This morning, "Starting Point" is live at 7am Eastern. Christine Romans sits in for Soledad O'Brien as host today, joining panelists, TheBlaze.com columnist Will Cain, "The New Yorker" correspondent Ryan Lizza, and co-host of SiriusXM's "Power Play" Alicia Menendez. Our panel will be talking about the following top stories:
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[UPDATED 7:05am ET] "After Etan" author Lisa Cohen explains that she's "not convinced" that Pedro Hernandez killed Etan Patz because at this point, all investigators have is his confession and she doesn't understand the motive or time frame. Cohen says that she's "never heard [Hernandez's] name until today."
[UPDATED 7:17am ET] NYT reporter Christine Haughney discusses cuts made at the Times-Picayune, explaining that newspapers aren't able to finance the same breath of reporting as they used to because papers are stretched thin and producing local coverage is "difficult and costly" work.
[UPDATED 7:39am ET] Fawaz Gerges explains that democracy in the Middle East is not going to look like American democracy and that the various countries will find their own models. Gerges stresses that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is not tied to al Qaeda and that "the U.S. has very little to fear from them," as they are looking to Turkey as a model, not Iran. Finally, referencing his new book "Obama and the Middle East," Gerges explains that Obama was faced with a "bitter inheritance" regarding foreign affairs when he took office, and that the president has "gone out of his way to repair the damage that was in place."
[UPDATED 7:50am ET] IndyCar driver Katherine Legge responds to stereotypes that women are bad drivers, saying "– statistics prove that women aren’t bad drivers but I think men started that rumor a long time ago." She also weighs in on what it's like to be a female driver in a male-dominated sport, saying that "we need more girls at the grassroots level starting but women racers “aren’t a novelty anymore.”
[UPDATED 8:11am ET] DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz insists that it's "entirely fair game" to look at how Mitt Romney executed practices at Bain Capital because the candidate has made his record at the company the central premise as to why Americans should elect him president.
[UPDATED 8:50am ET] Nikita Duncan, author of "The Demise of Guys: Why Boys are Struggling and What We Can Do About It," says that the accessibility of porn is going to create a generation of boys who don't know how to interact with women sexually.