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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. Nancy, British Columbia, Canada

    Anderson – thanks for keeping them honest and getting to the really huge problems in Haiti. Stay safe.
    Dr. Sanjay Gupta – thanks for getting the medicine from the airport and helping the boy get treated on the US Comfort. You both are heros!
    If you can get them -why can't they get distributed more? Frustration – there is so much pain and suffering!!!!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  2. Michelle

    Thank you for the amazing job you are doing in Haiti
    Dr. Gupta it is obvious the affect this is having on you.
    It is really hard to watch the video of the kids screaming
    because of pain.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  3. niwat kurusattra, chicago

    Hi AC, DG and AC360 team,
    I want to say that Mr Cooper et all have gone out far more than extraordinary in journalistic business. Can't he be the President of the US ? Anyway, Those riotous deaths over bags of rice are as Dr Sanjay put in, not as mere medically,they are preventable!, Had there been security set-ups for pre and post aid distributions to Haitian victims. No food and aid hoarding!!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  4. Glenda

    Do you think it would be better to have one central location that one person is in charge, like a command post ? Using aerial shot's to see where they need to clear things and set up things.

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

    @David Gergen,
    good to see you on the blog. I think that Pres. Obama should be focused on what he Said he was going to do when he was elected! That would be what you posted, (jobs, etc.). He said that he would be "transparent", and work with both sides! He also does have to deal with the issue of terrorism, even more so now, after what happened on Christmas, 2009. His plans for Gitmo are going to have to be put on hold and really focus on Jobs, Afghanistan, etc. I think it's 60% of those born in 1974 and after are Independents?

    AC, Dr.Gupta, Gary T. and the rest of have been CNN "Heroes"! Outstanding reporting!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  6. Yvette, Tampa

    why cant several people from the Hospital go with Dr. Gupta and pick up more medications, formula, water etc to drop off the Hospitals, Orphanages. Why wasn't box sent out with him?

    January 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  7. Claus

    It's unbelievable that the pharmaceutical companies have contributed millions in meds but they are just sitting there. There seem to be a lot a vehicles moving around. This is the craziest thing I have ever seen.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  8. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @michael armstrong sr. TX..

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

    I think if the Haitian government had an emergency plan for their country we would have seen evidence of it by now.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  9. Renee

    Dr. Gupta rocks!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  10. Yoly Weston, Florida

    Sorry, the colonel's answer wasn't good enough

    January 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  11. Ryan McLellan

    What do we need to do to help these children you are showing. We are a certified foster/adoptive family in NC and have contacted many agencies over the last several days but with no results. We are not trying to "take" these children, but if they are truly orphaned and injured, then we are willing to help. Short term or long term. We have been blessed with a beautiful family of our own but are looking to share this and now is the time. Unfortunately these children may not llive through the beaurocracy!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  12. Anne, IL

    Anderson – Please know that prayers for the Haitian people are being said everyday at our school. We can't imagine the misery that these people are going through. Our hope is that their recovery and relief will come soon. Prayers are very powerful!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  13. LisaL - Canada

    it seems a little odd that dr. gupta was only allowed to take one tiny bag of supplies when there is so much there. huh. words can't describe, so perhaps it's best left unsaid. the needs of the many should have a louder voice than that...

    January 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  14. Tony Torres

    I see military waiting to unload box by box because of damaged Port in Port Au Prince.

    This needs to stop – move everyone and use the Functional Port of CAP HAITIAN!!!!

    Stop Setting up in Port Au Prince – Disease and Infection is coming!!!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  15. Renee'

    Please, will someone find out where there is family of any sort for the little Hatian girl in the Hospital with 2 broken legs, who keeps crying for her Mama ! That is tearing me up. My GOD, what torture she is suffering. Both physical but also devestatingly mental anguish. GOD Bless her. And God Bless you two Anderson!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  16. A. Smith, Oregon

    Its really refreshing to see Dr. Gupta use his influence to physically pickup and deliver the desperately needed drugs to that field hospital. I seriously doubt the courageous twin MD's from another country would have been successful in doing that in person themselves.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  17. Dodie, Irvine CA

    ~*~ Kudos ~*~ to all the relief workers, doctors, nurses, etc!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  18. Sara, Tampa FL

    So is "Sanjay" the "infrastructure" to which Col. McMullen is referring?

    January 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  19. Cynthia, NC

    Thank you Dr. Gupta for going to the airport to get medical supplies and some answers! If the supplies are at the airport why can't they be distributed from there? Dr. Gupta and his crew were able to get to the airport and back, why can't the medical supplies be moved that easily?

    Nonsense. Just nonsense!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  20. Jerry

    This is unbelievable! By the time the medicine gets to those who need it, it will be be outdated the way things are now!!!!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  21. Michelle S

    If the aid isnt going out why should anyone keep on donating? If Dr.Gupta can get it that fast why cant the officials and the soldiers at the airport take it themselves? this is getting crazy? yet everyone is suppose to keep on donating???

    January 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  22. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    For the love of God! Get those supplies out to the suffering people and children!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  23. Heather - Spokane, WA

    We have so much military there from almost every country we have, why dont they take medical supplies to all of the hospitals instead of a 'help yourself' attitude that it seems to be with Dr Gupta's story? Do they really need everyone to be at the port at all times?

    January 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  24. Mimi

    I don't understand how the military actions can be coordinated in hours yet the medical supplies cannot be moved from the airport to the areas in need immediately!! Whoever is in charge of the airport should be ashamed when babies are dying.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  25. Michelle

    I don't know if I could stand still in an aftershock.
    Is there any way for Team 360 to get word to the
    people at the airport where those med supplies
    are need ? Perhaps if there is a list of places
    at a central location would help.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  26. Sabrena

    I don't understand where all of the money that has been donated thus far is going??? Why hasn't the money gone for medical supplies that they so desperately need??? I heard the US Gov. gave 100 mill; Madonna gave 250,000...etc, etc, Why is this money not translating into the much needed medical supplies, food, etc???

    January 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  27. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel everyone. Heartbreaking and incomprehensible. The police already had these young men apprehended. I can understand the anger that there would be toward those making a profit from stolen goods, depleting desperately needed supplies but a "shoot to kill" order is murderous.

    Anderson who can medical clinics, personnel go to to request supplies? Is there someone who takes those requests?

    Will that police supervisor investigate?

    January 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  28. Kathy Chicago

    Good for Dr G! Go get what you need.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  29. Bill Phipps

    Mr,Cooper I am a fosterparent in Alabama can I help out in anyway with any child,that is in desoerate need. I can take a child now that needs my services.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  30. Paula, Boston, MA

    It is so maddening that medical supplies are being held up at the airport. Kudos to Dr. Gupta for taking a trip there to pick up supplies. He is what all doctors should be.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  31. Liz

    I just watched the story about orphans in the hospitals, and was wondering-can people go to Haiti and volunteer to just sit with and offer comfort to the injured children?

    January 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  32. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Obama's inexperience and naïveté are beginning to show.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  33. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Michael Tx,
    Good point, Yes it has fired, it was military police, I think.

    Wow!!! That's so scary for Anderson and Karl still aftershock to continue!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  34. Isabel - Brazil •

    I think if the help after these small aftershocks don't pull more things or worsen the work of rescue and humanitarian aid.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  35. James H. Golatt

    how can i get information on adoption of a child from haiti, I want to help

    January 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  36. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Anderson, the death rate is equivalent to 10 Katrinas EACH DAY. Where is the outrage at the lack of organization? Who is in charge for the US? Where is the director of FEMA? At least 'Brownie' showed up eventually.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  37. Kathy Chicago

    AC, those kids are beautiful. I would love to help them, but I will be out of commission for a while. I will donate.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  38. starr formerly known as vincent

    @David Gergen

    Terrific to see you on the blog again!
    Pres. Obama has been in office for only 1 yr. He, in my opinion has tried to do a lot. He was working on the Bank issue long before his announcement today.
    I am hopeful that Health care reform will continue to progress with morre clarification and efficient bill.

    @Dulcie-Denver- I agree with you completly!! It is a crime that medical supplies, food and water sit at the airport.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  39. Sara, Tampa FL

    Anderson needs to quicken his reflexes. He is too valuable to get injured in an aftershock! It's funny but true

    January 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  40. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Greetings to All! I fear that so many of the children will never find their parents,if they are still living.I hope there will be some sort of centralized identification system set up to reunite families .

    January 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  41. Tamara Mauck

    the medical supply issue is just utterly uncomprehensible! They should have had the supplies and medicines dropped in a long time ago..just because its a poor country does not mean their lives are expendable...

    January 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  42. Isabel - Brazil •

    @ Anderson

    These small aftershocks frighten so much!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  43. Jerry

    How can there be no medicine form childern? What is happening? Are the only humans that need medicine grown – ups! This is unreal!!!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  44. Emily

    What is going to happen to all those Children that are now orphans?

    What about all the people that have been buried that AC told us about last week that were being put in other peoples crypts, etc.?
    They have all just vanished!

    There is No paper trail!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  45. Dodie, Irvine CA

    I hate those aftershocks.... When we have an earthquake, we get those all the time

    January 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  46. Claus

    Hello Mr. Gergen,
    It's always nice to have you on CNN. I do think President Obama will have to move toward the middle. The people of the US have indicated jobs are the most important issue so perhaps he should make that his focus. I really don't think his speech about the banks helped today. It just tanked the market so that a few more people trying to make back money they lost can be unhappy.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  47. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Maybe the chaos and the heat are getting to the police as well. It would be smart for everyone to be vigilant.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  48. julie

    I am a nurse from New England and would love to help. How do i go about getting there to help the children!!!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  49. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi! It's discouraging to think of Haiti's future being so uncertain. The aftershocks continuing every day, too, only add to the already difficult situation. I hope you all stay safe.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  50. Lori

    Anderson, Sanjay and the entire CNN team have done an outstanding job of reporting from Haiti. I can only imagine how uncomfortable they are right now (both emotionally and physically).

    January 21, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
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