February 16th, 2010
09:40 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 2/16/09

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Tonight we’re putting what some are calling the Broken Congress under the microscope. We’re also continuing our look at Republicans under fire from their fellow Republicans–for not being Republican enough. And we bring you a story about troubled adopted children.

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  1. Vivian - Montreal

    @ Charlie
    that's what the rest of the world sees....the US-not as a country but a huge corporation.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  2. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Paolo, when you have a big enough majority to pass anything you want without a single Republican vote, yet still can't anything done, who is really the obstructionists?

    February 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  3. Alda V

    Thank you Bill Mahr for getting the fact out there about "Corporatists" Many if not most leaders in Washington are not in touch with America's working class and what is best for them. We are the Backbone of America. Which is in severe disrepair.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  4. Liz

    Contrary to what politicians always sensationalize in order to get people's votes, people's interests and well being are no longer the main priorities in Washington. They've all been clouded over by hidden agendas. I'd say if they can't do their jobs..time to boot them out.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes, He is running Paul's son senator Kentucky!

    February 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  6. A. Smith, Oregon

    Its clear that corporations are running and fueling the Republican party, and they were also greatly funding Evan Bayh as well. Best thing to happen to the Democratic Senate is for Bayh to resign.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  7. Jana, formerly from Indiana

    Evan Bayh and his dad did a lot of great things for the State of Indiana.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  8. Saveena, Pennsylvania

    I totally agree with Bill Maher point of view, he's spot on.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  9. Cessy-Chicago

    hummmm.... they're all good looking dogs to me. Everyone wins!!!

    February 16, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  10. mark anderson

    Maher is lucky to have a special talent. He can afford to bash big companies. But most of us work for these companies to feed our families.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  11. Frank M

    Since Ron Paul was the only candidate in the 2008 elections to accurately predict the financial crisis & the real estate bubble bursting, maybe people will be more apt to vote for him in 2012. Hopefully the Fed & Obama's administration will not have completely destroyed the value of the dollar by 2012.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  12. charlie

    Partisanship is normal in poliitics, that is why democracies have elections; to decide who will govern for the next few years. In the US a landslide president with 59% of congress still does not have authority to implement the platform they were elected on. That is not representative democracy.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  13. Bill

    I think it was a good move on your part to have Ron and Rand Paul on tonight. I'll bet your viewership doubled during that segment. It's about time that the media stops giving us the same old crap from the same old politicians. We want fresh and will support those who give it to us. Ron Paul has earned we the peoples respect.....it's time the media pay him the same.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  14. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I like how Bill Maher thinks. He is not one sided, he looks at both sides of the spectrum

    February 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  15. Kathy Chicago

    That was a great interview with Bill Maher. Maybe the White House should sign him!

    February 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  16. Dina - NY

    Forget political parties all together!

    February 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  17. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Bill Maher is wrong; Democrats aren't terrible salesmen, they have a terrible product!

    February 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  18. Emily


    Thanks for that info about Evan Bayh. 🙂

    It's still a couple of years away. People will speculate quite a bit as to what he will or might do. I think that it was such a shock to all, and since he was so popular, maybe they just guessed that it maybe what he wanted to do – to get things done as he was so upset with Congress.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  19. Paolo

    Good evening everyone! If Maher thinks that Bayh represents corporate interests, I hope he calls out on Nelson, Baucus and Lieberman. I wonder how democrats get themselves out of a slippery slope considering the biggest irony is that the obstructionist republicans are the ones gaining.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  20. Saveena, Pennsylvania

    Good evening AC and everyone.

    I believe there is too many approvals required when something have to be done in Washington in general. Why can't the Democrats stand strong their grounds?

    February 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  21. Justin

    We need more people like Ron and Rand in the Congress. People would always like to claim that all Republicans are just nay votes. Ron has shown that, despite being referred to as 'Dr. No', he constantly introduces legislation, within the confines of the Constitution, which would help tackle many of the problems we face as a nation today. If Rand proves to be anything like Ron, we'll have at least two good men in the Congress who completely transcend politics.

    By the way, Bill Maher doesn't know what he's talking about. Mainstream Republicans and Democrats are only interested in serving corporate interests.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  22. SteFon

    What people somehow seem to not understand is, we have to invest in our country. What do I mean? American has to be on the forefront of education and technology. We have lost touch severly over the years. I am for us investing in education, healthcare and alternative energies.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  23. Roxi

    Agree totally that congress does not seem to care about the country as a whole – they only care about their own agendas and are too partisan.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  24. Dodie, Irvine CA

    @ Kimberly, IL

    can you imagine what would happen if she decides to walk off the job. This is not a waitress job or a sales job. This is the commander and chief job.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  25. David D. McEvoy

    What do you think of a 25% across the board (of each State's Representatives) "lay-off" of members of congress and the senate and see if we can get more accomplished at a lower cost to the taxpayer's?

    February 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  26. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Bill Maher talks about programs that help people; well the people have to pay for them, and spending is out of control.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  27. LisaL -Canada

    that was an interesting interview with the pauls – i liked their reactions to the question at the end ... they sound like they can agree to disagree

    February 16, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  28. Adelaide

    @ David Dyer
    "The poll says a lot. Most people think current politicians should be thrown out of office, but they think their own guy should be re-elected. No wonder things don't change...."

    I find the poll results a little confusing also. If most people think their own guy should be re-elected, who exactly do they want thrown out?

    February 16, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  29. Dodie, Irvine CA

    @ Emily

    We need to find congressmen who do not know how to filibuster! 🙂

    February 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  30. Gabriela Vaughan from Nicaragua

    Good Evening Anderson, Megan D, Heather, Dodie, Emily, Isabel and everyone!

    I hope you all had a great tuesday!!!!
    I am watching to Maher right now!

    February 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  31. DORIS

    I am a confirmed "liberal" who believes that Congress is "broken". Thinking emotionally, I can say "throw them all out." But intellectually, I know that won't work either. So what are we to do? I just can't think that the Tea Party movement is the right way.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  32. charlie

    Bill Maher is dead right It is corporations and money, supported by the supreme court that actually elect the congress. ie congress represents the coprorations of the US, not the poeple.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  33. A. Smith, Oregon

    @ Emily, Ron Paul has repeatedly denounced the CIA blowback. IE past operations which utterly failed and placed entire regions at great risk of death and violence around the world. Yes, I agree with him on that.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  34. Kim Wilson

    Please ask Bill
    Does he think the elected officials should have mandatory formal training in economics? Seeing as they are trying to solve economic problems and don't have a back ground in this field.
    They are asking the President questions like:
    Are you going to give an across the board tax cut?

    February 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  35. Tim

    Tonight you had the conservative Pauls and the progressive Bill Maher both say the same thing. Washington isn't polarized enough. Politicians are waffling too much instead of standing on principal.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  36. Weston

    It will be very exciting to see another Champion of the Constitution on Capital Hill along with Ron. Rand is very likely to win the race in Kentucky ( as long as nothing fishy happens in the ballot counting process)

    February 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  37. Marilyn

    Anderson, thank you for having Congressman Ron Paul and Rand Paul on tonight. I'm an huge supporter of both of them. Really pulling for Dr. Rand Paul to win the Senate race in Kentucky.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  38. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    As I have asserted all along, we desperately need a third party to help light a fire under the democrats as well as the republicans.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  39. Claus

    If Bayh acts like a Republican, why did he vote for the healthcare bill? Did the Republicans vote for the healthcare bill?

    February 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  40. Marie

    Bayh's abrupt announcement is dripping with hypocrisy. Serving the people of Indiana? Please .In my home state of IN, a US Senate candidate is required to gather 500 signatures in each of Indiana's 9 Congressional Districts by noon Feb. 16th. Bayh's announcement less than 24 hours before that was hardly that of someone with his constituents at heart.
    He waffles on GLBT rights, (a big issue in Indiana ),and now when DADT and ENDA is comng up, he leaves.
    As a friend, said, now I no longer have to put the clothespin on my nose when I vote for him.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  41. Emily


    "Rand Paul – Sarah quit her governor job. Would you be at all a little concerned she might quit in the presidency?"

    That is an excellent Point! The majority of us here see that, and have pointed it out. She doesn't speak for me.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  42. Rose

    Dr. Brown's comment about Alaska senators earmarking for paved roads is offensive at best. If this is the only way to get the infrastrature that this state needs than I find it better than any other earmarks. More than half of Alaska is not accessible by roads. Most of the villages can only be reached by air or water which is very costly.
    Of all the 50 states Alaska has the least amount of paved roads. If some of our villages had road access than fuel prices would not be so high. almost $10 a gallon. The villages are emptying due to high cost of living due to lack of proper transportation options.

    I think Dr Brown needs to take a trip to this state and learn alittle more about it before he says things that are not true.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  43. Dodie, Irvine CA

    Thank You Bill for bring that out. "The senators are not centrists… they are corporatists!" Excellent statement

    I love your wit and humor

    February 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  44. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, everyone.

    @Emily, Evan Bayh is quite well liked here in Indiana where he was twice elected governor and twice to the senate. I had not heard that he was thinking of running for a third term as governor. I guess he can do this, but would have to look into that. At his press conference on Monday he mentioned heading up or starting a company, or working for an educational institution, or running a charitable organization.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  45. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Who appointed Maher as a political expert. His views are very distorted.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  46. Drew

    Sarah Palin's endorsement of Rand Paul will only hurt him in the long run. He and Sarah have little in common, thank goodness. Tea party conservatives need to see how principled Ron Paul is, though I disagree on many things with his son.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  47. Vivian - Montreal

    Hello everyone!
    Hello Anderson + 360 team!

    February 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  48. chuck cook

    thanks for having the Pauls on AC!!! the revolution continues!!

    February 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  49. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Why does anyone care what Maher has to say anyways, he is only a comedian and that is a stretch.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  50. Donna M

    Ron Paul is a good guest. Humble, polite and his son is to. I hope CNN interviews both more often.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
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