December 21st, 2009
09:55 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/21/09

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Tonight, we're keeping them honest on Capitol Hill. See what deals Democratic leaders made to get the Senate health care reform bill passed early this morning. It's your tax dollars. Plus, up close, the mysterious death of actress Brittany Murphy.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ.

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soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Aww, there is Jack! Waving at you! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    December 21, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen, Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    See you tomorrow night!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 😀
    Day of the shot with lady wrote box board ask him to marry!!!!! Awwwww!!! that so cute couple!!! Love shot

    Jack!!!!! congrats for him many million twitter!! YAY!!!!
    See you tomorrow night! 🙂
    You’re doing great job this week, while Anderson is gone!!!!! You are so awesome anchor all week!!! Yay!!!

    December 21, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Isabel Siaba

    Good night Erica, bloggers and friends!
    Great show!!!

    See you tomorrow!!!!!!

    December 21, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Lori

    Goodnite. Sweet dreams.

    December 21, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  5. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you Erica for a great new progam tonight (& Team 350) and good night too. Get some rest as you and Ali V. have covered several newscasts tonight.
    Good night fellow bloggers too. @Isabel, thank you so muc for passing info to us so we can understand better on the Goldman case.

    Now snowballs are dangerous to cops? Pulling a gun?

    Love the wedding story! Very romantic.
    Congrats to Jack Grey!!!

    December 21, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Emily

    Have a great night Erica ....you are doing a great job hosting 360 while Anderson is away! 🙂

    Have a great night David Gergen, 360 Team, Megan, Martina, and Bloggers!

    I hope that Polanski is back soon!

    That cop really should cool it, as winter is only starting NOW!!!

    Great stories tonight! ~ wow, I'd hope that no one said "No" when asked if there was anyone who saw any reason as to not get married!

    Love Jack Gray twice in one night! 😛

    December 21, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Lori

    That is a sweet story about the wedding.

    December 21, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    3 hours is still a very long time to sit on the tarmac. I find people are generally ok, albeit irritated, when the captain consistently communicates what is going on.

    December 21, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Danielle - Long Beach, CA

    So the airlines are just gonna keeps us waiting for 2 hours and 59 minutes. I draw the line at 15 minutes.

    December 21, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Isabel Siaba

    Good night Erica and friends!
    Great show!!!

    See you tomorrow!!!!!!

    December 21, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  11. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Oh, shucks I missed jack 🙁

    December 21, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  12. Frank

    On the pregnancy-in-war segment. I am with the general.
    First, this is not a privacy discussion as sex is private, pregnancy becomes public.
    Second, there are a lot of lives invovled here for a person who gets pregnant on the battle field, including the people she was supposed to be there to support.
    Both man and woman are punished equally.
    If there is to be a cry for 'sexist' acts, then why push for women's 'right' to be on the front lines. That requires a special act of commitment.
    These people are ruled by the UCMJ, and the field commander needs to have options to proctect ALL his/her troups.
    Vietnam vet, and know what can happen when your back is not covered.

    December 21, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  13. Nate

    Republicans frequently point to polls that show the lack of public support for the health care bill. What they fail to mention is that the public doesn't support it because they fought to water it down so much.

    Nate -Massachusetts

    December 21, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  14. Brandon

    A very nervous cop that needs some therapy...

    December 21, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  15. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    David Gergen,
    YES! Erica is doing great job anchoring fill-in for Anderson!!! And I agree with you, I am glad that healthcare passed a bill!!! Happy days for me!

    December 21, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  16. Lexi

    @Joseph and Lori:
    Three court-appointed psychologists in Brazil have confirmed that Sean Goldman is suffering from Parenal Alienation so especially at only 9 years old it would not be appopriate for him to decide. Besides, he remembers David and there is clearly still a bond between them. This is not a custody case – according to David and his lawyers this is a Hague abduction case. Both the Brazilian and US governments support that position.

    December 21, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
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