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September 27th, 2012
01:24 PM ET

Danica Patrick is putting the brakes on COPD

Only half of the 24 million people affected by this Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease know it. NASCAR driver Danica Patrick chats with Christine and John about her grandmother's battle with COPD and what she is doing to educate others about it.


Filed under: Uncategorized
September 27th, 2012
01:15 PM ET

Boy Scouts Battle Sex Scandal

The Boy Scouts of America are addressing the accusation of scouting officials’ failure to report hundreds of alleged child molesters.  The Scouts released a report stating children were safer from sex abuse with them rather than at home or school. The report was prepared by a psychiatric expert hired by the Scouts. The story broke when the LA Times looked into the "perversion files,” a blacklist of alleged sexual molesters kept by the organization from 1970 to 1991.

Tom Scales, a survivor of sex abuse while in the Scouts, speaks to Christine about the report

September 27th, 2012
12:56 PM ET

New details emerge about Benghazi consulate attack

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton speaks on new developments of the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi. The bombing resulted in the deaths of four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Former Congresswoman and  House Intelligence Committee Chair Jane Harmon discusses what comes next in finding out who's to blame in Libyan embassy bombing.


Filed under: Terrorism
September 27th, 2012
12:52 PM ET

NFL deal will allow officials to call tonight's game

A deal has been reached.

Referees reaching a collective eight-year agreement with the NFL will begin with tonight's game where the Baltimore Ravens take on the Cleveland Browns.

Former NY Giants Runningback Tiki Barber talks to John and Christine about the kinds of preparation that refs did while waiting for an agreement.

September 26th, 2012
04:21 PM ET

"The Waiting Room" Director, Peter Nicks on his documentary on American healthcare system

As the future of health care reform possibly hangs in the balance of the upcoming election, a new documentary takes an insiders look at what life is like at a public hospital in Oakland, California where most of the patients don't have insurance. Unlike what has been seen on TV shows like ER, this films looks at the inner workings of the hospital through documenting life in the waiting room. The hospital is highland hospital in Oakland. The movie is called, "The Waiting Room" and its director, Emmy Award winning filmmaker Peter Nicks joins “Starting Point” this morning.

Nicks says the safety net is the last resort for communities all over the country and usually the “only place they know where to go.” “There are a patch work of community clinics you can go to but for the most part Highland has the infrastructure to deal with a variety of problems,” like language barriers.

Nicks says in the greater health care debate his film questions the role of the safety net moving forward in safety net hospitals around the country. The filmmaker adds that the voices of the people on the ground level in public hospitals have been left out as the debate on Healthcare heats up.

Ultimately the film questions if the de facto care that uninsured people are receiving right now is acceptable. "The Waiting Room" opens in New York City today and will release nationwide in the coming weeks.


Filed under: Health care
September 26th, 2012
04:20 PM ET

Grammy award winning icon Cyndi Lauper on her new self-titled memoir and her career

You could say Grammy award winning icon and pop music legend, Cyndi Lauper has lived out the title of her '80's hit song "Girls Just Want To Have Fun." With more than 30 million records worldwide, including "True Colors" "Time After Time", and still recording and performing today after almost 30 years in the music business.

Lauper is now revealing how she made that journey in her new autobiography titled "Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir.” Lauper sits down with Soledad O’Brien to discuss her book.


Filed under: Book • Celebrity
September 26th, 2012
03:56 PM ET

Co-Founder of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream says his new grass roots campaign is ‘using money to get money out of politics’

This presidential election is expected to be the most expensive in history with one estimate putting the final tab at close to six billion dollars when spending by super PACS and other outside groups is included.
Ben Cohen, Co-Founder of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream says money in politics is destroying our democracy. Cohen is launching a grassroots campaign called the "Stamp Stampede", asking people to stamp campaign finance reform slogans on dollar bills. Cohen visits the “Starting Point” set this morning to explain.

Cohen says stamping marking dollar bills with campaign slogans is “actually legal.” “When you read the actually law its clear that they’ve anticipated people writing on or marking dollar bills,” says Cohen. Some of the stamps for the grass roots movement say, “Corporations are not people”, “Stamp money out of politics” and “Not to be used for bribing politicians.” Cohen says the goal is not to just “tell them what it says” but get people to “see what it says.” When asked if people are really using dollar bills to bribe politicians, Cohen responds “sometimes we get to stamp hundreds.”

Cohen says that 80% of politicians from both sides of the aisle think that money is destroying politics. Cohen says, “This is monetary jujitsu. We’re using money to get money out of politics.” “The only peoples whose voice can be heard are people who have gobs of money and by stamping dollar bills... anybody can make their voice heard as much as anyone else.”


Filed under: 2012 Race
September 26th, 2012
03:38 PM ET

CNN's David Mattingly reports on Tennessee fraternity suspended over alcohol enemas

The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at the "University Of Tennessee At Knoxville" was suspended along with 12 students who have been cited for underage drinking, one for disorderly conduct over alcohol enemas. One student was rushed to the emergency room over the weekend with alcohol poisoning. The hospital reports indicate that the student’s blood alcohol level was at 5 times the legal limit. The student is out of the hospital and back in the classroom now.

-CNN National Correspondent David Mattingly is reporting from in Knoxville, Tennessee with the latest.


Filed under: Education • Fraternity
September 26th, 2012
03:37 PM ET

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani: 'Obama approach to the Mideast is not working'

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is slated to talk later today at the United Nations General Assembly. Ahmadinejad’s speech follows one from president Obama, who yesterday laid out clear opposition to any encroachment on a nuclear Iran. A mile away at the Clinton Global Initiative GOP nominee Mitt Romney kept up his attack on the president's foreign policy. This morning, Romney supporter and former Mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) joins “Starting Point” to discuss Obama’s foreign policy decisions.

The former presidential candidate says while Obama might be ahead in the key states right now, he is not so far ahead that GOP nominee Mitt Romney could not “overtake him.” “I believe that Obama is ahead, if I were the Obama campaign, I’d feel a little better than the Romney campaign. I’d feel like we’re ahead things are working but boy I’d be nervous as heck.”

Giuliani adds that the “Obama approach to the Mideast is not working.” Iran now - it has three times more enriched uranium since the day President Obama came into office,” he adds. Giuliani goes on to say that Obama underestimated the “Islamic extremists terrorists danger in the Middle East,” after congratulating himself for killing Osama bin Laden

Giuliani says the Obama administration put out the information that the Benghazi attack was spontaneous because the president didn’t want his narrative in the Middle East contradicted.” The former New York City Mayor adds that Obama made “a lot of the wrong bets” when he took Mubarak and Ghaddafi out of power. “I probably agree with Hillary Clinton – that Mubarak should have been moved out much more carefully with much more emphasis on what comes after Mubarak.”


Filed under: 2012 Race
September 26th, 2012
03:01 PM ET

CNN’s Jim Acosta with the latest on Obama and Romney from Ohio

President Obama and Mitt Romney are both campaigning in the Buckeye state. A brand new poll from Quinnipiac University, CBS and the New York Times shows that the president has a 10 point lead over Romney in Ohio right now among likely voters – 53% to 43%. Ohio has 18 electoral votes – the seventh highest number in the nation and no republican has ever won the white house without winning Ohio.

CNN’s Jim Acosta reports from Westerville, Ohio with the latest.


Filed under: 2012 Race
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