This morning on Starting Point, Soledad O'Brien will talk with our panelists Will Cain with TheBlaze.com, Democratic Strategist Hilary Rosen and Newsweek/The Daily Beast contributor Michelle Golberg about big news of the day. Top stories today include:
* Two big Afghanistan developments this morning: A deadly suicide car bombing and attempts by the Taliban to poison food for NATO troops.
* We've got a full Oscar wrap. How did Billy Crystal do?
* Gas prices rise to $3.40 for a gallon. That's the 20th consecutive rise.
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[Updated 8:50 a.m.] BREAKING NEWS: Shooting reported at high school in Ohio. This Just In has the latest.
[Updated 8:11 a.m.] Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz continues "We can't allow gaps between haves and have-nots to grow."
[Updated 8:08 a.m.] Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz talks about a new business model that will share profits with community groups to help disadvantaged youth. He tells Soledad the new business plan "makes a statement...we have tobalance profitability and social consciousness."
[Updated 7:45 a.m.] Michelle Goldberg says Mitt Romney makes mistakes when it comes to money and it may be 'the one genuine thing about him is his sense of pride in his own wealth...has contempt for people who aren't rich' Soledad says that's unfair and incorrect. Will says Romney earned his wealth and we shouldn't judge him for it.
[Updated 7:29 a.m.] "We know the 1% isn't a group...you don't get a card." Will Cain claims he's a voice of sanity in a sea of rage re: this morning's Get Real! story on a banker leaving a 1% tip and a message to the waitress to get a real job.
[Updated 7:18 a.m.] Soledad is wondering if Ryan Seacrest was prepared for the Sacha Baron Cohen bit of spilling fake ashes on the red carpet. "Who carries a spare tux?"
[Updated 7:05 a.m.] Col. David Lamm w/ Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, says the Taliban in Afghanistan is the major factor. His concern is that Afghanistan becomes an ungoverned state, and could start planning attacks against the West.