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September 2nd, 2010
10:03 PM ET

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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. Angie

    Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson cannot be that "unaware" of the scholarships, and how people receive them. When it comes time for re-election, the voters should let her know how they really feel about her. She is a crook, just like most politicians before her!!! And it looks like she is teaching her family well.

    By the way, falsifying Black Caucus records...isn't that a federal crime? Bring the feds in to prosecute and see what happens. These politicians are a joke.

    Thanks, Anderson. I love watching your show.

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

    She couldn't run fast enough....

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

    Seems as though, the Gov. forgot to write her notes her hands.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  4. Wilson Knoner Campos, Brazil

    State of Arizona's governor say they are moving forward? Violating the sacred bill of rights and say she did what was "right"? Come on dudes from arizona... vote on someone who respects human rights

    September 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  5. Kenya

    Ms. Jan Brewer was lost for words...overwhelmed perhaps. Cut her come slack! lol

    September 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  6. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    There was that "have did" again. I also loved the chuckle when she went blank.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  7. Chi

    Re Raw Politics: 😀

    September 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  8. Heather - Spokane, WA

    'We have duhhhhh............'

    September 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  9. Sharon Hastings

    What happened to the governor? A medical problem, a breakdown, overmedicated? Lost her place in the teleprompter?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  10. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Wow did she choke or what?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  11. Shelly

    Humm, that behavior makes her look like she is under the influence or something (or maybe needing the "something") Sorry... It is too bizarre...

    September 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  12. joe

    there was a ad that was inaccurate they said that the BP oil spill only lasted weeks but really lasted months

    September 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  13. Emily

    Where did Gov. Brewer think she was?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  14. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Where there is one oil explosion, there will be other oil explosions. Just like the mines.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  15. Libby

    Wow. That Arizona Governor is just downright scary. Why she brought up decapitations and then refused to answer questions about her claims during her debate is just too bizarre. That, and losing her train of thought in the middle of the debate was beyond weird!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  16. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Wow ,,,I couldn,t believe it when I watched the news today and heard another oil rig fire. Thank God everyone was safe.....

    BP spent 90 mil. on advertising on ads that most of us didn't even want to see and I don't think it helped their image at all.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  17. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Samantha Rowley – Nashville, TN, "Agree with James Carville that the energy/oil field is "insufficiently regulated".

    That is because their lobbyists are "in bed" with the federal government.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  18. chuck

    she sounded like a fool..

    September 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  19. Dave

    I am glad we do not have this type of corruption up here in Canada:(

    September 2, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  20. Kris Keller

    Another example of how a Congress member believes they are above the law .......we did not vote for you nor will we. SHAME ON YOU!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  21. Brian

    I think BP made a lot of mistakes from the get go with this crisis. However, from a marketing / PR point of view... I think they need to spend some money on their image. They are trying to make amends with different claims and I truely do believe BP is finally taking some responsibility.... The funds used in self-promotion are just telling the story of how they are trying to get back right.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  22. Jacqueline, NY

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse "2.5 GPA is pretty low."

    That's what I said when I first heard. Awarding mediocrity, that's something.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  23. Emily

    @David, Indiana
    "That is a conflict of interest, but it is possible that the forms were filled out not carefully enough."

    I think that if it happened once, it would be possible to say that it was a mistake, however those forms were filled out 23 times, and her family members, etc. also signed off on them. They lied when it asked them if they were a member of the family, etc.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  24. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Agree with James Carville that the energy/oil field is "insufficiently regulated". I was shocked to hear another platform exploded today...was concerned this was another BP incident, but it belongs to another energy company. Although a risky job, I wonder how many other rigs in the Gulf are susceptible to disaster?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  25. Sharon Hastings

    I'm glad to see James Carville backing off a little on the moratorium issue. I know this is hard for him to do because he cares so much for the area and the hit they are taking on their economy and way of life from the spill. Also, it's no surprise to me that BP hasn't kept up their promises.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  26. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Is the scholarship money donated or tax dollars. If tax dollars, the people who lied need to be prosecuted.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  27. Amber kitty hawk

    The Congresswoman's Logic is flawed if you take money from someone just because you pay them back it is still wrong

    September 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  28. Wilson Knoner Campos, Brazil

    lock the responsibles for the spill in jail... violating our right of a normal environment... shame shame

    September 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  29. Tracy, formerly from Chicago

    There is no way that She or ANYONE in her family or office, filling out the forms, DID NOT know they weren't related. When she approved the forms, she KNEW. And paying the money back after getting caught, doesn't excuse the actions. If she or her staff, aren't reading everything she signs, how can she be a qualified representative for the people???

    September 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  30. Jane

    If the documents are "missing", how did Rep. Johnson know how much to repay?! Did she just take somebody's word for it and write the cheque??

    September 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  31. lisal -canada

    i don't understand why everyone keeps saying "closing off the well for good" and taking it seriously. do people seriously believe that the oil companies are going to never try to access that oil again? of course they will – it is just a matter of when. that well will be accessed again at some point – it is kind of a no-brainer, isn't it?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  32. Kenya

    Let's not solely point the finger at BP for spending that much $ on PR without also pointing the finger at all the cable channels that aired the commercials! They're in it too.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  33. Janis Hewitt

    Well, I guess BP knows how to take care of their image. Claims are still piled up yet they still want us to believe they are the "good guys".

    September 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  34. Lori, CA

    I would like to know, are we prepared to reduce our energy demand? That seems to be what it will take to really address the problems associated with offshore drilling.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  35. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    I love James Carville~ He's so sav vy!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  36. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I think it's time for these oil companies to start taking responsibility for the safety of their people and rigs

    September 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  37. David

    Rep. Johnson send her to jail! Let's start locking these criminals up. Ignorance is no excuse.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  38. teresa, oh

    the corruption doesnt surprise me, but I am always humbled at the one voice that decides to speak up about the wrong doings and go public.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  39. Chi

    Re BP: Have they paid all the claims, AC? They have that much to spend on self-promotion 🙁

    September 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  40. Jacqueline, NY

    What? Another oil rig explosion! Surprise, surprise!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  41. 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 proves otherwise.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  42. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Another oil rig explosion? This is getting ridiculous......

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

    Is there any chance that Rep. Johnson will be removed from office?
    Will there be legal charges brought up on her or members of her family who also lied?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  44. Amy Bailey

    and by the way........what else is Bernice Johnson stealing?????? Anderson Cooper.... I was right there with you & I know how hard it was for you to keep your cool with such a MANIPULATIVE THIEF!!!

    Amy

    September 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  45. charlyn

    pertaining to the scholarships given to the kids this woman knew the rules and the kids knew they were related. shame on her.. so many kids out there are trying so hard to get a scholarship are unable to get through and some liars uses their power to do what the hell they want to ... shame on u woman!!!!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  46. Jim

    If the Congresswoman was elected from her district for 9 terms, is it likely that the majority of her district voters will turn her out? It is likely that she has been doing something positive fot the district overall.
    Unfortunately, it is the voters in their local districts who usually elect and reelect candidates who represent the lowest common denominator of what their parties place before them. Perhaps that is why we see less statesmanship ,openness and ethics and more political hacks.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  47. Randy

    Amazing, just another reason we need term limits. to many special interest groups that manipulate.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  48. Janis Hewitt

    Bad night for the Governor. I think her mind just went blank while on camera. Is that your worst nightmare? Maybe it's the bright lights...the bad sandwich...who knows.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  49. David, Indiana

    That is a conflict of interest, but it is possible that the forms were filled out not carefully enough. Even so a conflict of interest as far as eligilbilty to apply for the scholarship. Repaying the disbursed scholarship funds is a good step. As is seeing to it that the CBC policy is adhered to.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  50. ursula

    How can a woman in Johnsons position go on national TV and
    claim such ignorance ?
    She should be run out of office

    September 2, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
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