February 22nd, 2010
09:48 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 02/22/10

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/02/liveblogfinal.copy.jpg]

We've got breaking news. Former V.P. Dick Cheney is hospitalized with chest pains. Plus, Pres. Obama unveils his own health care plan. Can he get his own party to back it? It's part of our "Broken Government" special reports all this week.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

Filed under: Live Blog • T1
soundoff (268 Responses)
  1. Isabel, Brasil

    Anderson's album will have: The Clash and Elvis Costello??

    February 22, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  2. Mimsy

    Anderson is on Charlie Rose tonight about Haiti. He was great at the Reagan Library Friday night. Smart,warm, funny.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  3. Jessica Casey

    We should make parents more responsible for their children. The students are not held accountable for their actions. They can curse out their teachers and when a teacher calls home there is usually no response or if a parent or guardian is involved they blame the teacher. It is easy for schools that select their own students or have the ability to remove students that do not want to learn. But this is not an option in the majority of public schools. There should be the option of military school for those students that continually interrupt the learning of their peers through violence and profanity. The students who act out no longer care if they get suspended, so there needs to be another option.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  4. JohnB

    I think the Haitian government is doing the right thing. Why these people are going there with private planes? I think that among some good people who get to haiti to bring help and support, there are also a bunch of malevolents who are trying to take adventage of those poor families who are devastated and deprived by the earthquake.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  5. Karoline, Los Angeles

    If we take health care reform one step at a time that means we will watch Congress have 200 giant, shorter battles instead of just a few really long battles like the one we've witnessed for the past year.

    There is nothing wrong with being bold, especially being bold in the name of doing good.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  6. starr formerly known as vincent

    Karoline CA

    I know parent involvement makes a difference as i worked with the school and my 3 children from day care and on to graduation.

    I saw the results of no parent involvement and the disappointment and frustrations of the teachers.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  7. Gabriela Vaughan from Nicaragua

    @ Megan D

    I am agree with you Mj's Thriller is the best Rock album of all times! :O)

    February 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  8. Ryan Blesse

    The government began straying a long time ago from what it was supposed to be doing. It is a government for the people by the people. Lately it seems like it is a government that might be for the people by the incumbants. They need to stop worrying about reelection and actually do what they were put in office to do – run the government and speak on our, the constituent's, behalf.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  9. charlie

    Joe Klein;s assessment seem pretty accurate. The 200 year experiment seems to be drawing to a close. Maybe the US will need to revert to some simpler form of democracy with a longer and more robust track record. eg 50% +1 gives the authority to govern until hte next election.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  10. Kim- Ohio

    Good night Devin...have fun at school!!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm |

    @Kelly that sounds like a lot of dog! haha

    February 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  12. lori

    Anderson, what criteria does the Vatican use to select the best rock and roll albums? And, do all of the Bishops participate in the selection process? Do they give some type of smoke signal when the selection process is complete? I want to know.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  13. Joyce in Illinois

    Hi everyone. I hate to say this is the first time blogging on here. *looks around. Waves to everyone.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  14. Vivian - Montreal

    The rainy season is soon, the fastest way to get people shelter right now is to use all the containers that come in on the ships as shelter until their real homes are built.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  15. Nancy in Oregon

    Good night folks...to bed early, the better to rise early! Thank you for another evening of 'provoking thoughts'!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  16. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @A. Smith, you do understand that the Democratic supermajority meant they didn't need any Republican votes don't you?

    February 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  17. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Obama's inexperience and naiveté made him believe that he could accomplish something this ambitious and as a result a lot of time was wasted that could have been spent on other problems.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  18. Isabel, Brasil

    I like so much Carlos Santana's "Supernatural"

    February 22, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  19. Mimsy

    I have been in education all my life as a student,teacher and parent. My question to the failing school is where are the parents? 20 to 25% of kids have trouble reading. Let the school work on graduation rates for 5 years and then talk about shifting the staff.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  20. Kathy Chicago

    I love PinkFloyd. I saw them in concert years ago! Ah the good old days!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  21. Claus

    A. Smith, it's also moderate Democrats; not just Republicans. I think the guest is right. Moving forward in smaller steps would have been better than putting out a price tag of $950 billion.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  22. Cessy-Chicago

    Anderson..did any of your favorite songs make it to the VATICAN list?

    February 22, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  23. Emily

    Wow, The Vatican never had a "Best Rock Album List" when I was young(er). 🙂
    How times have changed!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  24. JoAnn

    Why are the 55 % passing? Has the superintendent analyzed that?

    February 22, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  25. Karoline, Los Angeles

    I'm sorry but I disagree with Joe Klein. Starting slowly will not gain anything for the Democrats.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  26. Molly

    If all the teachers are fired at the high school mentioned, and student performance does not improve with the replacement teachers, I suppose someone will have to rethink why the school is failing.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  27. Emily

    "They actually believe in government" 🙂

    remember those days?

    February 22, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  28. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yup bloggers!
    Ali always so busy this week! 🙂

    I am voting best album in the year Michael Jackson "Thriller"! 🙂

    February 22, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  29. Colleen

    How did the children of this high school test when they were in elementary school and middle school....maybe the problem started a long time ago and the children were just passed on to the next grade when they failed.. You can't do well in 2nd grade if you did not understand what was taught in 1st grade.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  30. lori

    Too bad that we can not take health care reform one step at a time. It could be more palatable to the public that way.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  31. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    Good teachers shouldn't need tenure, correct? Would you rather have tenure or maybe bonuses for performance? Our teachers play a more important role in our nation's future than our politicians, don't we need the best and have incentives to attract the best?

    February 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  32. A. Smith, Oregon

    Do the voters understand the all out war waged by the Republicans against the Democratic majority which has resulted in gridlock and utterly blocked nearly all laws and bills from passing both houses?

    February 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  33. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "Well, if the government is broken, the only thing now is to fix it!" Hellooo!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  34. Lori K.

    Good evening Anderson! Hello everyone! Is this health care bill ever going to be passed and benefit everyone in one way or another?

    February 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  35. Nancy

    The situation in Haiti is no longer as critical as it was 2 weeks ago. They should just suspend all adoptions until things are back in order. Adoptive parents putting pressure on an overwhelmed government is not for the best interest of the rest of country.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  36. charlie

    If you look at the behavior in really successful education systems mostly in the far east the prime driver iof excellence is the parental involvement. Parents then demand excellence of the teachers just as they do any other service provider and work directly with the teachers. Things like facilities etc are somewhere further down the line. Poverty, likewise is not a key issue.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  37. Karen, MN

    It's sad that our government has strayed so far from what is right.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  38. Karoline, Los Angeles

    @ Shanny--Very true. That is the life of a teacher working in poverty. The issues at home always come into the classroom one way or another and both the child and parents will look to the teacher and school for help-just help with life.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  39. Emily

    If is hard to explain in the media, I can only imagine how little the public really understands what is going on.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  40. JoAnn

    All of the teachers at the high school had positive evaluations.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  41. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The Obama 'compromise' is only a compromise between the Democratic House and Democratic Senate bills. Where are Republican inputs?

    February 22, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  42. Devin-Amsterdam-Netherlands

    Speaking of school im getting ready bye! =) night bloggers and moderater!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  43. A. Smith, Oregon

    The Republican delaying plan is stacking up the Health Care reform into many other critically needed changes that America drastically needs to address now. Many States are facing bankruptcy in the near future.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  44. Chris

    I am so tired of listening to Mr. Perry about education. I would like to see him function in the classroom. If he can prove he can help students achieve and excel, then maybe I would consider him an expert.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  45. rachelle marion

    Low graduation rates will not be cured by firing teachers. Sooner or later society has to accept some "accountability" for their part in the failure of schools. If we used this same logic, we could fire all the executives on Wall Street and certainly most of our congressional representatives! This is just another case of trying the latest fad without any DATA that the new method works.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  46. Karen, MN

    Hi Anderson and Bloggers!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  47. Emily

    Wow, that's a busy desk that Ali is at!!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  48. Karoline, Los Angeles

    So Ali's crew got the really fun job tonight? 😉

    February 22, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  49. Vivian - Montreal

    you can't get any child's attention unless you make the way you teach interesting! + must be good with kids–they know how to listen when they have someone great to listen to.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  50. Nancy in Oregon

    Gloria, we should all return to school for 'enrichment' from time to time!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6