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January 21st, 2010
09:44 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 01/21/10

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Tonight on 360°, gunfire and chaos in Haiti over five bags of rice. Plus, a look at the what's happening to Haiti's orphans. And, a Supreme Court ruling that could have a major impact on November's mid-term elections.

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  1. Renee

    @ Gergen: The #1 issue for the President should be JOBS! He is too scattered. Now he is nationalizing the student loan program. Come on Mr. President, let's get focused!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  2. Dulcie - Denver

    David Gergen,

    I'm just incredibly depressed about the changes coming down the pike. I'm afraid health care is a lost cause. I have good health insurance at the moment, but so many don't.

    Thanks!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  3. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Hurricane seasone is on its way whats the plan for that .

    January 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  4. Michelle

    Those were really hard pictures of the kids who are now
    orphans.I hope Johnny and the other kids get the help
    they need. God bless the nurse. I don't know how she
    holds it together.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  5. Dodie, Irvine CA

    watching children cry and scream is difficult to experience

    January 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  6. Yoly Weston, Florida

    I don't understand why there isn't a reporter confronting officials asking why supplies aren't leaving the airport. Where is the breakdown and why.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  7. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The polices there should relax because they do not know who's who. There are people all over the world trying to help them. Put down the guns!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  8. Dodie, Irvine CA

    Good evening Anderson, 360 team David Gergen and fellow bloggers

    January 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  9. Glenn

    God help these people. They are suffering badly. All most of us can do is send in our donations and hope things get better as soon as possible...

    January 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  10. Willie

    Please give us an update about the Montana Hotel and the missing students and faculty.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  11. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    On the first day CNN was in Haiti Preval told Sanjay that he was "working to rescue the people."

    It is more than a week later, what has he done?

    January 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  12. Emily

    @ michael armstrong sr. TX.

    "Has the cordinater in Haiti been fired yet ."

    Good question!
    And WHO is that?

    January 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  13. Isabel - Brazil •

    his is very sad. Children are so innocent, nor should understand what is happening!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  14. Jaime Sanabria

    Hi Anderson I just want to comment that the US Navy has
    a Navy base in Ceiba Puerto Rico, that its not in use
    and has a big Hospital fully equiped and in the same
    base ther is a big air port that can be used for the
    Haiti pepole, can you find out about this Navy Base
    that its not used by no one.Thank You

    January 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  15. LaTanya from Palmdale, Ca

    Mr. copper, has anyone suggested that major Cruise Ships be used to house, and feed the people of Haiti? My husband and I go on cruise every year, and I just thought about how many people could be housed and feed. With all of the Money being donated, maybe some could be used to pay for the Cruise Ships to stay there until other care is avalible. Maybe Carnival, Royal Carribean, have ships that are not being used right now!! just a thought. Each ship could house aprox 3000 people.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  16. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Why shoot someone over rice and then leave them there to suffer and die? Isnt there enough death there right now?

    January 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  17. Kathryn Vento

    What is the MATTER with people?! Here's an idea- send the Haitian police to the airport so they can help distribute needed supplies, instead of shooting the very people who aren't getting them, and are therefore taking care of themselves- simply trying to to survive.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  18. Barbara

    Anderson: can you please show/tell us what the US marines/military are doing in Haiti?

    January 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  19. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Why can't Dominican Republic just take Haiti? Was there a few months back. DR is a lovely country. The people there say they let the Haitians stay and work when they cross the border anyway.
    Haiti is in deplorable shape. 🙁

    January 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  20. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Maybe they need to start blowing the roads with T.N.T. and clear the roads .

    January 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  21. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That's unbeliever I have seen all shootings are not appropriate to steal rice bags..... That is not good thing to shot innocent people.

    Karl and Anderson,
    I agree!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  22. karenine Leveque

    Hi Anderson!

    I am wondering, is there any orphan organization that would take "little Johnny" that you talked about today? I am haitian and would love to take him but I live in a one bedroom apartment in uptown Mahnattan. This is so unfortunate, I feel terrible for this little boy.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  23. David Gergen

    Hello everybody - Good to join your conversation here tonight after too long a time away. Haven't Anderson, Sanjay and the rest of the CNN team done a great service for us all with their coverage from Haiti?

    Will look forward to hearing your views tonight about the President and his troubles two nights after the Massachusetts election. It appears that his signature issue - universal health care coverage - is on life supports, and other initiatives may be as well. Should he start heading toward the middle? Become more of a populist on behalf of liberal causes? Let health care go in order to focus on jobs? Important decisions ahead - his State of the Union next Wednesday will signal where he is headed. Hope you can be with us that night!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  24. Emily

    Good evening Anderson & 360Crew in Haiti, 360 Team, Megan, Martina, & Bloggers!

    Hope that things are getting better in Haiti.
    How is that little 5yr old boy & his uncle we heard about last night?

    January 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  25. Karen Slominski

    I am a nurse in the U.S I have donated to Haiti and I wish I could go there to help right now... However, I have heart ache about our country rightnow also... We have children dying from preventable illnesses and diseases because they have no doctors or insurance...we need this experience to carry over to our country also...does it always take a disaster to wake our government up.....we need to pass health care reform for our country....because we dont see our needs on the news every night does not mean it does not exist...please wake up ...

    January 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  26. Dulcie - Denver

    I've been thinking all day about how I had hip surgery last month in a spiffy new hospital and how horrible it is in Haiti. The lack of medical supplies is a crime. They're right there at the airport.

    I'm also frustrated because I've donated money and yet still these poor people suffer. So many Americans have given so much and yet the aid sits at the airport, going nowhere

    January 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  27. LisaL - Canada

    you know, with 4500 or so escaped from the crumbled prisons, there WILL be those who grab stuff from others for profit - it does not sound like this is a case like that, but how does anyone really know?

    if the rice shows up in someone's family meal, it is much different than if it shows up in the markets being sold to those who were supposed to receive it in the first place

    January 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  28. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    To make matters worse, it looks like these were unarmed boys.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  29. Isabel - Brazil •

    How people and the police can see a person fallen, hurt, needing help and pass as if nothing had happened??

    January 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  30. Claus

    How sad that these people who are called police while killing people over food are the people who survived the earthquake.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  31. starr formerly known as vincent

    This report fom Carl Penhall is disturbing.

    I still can't come to grips with the term looting, if it is food and water (if it is not for the black market).

    Again, excellent reporting on ALL of the different aspects of what is going on is Haiti...the good, the bad and the ugly

    January 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  32. Lisa L

    Anderson, my thoughts and prayers to you, and I hope you have a safe return soon.

    Sincerely,

    Lisa L
    Sydney, Australia

    January 21, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  33. Monica M. Williams

    Anderson,

    Looking forward to checking out the Haitian Releif Telethon tomorrow night. Keep up the good work! You continue to make us all proud.

    Next time lets just make it due to brighter circumstances : )

    January 21, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  34. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    That last footage is heartbreaking! @Anderson when are the aftershocks going to end? looks like the pennisula is going to break off it they don't stop.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  35. Michelle

    That was a senseless killing.Is there any law and order?

    January 21, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  36. A. Smith, Oregon

    Just another poor man's dead body laying in the street. You see that all over the world, including here in metro-areas of the United States.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  37. Cynthia, NC

    Good evening, everyone. Karl Penhaul's story about the shooting in is disturbing. I gasped at the image of the dying man.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  38. Yoly Weston, Florida

    Good evening. I'm new to this blog. Tuning in to the best coverage on Haiti.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  39. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Shooting people over food is overreacting. The spilled rice is useless, so what did it get the cops?

    January 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  40. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Has the cordinater in Haiti been fired yet .

    January 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  41. A. Smith, Oregon

    Good evening AC360, shooting the suspects looks very much like the CIA trained tonton macute there in Haiti some years ago, very troubling.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  42. Isabel - Brazil •

    The cars go by and nobody does anything?

    This is the end of the world or I'm lost!?

    January 21, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Thanhhuong thi Nguyen

    Hello Mr. Cooper and Dr. Gupta.
    Hello everyone.
    I am boiling over the "rice and gunfire".

    January 21, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Lori

    Hello everyone. Hope everyone is well. I have cabin fever in California.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  45. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Good evening 360 bloggers and fb and twitter friends!
    Wishing the desperate people of Haiti had the millions the wall street executives got as a holiday bonus. When has life ever been balanced or fair?

    January 21, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  46. starr formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson, Dr. Gupta, Gary Tuchman, Ivan & ALL the AC360 team members.

    Good evening fellow bloggers and friends.

    Much more news from Haiti today!! Some of it actually good.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Isabel - Brazil •

    Good evening everyone – Anderson, David (Indiana), friends and bloggers!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Jessica Y, Ed Henry, David Gergen Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Happy Thursday Night, Thanks for coming to join us tonight!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening everyone

    January 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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