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January 25th, 2010
09:58 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 01/25/10

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We're following some very troubling reports about what could be happening to Haiti's children. Child smuggling, child selling, etc. We'll tell you what's being done to keep them out of harm's way. Plus, with President Obama getting ready for the State of The Union address and, reportedly, a change of course for government spending, we look closer at where your stimulus dollars went. The Stimulus Project, tonight and all week.

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  1. Steve - Cleveland

    These stimulus reports are really silly. It's fine to report actual abuse or corruption, but it's phony to measure the stimulus by counting "jobs created" directly by the projects. That's not how fiscal stimulus works, and I'm sure your reporters know that the economic theory involves multiplier effects and that the ultimate goal is to stimulate private sector jobs. Instead of explaining any of that, CNN is going for the sort of sham populism I would expect to see on another network that starts with F and ends with X. I guess you guys respond to polls just as mindlessly as do the politicians.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  2. Sherry N. Calif.

    Keep Haiti in our face! and thank you all you have done.

    @Dodie Hi there. I agree accountability from all players involved. Especially the Corporations. Did you notice how Supreme Ct. ruling is on back burner. We are now a Corpocracy. This is sad for all of America becauser they can legally get away with it.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  3. starr formerly known as vincent

    @Dodie, Irvine CA

    Good idea about a new law to keep Any company that has defrauded the Gov or State, Neve be allowed to do business with them again (even if they change their names, leaders, etc.)

    That would keep them Honest!

    January 25, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  4. Emily

    @Jo Ann, I agree with you 100%. I too would love to see Ivan Watson join the AC360 Team in the future. Gary has had some amazing reports from Haiti and I think that Ivan is great!

    I think that CNN should be proud of the entire AC360 Team, both in front & behind the scenes!

    I would give them "Heroes" awards next time around.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  5. Renee

    @ Susan, NJ: Yes, there were Big Dig t-shirts sold to mock the government too. Lots of waste in Boston!

    January 25, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  6. Beth

    Christiane Amanpour: It feels like a slight sigh of relief to see her in Haiti tonight. She is powerful in both voice and presence. And there are no words for the prolific work and reporting the CNN team has delivered thus far. Awareness makes all the difference.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  7. Dodie, Irvine CA

    How about the aging middle class people? Those that are getting ready to retire are in the worst of all conditions!

    January 25, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  8. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    I would like to see how much stimulus money is being given to electric tycoons for bonus insentive's .

    January 25, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  9. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That is so disust to see this!!!!!! I think I agree both of Drew and Anderson, They are so crook! I can't pay for that taxpayer!

    January 25, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  10. David, Indiana

    The Haitian govt's buildings have been devasted, I didn't realize the extent until seeing Gary Tuchman's rept, but the personnel are there thankfully.

    In listening to Christiane Amanpour, I agree, getting industry in Haiti functioning again after the earthquake is a priority now. And I do wonder how the govt will handle the question of shelter, and building in the long term. Maybe this is an uninformed question, but do homeowners in Haiti have insurance, or how many have insurance?

    January 25, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  11. Natasha W

    I just want to say thank CNN and especially Anderson Cooper and his team at AC360 for your committment to covering Haiti, while continuing to provide us with domestic and international news. You all are doing great work, showing phenomenal dedication and compassion in your reporting.

    I am very glad CNN is educating the masses about how stimulus money is being spent. I just really wish that Americans could understand that the time it took to cause this economic crisis might just be how long it takes us to recover. We need to be patient and look towards areas like Haiti and realize, yes it is bad here, but it could always be so, so much worse.

    God bless you and be safe!

    Natasha

    January 25, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  12. Robert K

    Dear Anderson Cooper

    I watch your show every night here in Cusco Peru You are incredible You keep them honest. I just want to remind you that the earthquake aftermath will be much worse once the rainy season starts. Without any infrastructure and housing most of the people in the tent cities will wind up living in mud We here in Cusco right now have major flooding The rivers are overflowing and bridges and highways are out Homes are being destroyed but we have an infrastructure that is out pumping water, clearing roadways, and fixing roads and bridges. People who have damaged homes can move in with friends or relatives temporarily while homes are repaired. This will not happen in Haiti There should be major plans considered now for the eventual heavy rains of the rainy season in Haiti otherwise we will have another catastrophe to deal with. thank you

    January 25, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  13. TAMMY

    Love Amanpour's reporting! Also, AC is a favorite of mine
    on national news reporting. I am a fairly conservative
    Republican turned independent recently, have predominantly
    watched Fox for my news. Am watching Fox and CNN
    about equally now. Keep up the relevant reporting, more
    esp. live at the scene, i.e. Haiti. Maybe will see AC in Haiti,
    will be there with Samaritan's Purse, I am an RN. Want to
    help hands on so much, it hurts to sit here! The Haitian's
    have done more for this country, and me, than we can ever
    do for them. Their humility , graciousness, and faith have
    been such an example!

    January 25, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  14. Renee

    Did I miss Monley tonight? Daughter was sleep walking again in the house! 🙂

    January 25, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  15. Susan, NJ

    BIG DIG leaked from Day 1.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  16. Yoly Weston, Florida

    To Anderson, his fellow reports, staff and CNN, thank you for being our link to the Haitians. The best reporting on the air!

    January 25, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  17. Susan, NJ

    Temporary jobs are what a stimulus is suppose to create. REal stimulus would create real wealth using see money.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  18. Dodie, Irvine CA

    How about drafting a new law. Any company default on a government contract, they are then out on their 'ear' This is very upsetting

    There is an old saying

    Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior!!!

    January 25, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  19. Bryan- Los Angeles

    I can't take any more images of Haiti. The living conditions are horrific.
    We all know the reality of another earthquake but what will those people do when a hurricane comes?

    January 25, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  20. A. Smith, Oregon

    New company to what duck their civil liability responsibility? Is that a fair deal for the American public at risk from being crushed from that sub-level concrete?

    January 25, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  21. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That's so awful I have seen buildings are destroyed...... I hope they need foundation without made by old buildings, Wow! That's so long time 200 yrs old buildings. YIKES!

    January 25, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  22. Susan, NJ

    They low ball the bid – and then come back with all these over charges.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  23. Lori

    Unfortunately government contracts are notoriously mismanaged in all industries, not only construction. Design-build is also not known for producting quality projects. You can not let the fox guard the hens.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  24. Dodie, Irvine CA

    Great Reporting Drew on Aggregrate!!!

    I would like to see all of this exposed!

    January 25, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  25. Susan, NJ

    Low bid for sleaszy work – sickening.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  26. A. Smith, Oregon

    Yikes, you cannot cut corners on any underground concrete structures. What were they thinking?

    January 25, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  27. Dodie, Irvine CA

    Thank You Anderson and team 360. I really would like a full accountability of where all this money went on the stimulus... either the government Never spent the money, or corporations hoarded the money! This is tragic!

    CNN Keep up the Good work!

    January 25, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  28. Susan, NJ

    The government should not be picking winners and losers.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  29. Anita Z

    Is there software available to record photos and info about unattended children to protect them before they are taken off-island and to assist relatives to reconnect with them?

    January 25, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  30. Eugenia - San Francisco

    Thank you CNN for allowing this to happen my heart is grateful! Anderson, I don't know what to say but I've been watching everyday.

    Paul Timmons, head of Portlight, has been interviewed on both NBC and CNN about our efforts in Haiti and these interviews will be broadcast at some point in the next few days. When scheduling information is given to us we will post it here; tune in and see Paul!

    Portlight Strategies...

    ...offers a unique way for you to help people in need help themselves...since 1997, we have provided medical equipment (such as wheel chairs, walkers, and crutches), ramp construction and minor home modifications, and post disaster relief free of charge to people with disabilities and others in need.

    ...these efforts – which all too often are not covered by private insurance, government assistance programs, and large, bureaucratic organizations – can open the door to new, independent lives for people critically in need of a little help.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  31. Renee

    @ Emily, that was the discussion tonight on the other cable network. I hope Haiti gets help but we must remember there are millions in America that need our help.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  32. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Government corruption and deforestation are big problems in Haiti.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  33. Jacky

    There is extreme poverty in the DR as well. Don't let the gloss of tourism recruitment of potential baseball players and the appearance of business fool you. They are in need as well.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  34. Yoly Weston, Florida

    @ Mark
    About a week ago he was interviewed. The president and his ministers are "working " out of a police station. In the video they could be seen sitting at empty tables, arms crossed, happily chatting as if they catching up on old times. Not the image one would expect of a group trying to coordinate relief efforts.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  35. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    The people of Haiti is going to have to shake it off and build low level homes

    January 25, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  36. Joanne

    Good evening Anderson i am so proud of you for a job well done you are a true hero in my eyes i need to know what to do if i need to adopt some of the kids in Haiti specially the 11year old and the girl name bee please let me know.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  37. starr formerly known as vincent

    @Emily

    Good point about Monley's grandmother. I had totally forgotten about that. I wonder how we would find out about that possible reunion.?

    January 25, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  38. charlie

    Stimulus spending waste: What can you expect from a political system that interprets money as speech. Until that is fixed, eveything else is just trying to turn an unstoppable tide of special interests influence peddling.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  39. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Renee,

    "To me it seems so calm in Haiti. No riots today or anything. I wonder if Americans would be so patient."

    You make a good point Renee. I think it depends on where you live and who you are. I doubt that the spoiled rich and privileged can deal with tragedy as well as the poor and less fortunate.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  40. A. Smith, Oregon

    High strength concrete is simply the addition of waste coal plant emissions (flu ash), a very green solution to thousands of tons of waste. Mix that in concrete and it becomes nearly indestructible. You can easily add two solar panels to a concrete geodesic dome for simple lighting and they are cool in the summer and tropic heat there in Haiti. Win-Win!

    January 25, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  41. Lori

    It took decades and the life work of many geologists to develop a geological, soils, and seismicity data base for the US. I do not see light at the end of the tunnel in Haiti.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  42. jocelyne & Christ

    We do appreciate your concert and everything that you guys are doing for the the haitian peuple, God will bless you more and more.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  43. Molly

    Christiane is correct! They need to rebuild the buildings to withstand quakes. Do it the right way this time. Not on the cheap.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  44. Maxine

    Why haven't the UN peacekeepers or the USA military provide guards to protect the children from being abducted? Why can't the children be moved to a protected/guarded compound inside the airport grounds? Somewhere safe with guards. Thank God for Save the Children and UNICEF who are doing the best they can with so few people. Watching your report about this situation is heartbreaking. I wish there was something I could do to help keep these children safe. This is just heart wrenching watching this situation on TV and not being able to be there to help.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  45. LisaL - Canada

    the Government and the UN and a lot of documents and people with information in their heads are all gone - dead and burried in the rubble

    while they may have had a coherent plan before the earthquake, it would not surprise me one bit if a LOT of political issues are being reworked right now because everything has changed internally

    - if there is not a consistent message within the newly forming structure of government, there will not be a message sent

    January 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  46. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Gabriela
    Go to cnn.com/impact.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  47. Renee

    @ Janine: Folks are skimping for fuel to built fires. Relief agencies have fuel packs along with large pots to cook the rice. They are resourceful people. Folks will figure it out.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  48. Lori

    There will always be another earthquake in these areas of faulting. The US has maps of areas where known faults are located and also where buildings can not be constructed.

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

    I would think that the Gov & Allies would Have to think about re-building in the future as well as dealing with daily needs now.(Ido think that rebuilding the Palace can wait for a while).

    The panel makes a great point about the Gov. of Haiti making themselves visable!

    I'm sorry and remain frustrated to hear about the continue Lack of Coordination of supplies!

    These conversations with the reporters are really informative. Thank you for that too Anderson.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  50. Fr3d

    what is going to hapen to the hundres of hatian Kids (not orphans) but biological children of US citizens with paper work pending? Why they don't have the same priority as the orphans?

    thank you for your hard work!! stay safe.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
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