December 15th, 2010
09:54 PM ET

Tracking the Votes on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell': Join the Live Chat

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The House today voting to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' We'll talk with senator Joe Lieberman who says there are enough votes now in the Senate to repeal it, as well. But is there enough time? Plus, a father's plea after losing his son in the Gulf oil spill disaster.

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.

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  1. Emily

    Good night Anderson, 360°Team, Jo Ann, David, Megan, Nancy, Nicole, Gloria, Casey, Starr, & Bloggers!

    December 15, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Sharon Hastings

    @Nicole: I don't think waiting "a little longer" will make a difference. There shouldn't be any special need for "integrating" gays. They are there now, they will be there possibly more openly (if they so choose) and nothing special should need to be done about it. Other countries have not experienced problems in their militaries and I can't believe that America is so specially bigoted that we can't promote equality in our military, the best in the world.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Barbara

    The story about the thief, Coop, you are SO right on!

    December 15, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! "Stop the life of crime!"

    December 15, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Goodnight AC360 Team and fellow bloggers.

    Good show tonight Anderson.

    Ridulist=Facebook Theif. We must be aware of how we use facebook.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    BTW Anderson,
    Good night, See you tomorrow night, Have a tight sleep & rest!!!!!! 🙂

    December 15, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Most criminals aren't too smart, just self-absorbed. Too funny Anderson...going through the "old-fashioned" steps of getting a picture taken..."waiting at CVS for an hour"... 🙂
    Great blog tonight...hope everyone has a great evening!

    December 15, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  8. lisal -canada

    oh very nice encapsulation of facebook!!

    anderson – i hope your holiday season is peaceful and productive (and congrats on the new show – sounds like a very exciting year coming up)

    nite all – great show!

    December 15, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you Anderson & Team 360 for a great program tonight. Good night too.

    Good night fellow writers, you know i wish you all a safe and peaceful day tomorrow and always.
    LOVE the Ridiculist! This adds insult to injury. Hopefully someone will recognize the theif and turn him in. This is one reason why i don't like Facebook. I worry about privacy issues on that site.
    Really, really hope they catch him!

    December 15, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  10. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Great show tonight! peace and love !

    December 15, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  11. Lori

    Good night Anderson and Everyone. Sweet dreams.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Sue from Syracuse

    @Clint L., I will think of you tomorrow as I make phonecalls to Senators.
    @Jacqueline, I hope you get to see your husband soon, along with your baby.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  13. jim

    worked for my wife. though she still throws up if not careful first night here why is it si slow?

    December 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  14. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Megan, Susan, Jane, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, (Danie), Lori, (Adelaide), Heather, Betty Ann, Starr, Sharon, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha,others and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    See you tomorrow night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!!
    That's so silly I like ridiculist guy made bad choice thief facebook as promise no drugs, tax, drink alcohol and others , LOL! So funny Anderson, Thanks Anderson!!!!

    December 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  15. Paula, Colorado

    Fascinating program tonight!

    December 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Lori

    This is quite a story about the Facebook thief. Modern problems.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  17. Sue from Syracuse

    Goodnight all. 🙂 Thanks Anderson for yet another great hour.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  18. Emily

    Thanks for your posts and what you & your husband are doing.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  19. Sue from Syracuse

    Thank you Anderson and fellow bloggers. Let's keep them honest. And, let's keep our Representatives Representing our country and doing what is good for ALL of us. Thank you.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  20. Mike


    Thank you for pointing out the hypocrisy of certain Senators invoking the sanctify of Christmas as an excuse for not working during the Christmas season. I used to work in Congress, and, while doing some research on procedure, noticed that Congress originally didn't shut down on Christmas day. Even our country's founders, whom these Senators often invoke, met on Christmas day, and Congress continued to do so until the latter part of the 19th Century.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  21. Sue from Syracuse

    @niwat, Spot on. There are many sweets that load calorie and little real nutrients in small pack. Besides, long-term solution is to MOVE IT!

    December 15, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  22. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Oh the things I learn on facebook! I can not believe what people post! It's like they are typing and don't realize the world can see it. My my the technology!

    December 15, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  23. jim

    worked for my wife. though she still throws up if not careful

    December 15, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  24. Sue from Syracuse

    @Jacquiline, Congratulations on your new baby! Yes, those serving in the military make a lot of personal sacrifices. The Reps sitting in their cushy and warm hotel room suites driving their nice limos to the Capitol building can think about those serving the country as they work through the holidays.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  25. Emily

    @Jo Ann, Ohio
    "I would be suspicious of the results of any study that is run by any company or organization that would benefit from it."
    This does sound very suspicious as there doesn't seem to be any long term studies either. (which I think is why this company had to do their own study to get positive feedback. I know I'd want to know more long term results.)

    December 15, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  26. niwat kurusattra, chicago

    oh whatever happen to old-fashioned portion control? Hopefully, the procedure doesn't give an easy option for people who are too lazy to try exercise and diet first

    December 15, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  27. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    I have a bad heart so im gonna die if I dont have it done .

    December 15, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  28. Christine Cummins - Houston, TX

    I really hope they don't lower the lap-band requirenments.
    Whether anyone admits it or not, people use this surgery as a crutch, thinking that if they get it, they won't have to eat healthy or get on the treadmill.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  29. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I don't know about the lap band surgery and gastric bypass for weight loss. I know a lady who had this done and was very sick for a year ,, the the following year she started to gain some of the weight back. I think people who have this done need to be more mentally prepared.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  30. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    you can not beat proper balanced diet and exercise. Boring maybe but tried and true and the healthy way to go!

    December 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  31. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I do Not agree that the lap band should be used in cases that are Not morbidly obese.

    Any surgery is already risky and the lap band has many potential bad side effects.(the band can move or slip out of place which could cause real problems.)
    I believe it is just a way for those who own lapband product.

    Why can't proper dieting exercise be enough. I lost 25 lbs with a proper diet and have kept it off. It is a lifestyle change and i have kept the weight off.
    @Anderson, thank you for the panel discussion, the education is really necessary on this issue.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  32. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Agree with Dr. Phil. Lifestyle change (diet, exercise, sleep, proper coping techniques, etc.) is the only way to lose weight. I know a couple people who did gastric bypass surgery but it has been problematic for them. And to top it off, they are hungry.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  33. lisal -canada

    oh i agree with dr phil on this one – i know there are people who might really be at a health risk without this surgery – but starting with self-discipline and life-style changes still DO work for a lot of people and are much better long-term

    December 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  34. Marcus

    Why is the lapband procedure based on BMI not Body Fat Percentage

    December 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  35. Sue from Syracuse

    Anderson nailed it! "Conflict of Interest" self-promotion by a not-so-successful company.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  36. Lori

    Weight loss is a very complex problem. People can gain the weight back after the surgery.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  37. Jacqueline

    One last thought...there are other important things that people in the military have to work through, not just holidays. Three months ago I gave birth to our second son, and my husband was not able to be there since he was deployed, serving our country. That only happens once a LIFETIME. Christmas happens once a year. He worked through it.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
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