January 20th, 2010
09:46 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 01/20/10

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Eight days after the quake hit, another survival is found alive in Haiti. And, desperate to leave. See how some Haitians are trying to escape Port-au-Prince. Plus, the raw politics of the GOP Senate victory in Massachusetts. What does it mean for the Democrats seeking health care reform?

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  1. Lori

    That little five-year old boy will never forget this! His eyes seem to say that he can not believe what he sees.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Jauhara CArter

    My Family is over there and she has a Passport can she bring her brother from Haiti to AmericaFlorida where she lives if he doesn't have one due to the EarthQuake?

    January 20, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Emily

    What?! The party crashers Get an invite & have Nothing to say?

    January 20, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Kathy Chicago

    Maybe Congress can get together and put a realistic health care plan together. Get rid of the favors, perks and pork. Lets work on education and jobs. Help people to independantly support themselves again. We can work together and do great things!

    January 20, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  5. Ilya- Connecticut

    Once again, the Government of Haiti is nowhere to be found. Once again, America is left to pick up the pieces.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  6. charlie

    Paul Begala has got it. Ban lobbyists, Tax and punish bankers for destroying the economy. And let's see the debates on Cspan as promised.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Isabel - Brazil •


    Of Course! People are dying of thirst. It is inconceivable today!

    January 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Gabriela

    Good Evening to everyone from Managua, Nicaragua!
    Is good to see this miracles although is chaos around! Great Job CNN!!!

    January 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  9. Monica

    My hats off to CNN, and especially to you Anderson Cooper, for being there and letting us know the reality of what is going on in Haiti. You are awesome!!!! Stay safe and may your guardian angel watch over you always......

    January 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  10. carol

    What is the alternative to not passing the Health Reform Bill? Will our legislators be willing to give up their health insurance and join the rest of the country in trying to find good, cheap insurance coverage?

    January 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  11. A. Smith, Oregon

    I agree, the CNN coverage by AC360 and others is award winning. Thank you again for tonights coverage on Haiti.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  12. Tony

    When a country's government is rendered helpless from a natural disaster, who then, coordinates the logistics of aid operations?

    January 20, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  13. DebfromCanada

    Thank you Anderson for expressing the outrage and sadness I feel as I watch the fiasco of the relief effort. The American people have big hearts and are generously supporting Haitians. But what is the American Military up to in Haiti? I Just cannot believe that this effort is being handled in the best interests of the Haitian people. The fear mongering about 'security needs' only alienates those who can help from those who need it. Is the Shock Doctrine at work here? IS the military turning a humanitarian disaster into a security/military issue to create fear of the people who need support the most. Down the road will this be a way to justify an American military presence at the ready to support political, corporatist aims in Haiti? I hear the pain, disbelief in Anderson's, Sanjay's and other CNN reporters' words. This is heartbreaking and very, very tragic.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  14. Shauntay S.

    Its so heart breaking to see what has happened, an not knowing or expecting it really hurts.However, we as a nation need to pull together an lend a helping hand. Whether small or big eveything counts.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  15. RW

    My husband as well as over 200 RNs have been on standby since Friday to go to Haiti through assistance of the US Military. Today they were informed they would NOT be needed?? How can this be?

    Being from Louisiana I can say this is Katrina all over again. Too much red tape and not enough actual care and help being provided.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  16. Marian

    Very good reporting by Ivan Watson concerning thr boat people. He has been a good addition to the Haiti coverage.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  17. Lori

    I agree with you Emily. I hope that Anderson and all of his colleagues are safe and well.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  18. gretchen

    why is no one getting on the haitian goverment that is hiding out at the police department? They should be at the airport and the borders handing out road maps to haiti and helping get things moving.I hope they follow the money,and I hope the money don't go into their lazy hands.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  19. Camille

    Can you tell us who is in charge? Everyone knew who was in charge of the Katrina disaster (General Honore), but we all seem to be in the dark here. Who is causing the delays of medical supplies? It doesn't seem fair that we don't know when millions of dollars are being donated by U.S. citizens.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  20. Anne Marie Burns

    Where is the President of Haiti? I say the Drs and or nurses make a convoy of vans to the airport – now.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  21. Adelaide

    Donna Brazil does have a great sense of humor!

    January 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  22. Ronda Daniels

    I am glad people are sending money to Haiti. It breaks my heart to see all those people suffering and the children losing their parents. I pray for the Hatians that more relief will come and that they are able to rebuild their country. Its good that the children are being adopted but , I think they should build a orphanage in Haiti so the children do not have to leave their home land. Its hard dealing with the lost of a love one and adjusting to a new environment. There are African-American children in the US in foster care that still do not have a home. I think America should invest and take of their own children in foster care who do not have a home. There are so many people without jobs. How are the Hatians going to find employment in the US? I think Obama should make a plea to other countries like china and others to help take in the Hatians also. I will pray for the Hatian people .

    January 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  23. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Im curious to know where the money that has been donated is going? It just seems that it is not getting where it needs to be or its getting where it needs to be, its just not being used and distributed like it should be

    January 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  24. frank bono

    Why can't planes or helicopters drop needed supplies, especially medicine, to the area hospitals and clinics? It's crazy after 8 days not to have them available. If our president gave the order to the AF to drop the supplies, it would be done immediately. What's wrong?

    Speed is necessary.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  25. Verne Strickland

    This is Anderson Cooper's finest hour. I hope he will be properly recognized for his compassionate coverage of the tragedy in Haiti. His work has further endeared him to many of his fans and supporters.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  26. Molly

    Gary Tuchman reported on a "retirement home" in Port-au-Prince that had about 65 earthquake survivors. They are living outside and I believe he said they have nothing or almost nothing in terms of food and water. I think it's just 1 mile from the airport. It makes no sense.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  27. Sarah MacAller

    Just Bravo to Anderson Cooper, Dr. Gupta and the entire crew for your compassionate commentary!

    January 20, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  28. Daniel Smith, New Orleans

    Doesn't the US have a boat that can ferry survivors to western Haiti? I don't understand - why dont we set up refugee camps, triage centers & hospitals in another part of Haiti where there is WATER & ELECTRICITY and move people there? We really dont have the ability to get people on boats and humvees and move them 50 or 100 miles?

    January 20, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  29. David, Indiana

    I've read the Red Cross is sending basic medical units that can treat large numbers of people. This is I think in addition to first aid outposts the Red Cross has established and their outreach teams. How many organizations have medical teams in Haiti now and are sending more? This news is important as it could give doctors and medical facilities hope and possible contacts for quick resupply. Is there not enough delivery capacity, or difficult to keep up.

    Yes that could be a dangerous situation on the ferry. Are there other ships that could help with that. It is good that the govt managing to help people evacuate.

    @Isabel It's terrible to imagine babies surviving in those conditions, but there is hope in that and it clearly shows the need for rescue teams.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  30. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Jo Ann "I think Mass is just the tip of the iceberg."

    One can hope.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  31. Emily

    20,000 Earthquake SURVIVORS could be DYING DAILY!!!


    They are SURVIVORS!!

    January 20, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  32. Melisa

    We have heard about all of the medical on the ground but no one has talked about the great things the USNS Comfort is doing. Can we get an update on how many patients they are seeing, where they are coming from and how are they getting on the ship.
    Thank you

    January 20, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  33. Nana

    I cannot believe that people are dying because supplies are piled up at the airport! What is going on? They need to appoint General Honore' to head up this mission. he was the hero of Katrina. Nothing good was happening until he arrived. he knows what to do.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
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