January 7th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 01/07/10

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Tonight on 360°, Pres. Obama taking responsibility for the failures to "connect the dots" in the attempted Christmas Day bombing. Plus, a possible late night shake-up at NBC. Will Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien be getting new time slots?

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  1. Devin

    Yes i love T.V. competion! It makes it more interisting im interisted to see who comes out on top! (other then this show of course lol=D)

    January 7, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  2. Shehan Jayawardena, Minneapolis MN

    Never thought Conan O'Brien was funny... NBC should've polled the public.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  3. Paula, Colorado

    The new late night line-up would be an interesting experiment.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  4. A. Smith, Oregon

    Conan just isn't that entertaining as Leno, IMO. Apparently many former viewers feel the same way!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  5. Susan, NJ

    I can do both at once.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  6. bisi adewumi

    Anderson we got enough about what the american embassy in Nigeria heard from Abdulmutalab's dad but what we have not heard here in US is that the dad also alerted the Nigerian security organisation where Abdulmutalab boarded plane to USA enroute Amsterdam. Here is my concern, if Abdulmutalab could not be stoped at Amsterdam Airport which is in a developed country, what is going to happen to planes coming directly to US from Nigeria ( Delta Airline, Nigeria to Atlanta ) where anything can pass through the secority as a corrupt nation?

    January 7, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  7. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    I never watched Jay at 10PM.I watch AC360! ; )

    January 7, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  8. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi David Gegern,
    I agree with your comment, You're right, I know President Obama is taking full responsibility to do right thing!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  9. Susan, NJ

    HOllywood stars are just not that interesting for real talk...

    January 7, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  10. Stephanie

    I wonder, it seems that we are always a step behind, we are focused on air planes because of air plane attack; but what about other mass transportation? There is little if no security at train stations; are we waiting for an attack there too?

    January 7, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  11. ericacnn

    @Emily – good point re: the freezer; I hadn't thought about that! Now it sounds even worse.

    Now, let's be honest about the REAL reason this 10p slot wasn't working: a certain news show called AC 360! 🙂

    January 7, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  12. A. Smith, Oregon

    Waves to Erica Hill, nice to see you online. What are your thoughts about multiple doses of 3D body scanner radiation?

    January 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  13. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    OMG the world is coming to an end...All this reality TV, the Ballon boy hoax/heeney, and the salahi's....yep...the end of humanity as we know it...lol.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  14. Susan, NJ

    "Exactly?"..........why can't they be truthful....

    January 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  15. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    @Megan Dresslar , I always thought it was a huge mistake for them to move Jay...His audience is a late night audience,not a prime time audience!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  16. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    @ David, Indiana

    Yeah, there are a tangle of govt agencies, but isn't there a centralization? Who makes this connection, this centralization?

    Sorry, I,m lost

    January 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  17. Valerie NYC

    @ Erica:
    Annoyed is an understatement, too... I´m sure those crashers and their sponsors will make me mad.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  18. Denise

    Hey thanks a lot Erica – every time I here the name Richard Heene in the Larry King promos my brain sings "science de-tec-tive".

    January 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  19. Danielle - Los Angeles

    Perhaps the White House Party Crashers should be the people in charge of national security since they were able to sneak into what was supposed to be the most secure place in the world, they'd know what to look for and stop the terrorist. They could also enlist the help of the balloon family to look at other unconventional ways terrorist might use to air travel for their dubious purposes

    January 7, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  20. Susan, NJ

    We have real time intelligence in the head of the underwear bomber – but he now has his Miranda rights. The Geneva Convention says he is an enemy combatant.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  21. charlie

    The whitehouse gatecrashers (and maybe the Newark guy) should thanked for exposing security weaknesses. And maybe a little scolding 🙂

    January 7, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  22. Stephanie

    Mark, I respectfully disagree, I think the President is really putting all of our needs and safety first...as first place as you can in a place a corrupt as Washington.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  23. Devin

    I love the cold hope it snows! The mountains look great! Thats crazy people leve there post its crazy!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  24. Emily


    Just wait until it's late January & February!

    What a nightmare!
    My freezer is not even that cold!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  25. starr formerly known as vincent

    @Davd Gergen, glad to see you blog with us. Your point about Yemen and Somalia is a good one. However, given the long known reputation of these countries, i would think we would have been monitoring them all along.
    The whole problem is complex and need so much more.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  26. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Are we going to hear that someone paid the Heene's too?

    January 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  27. Dave S

    How will improved scanners be deployed? Are they going to go in every airport in the world that originate flights that terminate in the U.S.? Will there be different security areas for gates going to the U.S.? Who will be paying for this?

    January 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  28. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.
    Good taken point! You're right!!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  29. A. Smith, Oregon

    waves to upstate Megan, WA indeed here in Oregon its nice, not to cold. Although our water year is very low. Only 1 previous year on record that had so little snow and waterfall.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  30. Stephanie

    we all knew Leno would come back; no one really 'retires' in Hollywood! Is he even really funny?

    January 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  31. Danielle - Los Angeles

    Can you say TSA Fail? The TSA agents I encountered aren't fit to handle security at a preschool. Some agents here in Los Angeles were caught getting high on camera. I don't feel safe traveling through America's airports but I have no other choice.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  32. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @David Gergen, the way to stop Al Queda is to surgically attack their camps wherever they are and kill them faster than they can recruit. We need to infiltrate the organization to get tactical intel that allows us to strike in real time.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  33. Lori K.

    What a mess at the Newark airport! The guard should be fired. What a huge failure in the system! It's a scary thought to even fly anymore.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  34. Mark

    Protect Americans!!!! Hello. It's time for the President to wake up to what is FIRST priority.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  35. Emily

    Breaches galore!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  36. ericacnn

    I don't even like to think about what -52 feels like – brrrr is a gross understatement

    January 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  37. A. Smith, Oregon

    All the smoke and constant showing of the Video of the Newark airport, it simply appears a man was waiting for his girlfriends flight to arrive so they could leave together.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  38. David, Indiana

    @Starr I agree about the partisanship, putting the sniping aside, coming togther to make things as safe as possible.

    So the NBC latenight line is being pushed deeper into the late part of night?

    January 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  39. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @The Rev. Fred Fenton,

    It is crazy making to hear all these so-called "experts" say there was a failure to "connect the dots."

    It makes you wonder just how big those dots have to be before these incompetent numbskulls can connect them.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  40. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Here is litte warmer right now 46 degree. But no snow!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  41. Martin

    How much are we paying TSA employees. Shouldn't we be spending money training them and ensuring we are attracting high caliber individuals to these positions! Does the government have a plan, do the department heads have a plan did they know the problems from previous issues that came up with our national security system? All of this seems so reactionary rather than working from a plan and building upon everything we already know. Guys if there is a plan lets stick to it and all do our jobs bringing some common sense too to the job.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  42. mj

    How effective are these no fly lists etc. do they have the suspect's passport pictures attched to each name?. Suspects can reenter the USA under an entirely different identity / name (on their passports) that will not flagg them as suspects.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  43. Emily

    Has there been any news about what airports are going to do re. checking their cameras to be sure that they are working?!

    ...and if they are not, just how long will it be before they are repaired?

    January 7, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  44. A. Smith, Oregon

    Britain has nearly a half-million security cameras, it didn't stop those subway bombers did it? And those cameras were working!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  45. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @starr, we all know that the 'war on terror' became forbidden words in the administration, replaced with Napolitano's infamous 'man caused disasters'. Obama has used the words 'war', 'extremists' and 'terror' at different times, but even as of today has never said we are in a 'war on terror'.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  46. charlie

    In the Newark airport issue: What are the procedures when leaving one's post (even for a moment)? Proper procedures would require back up cover otherwise they are vulnerable to "deliberate dsitractions). All that adds cost. Probably some of the salaries for the leaders of those 16 agenicies could be better spent on more manpower.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  47. Denise

    A little late, but any chance Conan will come back to NY?

    January 7, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  48. Lorraine

    I wonder how they keep tract of a terriorist or an unwelcome guest on their so called lists of people, since the election of President Obama I have been receiving email from him and his campaign commitiee, not sure how , not on any lists?

    January 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Saera El Paso, TX
    Last Call will stay remain after Conan.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  50. Emily

    Will kids of that generation be able to write? (print, etc)....

    People's hand-writing today is awful!

    Whatever happened to learning cursive writing?

    January 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
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