you tonight, Yes, I agree..... Hopefully in Seattle now raining this weekend. But no snow yet.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  30. lisal .canada

    wow – that storm sounds like it is going to screw up a lot of people's travel plans

    December 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  31. ericacnn

    hi, everyone. anyone bracing for a white morning?

    December 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  32. Will

    @Casey, I too agree maybe the situation in the Senate was blown a little out of proportion but I do think that it was a good political play by McCain to come to the aid of Lieberman. Not only did he come to the defense of a long time colleague but a sway vote in the debate over health care reform.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  33. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    The snows going all the way back up to the north pole where it belongs.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  34. Rand spokane, wa.

    Good evening folks, I beleive The President fights an uphill battle wherever he goes. He's a man with vision and when you've got a vision it seems someone attempts to cloud it up.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  35. janeh

    John McCain objected to another senator having an extra 30 seconds when they were debating going to war in Iraq. Then he says he has never seen anything like what Al Franken did. What gives with Sen. McCain, has he really forgotten he did that?

    December 18, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  36. Karin

    I am advocating to have all Members of Congress locked into a room until they come to a consensus on the Health Bill ... no dead line ... let them stay there until they reach a final decision. Maybe the word "co-operation" will live up to its true meaning. Cancel Christmas for all of them.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  37. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Let me poke my head out and check the weather......great night to sit in the whirlpool and for a dip in the pool. What storm??? Where?

    December 18, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  38. Chuck from Thailand

    I would suggest Obama might consider avoiding Copenhagen in the future. He is zero for two.

    If health care is passed, the American voters will likely lay all the blame on the Democrats and vote accordingly. Can you say...Lose control of both houses of Congress?

    December 18, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  39. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Casey Jones, I remember David Gergen saying once that any administration can effectively handle only one or two big things at a time. Obama should have stuck to the economy and two wars. Health care, GITMO, Global Warming etc. etc. are all distractions.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  40. Emily

    @Mike A.
    This get-together in Copenhagen was just a photo-opt in my opinion!!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  41. A. Smith, Oregon

    waves to Erica Hill, nice to have you hosting, good pacing on your newscasts tonight.

    Good evening Dodie, nice to see you on board!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  42. colleen

    @David Gergen – why would the WH press make a big deal about Obama "barging into" a room ihn Copenhagen because negotiations "shouldn't be held behind closed doors"? The same thing has been going on with health care.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  43. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That's so terrible to hear their dog shot...... My heart goes to them..... No one have to right shot dog..... It would have be alive for dog.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  44. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    It's about time one of our representatives asserted the rules and written decorum, not the same old "good old boys handshake rules." Good for Al Franken! Either we have leaders or we don't and it's up to those who are participating to respect whoever is running the show, regardless of "tradition." John McCain SIT DOWN!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  45. Neeta Hooda

    like your coverage of climate change deal. But even now the "deal' is not sealed as it is being considered by the Conference of Parties in Copenhagen and so far serious concerns are being expressed by some Parties.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  46. Sharon Hastings

    Maybe they'll all be snowed in on the weekend and come to a health care bill agreement. I hope. I hope.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  47. A. Smith, Oregon

    American voters should lay the failure of passing America's Health Care Bill squarely at the feet of the Republican party and vote more Democratic House and Senate members in 2010, 2012.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  48. Mike A

    No binding agreement Copenhagen ends in failure. Any other description of the Conference would be delusional.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  49. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Is the health care bill just a taste with what to exspect from climate change.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  50. David, Indiana

    Good evening Erica, Isabel, everyone. Good to see you tonight Isabel. Looks like pretty nice snowstorm hitting the east coast. Seems about right for this time of year.

    I think coming through with an agreement in Copenhagen when there's been such contentiousness is a serious accomplishment. I like Michael Gerson's pt about the Chinese volunteering a concession on transparency is and advance.

    @Isabel Hard to say how to feel about the text of the agreement before it is released.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
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