September 26th, 2011
07:52 PM ET

Budget Showdown Adverted: Join the Live Chat

A deal is reached in the Senate to avoid a partial government shutdown. We'll have the breaking news. Plus, the Defense Department is considering giving Bahrain $53 million dollars in military equipment. Yes, Bahrain, a government accused of killing its own people in political uprisings. We're Keeping Them Honest. Plus, tonight's other headlines.

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  1. Janis

    That was the best Ridiculist ever!!

    September 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  2. Sharon Hastings

    Good night everyone. Lots of food for thought as usual with AC 360. Oh boy, David Gergen is a huge partier?? Rock on David!! Wow, George Clooney?? Is there video??

    September 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  3. lisal -canada

    Life is such a mixture of stories. Always fascinated with some of the things people choose to share.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  4. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! "Not Daivd, say it not so, Anderson!"

    September 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  5. Janis

    Good night all. Can't wait for Ridiculist – I hope the respected Mr. Gurgin had a good time with Mr. Clooney.
    Have a safe and happy evening.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
  6. lisal -canada

    congrats on the emmys – the haiti coverage was riveting, compelling and amazing.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
  7. Lori - CA

    I am complete shock about the news on David Gergen!

    Good night Anderson and Everyone! Sweet dreams!

    September 26, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
  8. Karin Urban from Berlin/Germany

    Congratulation to the Emmys! They are really well earned!

    September 26, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  9. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    Wow, great film of the earthquake in the WA Monument.

    Thank you & good night Anderson & Team 360. Anderson, i bet you are "amazed" the Gov. Christie removed Snookie's tax break (smile).

    Good night fellow writers, i wish you a safe & peaceful day tomorrow.

    I can't believe the David Gergen is on the Ridiculist! This should be good, and i'm sure that Anderson's commentary willl be hilarious, as usual.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  10. Janis

    Congratulations on your Emmys team AC360!! Best news show on TV for me!!!!

    September 26, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  11. Lori - CA

    Congratulations to AC 360!

    September 26, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  12. Paula, Colorado

    Sounds like a great Ridiculist.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  13. Janis

    The Gurginator. That's funny.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  14. Sharon Hastings

    Dr. Murray did wrong but there is a sympathy factor in his taking on Jackson as a patient and getting caught up in a completely bizarre and unmanageable situation. He shouldn't have done it and now he will pay with some sort of punishment, just don't know how severe though.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
    • Chris

      Yes, it appears he will take the punishment not only for himself but for all those before him.

      September 26, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  15. lisal -canada

    I think michael's mind was constantly in "go" mode and he literally would keep himself awake merely by being awake (so much going on in his head at one time all the time). Always felt bad he couldn't seem to find a natural way to sleep.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  16. Janis

    I always thought if you had insomnia, drugs were not the answer. Still so sad Michael Jackson's gone.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
  17. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    There really appears to be a 'time' discrepancy between when MJ's heart stopped and CPR was administered.

    Either way, Diprovan is Not recommended for use outside the clinical setting (hospital OR). And, it was reported that Dr. Murray gave him several other drugs (Xanex, Valium, etc.) all through the night. The combination would seriously enhance the chances of dying.

    MJ's star can't be replaced.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
  18. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Mic was looking good. I would have went to the concert!

    September 26, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  19. Tariq Takruri

    Anderson great story on the sale of riot equipment to that butcher government in Bahrain. I was there a few years ago. I was shocked there was not turmoil earlier. There is real contempt for the government there. However, in your story you mentioned that the the shia are minorities. This is not correct, the shia are the majority. That's why the Bahrainis claim the government has been providing expedited citizenship to Saudi citizens and others to reduce the numerical advantage of the shia. The Bahraini people view the Sunni Kingdom as illegitimate foreign Saudi oppressors and invaders. The Saudi troops sent there a few months ago did nothing to change this view.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  20. Paula, Colorado

    Adorable bears!

    September 26, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  21. Vincent Blas

    OMG....AC just flashed the public with his sneakers.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  22. Janis

    Jellyfish are a tough thing to overcome. She did her best. I wish I had half her determination

    The Yosemite bears are so cute. I hope they film Isha and Anderson's run together. The AC360 team!

    September 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  23. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    The shot: really cute, but don't go near. There will be a mother near by who will defend those cubs to the death.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  24. lisal -canada

    Oh those bears are all so adorable! Just gotta watch out for mamma bear.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  25. lisal -canada

    "Insults in the place of evidence." That is a fairly strong statement – wonder how valid that is.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  26. Lori - CA

    I can not imagine what defense Michael Jackson's doctor would have at this point. He is not an anesthesiologist and was administering a drug that is only administered, as such, under continuous supervision in surgery. I think the only question right now is, what sentence will he receive?

    September 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      I have heard reports of 4 yrs. if convicted.

      September 26, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  27. lisal -canada

    the situation in bahrain does seem hypocritical – those political ties seem to run pretty deep tho

    September 26, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  28. vic , nashville ,tn

    Thanks Anderson telling us what is going on
    “Bahrain $53 million dollars in military equipment” may be foreign media will talk about this not local
    Again thanks

    September 26, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  29. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    I haven't seen much reporting about Bahrain. However, i can't believe my ears! The USA are planning to Sell arms to the Gov. of Bahrain?!

    Oh i am Sure that "conditions" put on arms sales are always adhered to, NOT!

    Our world and foreign policy looks upsidedown!

    September 26, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  30. Vincent Blas

    Unfortunately, the U.S. has had a long history of giving arms or weapons to foreign governments and then it just comes back to haunt the U.S. much later.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • Sharon Hastings

      Yes, we wind up having those arms pointed at us.

      September 26, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      Vincent & Sharon, i agree with both of you. We have had countless episodes of this happening.

      Point of fact, we armed the Afgans to fight against the Russians. Look how well that turned out for us!

      September 26, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  31. Janis

    I've thought the US has strange foreign policies for quite awhile. The US defense industry is a big business.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
    • vic , nashville ,tn

      I like our GDP grow so just sell , don’t criticizes one, pat other one for same crime

      September 26, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  32. vic , nashville ,tn

    Good evening every one
    Democrats or President not trying to trap republicans

    2009 when republicans gave rebirth to tea party they got trap

    September 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
    • Janis

      I've been trying to figure the Tea Party out. It seems to me they lean more towards some sort of libertarians cloaked as members of the GOP. Can you be so ultra conservative that you drift out of being a member of conservative GOP.
      Almost seems like some secret society gave birth to them and told them to go forth into the GOP and multiply. At least Ron Paul is stand-up about his party affiliation. LOL

      September 26, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
      • Chris

        I think basically they decided we could not afford the never-ending spending. On that note, they are actually correct.

        September 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
  33. Jane - WI

    Why aren't things working so well in Washington?
    Perhaps it's partly due to the confrontational style of our President.
    He has made very little real effort to compromise and work with Republicans.
    In fact, he has said that "Republicans can come along for the ride, but they have to sit in the back".
    That doesn't sound like someone who wants to compromise.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • vic , nashville ,tn

      We saw President and republicans negotiating for health care reform in live telecast that was big step president took to work with republicans and live telecast he took question from republicans
      Republicans said it was trap they walk out

      September 26, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  34. Sharon Hastings

    I agree it does remind me of schoolyard behaviors. You expect that from kids but not from your elected Congress of the United States. Also, the Republicans are even more surly because they still have no really great candidate.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • Lori - CA

      It is down right disgusting.....

      September 26, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
  35. Paula, Colorado

    The government has become good at being dramatic. Interesting discussion tonight, Anderson.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  36. Karin Urban from Berlin/Germany

    Looking from outside this whole thing seems downright crazy to me.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
    • Sharon Hastings

      It looks that way from the inside too Karin.

      September 26, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
      • Starr, formerly know as vincent

        Ditto Sharon.

        Karin, i can only imagine what the rest of the world sees happening in America.

        September 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  37. Janis

    That was good from Mr. Carvill – "Maybe they need adult supervision or something" in reference to Congress. I liked that – spot on!

    September 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • Lori - CA

      OK, but where will we find adults? Clearly they are few and far between in our group of representatives. It has been business since 2009 as usual while the people are losing everything!

      September 26, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  38. lisal -canada

    Oh I think the democrats are changing tactics, plain and simple. Wonder of they will get different results.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
  39. Lori - CA

    Adult Supervision?!

    September 26, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  40. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    The thing is that Rep's HAVE said "no" since the last election.

    The Rep's have made it very clear that they want re-gain the WH. As a result, that party plan appears to be give NO ground or success to the President.

    The problem is, success should be for the People! We are the ones who are being hurt by the "gridlock" and the word "NO".

    At some point, the Congress Must wake up and start working for the people of America, all of the people of America!

    September 26, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
    • Jane - WI

      Dems had full control of Washington for 2 years (and full control of Congress since 2006). If they wanted to get something done with the economy and jobs, they had plenty of time. Instead they wasted 18 months forcing the mess of ObamaCare on all of us.
      To blame Republicans now, after only controlling the House (not the Senate) since January is a bit of a stretch.
      Democrats still control the Senate, and Harry Reid has shown very little leadership in passing anything or even bringing things up for votes.

      September 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
      • Sharon Hastings

        Jane, with all due respect, a huge portion of our poor economy is due to our horrible high cost of health care and the fact that so many in our country don't have it and the rest have to pay for them by higher and higher costs. You are making the mistake of separating health care and the economy like they are two different issues. They are not. When the president was working to reform health care in this country, he was attempting to make a huge difference in our economy.

        September 26, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
        • Jane - WI

          Mr. Obama did nothing to bring down the cost of "health care". All he dealt with is health insurance. These are 2 different issues. Health insurance premiums are high due to all those crazy federal mandates as well as the high prices that the health care providers charge. Nothing Pres. Obama did will cause my doctor to charge me less for an office visit. Plus, we'll now have to pay the health insurance premiums for those making up to $84,000. Those subsidies will come at a cost to the part of the citizenry who make over $84,000.

          September 26, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
          • Sharon Hastings

            We aren't going to agree Jane but that's the beauty of our country. We can express our opinions and then take those to the ballot box. "Obamacare" as it's been called is NOT what the president or supporters of health care reform originally had in mind. That plan was blocked every which way and now what resulted is just the watered down version of a compromise which I agree is not worth a whole lot. Again, the people suffer for it. I would have liked to see the President go to the mat for all that but he didn't.

            September 26, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
      • vic , nashville ,tn

        I agree pass Obama care took long, Democratic senate didn’t have back bone they paid the price in 2010 that is over
        Now republicans can’t pass their own bill in congress that is big issue ( example bulb bill ) and before finish the work they go vacation

        September 26, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
      • Chris

        I think many forget that the housing situation is the most challenging problem for the economy. We would not be in this situation if the Democrat Congress several years ago had not voted to ensure everyone regardless of income, credit, etc., was able to purchase a home. There is blame that goes to the Democrats as well as the Republicans.

        September 26, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • Sharon Hastings

      I certainly agree in principle but unfortunately I don't see it happening with this Congress. They are dug in for the duration and it looks like the only way to change that is to vote them out. Let's fire them.

      September 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  41. Janis

    Hello everyone.

    The budget showdown is not over – it's just a week. Congress obviously doesn't think it's important to fund the US Government. Vacation again?

    September 26, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  42. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    They did not have a showdown anyway. They are playing games. They are like a "silly rabbit!

    September 26, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
  43. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening everyone. Hope you all had a good weekend. Well, possibly no shutdown which is good, but it's only a short term solution. What are they going to do, have this as an issue every few weeks??

    September 26, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
    • Lori - CA

      How long can we go on like this?

      September 26, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      Exactly Sharon! Every time the Rep's "punish" the President, it is we the People who are getting hurt.

      I've wirtten and called so much that they know my name by now and are probably ignoring me. I can't think of anything further to do!
      How do we get their attention? The polls Clearly demonstrate that they often choose ignore the American people and proceed with their particular agenda.

      September 26, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
      • Jane - WI

        Democrats are also playing politics with these votes.
        I love how liberals and their friends in the media keep portraying this as simply a Republican problem. Democrats control the Senate and the White House. Republicans only control the House.
        Democrats did nothing to help re-elect President Bush. Their agenda was to do whatever it took to defeat him. It is laughable now for people to be outraged at the idea that Republicans want Obama to be a one term President. That is the goal of every party who is out of the White House at the time. Democrats were obstructionists when George Bush was President.

        September 26, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
        • Sharon Hastings

          I agree Jane that it is the goal of each party to defeat the other and gain the WH. It's how they go about doing that that is in question. Obstructionism cannot take the form of shutting down a country and causing thousands of people to suffer for it. Just can't be.

          September 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  44. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    Evening Anderson & Team 360.

    Hello blogger friends!
    This roller coaster ride with the Congress has become frustrating and Annoying!

    Why is the House on vacation?

    September 26, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • Jane - WI

      I think it has something to do with a Jewish holiday.

      September 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  45. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! It's great to see you on. I hope you had a good weekend.
    Glad the breaking news on the government shutdown is positive.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  46. Lori - CA

    Hi Anderson. Hi Everyone. Good evening.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  47. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! Greetings!

    September 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm |