February 17th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 02/17/10

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Breaking news: 8 of 10 American accused of kidnapping in Haiti are heading home. Plus, the raw politics of a U.S. Senate race in Florida. Is one of the candidates not Republican enough?

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  1. Cessy-Chicago

    HAHAHHAHHAAAAAA...... great joke on Anderson!

    great show tonight. We miss you, Anderson!

    night all. Be safe!

    February 17, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Wolf, Anderson, Megan, Jessica, Candy, David G, Ed Henry, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Danie, Lori, Adelaide and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    See you tomorrow night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!!
    Day of the shot with Danny D's feet took a pictures!!! EWWWWW! Not good day for see me this shot! Thanks Wolf! LOL! 🙂
    Thanks for coming in, and join us tonight! 🙂
    Bye guys!!!!! 🙂

    February 17, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  3. starr formerly known as vincent

    Thank you and good night Wolf & entire Team 360. Great show tonight.

    Good night Emily, Meggan, David, Michael, formerly from Syracuse and Casey-CA andDevin, Amsterdam and all fellow bloggers.

    I love Scotties! I love All dogs!!

    The Shot: I Love it, poor Anderson!

    Everybody have a great day tomorrow!

    February 17, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Emily

    Not interested in DeVito's feet, yet I loved him in Taxi!

    February 17, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Feet-not pretty.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  6. Emily

    Have a great night Wolf, Devna, Poppy, 360Team, Megan, Starr, Gabriela, Dodie, Mike, David & Isabel, Jo Ann, Gloria, Casey, Adelaide, Heather, Danie, & Bloggers!

    You did a great job for AC tonight Wolf!

    Hope to see you all tomorrow night.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  7. Karoline, Los Angeles

    The problem with the schools in Haiti is that they aren't free. Every time I hear about a child attending school I hear about how their parents have to pay for it.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  8. A. Smith, Oregon

    Good night Wolf Blitzer, AC360, CNN Staff, and fellow bloggers all.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  9. Gina M

    Good call from the judge. I hope Haiti keeps Laura and fellow fellon Coulter for a long, long time. The founder and co-founder of a new life orphanage which amounts to child abduction and more need to discover the joy of slavery themselves. These criminals offend me when they say they are doing Gods will. I guess it is Gods will to jail them. I can't believe they took back a toy from a child when the children were told to get off the bus – have they no compassion at all?

    February 17, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  10. Kim- Ohio

    @Matt...so where does that stand now after the arrest of the 10. I can't possibly know the true intent of them....it seems to me most were definately there because they just wanted to help. Truthfully it would be my first instinct to sign up to go help if I had the opportunity to do so.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  11. Vivian - Mtl

    You must remember that the 8 didn't know Laura Silsby before this trip to Haiti.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  12. David, Indiana

    @Megan, I disagree. Please see Starr's comment 10:31.

    @Starr Thank you, yes Ms Silsby and her Nanny are being held and have visited Haiti last year.

    Building those schools, as Aristide did, must've helped build part of the foundation for the Haitian economy. I have gotten the impression learning about Haiti through reporting on CNN that the Haitian govt was bringing in business and jobs and working with the international community, esp on emergency readiness. Informative report by Randi Kaye and discussion with Dan Erickson.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  13. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    This lady killed her brother and the police department let her go because of her mothers standing with the police department the fault is with the police chief .

    February 17, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  14. Emily

    @Danie T.,
    You have an interesting perspective on Haiti...

    Do you think that things will get better as they look to rebuild, the entry country?

    February 17, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  15. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Wow! What is so disturbing to me see this woman had lot of issues violent (abused)..... That is so awful horrible crime!!! What police were thinking?????

    February 17, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  16. Tina

    @A. Smith, Oregon,

    The media conveniently omitted that the US, Canada and France been meddling in haiti democracy and well being for hundred of years. They are not going to let Aristide back because he will interfere with corporate interest by raising the minimum wages for all the sweatshops.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  17. Vivian - Mtl

    I wonder if hollywood is gonna make a movie about these missionaries?

    February 17, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  18. starr formerly known as vincent

    Amy Bishop "lacking tact" that's and UNDerstatement!!

    It looks like there were red flags everywhere!

    It's a shame that people had to die before anyone realized how unbalanced she was.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  19. pat-orangeburg, ny

    Good evening everyone! Bishop belongs in a cell-the padded kind...

    February 17, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  20. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    It seems that those with a high IQ have to guard against feeling under valued. Thank God I am grounded in that regard. scary really.

    The unibomber is the same. Use the gift for good.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  21. Emily

    Amy Bishop creeps me out!
    She has really Cold empty blue eyes, etc. – that stare, it's an angry, bitter stare!

    Great report here by Tom Foreman
    So hard to believe that no one suspected anything...

    February 17, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  22. Cessy-Chicago

    Bright person but has poor judgement. Sounds like this woman is explosive! How was she able to skip jail if she has a history of assaulting people? NutS!

    February 17, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  23. Liz Williams

    To much time and attention has been given to the 10 Americans over there, while people are really suffering and need help. I am not interested in their plight, it is the Haitian people who are suffering. These 10 had an agenda and I do not believe it was good!!!

    February 17, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  24. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I wonder if the University that Bishop worked for knew about her past or if she got the job before her shady past. It annoys me that with the law, they cannot do anything to anyone who exhibits this type of behavior until the person dies something worse. This lady is a certified nutjob

    February 17, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  25. Pam

    Stay healthy Bill Clinton, you have always been a friend to Haiti. With you in their corner.....they might just see the light once again.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  26. Vivian - Mtl

    Amy Bishop....wow! Scary!

    February 17, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  27. Emily


    Has anyone addressed how much of an influence the DR is on Haiti?
    Since they are side-by-side... that would be interesting to see just how much of an effect one has on the other....

    February 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  28. Karoline, Los Angeles

    The Haitians are too busy worrying about surviving to demand anything, especially without a leader.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  29. starr formerly known as vincent


    You are so right- Big Brother! Read A. Smith's comment on nitrogen on human hands and how many False readings they are going to get!

    February 17, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  30. Vivian - Mtl

    @Rose P ...well said! I agree.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  31. Claus

    Goodnight Devin and Renee.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  32. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    If the Haitians don't demand and put in place an honest democratic government, all the foreign aid we send is wasted.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  33. matt

    Yes we were.....

    February 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  34. Emily


    I agree with you about Randi-Kaye piece, and I think that David Gergen also had an excellent bit tonight too....

    ALL of the 360Team of Reporters are fantastic!

    February 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  35. Danie T.

    Bravo AC360! Arisitide is as ruthless as his predecessors and successors. He will not return in Haiti he's not wanted nor trusted there...

    February 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  36. LisaL -Canada

    so perhaps haiti is no different than any other country - people have this sincere honest desire to get into politics to make a difference, and perhaps a combination of corruption and reality sets in, and OOPS, what they promised is not what the people get. that is NOT unique to haiti 🙂

    February 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  37. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Hears whats wrong with Haiti they have been used as a slave state by the whole world and been spit on like animales and its time the French and other countrys own up to there corruption of these people and give them some pay back .

    February 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  38. Karoline, Los Angeles

    I agree with Dan. Haiti's president doesn't have a lot of charisma. The country could use that now.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  39. A. Smith, Oregon

    If former Pres. Aristide wants to return to Haiti and the Haitian people want him to return, that leaves the US Govt. as the sole force yet again interfering with the Haitian's people, destiny and future.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  40. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,

    "How about a new reality series: Jon and Kate get sent on a one way trip to Mars."

    I'd be Really happy IF ALL the 'reality TV shows went off the air.
    I think that the News is the best "reality TV"; the Only Reality TV!

    February 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  41. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I has a neighbor who worked for a Blackwater-like company and provided security to Aristide as President. He couldn't trust any Haitians to protect him.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  42. Renee

    Good night moderator and bloggers! Have a great night!

    February 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  43. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Cessy and Mike
    Good point, They (TSA) have to taking a hand swabbing policy and they would have hire training dogs to check it out.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  44. starr formerly known as vincent


    This is your second story tonight. I am grateful that you work so hard for us to have the info you provide.

    Excellent piece on Aristide!

    February 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  45. Rose P.

    If these "missionaries" were not up to no good, they would not have been arrested, I believe the man that spoke up on behalf of the children. Too many black market adoptions around the world, so glad these got stopped have spent over 20 yrs. helping families reunite that never should have been separated to begin with. If these missionaries meant well they would have been busy feeding the hungry and healing wounds. Shame on them!

    February 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  46. Devin-Amsterdam

    Im to tired night bloggers!

    February 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  47. Theresa

    I thought this was a Gosselin free zone!

    February 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  48. Claus

    @Casey Jones, you are so right; it's hard to believe we now have this Toyota debacle threatening jobs and tax revenues. And many are in communities where that plant is it!

    February 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  49. LisaL -Canada

    i wonder what percentage of the population of haiti actually voted in that democratic election, and how it was demographically distributed.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  50. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Starr...it really makes you wonder. I mean think of all the things we handle and the potential for incorrect readings. Unfortunately, it has "big brother" written all over it.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
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