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Wildfires burn through Colorado causing thousands to evacuate, and protests in Turkey are in 13th day. Tune in at 7am ET.
July 31st, 2012
07:29 PM ET

Drought leaves corn crop withering in Iowa

Christine Romans get a closer look at how the drought is affecting corn farmers in Davenport, Iowa.


Filed under: Drought
July 31st, 2012
01:01 PM ET

"Angie's List" thrives despite struggling economy

"Angie's List" founder Angie Hicks on how small businesses can survive despite a struggling economy.


Filed under: Small business
July 31st, 2012
12:52 PM ET

The upside to men's gymnastics upset

Olympic Gold Medalist Paul Hamm on using Team USA's men's gymnastics upset as a learning experience.


Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
July 31st, 2012
12:50 PM ET

Rep. Hayworth on tax cut extension fight: We're trying to help Americans

Financial Services Committee member Rep. Nan Hayworth, M.D. (R-NY) on the battle in Congress to extend Bush-era tax cuts.


Filed under: Tax cuts
July 31st, 2012
12:47 PM ET

VIDEO: How Rep. Paul Ryan captured the GOP

The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza on his latest piece looking at Rep. Paul Ryan's rise to power in the Republican party.


Filed under: GOP • Politics
July 31st, 2012
11:50 AM ET

Learning from men's gymnastics upset

Olympic gymnasts Alicia Sacramone and John Roethlisberger on the pressures of competing at the Olympic level.


Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
July 31st, 2012
11:39 AM ET

Worsening drought impacts farmers – Rob Marciano takes an interactive look

Rob Marciano takes an interactive look at the worsening drought and the drastically low Mississippi River.


Filed under: Drought
July 31st, 2012
11:22 AM ET

Historic ancestor for President Obama – Ancestry.com's Joseph Shumway explains

From CNN's 1600 Report blog:

(CNN) – His family tree has been linked to Brad Pitt, Sarah Palin and both Presidents Bush but now President Barack Obama may be related to the first documented African slave in pre-revolutionary America.

Ancestry.com, which bills itself as the world's largest online family history resource, on Monday released research and documents which it says shows the first indentured African American servant is an ancestor of President Obama's mother.

Ancestry.com genealogist Joseph Shumway was part of a team of four genealogists who say they worked more than 500 hours to establish the connection between Obama's family and that of John Punch, an indentured servant who was sentenced to a life of slavery after an unsuccessful escape attempt in colonial Virginia.

This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," Shumway explains the unusual connection and the process involved in making the connection.


Filed under: Ancestry • President Barack Obama
July 31st, 2012
10:49 AM ET

Get Real! NBC spoils Franklin victory

NBC gets more criticism after a "Today" promo announces Missy Franklin's gold medal win before her race aired.


Filed under: Get Real
July 31st, 2012
10:44 AM ET

Rep. Cummings: GOP holding tax cuts hostage for the middle class

The House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on a pair of rival bills each offering a different plan for the Bush-era tax cuts, which are set to expire at the end of this year.

The Republican plan would extend cuts for all Americans. Democrats want an extension of tax breaks for individual and families earning up to $250,000 a year. The clock is ticking and starting Friday, Congress will go on a five-week recess.

Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), ranking Democrat on the Government Reform and Oversight Committee, talks with Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning about the competing plans.

"Basically what the Republicans are doing is holding hostage the tax cut for the middle class," Rep. Cummings says. "It's - unfortunate we're in a place in Washington where right now where it seems like very little is going to be done."

See more from his interview in the clip above.


Filed under: Tax cuts
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