Identifying the Dead in Joplin: Join the Live Chat
Workers hold a group prayer in Joplin, Missouri. A massive tornado killed at least 126 people there.
May 26th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Identifying the Dead in Joplin: Join the Live Chat

There's still anger in Joplin, Missouri over how officials are handling the identification of tornado victims. Families are desperate to see their loved ones in the morgue, but that hasn't happened yet. Tonight we learned of a new effort underway to stop the waiting. Plus, remarkable video of a brother searching for his sister just minutes after the tornado slammed into Joplin. And, in other news, a federal judge has ruled that Jared Lee Loughner is not mentally competent to stand trial for the mass shootings in Tuscon earlier this year, including the attempted murder of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Don't confuse that with the "insanity defense." We'll talk it over with CNN's Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

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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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. BettyAnn,TX

    Great job Anderson and crew and favorite bloggers! peace be with you all !

    May 26, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Lori, CA

    Anderson is so funny!

    May 26, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Janis

    The ridiculist, oh goody. They have successfully marketed themselves. Be scandalous, get in the news, put your name on perfume and be set for life.

    Oh Anderson, you are so funny.

    Good night everyone. Stay strong Joplin.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  4. pam

    Here's something positive for Joplin. The United for Joplin telethon here in Missouri raised over $1 million for the people in Joplin.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Lori, CA

    I am speachless.......

    May 26, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  6. BettyAnn,TX

    Kardashianians are such a waste of my time. haha I have never seen one single episode. They are ridiculous.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
    • Lori, CA

      I think we need to challenge them to figure out their carbon footprints and publish that as part of their "novel".

      May 26, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  7. Nina

    Night Everyone. Have a wonderful evening

    Love the Ridiculist! The Kardashian sisters belongs on the top of the list! Thanks Anderson for the laughs after reporting on the catastrophe of tornadoes.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Yes!!! I agree with you, Nina!!!!! 🙂

      May 26, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  8. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Megan, Isha, and Jane, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, JoAnn, Renee, Lori-CA, Heather, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha, Chi, Jana, Karyn, Lily, Merl, Marybeth, my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    See you tomorrow night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!!
    That's so silly I like ridiculist the Kardishan , LOL! So funny Anderson, Thanks Anderson!!!! I think you're so right, LOL!!!!! Oh no!!!!! I love that!!!! 🙂
    Have a good Friday!

    Have a great night & good sleep at home after work!!!
    See you tomorrow night!!! Just a plenty sleep at home!

    May 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  9. lisal -canada

    i find sarah palin kind of an odd curiosity – am not much of a fan, but it is kind of fun to watch the political environment and what she does, guess at what she might do or say or pop up, and then see what ends up happening

    May 26, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  10. lilly

    Have a good night everyone, it has been nice.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  11. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I can't seem to get away from those women! They are all around! It is like a Twilight Zone episode!

    May 26, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  12. Paula, Colorado

    Sounds like an overdue Ridiculist.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
    • lilly

      so agree!

      May 26, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Yup!!!!! I agree!!!!

      May 26, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  13. Janis

    I see where she has built Fort Palin in Arizona. It looks like she is doing quite well for herself compared to her old home in Alaska.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  14. Nina

    People suffering from Paranoid schizophrenia are most often afraid of us!!! Their only outbursts would be from fear. People who have a personality disorder, are much more dangerous and display rage, and "intent" who are fully capable of rape, murder, etc!!!

    May 26, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  15. Janis

    That is an interesting question concerning treating mental illness in order to try and execute if guilty.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  16. BettyAnn,TX

    Elizabeth Smart has the right last name! She is such a stong young lady with character. I wish her the best in life. She deserves it and she is smart enough not to settle for less. God bless her and her wonderfully supportive family.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  17. Nina

    I find it very suspicious that he sung religious hymns in court. Most people who are so severely mentally ill, would not behave in that manor. People who are severely mentally ill do not have the cognitive capability of rape and abduction. People who are suffering from schizophrenia are afraid. The violent outbursts are because they are delusional and think someone is going to "HURT" them!!!

    May 26, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  18. sally

    Frank's right on with his comment. my husband is a homicide detective. these people will be devistated to see their loved one in an unimaginable condition.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  19. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    If he was sane enough to know what he want to do on that day, he is well enough to stand trail!

    May 26, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • Nina


      I become tired of people trying to escape responsibility by playing insane! Its very easy to do and people who are crafty can fool health professionals! Its done all the time

      May 26, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  20. Gin

    Politics get in the way of allot in our lives. They don't care about the sick in Missouri I Know I have M.S so why would they care
    are about the deceased. Really sad

    May 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  21. sally

    those of you who see a conspiracy or secrecy behind the govenor's reasons for verifying dna before releasing bodys aren't reasonable people. think about it, like mike pointed out why have people wongly idenitfy bodies. they have to be certain in each case. hello...there is NO conspiracy here.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  22. Kevin

    Gov Nixon Is Like Donald Trump You Can't Get Straight Anwser

    May 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
    • Susan

      I agree, Governor Nixon kept skirting the issue of the morgue being opened for the families. At least take pictures of the people in the morgan for family members to view and if there are horrific injuries which making identification impossible, explain that to the familes and let them know DNA will be needed for identification. At least give them some closure so that they can stop wondering or stop searching.

      May 26, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  23. nancyinoregon

    Can nothing be done to halt a regime that sanctions (or orders) this? It is such an abuse of power upon citizens.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  24. Lori, CA

    I wonder how many women were raped there?

    May 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
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