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May 25th, 2012
06:42 AM ET

Starting Point live blog for Friday, May 25, 2012

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:

Suspect in killing of Etan Patz expected to make initial court appearance

Private spacecraft prepares for historic link to space station

New polls in 3 battleground states give Obama slight edge

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 7:05am 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.


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  1. John Roberts

    It is hard to watch this program in the morning with so many interruptions from Soledad and the rest of the "panel." NPR does not enterrupt it's guests like this show does. Can Soledad please cover the topics without putting her spin on it, finishing the comments of the person she is interviewing, or always having the last word.

    May 25, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. D. Tony Carson

    The Demise of Guys represents the reason print media is in its last days. It is a stupid primise and shares nothing new as cave women complained about their husbands looking at cave paintings too much and Roman wives likely hated the Roman games. Until men's arms grow shorter, they take away our imagination OR women put out without men having to jump over any hurtles to "get it" men will always take the path of least resistance. I can't believe a publisher would give this stupid book the time of day.

    May 25, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Colton

    I must say this morning's interview with Dem chairwoman, Shultz was not professional. I tune into CNN in the morning to avoid the heavy slant and bully tactics displayed during the interview. I can see how from a business perspective the way that segment played out was simply bandwagon-ing for ratings. In what has become our American way of disagree and argue with heavy interruptions. I feel News reporting has lost its integrity for the sake of profit. I guess Internet review of sources, though not as convenient, is the only way to get news without the pattern of entertaining that has corrupted what was once a noble pursuit to inform the people of facts not opinion.

    May 25, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. sandi

    I watch your morning show while getting ready for work but have decided to discontiue this ritual. This is because of the rude behavior of the new people on the program who will not let one person answer a question before firing back with their opinion. I cannot even hear what the person answering the question is trying to say over the loud mouth spouting off and constantly interruppting. The young man on your team this morning is always really annoying and makes a habitl of being rude. He needs to learn to wait his turn. I will no longer be watching this rude behavior, what has happened to the new generation of reporting?

    May 25, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. ISRAEL BARRERA JR

    WHERE IN THE HECK IS SOLEDAD THIS MORNING ? THE TABLE RUN BY ROMANS LOOKED , AND SOUNDED LIKE THE FIVE AT FOX NEWS. THER WERE A LOT OF INTERRUPTIONS AGAINST DEM. CHAIRWOMAN , SHULTZ BY THOSE ON THE FAR RIGHT OBSESSED WITH BRINGING DOWN PRESIDENT OBAMA , INCLUDING ROMANS. SHE DID NOT EXHIBIT ANY OBJECTIVITY OR FAIRNESS TO SHULTZ. THE FAR RIGHT IDEOLOGY SEEM TO BE FINDING A PLACE IN CNN. FOR GOD'S SAKE , WE , THE CNN VIEWERS , ARE NOT IN NEED OF ANOTHER FOX FIVE , DISPLAYING A BULLY JOURNALISTIC BEHAVIOR.

    May 25, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse | Reply

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