February 18th, 2011
09:43 PM ET

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Breaking News tonight on 360°. We have shocking evidence of peaceful protesters gunned down in Bahrain. All of it caught on tape. Plus, thousands of protesters converge on Wisconsin's state capital this Friday, like other days. Will their anger push the governor to drop his proposal to cut benefits for public workers, including their collective bargaining rights? We'll have a live report from Madison and talk it over with our political panel.

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  1. Nuwan Samaranayake

    Anderson, keep up the good work you are doing. I hear u say that some people complain about your coverage about this crisis in Middle East. The world need to see this struggle for freedom. These people want us the see their struggle and support them. American has been supporting some of this dictators for very long while singing the song of democracy. These people are going through hell compared to the life we experience here and we have ignored these people for so long to protect our own interest. This time we must take a stand with these people. We can not afford to let a blind eye any more. And media plays a huge role in this. You are a journalist with integrity who has done hard things risking a lot. A lot of people probably are thankful to you for your reporting. So I want you to continue cover this struggle in middle east for freedom. We owe it to them. This could be a dawn of a new era. I want to see a world free of dictators. May be we are seeing the early stages of that revolution.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  2. Lori

    Everyone deserves a good education. The problem is that the existing system is not working. In the United States, our kids are falling further and further behind.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  3. William R. Moore

    Back in the early 1970s, a group of Senators from the State of Texas, "diSapeared" for several days foor the same reasons as in Wisconsin. They were to be known as "the killer bees".

    February 18, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  4. Cassandra

    I'm a Dallas ISD school teacher. In Texas there's no union, because of the Right To Work Act. However, if there were a union, I would join it without thinking. Working with no union leaves you in a very messy and vulnerable working position. We get cursed out by students; teachers with brownie points from crooked principals are horrible; Principals are awful and hardly ever follow the rules and laws; we get cursed out by parents; You just name it, and we suffer it. But we can't strike, walk out, protest, or anything, and there's no collective bargaining. Our salaries are carved in stone, and you can Google us by name on the internet and see our salaries, because it public information. I say.....Fight Teachers of WI....Don't lose your union.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  5. Nina

    California has thousands of fancy cars purchased by the citizens of the state for all those employees at the top. Why continue to pick on the bottom level income of public employees. The spread between the top 5% and the bottom 95% is akin to the American 1% and 99% spread!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  6. Melanie

    Had the Demmocrats not left the state of Wisconsin, this story would be alot different. It would be "Wisconsin strips the Union of most important powers". At least they gave us a chance to hear about what's happening and voice our concerns.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  7. Stacy

    Please keep doing stories on Bahrain, Libya, and the rest of the Middle East. You seem to be one of the few willing to show what is actually happening there. In times like these the media is often the last line of defense for the people. Thank you so much!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  8. Sharianne

    Anderson and team,
    You are right to stay with the pro-democracy story! You are right to do so. This is a moment that we all must support any way we can, and your coverage is crucial. Something is happening in the world that is rare and beautiful. Thank you for your commitment. I have never been to the mideast – don't know anyone who is Arab. And I am crying at the beauty and terror of this moment. They will prevail. They must prevail. Thank you to all your journalists and all journalists everywhere who risk so much to tell the truth. God bless.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  9. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I can only imagine what the Democrats would say if the Republicans had tried to pull a stunt like this.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  10. Vincent Blas

    Thank you...have a great weekend AC.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  11. Rachel Widerman

    The teachers of Wisconsin are teaching now ... they are teaching their students to stand up for their right to protest; their right to collective bargaining; and their right to unionize.

    Collective Bargaining is not about budgeting or money. Collective bargaining is about power and control. Our country has a bloody and violent history regarding labor disputes ... and the people need to protect themselves from history repeating ...

    February 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  12. Tom Richards, Massachusetts Moderate

    Wisconsin needs to see the comparison of earnings (wages, benefits and retirement) of the public sector workers and private sector workers for similar work. Journalists take notice!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  13. S tarr, formerly known as vincent

    There is Definitely "politics" involved with this Wisconsin problem.

    If the protestors are willing to make consstions (sp), i don't understand the problem.

    The Gov. should show some attention to this matter and get it settled down.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  14. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I also support with Democrats, I hope they get them back without budget. 🙂

    February 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  15. Sharon Hastings

    Wisconsin elected a Republican governor and now they have one.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  16. Claudia

    Hi Anderson & Team 360

    The news leaves me speachless, but I have to say:
    Protesters stay peaceful, determined and stay safe

    February 18, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  17. Jill

    Thank you Anderson for bringing out the truth. You are the voice of those people who clearly have no way of telling the whole world about what is really going on in their country.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  18. Robin

    It is not the money it is the well being of the middle class.We did not have a deficit until Walker gave the 142 Million to his corporation buddies. We give and he gives away.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  19. Kathleen McTeigue

    Thank you for keeping attention on the events in the Middle East. It is horrifying to watch these scenes of people being mowed down like animals, but it's so important for the world to see them and to know the truth.

    I admire the courage of these people who are willing to risk their lives to get the story out and you reporters who cover them.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  20. Emily

    This is awful!!
    These teachers are putting the children's education on the line?
    How Selfish!! No sympathy here. Get to work & teach the future.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  21. Jo Ann, Ohio

    The public employees are trying to set the rules. If they don't get what they want they will not negotiate.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  22. lilly

    The governor and elected officials need to come to the table. I can't understand why the people who are in charge of teaching our future are always the ones that get short change.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  23. Nina

    Anderson, I would like you to investigate the Governor's wages, retirement, and Perks!!!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  24. Calvin M.


    We (for the most part) would love to, and even do stand up for the martyrs of freedom, but we need to see the willpower of the people rise up against their oppressors and be victorious. Look at what happened in Egypt- sure, we did encourage and "coax" Mubarak to stand down, but we did not actively go in and implement democracy.

    Perhaps it is not our job to stand up for the rest of the people. We are but another country.

    if we really believe in democracy, we will let the people decide what they want to do. The people- the martyrs must fight for what they want. The day we implement democracy in another country would be irony.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  25. Jo Ann, Ohio

    The governor was elected to make these decisions and the public employees have to abide by his decision. I wonder what they would say if they lose their jobs altogether?

    February 18, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  26. Nicole Netherlands

    Remember everyone (!) the Fifth Fleet is stationed in Bahrein, and instrumental for keeping peace in the whole region.
    I think President Obama and secretary Clinton again are not getting much sleep.
    This is a real problem.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  27. Amira Elmukhtar

    Hello Anderson,
    I appreciate your heartfelt coverage of libya. Please don't forget about the Libyan people. Qhadaffi is a savage, who fears no one.
    Amira Elmukhtar, a Libyan American

    February 18, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  28. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I'm not certain I think 'leaving the table' to not vote is appropriate under any circumstances. The Democratic representatives are not living up to their responsibilities–they should be docked pay. THAT SAID, I think their move is rather clever.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  29. Martha AR

    This anti union thing is bring back some memories of Regan and the air traffic controllers back in the day. Seems as if the repubs all got together and decided to implement this stradegy. Dems should have stayed in town.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  30. Lori

    No excuse for staying away from work Democrats.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  31. Saifi

    Thank god for all the support for Anderson's coverage of the mid-east.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  32. Pat

    The World needs to see what is happening in the Middle East and Africa. Cudoos Anderson for making sure we are all educated about the horrible existence so many of our fellow mankind our living. All of the dictators have met their day of reckoning. Keep the news coming

    February 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  33. jerry

    it is a great time in history what is happening in the middle east. the people of the us live too sheltered a life and should care about what happens out side the U.S. . i think unions should be illegal

    February 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  34. Cindy in DC

    I don't understand how elected officials can go into hiding to avoid casting a vote.......were they not elected to represent the people and cast votes? Make their case in the chamber? Unbelievable!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  35. Peter

    Time for the USA to pull out of the counties like Afghanistan and Iraq and go to the middle east countries that really want to join the 21 century and not live in the past these counties need the help of the entire fee world.Now is the time for the UN to get involved in a part of the world that non of these people even know that the UN even exists..where is the UN on this chance for the counties living under these rulers, I have heard very little form the UN .As a Canadian time for Canada to step up and support the UN on sending UN troops into these countries and to hell with the oil,people count more than a barrel of oil

    February 18, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  36. Wendy

    My heart is broken and my mind is in shock over what these peaceful Bahraini protesters have had to endure. It's murder. Period.
    I am thankful for all the protesters who are tweeting, & retweeting (e.g.@acarvin), I'm thankful for all the journalists THERE and also for shows like yours that are telling the truth, as horrific as it is. I am also truly horrified that our gov't refuses to openly condemn this repressive and brutal regime, and instead, uses phrased like 'show restraint". Way too little too late. Innocent people have died and many many many are risking their lives. For democratic principles!!! I don't think I have ever been so disappointed in our gov't. Ever.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  37. Lori

    Anderson's show has really opened my eyes to the world. These events in the Middle East need to be reported. Thank you Anderson.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  38. Melanie

    I say "good job democrats, let the people learn what they really voted for in november."

    February 18, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  39. Emily

    Imagine fleeing to "avoid" a vote?
    I still remember those images a # of yrs ago, when Iraqis (I think), lined up to vote and all had a purple finger after doing so.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  40. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Obama should stay out of the affairs of the states. He has his own problems with the federal budget.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  41. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Lisal, Canada...As a former teamster, my experience is that union "leadership" is similar to politics in that there's a lot of ego-based posturing and decision making and little attention paid to those (workers) who foot the bill. They're bureaucratic and the union business model (as we know it) is tired. That said, there is a certain need for unions which I can't deny.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  42. Rod

    It makes me sick to see what the dictators and despots in the middle east are doing to thier people. But what makes me sicker; is that in a time when our country is hard pressed to pay our bills, we are giving billions of dollars to the dictators and despots running these countries. I think Americans sould stop paying taxes untill the government stops funding dictatorships around the world...

    February 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  43. Matt Webb

    Leveraging any opportunity to provide support in a humans persuit of "birth rights" or basic freedom is far more relavent than any domestic issue. Freedom is priority... "We hold these truths to be self-evident..."

    February 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  44. Aleta Wenger

    Your coverage of the Middle East these past few weeks has been outstanding. Please keep it up. It is critically important for Americans to know what is going on in the Middle East. These are historical events. You are reminding everyone of the critical role of the media. CNN is at the top of television news coverage again...

    February 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  45. Jo Ann, Ohio

    The Democrats seem to believe that running away from the vote is the right thing to do. It isn't, it is irresponsible.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  46. mimi

    The previous governor left the state poised for a surplus this year. When Walker took office in January he ate away at that surplus with three tax expenditure bills creating the fiscal shortfall. Did he do it so he could go after the union?

    There is video out there of him saying he wanted to decertify the union before he took office.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  47. Bob Huston

    I just want to say that I think that your coverage has been excellent and that I agree that this strife in the Middle East needs to continue to have front line coverage. It is truly inspiring to see such brave people confronting regimes that have trampled on their freedom. What could be more meaningful to Americans considering how our nation was formed. Condidering all the issues that are of concern and affect us that originate in the Middle East we need to know what is truly happening there. It goes without saying that the historical signicance of these events is truly uncalculable at this time but possibly one of the most significant events since WW2. I sincerely hope and pray for the best for these brave people.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  48. Curt Toronto


    i respect you and your team's courage and dedication coverng these events – as with all news people

    my fear is that we have become desensitized to the horrors of actual events like these due from the violence on tv and movies.i watched as a kid the entire JFK tragedy on tv. i was more moved by that coverage than currently

    keep doing what you are doing and continue to reach out to all of us so we really feel it and not just respond accordingly. keep showing us real people telling the story like mofta in bahrain

    February 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  49. Lori

    Would that blade have been picked up by airport security?

    February 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  50. Melanie

    I wonder why the first things that government cuts when solving a budget problem is education and programs for the poor. Why is it that raising taxes is unacceptable but cutting education is? We certainly seem to have our priorities messed up.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
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