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September 2nd, 2010
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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. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Apparently in Rep. Johnson's world, it's who you know and not what you know.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  2. Jennifer M

    Even is she really didn't know the rules for the scholarship, it was an obvious unethical decision. She showed favoritism for her relatives and unfortunately students who were actually in her district were unfairly overlooked. She claims to take responsiblity, but her apparent denial and ignorance on the matter doesn't proves otherwise.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  3. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Jim, " it seems like a petty action on her part."

    Do you think if you owed that money to the IRS they would consider it "petty"? Don't forget it was not just one time, they lied repeatedly year after year.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  4. Rick, Coppell, TX

    Send her home, send her home! Disgusting!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  5. Lori

    Sorry but she really didn't know about her grandkids receiving Federal Money!! Ya Ok we where so Born Yesterday right 🙂 I am a Federal Employee and it is not good!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  6. Luis Santiago

    Show me an honest Politician and I will show you a LIAR...

    September 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  7. Sharon Hastings

    When I saw this tape of Jan Brewer earlier today I thought maybe she was having a stroke??? What was wrong with her?? Was she having a breakdown?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  8. Vipul Patel

    How can the Texas rep claim she made a mistake. She was negligent and to say that you are sorry is not good enough. Someone in this scandal clearly lied. How can a public figure not know the rules. It is completely unbelievable and she is clearly not telling the whole truth, which is not surprising with the level of honesty that these public officials display.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  9. chuck

    This is a perfect example of Ms. Johnson absoluty disconnected from reality...She needs to go..She embarrassed herself.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  10. Donald

    It's sad that generally nice people like Rep. Johnson have to become criminals to get ahead in life during hard times in order to help herself and her family. That is no excuse though, she should be punished accordingly.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  11. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Just because someone is able to "make" a kid doesn't mean they are competent to care for one.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  12. Vince

    Hi all,

    The congress woman got caught – it's as simply as that... her story just sounds so absurd that she would not know the rules.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  13. Kelly from Stoney Creek, Ontario

    Anderson you rock, I'm so impressed with your interview with the congresswoman...Way to not let her have a easy way out of an interview.
    She just kept talking in circles, she should be so ashamed...You are the best...

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

    Where are those child's parents??!!! Whoever is giving the kid cigs should be arrested!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  15. Arnold Hwang

    It was a mistake from her part. To resign or even fire her is a little too ludicrous, and also she apologized. This action from herself is pretty common from politicians in this day in age and it needs repair.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  16. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Rehab for a 2yr old?! What will they think of next?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  17. Emily

    I live Isha....she's a great add to the 360Team.

    That kid smoking was eerie...

    September 2, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  18. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    The double rainbow video is hilarious! But I have felt the same way about double rainbows!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  19. Amy Bailey

    Berrnice Johnson is a liar, and a thief, and so are her family members. She knew exactly what she was doing. She is playing the "DUMB" card. She should be locked up with hard criminals because of the horrible influence to her horrible children.

    Amy

    September 2, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  20. Peter

    Why does everyone seem to think if they admit what they did and take responsibility it makes it ok

    September 2, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  21. Marilyn Hansen

    Anderson, an excellent discussion with Representative Johnson. I would like to see some of the "bigger" offenders interviewed in that manner.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  22. Aaron, Ft. Myers, FL

    Why do politicians think they can commit a fraud and all they have to do is apologize and "move forward"?
    Anyone else would be charged with multiple felonies.
    Good job AC.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  23. Jacqueline, NY

    However, I do believe this behavior is typical of all of politicians. It's all about who can get away with it. The Republicans must be behind this.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  24. dan

    Ms eddie Johnson: A gross example of what is wrong with
    wrong with America. Not only does this woman have no
    shame, the only problem she sees with all this is that she got caught.
    She does not even lie well

    September 2, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  25. Christopher

    if shees so freely giving out free money, well, put me up for adoption!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  26. Chi

    Really like Isha 🙂

    September 2, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  27. Jeff, Los Angeles, CA

    I think you need to have a debate between Rep. Louis Gohmert and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson to see who is the better stone waller. That was the most ridiculous evasive interview I have seen since Rep Gohmerts.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  28. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, "Being a lying crook must run in her family."

    They knew exactly what they were doing. They didn't lie just once, every time they signed that form they lied.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  29. Shelly

    Really representative Johnson? You didn't kow? I am so disgusted dy our politicians. If they are that ignorant about ethics and rules, we should vote them out. It is that simple. But this constant "I apologized and want to move on now thank you" crap needs to stop. It only adds insult to injury. Shame on her!!!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  30. Mike LongIsland

    If there were Documents missing from My Office.. I'd Be FIRED!

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

    I wonder what this BP amount is going to be?
    If what they have spent in advertisting, would have been less than had they paid the workers and people that live in the region...

    September 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  32. Missy

    Nice examples we have as leaders! Really? You thought that would be okay to give your g. kids money? ....and then there is Brewer? R u kidding me? I'm embarrassed for her!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  33. Erik

    a good quote comes to mind "be the change you wish to see". Just another corrupt public official who until "outed" feels that they did nothing wrong. Our government is in a whirlwind and she feels that its a small part of her job, well, get it together ITS STILL YOUR JOB!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  34. Janis Hewitt

    She doesn't have the time to be accountable. She may have put her grandchildren and other relatives of staffers in a very precarious position of having falsified a document. Don't know what may lie ahead for them let alone her. The voters in Texas will take care of her.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  35. Abby

    Way to ask her the tough, ethical questions. There is no way the forms are simply "missing" from her office or that none of her relatives knew what they were signing. Public officials should have to take an ethics course before entering office for the American people!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  36. tracie lee

    I love you anderson cooper for calling people out on their dirty deeds.
    You are absolutely right, you don't even have to see the rules to know that this is inappropriate. If this congresswoman is that stupid, how is she in such a position of power!!!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  37. Shelly

    Really representative Johnson? You didn't kow? I am so disgusted dy our politicians. If the are that ignorant about ethics and rule, we should vote them out. It is that simple. But this constant "I apologized and want to move on now" crap needs to stop. It only adds insult to injury. Shame on her!!!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  38. Dawn T. Pittsburgh

    The CBC Foundation story is a HOT MESS! Ethically, she knew better. SMDH:-)

    September 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  39. john

    With politicians like Rep. Johnson it's no wonder this country is in the state it's in. It's disgraceful. The ppl of TX hopefully have the smarts not to re-elect her.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  40. Jacqueline, NY

    BP could have given that money to the people of the Gulf Coast.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  41. Di

    If all of the applications are missing, is there more she is hiding?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  42. lisal -canada

    well there are certainly a lot of things that cannot be taken at face value – it must be difficult when so many things need to be continually verified

    September 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  43. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Good evening Anderson and fellow bloggers! Rep. Johnson admits her mistakes but seems to not get the idea that she did wrong as evidenced by Anderson's questions. Lies upon lies always confuse liars as they don't remember the prior lies.

    Not sure about Governor Jan Brewer...going through a moment?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  44. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I didn't believe Charlie Rangel and I don't believe her

    September 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  45. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    She wants people to believe that Anderson was making a scandal of this? She is the one who broke the law.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  46. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    We have did? Thank goodness the governor of Arizona is not from Texas. lol Fruits grow other places too!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  47. Jim

    Did Anderson say that the Black Caucus gave each of its members $10,000 per year for scholarships? If the total amount of these scholarships per representative is only $10,000 and one-third were improperly given by the Congresswoman, it seems like a petty action on her part. Second, where did the money come from? Was it taxpayer monies, or did it come from contributions received by the CBB for scholarsip purpose?
    Yes, she was quite lax in applying the scholarship rules, but it the issue being overblown?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  48. Emily

    A case of "What's My Line?"

    September 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  49. Karen, MN

    Hi Anderson,
    It seems like she and her grandchildren knew what they were doing.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  50. Paula, Colorado

    It sounds like Rep. Johnson needs to have much better communication with her staff–and her relatives.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
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