December 21st, 2010
09:56 PM ET

9/11 first responders left waiting: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight, the lawmaker known as Doctor No, Senator Tom Coburn may end up single-handedly saying no to thousands of 9/11 first responders. We're Keeping him Honest. The author of a how-to guide for pedophiles, previously sold on Amazon, is in jail tonight and he's speaking out. And, in Crime and Punishment, the mysterious and tragic death of a toddler, a cold case solved.

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.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

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  1. Emily

    Good night Dr. Gupta, 360°Team, Jo Ann, David, Megan, Nancy, Nicole, Gloria, Casey, Starr, & Bloggers!
    Great show and blog tonight.
    Love that look-back! Hard to believe that 2010 is almost over, and a new decade is about to begin.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Christmas Story is one of my favorite christmas movies!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Nina

    Love your Humor Sanjay! Thanks for the great laughs using the movie clips!!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Kenya

    @Robert DiGiovanni
    Your bravery and good heart is much appreciated. All the best to you.
    Goodnight all.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Goodnight AC360 Team and fellow bloggers.
    Good show tonight Dr Sanjay Gupta.

    Ridiculist= Jullian Assange ,,, If you can dish it out you have to be able to take it.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Starr,known as vincent

    Thank you Sanjay & Team 360 for another night of diverse news. Good night to you all too.

    Good night fellow writers. Excellent comments, especially re: med benefits for 911 rescuers. Please, those who can, call and/or write to your Senators, especially Sen. Coburn!

    The Redidulist (my favorite segment). Mr Assange is Hypocrite of the 1at order!
    "Selective" leaks is a perfect statement Sanjay.
    "What goes around comes around"....

    December 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Emily

    These are very funny clips here, Dr. Gupta. 😉

    December 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Sharon Hastings

    I had heard about this with Julian Assange. Leaked info ABOUT him?? Hmmm, too bad. Yes, definitely Ridiculist material.

    Good night everyone. Great show 360. Wonderful comments tonight and very heartfelt. Sleep well and stay safe.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Sue from Syracuse

    Goodnight all.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Sue from Syracuse

    Uh-oh.. I missed the orange moon.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  11. Lori

    Good night everyone! Sweet dreams.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Nina

    Good Night Sanjay and bloggers

    Wonderful program and information! Have an enjoyable week!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Heather - Spokane, WA

    i think Julian Assange was looking to be a rogue wave...destructive to everyone.

    Have a great night everyone!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  14. Nina

    Gotta Love "Free Speech" lol

    December 21, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  15. Sue from Syracuse

    Isnt that ironic. Assange accusing others of leaking info about him!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Lori

    What goes around comes around.....

    December 21, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  17. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Wow!!!!! I love eclipse lunar turned orange moon!!!! 🙂

    Good night Sanjay (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, BettyAnn, 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 Julian Assange, LOL! So funny Sanjay, Thanks Sanjay!!!!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  18. Sue from Syracuse

    Good evening Dr.Sanjay Gupta. Great show! Thank you. (Sorry couldnt join blog earlier. was tied up. See you all tomorrow.)

    December 21, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  19. Emily

    I think that it's really ironic that Juilian Assange is asking for "privacy" however, I do think that he's getting railroaded.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  20. Lori

    We are having a tough time right now in the west with rain.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  21. Emily

    I remember when Chief Executive, Tony Hayward said that "he wanted his life back" during the BP spill. That's one quote that I'll always remember from 2010.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  22. Nina

    @ Terri
    We could send all the MDs that congress use for their medical care to the first responders. That might wake up Congress...You think?

    December 21, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  23. Garrett

    The Democrats have offered six or seven different ways of funding the 9/11 Health Bill. Unfortunately, all of these funding plans would involve getting a couple of bucks out of the GOP's rich corporate buddies. The GOP worship corporate wealth to such an extent that they are willing to show all Americans how cruel they can be to sick and dying First Responders ...

    December 21, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  24. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Excellent retrospective of 2010 by Tom Foreman!

    The miners, snow, especially Haiti! And, Haiti continues to be a bad news story every day, despite the excellent coverage and the aid that was sent.

    I have to say that AC360 did an excellent job on the oil spill in the Gulf- great coverage and keeping them honest!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  25. Kenya

    Many failures and triumphs this year.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  26. Sharon Hastings

    I love the reviewing of the stories of the past year. Also it reminds me what a great job 360 does with these stories. No other reporters or programs did anywhere near the fantastic coverage on Haiti, the oil spill, or the Chilean miners.

    AC 360 rocks!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  27. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I can't believe that 2010 is about to end. There were so many catastrophic events that took place this year. I'm glad that a few had a happy ending.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  28. Terri

    These brave men and women deserve the same benefits that our military receive. They are just as brave as our military and give of their lives for all of us without thought. What happened on 9/11 was atrocious! But what all the first responders did was more amazing than words can say. It is appalling what Congress has been doing in delaying for 9 years in voting and passing 100% this act while these brave men and women continually suffer day in and day out. For any one of them to hesitate, to even think of questioning/denying "The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act" is incomprehensible. This should be passed immediately 100% across the aisle without any further hesitation, without political agenda's, "Pork", etc. We owe these men and women at least this much! Congress passes "PORK" without hesitation every day but has taken 9 years and still hasn’t got the job done on this one. Instead it is politics as usual! What a tragic example they have set. We have spent billions and billions on Iraq and Afghanistan and -0- for those here at home who risked and/or gave of their lives trying to save, rescue and recover those tragically involved in the 9/11 tragedy.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  29. Emily

    Haiti is truly tragic. It really was a year that Mother Nature had voice heard all over the world.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  30. Lori

    Well, let's hope for a better year next year!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Best of year 2010 are my favorite Haiti earthquake and rescue miners in Chile!!!!!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  32. Terri

    @Robert,You don't deserve this! Thoughts and prayers to you

    December 21, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  33. Heather - Spokane, WA

    It's almost the end of the year already? It's hard to believe

    December 21, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  34. Emily

    That was wonderful when all the Chilean Miners were rescued. Great Story.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  35. Nina

    @Robert DiGiovanni
    Thank you for being so courageous. For being one of the first responders and now sharing your horrific situation. My heart goes out to you! You will be in my prayers...

    December 21, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Very sad indeed, I agree, Randi.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  37. Linda

    Good evening, I don't know all the in's & out's of this as I am just starting to look into it. All I know is that if I was in the trouble New York was in on 911, I would certainly pray to God that people with the hearts & Spirit of the first responders wouldn't think twice to help me or mine. Shame on anyone who doesn't want to find a way to help these wonderful and courageous people at whatever the cost and we will find some way to do it. Tell whoever is against this bill that they had ought to give up their expensive cars & drivers, trips and all the other expenses they take so for granted and help with the healthcare of the blessed souls of the first responders out of their expense accounts. My prayers are that the people in this country (and our congress) will start turning their hearts and lives back over to God and do the right things for this country and not just themselves, before it's too late.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  38. Heather - Spokane, WA

    What a sweet little girl. I have no doubt in my mind that that man kiled her, he was the last person to be with her, his information did not match what the evidence has and he already had a record too with the military for criminal offenses. Im happy that justice was served to her and her family

    December 21, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  39. judy

    What the heck was Dana Loesch talking about when she said the 9/11 first responders health benefits bill was not paid for??? Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stated this evening that the bill is fully paid for by a fee placed on foreign companies that get procurement contracts from our government.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  40. Terri

    9 years and no vote-what a pity! Sad day for America!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  41. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    God bless Ms. Heany, NCIS, (sp?) for follow up on Cassie's case!
    And, another excellent story by Randi-Kaye, Thank you.
    Mr. Veech's speech about Not hurting Cassie, does Not ring true!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  42. Geno

    These 911 workers paid or volunteers, risk everything, by not knowing the hazards of the environment they worked in. The debate of how this will be paid for is stupidity and politics. If this doesn't pass I hope any congress person that votes against it will be voted out come next election if not kicked out before then.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  43. Nina

    Julie is correct. shaken baby would cause damage throughout the entire brain. This is so difficult to comprehend that a person would hit a baby with an object or use the baby as an object!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  44. Garrett

    Tom Coburn was a member of the committee that was responsible for reviewing the 9/11 Health Bill. He didn't attend any of the meetings and now says that the bill was never reviewed and he will block it so he can have adequate time to reviewit. Dr. Coburn M.D. is playing games with the lives of the 9/11 First Responders.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  45. Earl D. Hudson

    How can Tom Coburn in good conscience vote to support tax cuts for the wealthy and then block relief for those who have, and continue to suffer from their efforts to save, and help other during 911? Because "you don't know how it would be payed for," Here are some suggested ways to pay for the bill #1. Stop your pay raise. #2 Reduce your pay to a previous level, #3. Stop the tax cut for the rich. Simply put; Pass The Bill!!!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  46. Sue R. Canton MI.

    @Robert DiGiovanni.... I hope and pray that your going to be OK. Fighting the battle with cancer is a rough and rocky road, I know that for sure. I watched some of the hearings and I hope they get this Bill passed soon. Good Luck to You. I also remember in 2003 when they said the air was ok and we found out later that it wasn't true.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
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