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September 2nd, 2010
10:03 PM ET

Earl Brushing N.C. Coast: Join the Live Chat

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The first big hurricane in years to threaten the East Coast is getting ready to batter it. We'll have the latest developments on Hurricane Earl. Plus, the raw politics of a debate debacle in Arizona and more.

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  1. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Can her relatives be punished for lying on a government form?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  2. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Being a lying crook must run in her family.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  3. Emily

    This is some apology!
    Another 'victim'. She's not taking responsibly for anything....
    Seeing nothing, know nothing...

    September 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  4. Monica M. Williams

    Nepotism: It's a difficult act to juggle:

    I did not know distributing scholarships to family member was unethical? Huh? I am sure the people of the people of Texas did not know they elected a magician either. You know, someone who takes the rules and produces a really good bait and switch out of it for YEARS- Now that is magic!

    Reading the rules, understanding the legislation in which you are sworn to uphold is a job requirement. Maybe the Congresswoman is the one in need of those scholarships because reading truly is fundamental.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  5. Sharon Hastings

    Good for you Anderson. What? She is pleading stupidity? I guess that doesn't prohibit you from being a Representative. And the records are "missing"? Sheesh.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  6. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    This woman is obviously incompetent, how did she get that job?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  7. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Go get her Anderson!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  8. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Once again the fruit basket comes from Texas~ "peachy"

    September 2, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  9. Patricia

    Good on you Anderson – keeping them honest i so liked the way you flat out told the congresswoman she was being unethical – i mean what are they thinking. Good for you!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  10. Lori, CA

    This is terrible.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  11. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    She just threw her chief of staff under the bus.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  12. Sue R. Canton MI.

    How can Rep. Johnson not know the rules. It seems like another case of taking whats not yours and just hoping that you won't get caught.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  13. Kenya

    I'm sure Rep. Johnson is not the only one in high positions like hers dishing out to friends and family members. Though her reasons were shallow it's a good thing Ms. Eddie has acknowledged her fault and apologized.
    Hello Mr. Cooper and bloggers.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  14. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good, she recognizes her wrongdoings!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  15. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    One has to wonder if she has broken the rules about anything else?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  16. Emily

    These are great questions that Anderson is asking Rep. Johnson; and she can't tap dance fast enough.

    We 'want you to answer it' with the truth, Rep. Johnson!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  17. Cary

    Why is she not in jail?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  18. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Oh gosh, she is lying. Go Anderson! "How do you want me to answer that?" how about honestly? novel idea

    September 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  19. Heather - Spokane, WA

    The news cannot make it a scandal because it already is! She did a great job of making it a scandal!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  20. Jacqueline, NY

    Like Charlie Rangel, she is lying.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  21. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Heather: "How can you not be aware of the rules when you are the one who is enforcing them?"

    The same way Charlie Rangel, who writes tax legislation, wasn't aware he owed taxes.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  22. Chi

    Re Scholarship Scandal: Cant believe Ms Eddie doesnt know the rules. "I know you want to make a scandal .." –> How rude?!!!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  23. Emily

    @Sharon Hastings,
    "And she's a liar and unethical."

    You can't legislate common sense...

    September 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  24. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    The kids she gave the scholarships to knew that they knew her! Didn't they or their parents read the rules?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  25. Lori, CA

    Sometimes officials are misinformed by in-house counsel. They do not always read the rules. However, it seems obvious that grant monies should not be awarded to family members. If she is that naive, doesn't this make you wonder about this individuals' decision-making skills?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  26. Heather - Spokane, WA

    How can you not be aware of the rules when you are the one who is enforcing them?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  27. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Either she is a crook or totally inept. Either way she shouldn't be in Congress.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  28. David, Indiana

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

    Sorry to be late. Hurricane Earl is now downgraded to a category 2 storm. That comes as a surprise given how powerful it was on wednesday, but is the projected forecast.

    I think it's good for the tourists to reschedule. Many might just postponing though I get the impression from an article on CNN.com

    September 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  29. Jacqueline, NY

    How could that women not know? How could she possibly claim ignorance of her wrong doing and can possibly be qualified for her job?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  30. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Not only did Johnson lie, but the kids lied when they signed the scholarship papers. Isn't that illegal?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  31. Kim

    Good Evening Anderson and everyone else watching! Keeping a close watch on Earl and hoping it stays out to sea where it belongs. Good luck to all those in the Carolinas tonight, hope you are all spared too much damage.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  32. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    2.5 GPA is pretty low.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  33. Emily

    She did that for years & gave out 23 scholarships; not one or two.

    Also, if it's not okay with many businesses, why would it be different here?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  34. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Of course no one believes her story, she has been doing it for five years and has been giving them to her relatives for those five years!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  35. Sharon Hastings

    Rep. Johnson doesn't think it's a scandal??? It is. And she's a liar and unethical. She should resign.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  36. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Even if it wasn't against the rules, common sense says you don't give scholarships to relatives.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  37. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Good evening everyone.
    Looking forward to the show tonight.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  38. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I think Representative Johnson is in denial, the next stage is admittance

    September 2, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  39. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse
    "Wow, Rep Johnson is totally clueless. It IS a scandal."

    Another politician not wanting to take responsibility...

    September 2, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  40. joan

    Good evening everyone.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  41. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, Isha, 360°Team, Jo Ann, Mike, David & Isabel, Megan, Nicole, Sree, Nancy, Gloria, & Bloggers!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  42. Chi

    Hi AC and AC360 🙂

    September 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  43. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Anderson and everyone

    September 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  44. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Wow, Rep Johnson is totally clueless. It IS a scandal.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  45. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi! I hope everyone stays safe from the hurricane.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  46. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  47. Jacqueline, NY

    Well, hello AC and AC 360 team and bloggers!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  48. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    It looks like NH won't see more than rain. That's good, the last nor'easter that hit here took down 3 trees in my yard,

    September 2, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  49. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and all bloggers. I hope all those on the east coast are spared the worst of the hurricane.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  50. Lori, CA

    Hello Anderson! Hello Everyone!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
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