Team USA beats Russia 1-0 for the 2012 Deaf World Cup championship. Team member Allison Galoob shares the win with Soledad via a YouTube video.
The Starting Point team discusses NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg "Latch on NYC" plan, which advises hospitals to hide baby formula from new moms to encourage breastfeeding.
"Angie" by The Rolling Stones was played on the show this morning to acknowledge our guest, Angie Hicks. Soledad spoke with this entrepreneur who, with her husband Bill Oesterle, founded Angie's List back in 1995.
Also on the show:
Panelist Hank Sheinkopf's playlist:
Jefferson Airplane – "Somebody to Love"
Panelist Rep. Nan Hayworth's playlist:
AC/DC – "Back in Black"
Talking Heads – "Take Me to the River"
Panelist Ryan Lizza's playlist:
Animal Collective – "My Girls"
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) shares his impressions of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's international tour.
Romney Campaign Foreign Policy Advisor Amb. Richard Williamson on how Mitt Romney would handle Iran if he were president.
Transcript available after the jump.
Shirley Wygal, mother of Rebecca Wingo who was killed in the Aurora, Colo. theater shooting, says she will be in court for James Holmes' hearing today. She also explains that police have not talked with her about what happened to her daughter the night of the shooting, and says she has hired an attorney as counsel.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are debating this week on how to handle the Bush-era tax cuts. There are two competing plans with one major difference:
* Democrats support a version that extends the tax cuts for individuals up to their first $200,000 in yearly income, which narrowly passed the Senate last week.
* Republicans want the cuts extended for all Americans.
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) sits on the House Ways and Means Committee. He will introduce the House version of the Senate's Bill this week. He explains what Congress needs to do is to reach a compromise.
"I believe that right now what we're looking for is compromise," Rep. Crowley says. "We're hoping our Republican colleagues will come in. Right now if we passed the bill, if you are a sergeant in the military serving overseas in Afghanistan, you have a wife and children back stateside, you will see a $400 increase in your taxes if the Republican Bill would become law. That's unacceptable for the middle class and working Americans. We need to pass a bill that makes sense for America, not just for the wealthiest 2% of this country."
Newsweek/Daily Beast's Michael Tomasky on how Mitt Romney's insecurity could be a liability in the presidential race.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) are visiting four key states this week - Florida, Virginia, North Carolina and New Hampshire - to highlight pending defense cuts.
At the end of this year, the Defense Department budget could see $500 billion in cuts if Congress and President Obama do not act. The cuts are part of the Budget Control Act of 2011, which was passed last year to avoid a fiscal crisis. It slashed more than $1 trillion from the budget, split evenly between non-defense and defense programs.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has warned that the cuts to defense could be disastrous for the US military.
Sen. McCain and Sen. Ayotte, members of the Armed Services Committee, explain the purpose of their Town Halls on how defense budget cuts could harm US security.
The Starting Point team debates if the US defense budget should be cut by $500 billion.
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