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. charlie

    @ vivian: Yep. And that perception is confirmed by a supreme court which accepts that money ie equivalent to speech and coprorations are equivelent to People. How many "Regular Joes/ James" does one goldman sach equal in that equation?

    February 16, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  2. Dodie, Irvine CA

    My understanding is he had nearly been assassinated several places. It was discussed, he has been followed all over the middle east.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  3. Karen, MN

    Wow! This would make a great movie.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  4. Julie

    I have given up on picking a party,just weigh out facts and out comes and vote with that.thats what i mean by used to be democrate

    February 16, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  5. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @A. Smith: "Its clear that corporations are running and fueling the Republican party"

    Perhaps you should look at what party the health care industry has supported most the last few years. Hint: It's not the Republicans.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  6. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Both parties are more interested in what is best for their party not necessarily what is best for the country.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  7. nathan

    The term "middle class" is a political term used as a catch all. The vast majority of americans describe themselves as "middle class" It's totally up to interpretation as to what middle class entails. While 40k per year in Alabama for instance might be a decent wage, that same ammount in Southern California is below poverty.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  8. Paolo

    That is a stunning way to assassinate a key figure of Hamas!

    February 16, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  9. A. Smith, Oregon

    Dubai seems to be under a great illusion that they could force the CIA, MI5 or Mossad to turn over its agents. Perhaps its just Arabic social pressure on Dubai to say anything to appease them.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  10. Adelaide

    Maybe the size of congress is too big. With so many people involved, there is bound to be disagreement at one level or another.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  11. Susan, NJ

    A weapons smuggler murdered – hard to feel any pity. He could have double crossed someone on his own side.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  12. Alexander White


    I feel exactly the same.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  13. Gelenia

    Obama needs to stop compromising.He needs to follow his heart.
    He needs to stop being the nice guy. We voted for him because we wanted change!!!
    Sarah Palin is a good speaker, but she is not Presidential Material.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  14. Emily

    @A. Smith,
    I agree with you re. your Post on Ron Paul!


    "We need to find congressmen who do not know how to filibuster"

    I agree, and one who the people will support and other congressmen!

    February 16, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  15. Michael

    How about a national referendum on term limits ???

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

    @ charlie

    Congress does not represent big corporations. Wake up. Congress represents congress. It is self perpetuating as it has been for a long time. Peel the layers back. The problem is not the problem. If you peel enough layers back you will get to the real problem.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  17. Cessy-Chicago

    Fascinating video, indeed, Anderson. That's crazy!

    February 16, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  18. Heather - Spokane, WA

    That video is creepy, but at least they were caught on camera and were able to be identified

    February 16, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  19. Anthony

    Anderson, this congress has job #1 of getting re-elected. Everything is viewed through this prism. The only way to put the peoples' business first is to install term limits. I believe that there is more that unites us than divides, and without the constant efforts to bring the opposition party down we can solve the difficult problems that face this country

    February 16, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  20. LaSonya

    As Bill said before, we elected Obama because we wanted healthcare reform with a public option, then the AMA's (hosptial and insurance corporations) started scarying people with televised lies and you changed your mind. This is crazy! In order to change, it takes money.... Didn't you know that before you wanted "change"?

    February 16, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  21. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That is so funny question I heard!!!!! He is so goofy question for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton! 🙂

    February 16, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  22. Felipe

    Hello AC.Good job as usualy my freind.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  23. A. Smith, Oregon

    I wonder if the tennis rackets were actually disguised stun batons which was allegedly used in the murder?

    February 16, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  24. Vivian - Montreal

    The question made me laugh but the thought that some people wish it to come true is scary!

    February 16, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  25. Kimberly, IL

    @ Roxi

    I definately agree. I would like to see more "government for the people" instead of more "government for the government". Not all politicans are greedy, but there are too many politicans looking for personal gain– it's disgusting

    February 16, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  26. chuck cook

    remember people, its all about the money. nothing will change until we stand up and End The Fed!!!! do some reading folks. the Fed and Wall Street are leading us to certain disaster. Do most Americans even know what fractional reserve banking is? hint: it's a scam to make the rich richer and destroy the middle class. all other 'news' is just fluff. the Fed is the true evil in this world.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  27. Adelaide

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse
    "I disagree with Bill Maher, it's the product not the 'salesman' that's not selling.¨

    Maybe it is a little bit of both, plus the fact that many people refuse to get out of their comfort zone and experiment with the unknown.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  28. David, Indiana

    No, Evan Bayh is a centrist, I disagree w/ Bill Maher on that. I've been thinking of when Sen Bayh challenged the Bush admin to consider that there could be a "tipping pt" in Iraq that they had to be careful of. This was an important caution coming from a moderate senator.

    On health care the pt is that dems and repubs need to communicate, lead in the public discussion of for instance healthcare. Seems like the discussion should be centered around how the legislation could stimulate competition among insurers and expand the risk pools. Also will small business be helped or hurt? Seems like there are pts on both sides of this, but one argument is that under the proposed legislation they would be better able to offer good health ins. and that would help them to compete.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  29. A. Smith, Oregon

    Only the CIA would be stupid enough to not have even the correct number of alphabetical and numerical figures on their fake passports which the suspects each had. Dead give away!

    February 16, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  30. Susan, NJ

    The Tea Party movement is a protest and education movement. Massive deficits and obscene retirement packages are bankrupting all of us.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  31. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    People keep trying to portray the Tea Party movement as a fringe element. Well Scott Brown got 53% of the vote in MA,; virtually unheard of for a Republican. It says a lot about how the mainstream feel about the current political agenda.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  32. gretchen

    People have to remember that most of these kids adopted came from horrific situations in their country.Just because they are young,and are fortunate to have soemone finally love them,it's not that easy to erase abuse and hate.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  33. Karen, MN

    Hi Everyone

    February 16, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  34. Vivian - Montreal

    @Stefon-I totally agree with your comment!

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

    @ Saveena, Pennsylvania

    Bill Maher really has that ability to discuss unpopular topics with a twist of humor and a slice of wit!

    February 16, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  36. Emily


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

    Spending is not the popular thing to talk about!
    Most people don't even understand what the full costs would be. After all, it's never what they predict. It always goes over.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  37. A. Smith, Oregon

    Ron Paul should run as a 3rd party candidate to further fractionate the Republican party so Obama would cruise to a 2nd. needed term. Win-Win!

    February 16, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  38. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    When do the people of the United States actually get to have a word on what they want everything is decided by people that cant even decide on what they want our country needs leadership not bipardensen bull crap .

    February 16, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  39. Julie

    I considered myself a democrate and think of myself in a party all by myslf,along with bill mahar.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  40. LisaL -Canada

    oh hillary is so funny sometimes – canada's a good place to visit

    February 16, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  41. Lori

    Haven't seen the Secretary of State smile like that recently!

    February 16, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  42. charlie

    @ justin. That is what Bill Maher said. That both parties are only interested in supporitng corporate interest.
    That is the nature of the US though as the Supreme court considers moey equivalent to speech and corporates equivalent to people.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  43. James, CA

    About Evan Bayh, why is he running away. I guess if you cant take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Evan Bayh said he was going to fix Washington and then turn around and ran. How is that fair to Virginia voters?

    February 16, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  44. nathan

    Good evening everyone,

    It's been years since we've had more than 2 parties with an occasional independant thrown in. Both parties are to blame for the current situation, it's nothing new. Term limits as well as accountability for their actions which is lacking. Most independants are disenfranchised with the current "system" to the point where they just dont care anymore.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  45. Cessy-Chicago

    That question was too funny!

    February 16, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  46. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I disagree with Bill Maher, it's the product not the 'salesman' that's not selling.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  47. Brian

    For the sake of American Democracy, Sarah Palin should stay away from the Presidential ballot in 2012

    February 16, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  48. Michael

    Congress is broken. I agree with those who believe the Constitution doesn't give them the authority to do some of the things they want to do. There are many ways to begin repair government in this country. The first is to eliminate earmarks, and allow amendments to bills ONLY if they pertain to the original intent of that bill. The true test of anyone's qualification to be President is their leadership, and often that doesn't pertain to their own abilities. The true test of leadership is recognizing their limitations, and surrounding themselves with the right people. Most of this country hold centrist views. We want a elected officials that represent us in Congress instead of attempting to purvey the party positions on us.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  49. Karen

    Without campaign finance and media access reform, Congress will continue to be more of a theater troupe than a legislating body. The foxes are guarding the hen house – do we really expect them to pass laws that would harm incumbents who get elected over and over while they do the bidding of corporations?

    February 16, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  50. Victor Gregor

    Congressman Paul and his candidate son are spot on with their notion that Congress must get the national debt under control. Both the Republican and Democratic parties have been irresponsible in controlling spending. Our current debt and spending path is unsustainable and will lead to the eventual impoverishment of the American people, save the elites and special interests that pull Washington's puppet strings through campaign contributions, special favors, and lobbies.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
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