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May 15th, 2012
06:48 AM ET

Starting Point live blog for Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

This morning, "Starting Point" is live at 7am Eastern. Today, Brooke Baldwin sits in for Soledad and will talk with our panelists, CNN contributors Will Cain and Margaret Hoover, as well as CNN chief business correspondent Ali Velshi and Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights President Kerry Kennedy. Our panel will be talking about the following top stories:

* Murdoch insider Rebekah Brooks charged in phone hacking investigation

* JPMorgan investment chief out as company holds shareholder meeting today

* Ron Paul to end active campaigning

* Kerry Kennedy will talk about the 2012 RFK Center online auction runs on Charity Buzz from April 24th-May17th and donors have a year to fulfill the package. Check out the Charity Buzz link here.

Share your comments in the section below. If you're not by a TV, you can watch us here at CNN.com/Live. Let's get started.
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[UPDATED 7:39am ET]Fmr. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Romney supporter) says Romney understands private economy, which is in stark contrast to President Obama. re: JPMorgan Chase, says Romney believes we don't need more regulation but stronger regulation.

[UPDATED 7:10am ET] Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) co-Author of the "Volcker Rule" says what JPMorgan Chase did with bad investments is 'truly high-risk gambling.'

[UPDATED 7:07am ET] Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) co-Author of the "Volcker Rule" says market hedging not allowed under Volker rule. This is the type of investing [in JPMorgan Chase loss] the Volcker rule was designed to prevent. Says hopefully this will be a wake up call for regulators.

[UPDATED 7:01am ET] CNN's Dan Rivers explains charges against former News International exec Rebekah Brooks, who is charged for concealing evidence from police on the phone hacking scandal at News of the World.


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  1. Susan Mills

    Concerning the topic of sex education you discussed on your program this morning, my opinion is this: I have watched many "Intervention" shows where the 'interventionist' discusses why the family of the addict cannot be what they call "facilitators". In other words, the best thing for the addict is not to 'provide' them the means to keep on doing what they are doing, but rather to take a hardline stance. It's the same here: What principles and respect for our bodies are we teaching our youth? We don't. Apparently it's much easier for us adults to say it's okay, as long as you try to be safe about it, than it is to tell them that abstinence is the ONLY way to avoid health risks and pregnancies. I realize that while abstinence is not a popular idea among the young, it is what we parents and adults MUST teach our young. We are the adults here, and it's about time we started acting like it, rather than trying not to make the youth mad at us. Standing by and okaying youth indiscretions, and placating ourselves that as long as we tell them to do it safely we are doing the right thing, is a cop-out.

    May 15, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. J Moore

    This show and network are nothing more than a radical left wing talk show. The cable version of The View. 24/7 praise of B Hussein Obama. Making everything about race. No wonder CNN's ratings are at the lowest in over 10 years.

    May 15, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. mmmmc

    The dialog before the recent break on Starting Point was interesting. I think the congressman from TN representing the state about teaching kids abstience is trying to address the growing trend among high school kids on the things that they are doing that is getting out of control: not kissing and holding hands but those things that happen after that but before intercourse. Think about that for a minute. The kids are having "rainbow parties" and other things. They are not having sex but they are doing EVERYTHING else. He's right. This does have to stop and I'm glad that they are doing something to try to help kids understand. They may not be having sex but the things they are doing is inappropriate to but it mildly.

    May 15, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Lisa Huntting

    why oh why do you have the pretty boy - credentials: actor - on your show? Is he there to make conservatives look stupid? His comments reflect the unsupported Conservative bombast that does your show no favors. This morning he spouts that no law could prevent bad bank trades. WRONG! Remember Glass Steagal? Uh, no, no, he doesn't. I worked on Wall Street. He is an....actor.

    May 15, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. ssmith

    Just turned off CNN after seeing a panel comprised of two dead presidents' relatives and an online blogger. Seriously? You've got to be kidding me. How can the relatives of presidents know anything about the lives of ordinary Americans or how news events will affect them? Of course, MSNBC is just as bad, with Mika or Joe stupidly calling her father every chance they get. People in NY news circles are as out of touch as those inside the beltway. I think you all are just talking to each other. Please. Can't we just have real reporters, those who have real news experience, deliver and comment on the news!

    May 15, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. dlkincaid

    Really wish Black people would stop going On CNN with bigoted Cain, Hoover and the rest. It's quite evident they don't want our input

    May 15, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Carlos Vargas

    You can not run the United Stated of America like a business. The G.O.P wants to be the .01% in America. The .01% in America are just pulling the G.O.P string puppets. The .01% will never accept the G.O.P as part of there lives. It SAD that G.O.P can not see that.

    May 15, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Carlos Vargas

    G.O.P Smart regulation is steal from the poor and give to rich. Period.

    May 15, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Hannah

    Where is Soledad? this has been a good show. I do not watch anything else on CNN and if Mrs. O'Brien has been replaced I have NO reason to watch at all. Where is Soledad?

    May 15, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Carlos Vargas

    NO Betting on Taxpayer money. Period.

    May 15, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Brett

    "Church brunch horseback riding"...i'm floored! Solodad goes to church? As in a real life Christian church? I would have never guessed.

    May 15, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Chicago Illinois citizen

    Hey I want to hear more about that other African American male from Chicago Illinois whom sent Governor Mitt Romney a letter to hire him to "show up" President Obama and if Governor Romney hires this African American from Chicago Illinois he'll guarantee his home state of Illinois 20 electoral votes for Governor Mitt Romney Now that's some exciting politics right there!!! 🙂

    May 15, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Duane R Spencer

    How sad, Our Government is so corrupt,so non functional,only interested in making themselves money and more power. The latest example is a "Study to Study Studies" The Government continues unchecked, they say "We are starting an investigation, "This is under review" all these type statements are all designed to buy time so news gets out of main media, we as taxpayers forget. WE as TAXPAYERS are most at fault we allow it to continue.

    May 15, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse | Reply

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