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January 1st, 2010
07:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 01/01/10

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We're tracking the clues in the failed Christmas airline bombing plot. Plus, the challenges for Pres. Obama and the country in 2010. And, a behind-the-scenes look at our New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square.

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

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soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good night everyone. Have a great weekend!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  2. lisal .canada

    jello really is yummy – but not the pre-packed kind.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  3. A. Smith, Oregon

    Goodnight Anderson, Erica, CNN Staff and my fellow bloggers.

    Happy New Year

    January 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Emily

    Have a great weekend & Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

    January 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  5. carolyn j

    GOOD NIGHT, GREAT SHOW.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  6. lisal .canada

    oh those monkeys are SO cute...

    January 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Anderson, I don't think animals like the "fake" food (jello). I'm just guessing.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good evening everyone and a great year for us!!!!!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Happy new year everyone!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 😀
    Have a great weekend!
    See you on Monday night!
    Day of the shot with those monkeys play around jellos!!!!! LOL I do love my favorite jello!!!!! Nice shot!!!! 😀 LOL!
    Anderson,
    Nice job to countdown to Happy New Year!
    Have a great night, good sleep at home after work!!!! See you on Monday night!!! Have a plenty sleep! 😀

    January 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  11. Lori

    I am suprised that those monkeys are throwing the Jello. They like to throw things.

    Good night. Sweet dreams.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  12. Susan, NJ

    Anderson – Dominos pizza and jello. very down home.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  13. Jennifer - AZ

    I love those little monkeys. I spent quite a while at the Bronx Zoo last year making faces at one who was imitating me!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  14. Emily

    JELLO is what you eat when your sick!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  15. lisal .canada

    oh those monkeys are SO cute!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Elizabeth

    Happy New Year to all at CNN. CNN has been a leader in the news industry but I am disappointed with the New Year's coverage in NYC with Anderson Cooper paired with Kathy Griffin. Mr. Cooper is the ultimate professional and does not deserve to have his image damaged when paired with the likes of Kathy Griffin. What on earth has happened to good judgement in providing top notch co-hosts on CNN's New Year's shows? Keep up the good work Anderson Cooper! Please ditch Kathy Griffin next year.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  17. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    @Megan Dresslar – Shoreline, WA

    don't have AC360 on CNN International, but I have Dr. Gupta!

    Thanks! 🙂

    January 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  18. linda (torrance CA)

    hi anderson!

    i hope you and kathy griffin host new years next year, this is the second year the CA Bar Exam has kept me from enjoying new years and watching the CNN broadcast!

    take care, love your reporting! and couldnt put your book down, read it in two nights.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  19. Jennifer - AZ

    Great show tonight!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  20. A. Smith, Oregon

    Erica, the breakin to the Danish cartoonist's home is a heads up. I feel bad that our Homeland Security published the Danish flight hero's full name and home address to the public.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  21. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    The quote "the system worked" by our Secretary of Homeland Security referred directly to the actions taken AFTER the NW 253 terrorist was apprehended. I get really tired of people using this out of context–it's misleading.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  22. Caroline, Los Angeles

    I just read a breif explanation as to why the Obama Admin. is phasing out the term "enemy combatant". It has to do with the Supreme Court decision in June 2008 that ruled that Guantanamo detainees had the right to access U.S. court system.

    Thus calling the underwear bomber an enemy combatant would not remove his right to have a lawyer at all under the latest Supreme Court ruling.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  23. Dulcie - Denver

    So far, terrorists striking in the US have been mostly handled in the Criminal Court system. Richard Reid, the shoe bomber was prosocuted in the criminal justice system. It's the way it's been done so far. "Enemy Combatants" are people who were captured outside the US

    January 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  24. Lori

    I really think that air travel should begin at staging areas located away from the airport where luggage/travelers can be checked by police/ canine teams before reaching the terminals. From there travelers can be transported to terminals by monorail or bus.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  25. A. Smith, Oregon

    Russian vodka is tops! Their select brands that seldom are exported are really smooth and are supposedly reserved for elite party members and visiting dignitary's. No doubt about it Russians know and appreciate good Vodka.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  26. Jennifer - AZ

    Happy New Year everyone!

    I think terrorists should be treated as common criminals rather than make an enormous international issue out of it and running off to attach whatever country they came from. It may be a better strategy than giving them the prestige of having that much of an impact.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  27. marco - Detroit

    I hope president Obama returns to push his campaign promises in 2010. After watching all the grandstanding in the House of Rep. and Senate over healthcare reform, I became disgusted with our elected officials. 2009 was a terrible year for Change. I hope 2010 will bring real change to our country.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  28. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Emily, it was the Secretary of HLS, Napolitano, who called terrorist attacks 'man caused disasters'. The same Napolitano who just said 'the system worked' after this last attack. Clearly not up to the job.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  29. Emily

    Ed Henry looks like he has a really tough assignment there! 😛

    He's got a great sense of humor about it.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  30. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Isabel,
    Don't worry about it, Happy New Year to you, HUGS!!!!!!
    Hope you have great year! 🙂

    January 1, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  31. Susan, NJ

    We have a bookkeeper, Panetta, leading the CIA, who has ZERO intelligence experience. Obama was warned that this would be a disaster – and it is

    January 1, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  32. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,

    "These terrorists HAVE no Constitutional rights. They are enemy combatants. This is war not a law enforcement action."

    I agree 100%, but this administration seems to disagree, which makes these terrorists even more willing to commit these crimes.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  33. Emily

    I don't understand why they are struggling with this....
    He was not born in America! (unlike Tim McV.)

    What is the problem?

    January 1, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  34. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    "These terrorists HAVE no Constitutional rights. They are enemy combatants. This is war not a law enforcement action."

    I've always wondered what it is in our laws, Constitution, etc. that gives non-U.S. citizens the same rights as U.S. citizens? I welcome an explanation from anyone here. This bothers me.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  35. Nancy in Oregon

    Again, so many people want to find Who to Blame instead of How to Fix a Problem.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  36. Jamie (chicago)

    I think In re Quirin pretty much controls if the government chooses a military tribunal... relax, the constitution is safe.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  37. Dulcie - Denver

    Anderson, I love this segment with the comedians. Love the pop-culture analysis!

    Thanks!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  38. A. Smith, Oregon

    Dept. Homeland Security was created under the notion that all intel agencys would share information. 7 Years later the CIA is not performing that duty and placed the lives of many Americans at risk.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  39. Susan, NJ

    Obama has telegraphed a message of Weakness to our enemies. We have had 8 terror plots against us uncovered in 9 months.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  40. Lori

    I also love to hear Anderson laugh.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
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