February 4th, 2010
09:43 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 02/04/10

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We have breaking news on the 10 Americans charged with kidnapping in Haiti. Plus, raw politics from Tennessee where the Tea Party convention is underway. We're also saying good-bye to two Pandas, now headed back to China.

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  1. Paula, Colorado

    The departing pandas are still adorable.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  2. Nancy in Oregon


    February 4, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  3. LisaL -Canada

    oh i just love "Men At Work" - and that line that no one knows what it is ... it's "Vegemite Sandwich" (trivia - fyi) ...

    February 4, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  4. Petra

    What! Kookabera (or however you spell it) sounds exactly like the Men at Work song!..

    February 4, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  5. Lenny

    The end of the Tea Party story was funny. The guy could not afford travel costs to Nashville but the neighborhood he lives in looks like most homes are half-million plus...

    February 4, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  6. Claus


    Citi has repaid the TARP funds. I'm in finances and have followed this carefully.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  7. Isabel Siaba

    I love Men At Work .... I can not believe it!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  8. Jennifer - Michigan

    They didn't sound very much alike....???? Yeah, why now?

    February 4, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  9. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Oh yeah, that's totally the Kookabura riff.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  10. Gabriela Vaughan from Nicaragua

    Pandas are so adorable!!!!
    Brittany Murphy, Rest in peace!

    Good night Anderson, 360 Crew, Emily, Dodi, Izabel, and everyone!!!!Great show as usual!

    See ya tomorror!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  11. Emily

    Does anyone think that the TEA Partys will help get a third Party?
    (for the Independents)

    February 4, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  12. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @A. Smith, OK let's tax everyone 10 or 15% of their income, including those who pay nothing now. I'd get a huge tax cut!!!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  13. Dodie, Irvine CA

    @ Emily

    I agree, I love watching Panda bears

    February 4, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  14. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Well, there goes the Tea Pary Convention. Are they sure that they are not with the banks?

    February 4, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  15. A. Smith, Oregon

    @ Kimberly, IL thank you for bringing that up with the correct pricing on the $500.00 attendant tickets. Tea partys are Grassroots indeed, lol.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  16. Donavan

    I is it just me but should'nt he be looking for a job instead of going to the tea party.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  17. sheba

    Its not a generous party then – so let me get this right. There paying Palin to speak but cannot afford to fly in and house their leader? That is very un-American if you asked me...did the same people send money to Haiti? and they can't house and fly in their leader??

    February 4, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  18. Lori

    I am so scared of sharks. I used to surf when I was a teenager but have not been in the ocean in California since I saw Jaws (#1). I could barely get into a pool after that movie. Yikes.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  19. Dodie, Irvine CA

    @ Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Bush left us with $6 Trillion in a rears... that will have to be paid within the next decade. Not to mention the almost $2 trillion we owe.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  20. Bruce

    Given the reaction to the Ken Lewis/Bank of America civil lawsuit, I find myself wishing they had backed out of the deal. It would have sent the country into a catcylsmic depression as we could not have taken another Lehman Brothers collapse. But apparently, everyone is incapable of seeing that Cuomo's mission is a thinly disguised attempt to hide his real ambition – the NYC Governor's mansion.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  21. Mary from Florida

    I agree with the issues of the Tea Party, about reckless spending...I agree with others who have posted...where were they when Bush was laying the groundwork for the financial crisis. People seem to forget that Obama inhereted the mess from 8 years of BUSH! The bailout of the banks started with Bush too. Let's not rewrite history folks.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  22. Caroline, Los Angeles

    The TEA Party convention is also a for-profit event. Someone is making money off of people's pain.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  23. Brandon, OH

    Maybe if that ordinary American wasn't so materialistic to begin with...$300,000 house....but hey poor guy with his 130,000 mile truck...

    February 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  24. Emily

    Panda bears are cute but I hear that they have quite the temper!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  25. starr formerly known as vincent

    Mr. Porto makes an excellent point, there's too big to fail and too small to matter! I agree entirrely!

    Randi-Kaye excellent report!! Thank you.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  26. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @A. Smith, big government will never create jobs as efficiently as business. Who do you think pays the taxes if not big business and their employees. Big Government is the enemy of freedom, not business.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  27. Keith

    Right – Looks like Bob is a former fat cat who went down the tubes . Now he's mad.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  28. Annie Kate

    It would be really interesting if the Tea Party became or led to an actual 3rd party in our system. Around 1900 there were several smaller parties that existed including one called the "Know Nothings". It was a serious party but with an unfortunate name – at least the Tea Party name brings up the image of our country's founding fathers and the Revolution.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  29. LisaL -Canada

    the tea party will become very good at getting their point across - what they think is wrong with things.

    their challenge will be to come up with solutions, not just present the problems. that would be a valuable contribution from that group. most people know what is wrong already.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  30. Adelaide

    I find it amazing that people who appear to be in their late 40s are only NOW getting interested in politics...What were they doing when they were younger? What prompted this rather sudden interest in politics?

    February 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  31. Dodie, Irvine CA

    Claus... I just heard the Citi still owes TARP money!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  32. Vince

    We just heard that the Tea Party movement is a voice of the people who are left out of the system regardless of party lines. Hope they can foster some bipartisanship.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  33. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Agreed! 🙂

    February 4, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  34. Kimberly, IL

    At $500 a ticket and $100,000 for Palin to speak? it doesn't seem like it's really a grassroots movement anymore

    Bob Porto does seem to explain the theory of the tea party well. "Too small to save" is something to think about

    Good luck Bob

    February 4, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  35. Emily

    @Vivian – Montreal,

    "The Tea Party- all republicans, not independents"

    Sorry, I don't agree with this statement here!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  36. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @starr, Bush's deficits were bad, but his worst deficit was about $400 billion. Obama's deficit this year is $1.3 trillion, four times as much. If Bush was bad, Obama is out of control.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  37. A. Smith, Oregon

    @ mike, fair taxation would be a flat tax across the entire board and the total removal of the IRS as it now stands. And fair taxation would include universal health coverage, and grants for college education for our children. America is very close to paying that much in total taxes now and we have no universal health coverage and many are unable to afford college educations.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  38. Paolo

    It's a good thing that John made an important distinction between tea partiers and independents. Having said that, Democrats should do what it takes to make sure the "tea isn't too hot." It's good that you brought-up the question why the tea partiers weren't as vocal during the Bush administration as they are now.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  39. Mike

    Im a third year teacher, married with a child and feel no attention from the current administration, which I support. How much noise can the Tea Party really stir up on a national scale. I feel a lot more people in this country would support some of their ideas. This country desperately needs a thrid party that will give attention to the struggling working class.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  40. charlie

    Big house, big car. Bob looks in pretty good shape to me.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  41. Claus

    Some of these banks have hired since the beginning of the financial problem. Citi also has paid back the TARP.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  42. Vivian - Montreal

    The Tea Party- all republicans, not independents

    February 4, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  43. Lois in Iowa

    Hi Anderson,
    So glad to have you back. It's really too bad that the Haitian children had to be subjected to such already suffering and displaced circumstances. It's disturbing to say the least. I couldn't believe it at first that people right here in the USA could do something like that. Hope she is finally brought to justice.

    I feel SO bad the pandas are leaving, we loved them so much! Have a great night, God Bless.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  44. Linda in Arizona

    @LisaL -Canada You're right about the brochures. Nice catch. I hadn't thought of that.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  45. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Tea any one?

    February 4, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  46. A. Smith, Oregon

    @ caroline, yes I fully agree, I would and do support big government and do not support big business that typically exploits third world people with slave wages and the removal of their natural resources for pennys on the dollars.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  47. Sharon Hastings

    This always makes me think of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Sounds like Scott Brown is not their cup of tea.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  48. Dodie, Irvine CA

    @ Claus

    I also heard Citi Bank, and some others too gave big bonuses. If they hired Americans instead of the big bonuses... we still would not be in such a bad position...

    February 4, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  49. Angela

    Divide and Conquer! Add the Tea Party to the ballots to separate the Republicans.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  50. Emily

    @Mike, How long have TEA Partys been around for?
    They are not that new are they?

    I thought that they have only now been getting media attention!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
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