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May 30th, 2012
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Starting Point live blog for Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

This morning, "Starting Point" is live at 7am Eastern. Soledad O'Brien will talk with our panelists, TheBlaze.com columnist Will Cain, American Individualism author Margaret Hoover and "National Journal" editorial director and CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein. Our panel will be talking about the following top stories:

Romney hits 'magic number' for GOP nomination but Donald Trump's fiery 'birther' defense steals thunder

After Syria massacre, what can the world do?

David Letterman talks with Regis Philbin on a special edition of "Piers Morgan Tonight"

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[UPDATED  7:20 Eastern] Ivan Watson, live in Istanbul, Turkey, says that Turkey announced it is expelling Syrian diplomats from the Syrian embassy in Ankara.

[UPDATED 7:28 Eastern] Chairman of the Intelligence Committee and former FBI agent Rep. Mike Rogers says he's not sure if arming the Syrian opposition is the answer  "mainly because we're just not exactly sure who the bad guys are and who the good guys are right now in Syria, so you don't know who you're giving weapons to."

[UPDATED 8:06 Eastern] Award winning journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad says of jihadists in Yemen, "This is the new age of Al-Qaeda." Adbul-Ahad says that the city of Jaar "has now become a de facto independent state that's run by Al-Qaeda."

[UPDATED 8:33 Eastern] Fellow of The Century Foundation and member of The Council on Foreign Relations Michael Wahid Hanna says that the current strategy in Syria is sub optimal but "it's the only one that exists at the moment." Hanna says that the international community can possibly push a "managed transition" in Syria.

[UPDATED 8:52 Eastern] Democratic strategist Christine Pelosi says that it is important to focus on the real issues-jobs, the economy and the empowerment of working families. "As far as this "birtherism" is concerned," she says "Donald Trump is only saying loudly what a lot of Republicans have been dog whispering for months."

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Henry Okonma

    If I am not mistaking, didn't Romney say he was born in Mexico but came to the US as a little boy. If this is true, why is Mr Donald Trump not asking Romney for his Birth Certificate

    May 30, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. finch

    Ah, the new strategy by the Republicans is to attack the media source. If you aren't FOX news, John Sunnia and other will be attacking the media.
    GOod job Soledad in fending off that bully. It would have been beneficial if you had asked John which policies specifically, have hurt jobs. Not once have any Republicans mentioned even one They use "policies." When they try to say it's Obamacare, the media should be ready with "Well how many jobs did Romney kill when he pushed through Romneycare? .
    You could have embarassed John by pointing out that the President doesn't create jobs; the president doesn't write laws (the Congress does that). Guess the Republicans think the presidency should be a dictatorship.

    The President is the Commander and Chief – not the head Human Resource Officer for Corporate America.

    The media needs to stop falling for this "jobs" nonsense. What is the president suppose to do? Decided what companies locate in which states? The individual governors are responsible for the jobs in their states; not the president.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. 1zb1

    Soledad, Thank you for standiing up to Sununnu with your customery poise, dignity, and professionalisim. Apparently the Republican approach to facts is to squael like a stuffed pig. Sununnu made a fool of himself. He's about on the same level as Trump. The fact that Romney was even on the same stage with Trump demonstrates he does not have the sensibilities to be President or even dog catcher)

    Next time Sunnunu is on you have every right to treat him as the slob he is.

    (why are so many Republicans obese? Could it be they are all fat cats?)

    May 30, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Wilskip

    Soledad there is no need to listen to Donald Trump, his hypocrisy is endless. He talks about President Obama and rails against the policy on China. Yet when I look at one of my Donald Trump Signature Collection neckties It's "get this HAND MADE IN CHINA" Do I need to say anything more about principals and credibility or lack of.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Sheila Kerr

    RE Zuckenberg not tipping.............Anyone who has ever been to Europe and/or Rome knows that there is a miminum 15% added to each and every restaurant bill.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. njmeycpa23

    OMG, their is no side of Good in Syria. The opposition is militant Islamists. Things won't be better in Syria with opposition leadership and Assad out. And to ignite cold war mentality by making it Russia vs the US is completely idiotic and irrelevant and is playing on old emotions of the public and further spreading US Propaganda. And am I the only one who watches this show?

    May 30, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. JIM

    WHY DO YOU NOT ADDRESS THE MURDER RATE IN CHICAGO A GREAT AMERICAN CITY WHERE 10 WERE KILLED AND42 SHOT OVER LAST WEEKEND INSTEAD OF WASTING TIME ABOUT DONALD TRUMP AND THE BIRTHER ISSUE.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. njmeycpa23

    Arm the Opposition? The Opposition is Al Queda....He wants to arm our enemy, and this is a good idea?

    May 30, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. njmeycpa23

    The Hypocrisy from Romney is priceless. This coming from a man whose Grandfather renounced his citizenship to move to Mexico so he could marry multiple women. Romney believes marriage is between a man and a women, yet belongs to a religion that believes in Polygamy for which his Grandfather had multiple wives.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. njmeycpa23

    My bigger question is, why do Republicans who always talk about loving the constitution, always talk about changing it?

    May 30, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse | Reply

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