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October 31st, 2012
12:12 PM ET

Black In America: German-born soccer stars choose to play for U.S.

In October, the U.S. National Soccer Team advanced in World Cup qualifying, thanks in large part to a half-dozen German-born players fathered by African-American soldiers in the U.S. military.

The choice to play for U.S. National Soccer Team rather than the German team relates a lot to their racial identity. In the case of soccer player Danny Williams he told his parents he felt more American than German. Williams says, “When people look at me in Germany they know that I am not 100% German.”

CNN's George Howell takes an in-depth look in this "Black In America" report.

Soledad's CNN documentary "Who is Black in America" special airs on December 9th at 8pmET.


Filed under: Black in America
October 31st, 2012
11:19 AM ET

VIDEO: Sandy's smallest NYC evacuees – Sanjay Gupta on newborns leaving an NYC hospital amid the storm

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta's exclusive look inside a NYC hospital newborns moved to during the storm.


Filed under: Hurricane Sandy
October 31st, 2012
10:45 AM ET

VIDEO: Fmr. NY Gov. Pataki & NewYorker.com writer Socarides spar on Romney's FEMA stance

Fmr. New York Gov. George Pataki & Democratic strategist Richard Socarides spar on Mitt Romney's comments on FEMA.


Filed under: 2012 Race • FEMA • Hurricane Sandy
October 31st, 2012
10:40 AM ET

VIDEO: Fmr. NY Gov. Pataki says Obama Campaign's Psaki 'blew off' Libya criticism

Fmr. NY Gov. George Pataki says Obama Campaign's Jen Psaki 'blew off' criticism of the Pres.'s handling of Libya attack.


Filed under: 2012 Race • Libya
October 31st, 2012
10:26 AM ET

New Jersey Sen. Menendez: National Guard helping Hoboken after Sandy

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on the extensive damage in New Jersey after superstorm Sandy.


Filed under: Hurricane Sandy
October 31st, 2012
10:21 AM ET

Obama Campaign's Psaki says she's 'confident' voters will vote on Election Day, says 'this is a time where politics takes a back seat'

This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," Obama Campaign's Jen Psaki details the President's role during Sandy and the last push for votes before Election Day.

"The President is out there doing exactly what the American people elected him to do, which is to manage the country in a state of crisis and for this week that's Hurricane Sandy," Psaki says. "This is a time where politics take a back seat."

Soledad asks Psaki if she is concerned if superstorm Sandy could wreak havoc on Election Day.

"We're monitoring this day by day, hour by hour," Psaki says. "At this point, we're not engaging in hypotheticals. We have six days to go here until the election...we have every confidence we can get voters out to the polls."

Psaki also responds to a comment from fmr. FEMA director Michael Brown, who alleged that President Obama was trying to 'get ahead' of Sandy, saying Obama's behavior is the 'inverse' of the response to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

"It's pretty rich coming from someone who has an abysmal record for management of emergencies," Psaki says. "We don't take too much credence from somebody with a record like Mr. Brown."


Filed under: 2012 Race • Hurricane Sandy • Politics
October 31st, 2012
10:11 AM ET

Superstorm Sandy's impact on travel in Northeast US – Richard Quest explains

Airport closures due to Superstorm Sandy have had a ripple effect on travel nationwide, and New York's Laguardia airport remains shut down due to flooding.

Newark and JFK airports have reopened this morning, although their services remain limited.

CNN's Richard Quest breaks down the various air and rail travel disruptions that remain in effect this morning.


Filed under: Sandy • Superstorm Sandy
October 31st, 2012
09:47 AM ET

Man who lost home in Breezy Point fire discusses community response: 'It's hard for me to even wrap my arms around it'

At least 80 homes in Breezy Point, Queens, a neighborhood on the tip of New York's Rockaway Penisula, were destroyed by a fire during Superstorm Sandy.

200 firefighters battled the six alarm blaze that Mayor Bloomberg described as looking like a Midwest forest fire. By daybreak, fire authorities reported that three people were injured, although all injuries were minor.

NY Conservative Party chairman Mike Long is one of the residents who lost his home in the Breezy Point fire, and he joins Starting Point this morning to explain how the community is responding to the tragedy.

"It's hard for me to even wrap my arms around it," Long says. "It's going to take quite some time but I know that this community will rise again and once again become a great place for families throughout New York."


Filed under: Sandy • Superstorm Sandy
October 31st, 2012
09:22 AM ET

Fmr. N.Y. Gov. Pataki weighs in on the city's response to Sandy

Nearly 6.6 million people are still without electricity in 15 states and Washington D.C. this morning, with nearly 2 million of them in New York, where flooded subways mean that transportation remains at a virtual standstill.

Starting Point panelists Fmr. Gov. George Pataki, Richard Socarides, and Ben Smith weigh in on the city's response to the natural disaster on the show this morning.

"At some point it’s appropriate to figure out what went wrong and how can we make sure it doesn't happen again but first we have to get through the crisis," Pataki says. "At this point, all the effort has to be on public safety and trying to restore power, transportation and the other essential needs of the people affected.

The panel also discusses Mayor Bloomberg's use of the Spanish language when relying emergency messages to the public.

“It has a huge impact," Gov. Pataki says. "Even if you manage the pronunciation or get the grammar wrong, the fact that you’re making the effort counts enormously.”


Filed under: Sandy • Superstorm Sandy
October 31st, 2012
09:19 AM ET

Newark Mayor Booker: There are 'difficult days ahead' for New Jersey after Sandy

This morning, states from North Carolina to Maine continue to deal with the damage and devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy, which has caused at least 40 deaths across the United States.

Mayor Cory Booker has been out on the streets of Newark, New Jersey assisting residents and taking requests for help via his Twitter account.

On Starting Point today, Mayor Booker says that power outages are the biggest problem the city is facing, and explains that there are still hundreds of Newark residents going in and out of shelters.

Booker also comments on New Jersey Governor Christie's uncharacteristic praise of President Obama's response to the tragedy, explaining that during crises, people work together to do what's necessary regardless of their political affiliation.

"These are human beings facing a human tragedy and pulling together to do so," Booker says.


Filed under: Sandy • Superstorm Sandy
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