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March 2nd, 2012
06:50 AM ET

Starting Point Live Blog for Friday, March 2nd

This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," is live at 7am Eastern. This morning, Soledad will talk with our panelists Terry McAuliffe, former DNC Chairman, The New York Times' Amy Chozick and former NY Congressman Rick Lazio. Top stories today include:

* Students at Ohio's Chardon High School return to class
* The latest on the search and recovery in Harrisburg, IL after deadly storms ripped through the area. More severe weather is possible today.
* Continued unrest in Syria, and we'll talk to brothers of an American citizen who say he has been kidnapped by the Syrian government.

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[Updated 8:20 a.m.] Conservative commentator Ann Coulter says Breitbart's legacy will be huge. He got ACORN defunded, got Rep. Weiner to resign. He was the glue, the energy behind conservative movement.

[Updated 8:08 a.m.] Columbine principal Frank DeAngelis says most important thing for Chardon schools to do is to have grief counselors available to talk about school shooting. He also said Columbine made a point of renovating parts of the school so when kids returned they weren't in same environment as they were during the shooting.

[Updated 7:55 a.m.] Rick Lazio re: HBO's "Game Change" movie – says it's difficult when the media creates an image of you and you're trying to change it.

[Updated 7:46 a.m.] Brothers of Hadi al-Shammaa, a U.S. citizen missing in Syria, say his safety is most important right now, and they just want him home. They talked about a Facebook page they started for him. They have not heard from him.

[Updated 7:39 a.m.] Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) says we're still marching, and it's necessary to march again. Says it's not fair to treat Latinos or any population the way we are. "I don't think there's such a thing as an illegal human being...we must respect the dignity of every human being."

[Updated 7:36 a.m.] Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) says he doesn't want to comment on GOP primary race, but he wants to "wish them well."

[Updated 7:34 a.m.] Christine reports on people's sleep. Who gets the most? Old folks. Who gets the least? Middle-aged women. About 80% of Starting Point's female staff would agree.

[Updated 7:30 a.m.] Soledad says she likes Rick Lazio's playlist. "See? Republicans can be cool" he says.

[Updated 7:23 a.m.] Soledad explains today's "Get Real" – a soldier was charged $41 for a 4-second call. Terry McAuliffe says if he owned a phone company, he would offer all free phone calls to our troops.

[Updated 7:19 a.m.] Ashleigh Banfield walking through significant wreckage, picking up sharp wooden beams, showing other beams that have impaled fallen walls.

[Updated 7:13 a.m.] Rick Lazio (a Romney supporter) says Romney is getting stronger, more resilient.

[Updated 7:10 a.m.] Terry McAuliffe says 'keep em going' on the resurgence of the birther movement. He says it only helps to re-elect President Obama.

[Updated 7:01 a.m.] Ted Rowlands says Chardon High School will start classes this morning at 7:30am.

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  1. Bill Jenkins

    Please note that the Satmar group is a fringe group that is not representative of the broader Hasidic community or of orthodox Judaism in the United States. Your report on the book "Unorthodox" did not make that distinction.

    March 2, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. JoePal

    On ID cards for voting. It's ridiculous for Kennedy and the Representative to claim that attempts to eliminate voting fraud by issuing ID cards is discriminatory. If you want to drive, you need a license. Go to school you need an ID card.
    Travel by plane a photo ID. Travel outside the country a passport. Recently I went to visit a relative in South Carolina. The hotel insisted on a photo ID. Go into a bar for a drink, photo ID required. No reason not to have a photo ID to vote!

    March 2, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse | Reply

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