July 29th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Ariz. Immigration Law Takes Effect: Join the Live Chat

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Arizona's new immigration laws went into effect today and sparked protests that are still going on tonight. We'll have all the angles. Plus, Congressman Charlie Rangel can't make a deal to avoid a potentially embarrassing public trial. He's facing 13 ethics charges. We'll talk it over with CNN's Jeffrey Toobin and Gloria Borger.

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  1. laura mays

    Did anyone noticed how gentle and non confrontational the republicans were today,the democrats so quiet..... on the Charlie Rangel subject?Do not throw stones at glass houses.comes to mind.Electing new bums......what's the use.Term limits is the answer;10 years for the house,12 for the senate.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  2. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Goodnight AC360Team and fellow bloggers.

    Great show tonight Anderson.
    Good comments this evening.,,,,,,,,,,,,Stay safe everyone.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  3. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    Oh please I so hope he doesn't know who Snookie is!!!!

    July 29, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  4. Emily

    Yet another TV show I've never heard of! 😛

    July 29, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  5. Kenya

    Am I the only one a bit weirded out that the President knows the characters of Jersey Shore and he talks about it. I think there are a lot more burning (more important!) issues to be discussed. Just me.
    Great program today. Thanks for the conversation folks.
    Goodnight everyone, team 360, Megan, Mr. Cooper. Have a pleasant weekend 🙂

    July 29, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  6. Larry

    G'nite to all bloggers & hosts. Where else can we share different opinions and still be respectful:)

    July 29, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  7. Libby ~

    I have to admit... I've never watched Jersey Shore and have no desire to. Uck.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  8. Loree

    When do we get to hear the results of using so many dispersants in the Gulf?

    July 29, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  9. Emily

    @Larry, Thanks...I didn't know that it was copyrighted... I think the NAACP looks even worse now, as they did not back up Shirley.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  10. Dodie

    I have concerns about BP's drilling in Alaska given their poor track record

    July 29, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  11. David, Indiana

    The Sherrods and other farmers waited over 20-30 years for that settlement? How is that linked to an appointment?

    Mr.Sherrod's statement is abrasive, I don't like it but we are a long way from understanding the full context of it.

    I know I've said taking Andrew Breitbart to court would hold him accountable, but I'm not sure that's the way to go to be honest.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  12. lisal -canada

    oh – i've still never seen an episode of jersey shore so i don't get any of the snookie jokes. oh well....

    July 29, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  13. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Where are the birds of pray where are the other sea life that feeds on the sea life the wild life says there's something very wrong in the gulf nature says things are not right .

    July 29, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  14. rick

    Shirley Sherrod and Charles Sherrod come from the Civil Rights era. They were physically involved in the struggle most of us only witness as a black and white movie on a screen.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  15. Miranda Marchesi Huntington Beach CA United States

    Have a blessed night 360 and bloggers

    Have a good one


    July 29, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  16. Tasha

    I am glad that the judged made the decision she made. And also for the lady that came on the program talking about illegals getting foodstamps and medicaid. They can not get the assistance if they do not have a ss.I am fall for them to come to America and try to make a living They Do Pay Taxes Just like We Do.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  17. lisal -canada

    the "damage" is not only the environment, though, it is also the people. when the oil is gone, there will still be people out of jobs, and families having tough times, and lots of anxiety. the oil may be gone but the jobs and life for many are still gone – even if is "just for a few years". those same concerns still exist, do they not??

    July 29, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  18. Lori, CA

    Those Jersey Shore stars really get around..........

    July 29, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  19. Bryan

    Why can't the gov't seize the oil well and all of the oil skimmed and collected from the spiil, and make BP operate the well. Then take all of the money and put it in the "Gulf Oil Disaser" fund which would be used like GOD would. Put it back into the earth.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  20. Heather - Spokane, WA

    There is a big difference between the Valdez spill and this. The Valdez spill only had a certain amount that was spilled at once, whereas this was an ongoing spewage amount on a daily basis for three months. It's obvious that this was worse than Valdez and its going to take longer to clean than Valdez did

    July 29, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  21. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "I love that train sound!"

    July 29, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  22. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    I am still reminded that 11 men sacrificed their lives because of this oil disaster. That shouldn't ever be lost on anyone.

    As for the oil, is it possible the umpteen gallons of dispersant broke it up so well that it's hard to see on the surface the large slicks? Did the last tropical storm help sink it to the bottom or "disperse" it elsewhere?

    Gotta love the train! 🙂

    July 29, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  23. Doug

    I bet the people saying it's not soo bad, are not swimming in the Gulf or eating the fish, shrimp, or oysters!

    July 29, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  24. Sharon Hastings

    Allowing for the fact that I am no expert in these matters, it seems there has been a great deal of damage done and more to come. People were killed, many lost their jobs and livelihoods, their way of life, many wildlife died, and lots of damage we can't see. The dispersants undoubtedly helped but of course we don't know how dangerous the dispersants were. Then those huge ships finally came and skimmed an awful lot plus there is undoubtedly more under the surface.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  25. Emily

    BP was not "transparent" like they said that they were going to be....

    So much was left to guess work and it would have been even worse if you were not there reporting Anderson! No one would have been talking about it, and all we would have had was our imaginations. (even worse)

    July 29, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  26. Helen

    I have a lot issue with the president, but he did not overblow the oil spill. I remember the media saying wanted him to get angry. He is not visiting the gulf enough.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  27. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I'm happy to hear about the progress in the Gulf. I'm worried about all the dispersants they used. ,,,and I just don't trust what they are saying about no oil. where did it all go and what kind of damage has been done to the eco system.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  28. lisal -canada

    oh don't forget that the effects of the spill were going on while (a) the oil flow appeared to be a LOT and potentially increasing and (b) WHILE IT WAS STILL FLOWING. if that well was still flowing there would still be a cumulative effect.

    and if mother nature can handle recycling and reclaiming some of the damage, then that is a GOOD thing, is it not???

    July 29, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  29. Larry

    @Emily The video was copyright of the NAACP and would require their permission to use any of it.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  30. Rick

    B.P. will exploit the tax code and put the cost of spill on the backs of strugling Americans

    July 29, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  31. Monica

    Toxic impact to life, several years to come may be mutated humans and fish and medical claims from cleanup workers

    July 29, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  32. Brad Ohio

    The good Admiral should chose his words carefully. The surface oil is harder to find, but subsurface oil in the water columns are not being tested. The good Professor must be living in another world...just ask the people of the Gulf, his opinion is just what BP wants & maybe is paying for!

    July 29, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  33. Jim in Florida

    Arizona would not have to go to this extent if the Federal government simply enforced the laws that already existed. Thank you Arizona for forcing the federal government to finally address the immigration issue. I would have thought that 9/11 would have pushed this issue to the forefront. Sadly it did not.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  34. Emily

    @Megan Dresslar,
    re. "Charlie Rangel....What was he thinking???????"

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely!
    Rangel was getting away with much for much too long...a feeling for self-entitlement as said. Likely thought that he never would get caught. (Not thinking!)

    July 29, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  35. Dodie

    Ocean currents could have moved the oil around. I would not speculate that little damage has been down....we need to wait for a decade

    July 29, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  36. donna

    Illegal immigrants contribute to our countries deficient. They should be required to register just as U.S citizens are required to do so should we choose to enter another county. Can we as US Citizens, seek welfare, not pay taxes, get food stamps, receive a free college education for our children, receive free health care and housing support while illegally residing in another county? These are all of the things that working American citizens are required to pay for. And, so should they. If you want to stay in America seek citizenship and/or work visa and pay taxes. This law should reach beyond the state of Arizona for all individuals of whom are in the county illegally. Not just the Hispanic population.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  37. Luann

    What part of "ILLEGAL" do they not understand. Immigration is good. Illegal is, by definition breaking the laws of our land. How is enforcing federal law racial profiling? Political correctness will be the downfall of our country. I am asked to show my "papers" if I am pulled over for traffic violations......it's called my drivers' license. Should I be offended?

    July 29, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  38. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Did you see the report on NPR that about half of the phytoplankton in the ocean which produces 40% of our oxygen has been destroyed in the last 50 years? This BP oil spill can not help this environment disaster adding to an already disaster in progress.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  39. Loree

    The numbers of animals killed are low because they aren't counting them all!

    July 29, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  40. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Apology accepted! forgave you! 🙂

    July 29, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  41. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    All you have to do is to look at those animals. It was certainly bad enough and we don't know what the future holds.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  42. Libby ~

    Anderson, you did a fantastic job covering the Gulf.

    Maybe the problem is that BP reportedly hired every Scientist and National Resources spokesperson from Nome to Miami to speak for them!

    July 29, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  43. Raul

    Keep 'em honest Cooper.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  44. Diane

    Al Sharpton is right Its not ok to have american citizens being pulled over and have to show papers. It is also true when one persons rights go so will every person who is legal, where does it end? Yes we really need to get our borders under controll in a long term effective way. I was disgusted how Arizona has handle this. Thank you Mr. Sharpton for always being there for all americans.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  45. Loree

    Ask the Professor how much money his university got from BP?

    July 29, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  46. Dodie

    Anderson, remember you were not allowed to film the dead animals and you were not allowed in certain areas...

    July 29, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  47. james La.

    Anybody public offical who ever helps illegals like sanctuary cities need arrested uphold laws

    July 29, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  48. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The oil is floating around the bottom and top the next hurricane will show its face .

    July 29, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  49. Kathleen Kalina

    Many illegal Mexicans come to Minnesota to pick corn. This has taken all the summer work from teenagers. I used to pick corn as a youngster and earn a little money. Instead, farmers hire these illegal foreigners. Minnesota has a large Meth importation coming from Mexico in the last few years. It has caused the murder rate in Minneapolis to be three times higher than usual.
    Illegal aliens are a threat to our country. Any means necessary should be implemented to stop them. They are not a protected class, they are foreigners.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  50. Jason

    Anderson, thanks for being fair, balanced, and humble tonight. Our national media need more of this. Keep up the good example.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
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