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March 16th, 2012
07:00 AM ET

Starting Point live blog for Friday, March 16th, 2012

This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," is live at 7am Eastern. This morning, Soledad will talk with our panelists, including Columbia University's Marc Lamont Hill, Conservative commentator and daughter of Gov. Jon Huntsman Abby Livingston and contributor Will Cain. Today's stories include:

* Trayvon Martin's last steps retraced. Soledad will have a live interview with Martin's family.
* Afghan President Hamid Karzai to meet with families of those slain by a U.S. soldier
* Big anticipation as the latest iPad goes on sale today.

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[Updated 8:18am] Former JAG Officer Thomas Kenniff says it's not a good idea for accused U.S. soldier's attorney in Afghanistan rampage to start talking to media before talking to his client.

[Updated 7:56am] CNN legal analyst Jeff Toobin says it's not unusual that Zimmerman hasn't been arrested yet, but an investigation must be done. Says his behavior is suspicious to say the least.

[Updated 7:54am] Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father, says in my mind if Trayvon had done the shooting, he would have been arrested on the spot.

[Updated 7:47am] Attorney Ben Crump says charges weren't filed against George Zimmerman, man who allegedly shot Trayvon, because there wasn't evidence to contradict Zimmerman's version of the story.

[Updated 7:46am] Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mother, says Trayvon loved basketball, loved to eat, loved music, a normal kid.

[Updated 7:45am] Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father, says the whole world sees that this is a tragedy. Sad as a father to have to bury your child.

[Updated 7:20am] Carlos Gutierrez, Former Commerce Secretary under President George W. Bush and Co-Chair with the Hispanic Leadership Network, says he agrees that English is the language of opportunity, and we should make it a priority for U.S. students to learn a second language.

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  1. Donna Ferrari

    shame on today's commentators about the US soldier accused of killing civilians. Will have you no empathy? " He was the only one to break"? Do you have any clue about what happens in Iraq and Afganistan? Do you have any clue about how the military medical system works or what happens is a service person is deemed unsuitable for combat? Do you know that there is no privilege when it comes to a soldier and a military psychiatrist? Everything said in a session can be repeated to commanding officers and be used to court martial the soldier and result in being discharged and losing pensions and benefits. No wonder they don't seek help for mental health issues. Will you should be ashamed and I hope you get to the front lines for 10 months and let's see who breaks.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. SaskAnn

    So the last word was supposed to go to Will Cain but Soledad didn't like what he had to say to, as usual, interrupted and gave herself the last word.
    She is obviously adheres to the 'if I speak louder and interrupt, I win' method of debating. So annoying!

    March 16, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Sandra Fluke

    Why do y'all refuse to call Sandra Fluke unfair when she compares HBP medication to BC pills. Maybe Fox will jump on it since y'all refuse to address it.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jim Richardson

    Thank you for presenting both sides of a story when dealing with political stories, You have increased your credibility in my eyes. Knowing that you are offering both viewpoints helps me to enjoy your show that much better. I enjoy your cheerfulness and energy, and also thank your Producer too, for acknowledging the importance of reporting both points of view.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Dave

    Re: English as a requirement

    As a US citizen, I expect to be able to have a clear & distinct conversation in ENGLISH with any other citizen that I have to interact with. If you moved to France or Germany, you would be expected to clearly speak those languages.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Alberto Vazquez

    Mr. Guiterrez explained the situation best by emphasizing how being bilingual is advantageous for American citizens regardless of what language that might be. What rubs most puertoricans the wrong way is making english the de facto language at the exclusion of others. As it was said to me last night when I spoke with a friend in Puerto Rico, "If they are going to make learning english a condition for statehood then maybe they should take a better look at some of the states we have now since they aren't teaching english well enough in schools today."

    March 16, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. L. Wilson

    Re: The Band chanting "Where's Your Green Card."
    This is sad not only because these college educated (work in process) students are inaccurate in their joint statement but their lack of civility, which is what this really is, comes from what they see all around them.

    March 16, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Michele

    Really? SUCH Bias usual Soledad "Reporting" CNN really LOVES to sway Elections. Does CNN realize that there are Puertiricans SUPPORTING Santurom?

    March 16, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse | Reply

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