This morning, "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" is live at 7am Eastern. Today, Soledad talks with panelists TheBlaze.com contributor Will Cain, political comedian John Fugelsang and "National Journal" editorial director Ron Brownstein. Our panel will be talking about the following top stories:
* Was there a second shooter in RFK assassination? Nina Rhodes-Hughes, a witness to Robert Kennedy's assassination, talks live with Soledad at 8:30am to explain her claim.
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[UPDATED 8:41am ET] Nina Rhodes-Hughes remembers the day RFK was assassinated, says she recalls more shots coming to her right behind her than what has been reported. She says she told the FBI her story years ago, but there was no follow up. She adds there were other witnesses who agreed there were more shots in the RFK assassination.
[UPDATED 7:37am ET] Author Richard Miniter says his sources say government secured a lot of financial information in the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound last year.
[UPDATED 7:20am ET] CNN education contributor Steve Perry says he agrees with parents wiring their kids to monitor teachers. Also agrees with placing classes on web for parents to watch. "We watch courtrooms and so many other places I don't understand why we can't watch what we're doing."
[UPDATED 7:02am ET] Author Gordon Chang says China seems to throw a fit to get U.S. to do things. "Apparently no one in the State Department raised a 3-year-old" Chang says.
Actor Tony Hale, best known for his role as Buster Bluth on "Arrested Development," talks about his new HBO show "Veep."
Soledad O'Brien helps give voters a voice in a special focus group on "The Daily Show."
STARTING POINT PLAYLIST FOR 4/27/12
This Friday’s playlist began with Will Cain deviating from his country roots and playing “Brass Monkey” by the Beastie Boys. He continued to switch it up with two more songs: “Hard to Handle” by the Black Crowes and “Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin. Like Soledad said, he got quite a few songs in today because his beard was the subject of this morning’s Get Real.
Marc Lamont Hill, a professor at Columbia University, sat on the SP panel this morning and had a diverse couple of songs as well. Up first was “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, better known to some as Will Smith and his Fresh Prince of Bel-Air sidekick Jazz. Marc also chose “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses.
John Fugelsang’s playlist also saw a lot of airtime today, beginning with The Band’s “Atlantic City.” We also heard “The Day” by the Roots and Franz Ferdinand’s cover of the Blondie hit “Call Me.”
Actor Tony Hale, famous for playing Buster Bluth on Arrested Development, checked in with Soledad and the panel to discuss his role on the new HBO series VEEP. Tony sent in a couple of his favorite songs for the playlist: “Let Him Fly” by Patty Griffin and “Washed by the Water” by NeedToBreathe.
She served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, then became the first female Secretary of State. Now, she can add Medal of Freedom recipient to that impressive resume.
The White House announced yesterday that Madeleine Albright will receive the nation's highest civilian honor. She also has a new book, called "Prague Winter: A personal story of remembrance and war, 1937-1948."
This morning on "Starting Point," Soledad asked Secretary Albright what it felt like to receive such a high honor.
"I am so honored to have gotten the Medal of Freedom," Albright says. "It makes me feel very proud to be an American, and that's the story that goes together."
Albright also explains how learning more about her family background and experiences helped shape her career.
"What it has done is kind of add a complexity and richness to what I know about myself and hope very much that the story that I tell will explain to people, not only the importance of knowing your roots, but also of understanding motivations, credibility, and the importance of being resilient," she adds.
See another clip from the interview here.
Carol Leonnig, investigative reporter for The Washington Post, discusses her recent report that states that some Secret Service agents accused of misconduct in the prostitution scandal are "privately contending that their conduct didn't warrant dismissal because senior managers tolerated similar behavior during official trips."
Chris Francescani, Reuters reporter, discusses the new information he's uncovered about George Zimmerman's family history and what led him to buy the gun that he used to shoot Trayvon Martin.
Today's the day Soledad felt was the best day to address the phenomenon that is...Will Cain's beard.