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November 12th, 2012
06:59 AM ET

Starting Point live blog for Monday, Nov. 12th, 2012

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We've opened a live blog for "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" this morning. Soledad is back in our New York City studio with the latest on the sudden resignation of CIA Director Petraeus, and with 50 days till the US reaches the fiscal cliff, Americans for Tax Reform's Grover Norquist will discuss the chance of any tax increases. Soledad and our Starting Point producers will be moderating.

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  1. miss

    For more than 37 years, General Petraeus pledged allegiance and served as a senior steward of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. This code REQUIRES ethical conduct of all members of the military and punishes ANY conduct unbecoming an officer in the US military. Any Admiral or General engaging in an illicit sexual affair can expect harsh punishment and dismissal. So why, as the General transitioned to CIA Director, did he think he could abandon ethical behavior as a requirement to assume the most important role associated with protecting the secrets, and government of the USA. Apparently the General believed and conived to secretly carry out an illicit sexual affair. The General had no intention of resigning until knowledge of his unethical behavior became apparent. If this was the standard of behavior that the General endorsed for himself, then we could have expected that any and all CIA staff could have also adopted this standard and engaged in sexual affairs. When the General abdicated ethical behavior and abandoned the moral standards he has espoused, then how can the US public be reassured that he won't abandon other standards and continue to compromise his responsibilities to his job , family and country. I am truly confused and discouraged and concerned about the General's behavior and cover-up decisions.

    November 13, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Judith Crouch

    I have always found the concept of 'Black Friday' to be a bit troubling. Now that the frenzy has bled into the Thanksgiving holiday I am horrified. On the Starting Point broadcast, November 12, one of the guests on the panel mentioned the hardship it would cause the workers now that 'Black Friday' starts on Thanksgiving Day. Much to my dismay Soledad O'Brien snapped back that the employess would just have to get over it as she has had to work on many holidays. I worked in the airline industry for many years and it was a given as in Ms. O'Briens field that we would have holidays away from home. I feel confident that Ms. O'Briens compensation exceeds that of a Walmart or Target employee. I can recall the days when retail was not a 24/7 industry. We talk about family values but what are we actively doing to re-create or promote them. If merchants created their frenzy during regular business hours or even extended them an hour or two I believe profitability would not be compromised. The insensitivity that Ms'O'Brien displayed is prevalent in our society today and it saddens me greatly.

    November 13, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Tom

    You should calulcate GPD per capita and you will see that it has grown by more than 28% since Bill Clinton was in office. Comparatively, is government spending per capita up or down? Rep. Cheffetz points out that spending as a percentage of GDP is up about 25% but that may really be a meanlingless number if GDP per capita is so much greater.

    November 13, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Tom

    What's with the softball questions you lob at Rep. Cheffetz. The guy was just on Fox last night speaking in the MOST partisan way and suggesting that President Obama is deeply involved in this Patreus scandal and you are giving him a pass.

    November 13, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Heather

    Glad to see Russell and now will read more about TM, but As a Mom, w ADD and two children with ADD/ADHD, there is No CURE for it; however, meditation might help. A lot of people who criticize ADD/ADHD either don't have it themselves or don't have children with it. Not if Russell falls into that category, or just misspoke, but it is important to me that i wanted to address it. Thanks, Heather :)

    November 12, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jan

    So what does the GOP have to do to "appeal" to Hispanics? Right now it seems the demand is that we not have any borders. Open them up and let any and every one just come across if they feel like it. Do our neighboring countries of Mexico and Canada have such lax immigrations policies? Do they enforce the policies they have in place, unlike the US? These people who have illegally crossed our borders just because they felt entitled to have broken the law. Why reward them with citizenship, freebies from the government, and a vote to keep those freebies coming?
    I keep hearing that Republicans are "connecting "with Hispanics, but I've never heard what exactly that means. Republicans are not anti-immigrant, they are anti-ILLEGAL immigrant. So what exactly are Democrats saying that is so appealing to Hispanics that Republicans are not? All I can think of is that these illegals, many of whom are poor and uneducated, want the gravy train of goodies that Democrats promise to continue, and Democrats are the party that will turn a blind eye to law breaking, and will allow anyone who wants to jump ahead of the line to do so.

    November 12, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Yvonne Edwards

    Peasants? Did I hear that correctly? We are in a terrible state in this nation when this word can be used and no one flinches but Russell Simmons. What's wrong with this picture?

    November 12, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Michele Gesell

    Norquist would take all of us over the cliff. You will notice he did not answer the ? re: cliff or break contract. Republicans can't raise taxes OR close loopholes w/out lowering taxes to equally compensate for $ lost from loophole closure. Our govt, the ppl, the economies of not just our country but many others are being blackmailed by Norquist and his contract. #unconstitutional #self-servingslimeball

    November 12, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jan

      Democrats will take us over the fiscal cliff by their intransigence on entitlement cuts. We need to raise the retirement age on Medicare and Social Security, and that is something that many Democrats just won't compromise and do.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Sasha

    Why do you continuously interview Grover Norquist as relevant? He is not an elected representative and should not have the power to hold the country hostage for his stupid pledge. Apparently, his pledge should survive a facal cliff dive! The people need to rise up and take their government back from these illegitimate voices.

    November 12, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Michele Gesell

    He should testify , if for no other reason than to stop the conspiracy theorists.

    November 12, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jan

      There wouldn't have to be conspiracy theories if this administration weren't so secretive. Looks like the "most transparent administration ever" pledge has gone the way of a lot of Mr. Obama's 2008 campaign promises - broken.

      It is odd that this news about Gen. Petraeus just coincidentally came AFTER the election. Just like the national security leak scandal of many months ago has never had a conclusive report given to the American public, and Mr. Obama's friends in the media never seem to remind the people about it.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Michele Gesell

    Yes, he should testify as planned. Even if it is for no other reason than to end the " conspiracy theories".

    November 12, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse | Reply

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