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May 17th, 2012
07:14 AM ET

Starting Point live blog for Thursday, May 17th, 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 Columbia University professor Marc Lamont Hill. Our panel will be talking about the following top stories:

* Facebook to set final IPO price Thursday

* Senate's all-day budget debate dominated by politics 

* Medical examiner sets autopsy for Mary Kennedy, wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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 7:17am ET] Rep. Chris Van Hollen criticizes Speaker John Boehner's comments about the debt ceiling, saying that the debate "will not have a good outcome if [Boehner] insists on drawing lines in the sand." Rep. Van Hollen explains that the "House Republican budget would require that we increase the debt ceiling, so [Boehner's] own budget violates the very rule that he lays out, so we should put all of the nonsense aside."

[UPDATED 7:41am ET] Virginia Delegate Robert Marshall says that he voted against the judicial nomination of openly gay prosecutor Thorne-Begland because "activists" should not be judges and he had to lie about his homosexuality when entering the military. Delegate Marshall also says that "sodomy is not a civil right" and the pursuit of equal rights for gays and lesbians in the United States "shouldn't be compared to the civil rights movement."

[UPDATED 7:48am ET] "Mansome" producer Morgan Spurlock says that there was a time where men could be sloppy with their appearance, but the media is adding more and more pressure on them to look physically perfect.

[UPDATED 8:03am ET] Ali Velshi warns not to follow the hype one way or the other about the pros and cons of buying into Facebook. Velshi acknowledges that he social network "hasn't quite met the challenge about how to advertise on mobile phones" but says, "why would I bet against Mark Zuckerberg?"

[UPDATED 8:08am ET] Rep. Jeb Hensarling says that not only is America's debt "unsustainable," but many Americans "also think it's immoral." The Texas representative also comments on the fact that Senate Democrats haven't passed a budget in three years, saying that they don't want even a  "speedbump on the national road to bankruptcy."

[UPDATED 8:22am ET] Ryan Young, who was suspended from his job at Safeway for breaking up a domestic assault, says that he's "more worried than angry" about his suspension. Young describes the past month as "pretty much like being stuck in a bad dream" while he waits for news about his job.

[UPDATED 8:51am ET] Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger says that we "need to get rid of this my way or the highway approach" to American politics. He says that the country needs "more people who can look beyond their own needs and who can occasionally take a longer view" of situations.


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  1. sin mior

    Mark Lamont Hill is really jealous of white people. It's not our fault you guys only learned to record your history since the 18th century.

    October 9, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. dlkincaid

    Republicans are allowed on CNN to tell lies and yes you are what John Stuart says!

    May 17, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Kesch63

    Please don't bother putting politicians from either party on to talk about the deficit. It's a waste of time. All they do is point fingers at each other. We know there's a ridiculously high deficit, but so far our representatives have been unable to make the decisions to fix the problem. How about presenting ideas on how to solve our problems?? We're all in this together.

    May 17, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. njmeycpa23

    He just said it. We print our own money and can pay off the debt anytime. So this fight is completely partisan and idiotic.

    May 17, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. njmeycpa23

    Debt Ceiling: That is a lie. The US owes less then $2 Trillion to China out of the $15 Trillion is Debt.

    May 17, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. njmeycpa23

    Their are not two sides to every debate, their are facts that neither side are discussing at all which is what the news should be reporting and they don't. And Social Security and Medicare will not be insolvent, in actuality it just means that those funds will be paying out more in benefits then they take in in taxes. This does not take into account the amount owed to Social Security through the Treasury Funds (amount borrowed from these funds by the government over the years), and could be easily solved by lifting the cap from $106,000 to $250,000 as Senator Sanders reported.

    May 17, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. njmeycpa23

    RE: Debt Ceiling
    Also I would like to point out the Debt is $15 Trillion, the US, through the Fed, loaned $18 Trillion to the big banks between 2008-2010. The US Prints its own money, if we wanted to pay off the debt we could do it tomorrow. The only reason we have Debt in the first place is to satisfy the Bond Markets.

    May 17, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. njmeycpa23

    RE: Debt Ceiling
    Also I would like to point out the Debt is $15 Trillion, the US, through the Fed, loaned $18 Trillion to the big banks between 2008-2010. The US Prints its own money, if we wanted to pay off the debt we could do it tomorrow. The only reason we have Debt in the first place is to satisfy the Bond Markets. Another fact CNN will not be reporting.

    May 17, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. njmeycpa23

    Is it possible to get some real reporting on the US PLEASE! of the $15 Trillion of Debt over $9 Trillion is owed to ourselves, the United States. Yes due to the way Governmental Accounting is set up, we are borrowing from one fund (mainly Social Security and Medicare) and spending it on something else (likely military). In Fact only about $2 trillion is owed to other countries (China with the largest Debt $1 Trillion). So this conversation is idiotic, we are going to cut spending for ourselves to pay back money we owe ourselves. I wish it was reporting this way, so we can move on and fix the real problems of this country and I really wish the news media would start doing their job and start reporting facts.

    May 17, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse | Reply

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